Dinner @ San Laksa Steamboat

November 15, 2017 in Asian, Chinese

It was one of those nights when my friend and I met up but I had no suggestion as to where to eat. And that’s when my friend suddenly remembered San Laksa Steamboat. Located on the 1st floor of a standalone building which we would always drive past enroute to Vivocity.

Despite arriving at 8pm, we were able to get a table easily without making any reservation. Instead, it was finding parking lot that was the real challenge. One has to pray (real) hard to be the sole lucky diner to park within the building compound. Yes, there’s space for 1 car only. Or pray harder to be able to park in front of the gate of the church that’s just beside. At one’s risk, of course.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), my friend and I ordered:-

  

1) Soup (above) – We went with laksa broth and chicken broth. And for the former, we were also given a small saucer of laksa leaves to put into our broth.

2) Kang kong, $2.80 (above)

3) Mixed mushroom platter, $8 (above)

4) Lettuce, $3.80 (above)

5) Cheese tofu, $4.20 (above, left)

6) Tau pok, $2 (above, right)

7) Luncheon meat, $4.50 (above)

8) Seaweed chicken, $3.50 (above)

9) Sotong balls, $3.50 (above, left)

10) Pork balls, $3 (above, right)

11) Hand made minced meatballs, $6 (above) – And for this, the staff would assist to shape the minced meat into balls.

12) Mixed ball, $6 (above)

13) Prawn, $10 (above)

14) Chicken breast, $6 (above)

15) Pork collar, $6 (above)

16) Fresh toman fillet, $10 (above)

17) Udon noodles, $1 (above)

My friend and I enjoyed the laksa broth. I would definitely recommend the place if one has seriously craving for laksa. However, we were unfortunately seated beside a big group which had a lady laughing in a really high-pitch voice. That was really annoying. The staff were understanding and helped to shift us to another table when we requested so.

SAN LAKSA STEAMBOAT
404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore
6275 7069, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30
Ambience: 6
Mon – Sun : 16:30 – 23:00
Value: 6
Service: 6

Brunch @ Red Baron

August 27, 2015 in European (cafe)

Having first learnt about Red Baron in May 2015, I have checked them out thrice. In May, July and August. Well, I needed that many visits to try sufficient (number of) dishes before posting a review. =)

Getting to Red Baron can be a little tricky. Located within Gillman Barracks, they are not located within walking distance of any MRT station. One has to either drive in or take the public transport. One will need to walk a fair stretch of distance (via the sheltered walkway) if one comes by bus and alights at the bus stop along Alexandra Road. Parking wise, one wouldn’t have much difficulty as there’s ample parking lots.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Chicken chocolate mole, $14 (above) – Lemongrass chicken thigh, chocolate mole sauce, tomatoes.

2) Garlic butter prawn pasta, $14 (above) – Prawns, garlic butter, chilli flakes.

3) Quinoa goreng, $16 (above) – Red quinoa, prawns, chicken, ikan bilis, topped with a sunny-side up egg. Instead of white rice or even brown rice, it was pretty interesting that quinoa was used. And cause I was so intrigued by the quinoa (which had nicely soaked up the ‘goreng’ flavour), I ate more than half of the served portion! (I was supposed to share the dish with my friend. Watching my diet lah. Haha!)

4) French toast, $7 (+ $3, ice cream) (above) – Brioche, gula melaka, bananas. Most would probably come to Red Baron for their french toast as shared by many on instagram. And this was indeed not too bad. We went with the staff’s recommendation of coconut for the flavour of our ice cream. However, during my most recent trip in August 2015, I got to learn that they have since removed it from their menu. Although I won’t rule out the possibility that they may just bring this back if everyone asks for it.

5) Banana loaf, $5 (above)

6) Latte, $5 (above)

Red Baron was a nice hideout to chill at. However, as it’s a small café, finding seats within the air-conditioned café can be a little difficult when they are busier on weekends. Else, one may choose to sit alfresco if the weather is good.

RED BARON
Blk 45 Malan Road, Singapore
6334 6734, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tues – Thur : 11:00 – 18:00
Ambience: 6
Fri : 11:00 – 22:00
Value: 6
Sat – Sun : 11:00 – 18:00
Service: 6
* Closed on Mon
  

Lunch @ The Naked Finn

March 9, 2015 in European

Learning there’s a new flavour for the lobster roll, my friend called me to go for lunch with him at The Naked Finn. The original flavour being homemade mayonnaise while the newer flavour was creme fraiche.

And with that, we were off for lunch since I had been wanting to check out The Naked Finn.

I was actually supposed to have checked them out earlier, but it was raining on the day another friend and I meant to visit. And knowing that their space was designed to be like a makeshift tent, we postponed our meal. Ha.

We arrived at 12.30pm and were given counter seats as the table seats were either taken or reserved.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), we ordered:-

1) Grilled baby Indian squid (uroteuthis duvauceli) with sea salt & olive oil, $8 (above) – These were good.


2) Lobster roll, creme fraiche, $29 (above) – Live American lobster (homarus americanus), straight cut fries. As mentioned on their menu, 90g of lobster meat was used. Now, that’s a lot. And having gone into The Naked Finn’s Facebook, I read that they got their lobster supply through Pince & Pints. And the lobster meat was fresh and succulent. However, the bread was a little tough to slice with the knife (and bite).

3) Hae mee tng, $25 (above) – With farmed giant tiger prawns, berkshire (kurobuta) pork belly. With at least one-third of the menu dedicated to the stock preparation, my friend and I just had to try this. And with a choice of Japanese somen or vermicelli (bee hoon), we went with the latter upon the staff’s recommendation. However, we were disappointed. The soup was tasteless. Although we were given 4 choices of condiments which included sea salt, I thought it’s rather silly if they had to serve us salt for us to add into the soup to give it flavour when the soup should have been seasoned with salt before served. No?

4) Fish and chips, $26 (above) – Line-caught lingcod (ophiodon elongatus) fillet and straight cut fries. Vodka, beer and honey batter mix for the lingcod fillet, deep-fried in olive oil.

5) Homemade fresh coconut sorbet, $10 (above) – And I liked that the sorbet had coconut meat in it too.

6) Homemade madagascan vanilla ice cream + Guinness draught + creme de mure, $20 (above) – We were curious although we don’t like the taste of Guinness. And this was served expectedly as root beer Guinness float.

I won’t exactly strongly recommend The Naked Finn. Besides the okie food served, I was a little let down by the service. Upon arriving, I immediately spotted rags on the chairs in the alfresco area. So while I understand the sun was hot and good for drying wet cloths, and that the staff probably guessed no one (in the right mind) would want to dine under the hot sun. It was during service hours. It was not exactly a nice sight upon entering the premise, especially for the first time.

The Naked Finn was also a little inaccessible to get to on public transport. Luckily for me, my friend drove. Although there were not many parking lots. We ended up parking (illegally) along the road, steps away from The Naked Finn.

THE NAKED FINN
41 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-13, Singapore
6694 0807, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 6
Mon – Thur : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Sat : 12:00 – 15:00 (Brunch)
Service: 7
Fri – Sat : 18:00 – 22:15 (Dinner)
* Closed on Sun
  

UPDATE [AUGUST 2015]: Restaurant has moved to 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks.