All you can Eat

Tommy’s Kitchen – Western
February 12, 2006, 10:39 am
Filed under: clementi, dessert, kopi, late night, local, under S$10, under S$5, western

Opens late, 3, 4 am, and they’re still going strong.
All standard Western fare available (S$5), including mushroom and/or cheese omelettes (S$3), and a less “battered” dish called Blackened Fish. The Chicken Wrap with Cheese is really q. yummy, and comes on a bed of french fries.
Tommy’s also serves a variety of one plate tze char (Chinese stir fry, essentially) dishes.
Drinks are not too bad, though I prefer next door’s Fong Seng Nasi Lemak‘s better. Sharing Tommy’s space is relative newcomer Chong Pang Nasi Lemak. The drinks stall sells fruit, and some traditional iced desserts.
Beside the Kent Ridge Terminal. Remember that the police aren’t likely to be kind to your car if you park illegally.


Xiang Wei Seafood – Tze Char
February 9, 2006, 2:29 pm
Filed under: bukit timah, chinese, dessert, italian, kopi, muslim, under S$10, under S$5

On Sixth Avenue, not exactly mouthwatering but quick and decently priced. 4 people can have a hearty meal for S$24, or if you go the noodle/fried rice route, just S$16. Steer clear of the hot-plate deer meat, though.

The great drawcard is the drinks stall beside it, providing consistently unbeatable miloais and tehais for S$1 or less. The other big plus is the diversity of the other stalls around Xiang Wei: Sixth Avenue Nasi Briyani (real finger lickin’ Indian fried chicken goodness for S$3.50), You Peng (a PRC dumpling stall, 10 xiaolongbaos (soup dumplings) for just S$6), Canadian 2-for-1 Pizza and Pizza da Donato (tiramisu! calzoni!) across the road. Guaranteed to please everyone.

(There’s also the celebrated Brazil Churrascaria, but that, you can’t bring food in/out of.)

Parking is always a problem, but if you leave your car across the road there’s the Venezia gelato parlour and/or the Cold Storage Gourmet to browse through before heading home. Also, a The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf outlet (but I don’t really think much of them).

Xiang Wei has a takeaway menu if you’re in a rush: +65 6875 1847. They close at 11pm.

Provence Bakery and Cafe
February 9, 2006, 8:58 am
Filed under: dessert, holland village, kopi, under S$5

This is one of the nicest joints in Holland Village. Walk down, away from the giant Crystal Jade and past the food court, and there’s Provence. 17A Lorong Liput.
This Japanese French bakery has tables outside and they serve drinks together with plenty of baked goods – buns, cakes, muffins, sandwiches – you have to pick up your own stuff, but do you really mind a 2 minute walk through shelves and shelves of newly baked bread? It’s delightful.

Great for lazy afternoons.
I think they close q. early though, so call if unsure: +65 6467 6966.


Xiao Ping Hot Pot
February 9, 2006, 8:45 am
Filed under: chinatown, chinese, under S$20

In Chinatown, 57 Temple Street. Only serves QingDao beer (which isn’t half bad).

S$15.80 per person for steamboat with “over 50” dishes. We didn’t count them, so I don’t rightly know, but there was plenty. We took half a pot of chicken soup and half a pot of ma la, the latter, definitely not for the fainthearted, or the gweilo palate.

The helpings were generous, and the beef, fish, and chicken sliced correctly (v., v., thinly).

It feels like old school Chinatown in there, bare walls save for a printout quoting Mao Zedong on the evils of waste, and tinny Chinese radio. The only other customers also looked like they’d arrived from the People’s Republic.

XiaoPing’s greatest point of distinction is the sauce concoction they offer. Add desired amounts of sesame oil, soya sauce, and garlic to a bowl of stuff they provide. End result tastes like the peanut gravy that goes with satay, absolutely amazing with the steamboat food.

+65 62260889.
Oh yes, do be warned: the owner doesn’t seem to speak much besides Chinese.

Fisherman’s Wharf – Fish and Chips
February 9, 2006, 8:16 am
Filed under: boat to clarke quay, under S$10, western

This place is really, really quiet. They don’t pipe in music, and they don’t believe in air-conditioning. But they do serve beer, and pretty decent fish and chips.
The cream dory, at the cheapest on the list, is just S$6.50. Add a soft drink for S$2. Perhaps we aren’t great connoiseurs but the deep-fried, batter-laden fish seemed to all taste alike to us, so the more expensive possibilities (like monkfish?) didn’t really seem worthwhile.

I always think of fish and chips as a thoroughly blue collar sort of dish anyway. :].

The fish arrives in a basket with either (fries [crispy] or chips [just fried]) and there’s a range of sauces, mayonnaise, tartar, malt vinegar, honey mustard. Ask the (somewhat grim) counter girls. Coleslaw, though, is a rather exorbitant additional S$2.50.

From Riverside Point, walk towards Clarke Quay, and then down New Bridge Road to reach No. 27. If you’re lost there’s always the phone: +65 6532 6468.

The Canteen, Shaw Centre
February 9, 2006, 7:55 am
Filed under: chinese, dessert, kopi, local, orchard, somewhat atas, western

The Les Amis group already has a fairly comprehensive website, right here, including their menus:

What I can tell you:

  1. the food isn’t so great (set lunches S$22-24, set dinners S$38), but!
  2. its really quiet, service is excellent,
  3. beers are only S$7-8, there’s a great range of wines, tea/coffee between S$4-5, and pretty decent dessert.

But they close by 10pm.

In summary: Instead of hitting one of the ubiquitous second-rate noisy-as-hell coffee joints, try this place: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #02-10 (just beyond the carpark entrance). Reservations at +65 6333 8966.

Supermarket Cuisine – Isetan Lido
January 19, 2006, 3:52 pm
Filed under: japanese, kopi, orchard, under S$5

Sushi, of course, half price after (I think) 8.30 or 9pm. As a Japanese supermarket, they’ve got somewhat more exotic selections, including sharkfin and icefish sushi, as well as the standard sake (salmon) variations. Heartier offerings exist as well – check around the supermarket, not just the sushi counter. Round the meal off with a can of UCC coffee (excellent, and less than S$2) or Japanese ice cream (also possibly less than S$2). Presently there’s a Hokkaido fair, serving amongst other things, deep fried octopi and curry croquettes.

Shaw House (Lido)’s basement, past the McCafe and Mos Burger joints. There’s always the top floor if you need seats.