Watami

31 03 2010

The salient features of most casual dining restaurants are usually the sub-par food quality and the tardy service. Hence, expectations were definitely non-existent when I decided to sample Watami’s lunch sets priced from $8.90++.

All lunch sets come with a not so appetizing salad. The lettuce was old and dry.

The Pork Cutlet in Sizzling Drizzled Egg Set($9.80++) was surprisingly good. The cutlet came separately from the raw egg and you pour it into the hotplate whenever you are ready which effectively obviates the issue of a soggy cutlet. Only very slightly paler in comparison to Tonkichi, the pork was juicy and the batter crisp, just the way it should be.

The Ginger Pork Stone Pot Rice Set($9.80++) was like a hotplate shabu shabu which I found pretty average and simple.

The Chashu Ramen & Small Chirashi Set($12.80++) was really feeling, best for those who intend to carbo-load. I liked the Chirashi, a decent mix of unagi, tobiko(flying fish roe), tako, tuna, salmon with shreds of tamago over rice. Anyway just basic side info about the basic roes found in Jap cuisine. In ascending order in terms of size, Mentaiko(Alaskan Pollock Roe) is usually pink or red and slightly smaller than Ebiko, Ebiko(Shrimp roe) is the really small orange coloured ones, Tobiko(Flying Fish Roe) usually comes in orange(sometimes in yellow or black) and is slightly larger than the Ebiko and lastly the Ikura(Salmon Roe) which are the large red ones.   

The Chashu Ramen on the other hand was way disappointing. How did a semi-cooked lava yolk turn into a hard boiled egg? Moreover, the Chashu was tough and chewy, the soup salty and the ramen pretty much tasting like a badly done Maggi Mee. Word of advice, Stay Away…

Unless I’m desperate for a Buta Hire Katsu(Pork Cutlet), I would probably give Watami a miss in future. The food here was way too casual for me…

Bon Appetit!

 

 

WATAMI (THE CENTRAL @ CLARKE QUAY)

6 EU TONG SEN STREET #03-82/83/85/102/108/109

TEL: +65 6323 3398





Songfa Bak Ku Teh (New Bridge Road)

31 03 2010

I am usually pro air-con but there are some foods that just taste better when eaten out in bustling coffeeshop settings(even when clad in office wear). Just to name a few, BBQ stingray, satay and BAK KUT TEH!

Songfa Bak Kut Teh is one of my more recent discoveries and I have come to realise it is actually quite famous and especially popular among the working crowd around the Clarke Quay area.

There are 2 distinct forms of Bak Kut Teh, the clear peppery ones and the black herbal ones. Songfa falls under the former category which coincidentally is also my preferred type. Bak Kut Teh($5.50/small) came as a trio of fall-off-the-bone tender ribs with refillable soup. The pepperiness of the soup was just to my liking, not intense enough to be choking but still enough to give me a kick. Good stuff.

Even in the absence of the Bak Kut Teh, I’d have to admit that the Braised Pig Trotters($5.50/small) is reason enough to return.

Of course, to achieve guilt-free status from such a porky lunch, we also ordered a Oyster Sauce Kai Lan($3/small) to share.

If you are indeed a Bak Kut Teh lover, you have to come down personally to try this and if you are not, still come down to try it and you will instantly transform into one!

Bon Appetit!

 

 

SONGFA BAK KUT TEH

11 NEW BRIDGE ROAD #01-01

TEL: +65 6533 6128








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