Bistro @ Changi

9 06 2010

Its a Saturday evening. The malls are packed. Parking space in town is scarce. I have/want/need a life and that means not staying home. So many criteria, so little choices…

Why is my idiot not so situationally aware fren T(the guy in blue) invading the picture?

In an uhloo corner of Singapore, where nightfall brings forth a more colourful and vibrant crowd(probably many pinkdot.sg members who support “the freedom to love”. i’m no love hater yo, just an apathetic bystander), there lies a humble bistro overlooking the shores of Changi Beach.

It’s a chillax place. The view is good and the crowd isn’t overwhelming but lively enough to people watch.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, most Singaporeans(myself included) are fervent supporters of free PUB water. Hence, I was left slightly offended when I found out that tap water wasn’t served here. At first I thought that perhaps they are trying to market themselves as a classy bistro, but these thoughts quickly dissipated once I realised that instead of San Pallegrino or Acqua Panna, bottled water comes in the form of Polar($1++ per bottle). Lolz! Common sense tells me that their aim isn’t to earn the $1, and this is just another marketing gimmick to irritate people enough to buy overpriced wine instead. We too were almost tricked coerced persuaded to getting a bottle but luckily we asked for samples of their house red and whites first and decided against it thereafter.

One of the better Calamaris($10.90++) I have had the pleasure of eating with a sinful tartar dip.

There was a little screw up with the ordering with the fault resting entirely on me. I had ordered 5 mains instead of 4 for our group of 4 and was slightly disappointed the staff didn’t catch on my negligence.

I didn’t like the Sambal Fish($13.90++). The Dory used wasn’t very fresh and the sambal was too spicy. We could get better ones off any hawker centre bbq stall.

I didn’t like the Salmon Fettucine($13.90++) either. The cream base was bland and watered down, possibly a result of T’s request for less salt and oil. The pasta turned out soggy and overcooked.

The best ala carte main tonight was the Hickory Chicken Chop($11.90++). The chicken was well marinated and grilled to perfection. If you thought Aston’s was good, wait till you try this. It’s the best Chicken Chop I have had!

I had the Daily Special which was a 3-course set($22++) which included Pumpkin Soup, Grilled Chicken Breast & Lamb Rack served with Potato Skin as main and Apple Crumble as dessert.

The Pumpkin Soup was decent but not shout worthy.

The only commendable aspect about my main was the portion and variety. The Grilled Chicken Breast paled in comparison to the Hickory Chicken Chop, the Lamb Rack tough and rubbery and the Potato Skin forgettable.

I didn’t expect too much from the Apple Crumble. At the very least, it fared better than a Macdonald’s Apple Pie though that isn’t really saying a lot, is it?

Though the food didn’t blow me away, it was reasonably priced especially without the 10% service charge. Parking is free after 5pm which only adds on to the allure of simply chilling out on a seafront bistro, watching a live soccer match while downing a chilled beer and looking out for any colourful characters roaming the vicinity. 

Bon Appetit!

 

 

BISTRO @ CHANGI

260 NICOLL DRIVE, CHANGI BEACH CARPARK 1

TEL: +65 6546 5229

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