I think the buzz on Tuckshop has thankfully quietened down somewhat. Maybe it’s because we were there quite early on a Monday night, given that the place caters towards the nightbirds of the creative world, but it was a vast difference compared to the frenzied crowd when we were last there. Tables were a-plenty, and because it wasn’t crowded, food was quite prompt and the steak sandwich was exceptional.
They’ve added a few more dishes to the menu, like Steak and Fries, and a Steak Caesar Salad. No prizes for guessing what the specialty item here is… Because we already ordered the steak sandwich, we decided not to OD on steak, and instead tried their new fish dish – Lemon Butter Pan-Fried Fish. This is described in the menu as ‘lovely fillet of pan-seared cod fish with lemon butter sauce’. In reality, it was actually a cod steak (with the central bone), not a fillet, so it had its fair share of bones which kinda put A off. The taste was pretty good though, but I don’t think it’s something I’ll order again.
They’ve also added a new starter – Pepper Salt Squid. Given that the Calamari Rings are still on the menu, I somehow assumed that these would be more like squid tentacles or something, but they turned out to be glorified calamari rings with more heavily seasoned batter. They were also a lot greasier than their regular calamari rings, so again we’ll probably stick to old favourites next time.
I guess with the publicity generated from various rave reviews of the place, it was inevitable that prices would go up. While absolute menu prices are still the same ($12.50 for the steak sandwich), that price now gets you just the steak sandwich. Previously it came with small portions of coleslaw and either fries or salad on the side; now, each side has to be ordered separately at $2.50 per side. While I’m a tad disappointed about this, I guess this is better than either their compromising on quality, or retaining the portion sizes and increasing the menu prices. At least this way, we aren’t compelled to have the fries, and can somehow delude ourselves that dinner is remotely healthy.
Nothing beats the steak sandwich. Note to self: don’t bother with any other mains.
21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05
(Between Play Bar and Oso Restaurant)
Mon to Thurs: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm; 5.30 pm to midnight
Friday: 11.30 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm to 3 am
Saturday: 5.30 pm to 4 am
Mon & Tues: 5.30 pm to 10 pm.
Wed to Fri: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm