Friday, May 08, 2009

Food For Thought

C says:

Oh dear... it’s taken us a year and a half from our last post on the red velvet cake to actually come here for ourselves to check out the food. We were here on a Friday night and it was pretty crowded. As a result it was quite noisy, and the steady stream of orders meant the kitchen was churning out food non-stop, and soon the place had that distinct “frying garlic in small enclosed place” smell.

I had the pulled pork sandwich that I’ve been eyeing all these months, but sad to say it didn’t live up to expectation. First of all, the online menu mentions that it comes with crisp pork crackling and baby spinach leaves, but neither were present tonight. The pork itself was a bit on the dry side, and the barbeque sauce was quite average.

A had the oven roasted steak sandwich set, which came with a mushroom soup. I’m not sure if ordering the set shrinks the sandwich, because his sandwich was about a third smaller than mine. His sandwich was better than mine, but I wouldn’t say it was wonderful either. The shitake mushroom soup impressed me the most. It’s made without cream so it tastes pretty healthy and is packed full of moreish mushroom flavour.

Even the red velvet cake was a bit disappointing. Maybe it’s because they served it straight from the fridge rather than letting it come to room temperature, or maybe it had been sitting around all day, but it was nowhere near as good as the one I tried when V bought it for me at work. This time the cake was quite dense and dry, and the cream wasn’t light and creamy either. You can even tell from the photos that the one on the right doesn’t look as moist, and the cream is a bit yellowed and stiff.

Maybe this place is better at lunch or tea time, when the cakes are baked fresh. I don’t think this place is a destination, though if we’re ever at the National Library we may pop by. They do a pretty good Earl Grey tea milkshake.

PS: Be careful; I got attacked by their chair. They have simple unpolished wooden chairs and while dragging mine in, the rough underside scraped a flap of skin off my finger.

A says:

After wanting to come here for so long, I was left rather disappointed by the food. I did like the milkshake though.

I was impressed by the friendly staff, although it’s more of a DIY kind of place. You place your order at the cashier and get your plain water yourself. The water’s free but you’re encouraged to leave donations for charity when you take some.

I’m recommending this place just because of the support they give to Asian charities (without being too preachy). While the food’s not great, you do leave with a good feeling.

420 North Bridge Road
North Bridge Centre #01-06
Tel: 6338-8724
Monday to Saturday
9am to 1130am (Breakfast only)
1130pm to 230pm (Lunch Menu)
230pm to 530pm (Drinks and Desserts only)
530pm to 1030pm (last order for dinner 9pm; after 9pm drinks and dessert only)
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

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