Morganfield's is a Malaysian diner chain with its first Singapore outlet at Star Vista. They specialise in "Sticky Bones" - hickory-smoked pork spare ribs that are slow roasted till so tender that they're falling off the bone. I'm not a big fan of diner food, but A's folks wanted to try it out so we came for dinner on a Sunday evening.
We initially considered sharing one of their festive platters for 4, till we did the math and realised that it was actually cheaper to order each component of the platter separately. Given the number of platters that were flying out of the kitchen, it appears that their marketing strategy worked.
A and I shared a Ribs on Ribs combo - 2 half-racks of ribs plus 2 sides. You can choose between Hickory BBQ, Smoked Peppercorn and Tuscan Baked Spicy Tomato. We went with the first two, with sides of corn on the cob and red skin mashed potatoes.
The Hickory BBQ was predictably good, but I actually preferred the Smoked Peppercorn. It had a deeper flavour and some nice heat, which made each bite less monotonous.
There's no denying that the ribs were really tender - the meat pretty much just fell off the bone. Strangely enough, that's also my main criticism - it was more like pulled pork than bbq ribs. I like my ribs to be nicely grilled, and still firm enough for me to pick up and gnaw at. Here you don't even need to use your fingers; your knife and fork will more than suffice.
The apple pie was a letdown. The shortcrust pastry was soggy; the filling nothing to shout about. It was saved by the scoop of pretty decent vanilla ice cream.
Even though we got there early, we still waited ages for our food to arrive. I guess the kitchen couldn't cope with the multiple orders of festive platters. I can't deny that the portion sizes are very generous, but we left feeling full but unsatisfied.
The ribs were tender but still generic. Everything else was just generic. Blah. Oh, and the dessert was awful. At least the portions are generous. And the service was very good, all things considered. But all in all, not recommended.
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