Twice in one day! We had breakfast here because it was the only place that was open in the vicinity at 10 am (we had to catch an 11 am ‘300’ at The Cathay). Later we had supper here after P’s performance because it was the only place we could think of that was still open, and that wasn’t a noisy bar.
The food here, while nothing stellar, is still very passable for hotel café food. At brunch I had a huge bowl of porridge and A had an omelette. The breakfast menu is quite limited, but after breakfast when the rest of the menu is available, it’s much better. At supper, I had the wanton noodle soup and A had a grilled banana and ice cream dish, both of which were pretty tasty. The wantons in the soup was surprisingly flavourful and generous with prawns, and the char siew was very tender. The grilled banana in the dessert was delightfully charred, and came with a separate dish of caramel for you to pour on according to your own taste.
The others had a variety of dishes, and one of the more outstanding-looking ones was the Nasi Goreng Istimewa, complete with a fried egg, chicken wing and satay. No wonder it had the exploding chef’s hat icon next to it…
The service here also deserves some mention. When we got there at 10.15 pm, the maitre d’ said they were closing at 11, and seemed a little reluctant to admit a table of 8 at that hour. We pleaded and said we’d be done by 11, and he agreed to take us in. Food was prompt (probably cos the kitchen was thinking “Idiots! We could be going home now!” and rushed to prepare our meals) and I don’t think quality was compromised. And in the end they didn’t chase us out at 11 sharp, but allowed us to hang around till about 11.15 pm.
This place is okay. I’d say the stuff labelled with the exploding chef’s hat (meaning award-winning) is definitely worth trying. The portions are fairly generous. In fact anything that comes in a bowl is huge.
Overall, this place is a good choice if you’re in the area, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way for.
9 Bras Basah Road
Open daily, 7 am to 11 pm