Category Archives: Orchard Area

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

XXL Crispy Chicken Crispy Floss Egg Crepe Handmade Oyster Mee Sua

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Website: http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/sg/index-sg.htm

This popular taiwan street snacks can be found in most major shopping centres in Singapore.

My absolute favourites from here would be their XXL Crispy Chicken (fried and seasoned with salt, chilli powder, pepper and five spice powder. The skin is very crispy and is covered in the seasoning) and the Crispy Floss Egg Crepe.

Another popular item here would be their handmade oyster mee sua (noodle).  I’ve tried numerous times to get a taste of it but was unsuccessful.

The Beef House

The Beef House Beef Ball Noodles
The Beef House
217 Syed Alwi Road
Tel: 9821 5463
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm, closed on Fridays
97 Joo Chiat Road, closed on Mondays
218 Killiney Road, opens daily

What’s highly recommended here is their soon kueh (S$1 each) which is made the traditional way using mashed steamed yam and tapioca flour.  It is filled with a decent mix of mushrooms, black fungus, dried shrimp (hae bee), yellow tau kwa (beancurd) dices and minced meat.

You must also try the yam abacus seeds (suan pan zhi – S$2) which is basically small flattened yam balls.  It is not oily and have a springy texture that contrasts nicely with the crunchy black fungus strips, dried shrimp, minced meat and mushroom.

The other crowd-pullers are Hakka yong tau foo (S$3) and beef ball noodles (S$3).  Everything here is made from scratch by the owner including the bouncy beef balls, fishballs and fish meat for his yong tau foo.  He also makes the chilli sauce himself and takes pride in making stock with no MSG.

For example, the yong tau foo soup is made by brewing soya beans for several hours in the water that was used for soaking fishballs.  The tasty beef stock is also simmered for many hours using good quality meat and bones.

Note: This article was extracted from The Straits Times dated 23 Sep 2007.

Tori-Q

Tori-Q Yakitori
Tori-Q
Basement 2, Takashimaya Shopping Centre (inside the food court)
Basement 1, The Paragon
Basement 1-25, Bugis Junction (below Seiyu), Tel: 6238 0232
Basement 1-25, Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Tel: 6259 9172
Basement 1, Tangs Market, Tangs Plaza
Website: http://www.tori-q.com/ (Under Construction)

Tori-Q is a store specialising in Japanese Yakitori, a semi-equivalent to the Malaysia Satay stick. One employee is always busy grilling away little hunks of meat and sometimes assorted vegetables skewered onto little sticks that provide a very portable and relatively healthy snack.

The menu is not overly complex – you order various types of skewers with the option of the better value “packs” providing rice and a drink as well. Most of the grilled skewers are dunked into a warm teriyaki sauce and then put into the various bags or packages. The cheapest sticks are the chicken sticks at only S$0.90 each and the most expensive being the Unagi (eel) ones at S$2.00.

They also have bento sets where you can order the yakitori sticks with rice.  Prices for the bento sets start from S$4.50 to S$6.50.

Tori-Q is not very large with the insides only big enough for the all the employees grilling and serving and a few stools encouraging very brief stays. A big glass panel separates the customers from the grilling section but the entire cooking process is very visible, at least guaranteeing a certain level of quality.

Yuki Yaki

Steamboat 2 Steamboat 1  
Yuki Yaki
#03-2110 Marina Square
Tel: 6737 9680
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 9pm daily
#02-11 Orchard Cineleisure
Tel: 6737 9680
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 10.30pm, Sun to Thu; 12 Noon to 2am, Fri, Sat & Public Holidays
Website: http://www.sukigroup.com.sg/yuki-yaki.htm

Yuki Yaki introduces the first Do-It-Yourself steamboat, Teppanyaki & Ice Cream Buffet, bringing you into a era of new age dining.

Each table in Yuki Yaki is equipped with two in-built stoves for steamboat and teppanyaki. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of more than 90 mouth watering food items. Seafood items like half shell scallops, mussels, sea cucumber, salmon, prawns, cuttlefish etc. Meat items like beef, chicken, lamb, pork etc. Yong Tau Foo items and fresh vegetables and many more.

After one enjoys its main course, its’ time for deserts! The Teppanyaki Pan is thoroughly cleansed by the service staff and the thermostat adjusted to a cold temperature, ready for ice cream making. Choose from a generous variety of ice cream flavours and your can start enjoying your ice cream. Truly a revolutionized experience.

It sounds fun but the one thing I don’t like about this restaurant is that they impose on me a time frame.  2.5 hours if I order a buffet with ice cream and 2 hours if it’s without ice cream.

Ayam Panggang (Grilled Chicken)

Ayam Panggang
Riverside Indonesian BBQ
Kopitiam @ Plaza Singapura
Level 6, Stall 10

From only S$4.30, you can get a grilled chicken drumstick (ayam panggang) OR cuttlefish OR fish. After the marinated chicken leg/cuttlefish/fish are cooked, the grill cook dipped the chicken/cuttlefish/fish into a pot of sweet, black gravy, and plonked it beside the rice (smothered with some coconut curry gravy) AND a slice of plain omelette (as shown in the picture) AND a bowl of plain cabbage soup (I like the plain soup as it is a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the main dish). For another 50 cents, you can add stir-fried cabbage and carrots.

If you’re not keen on chicken or cuttlefish or fish, you can also opt for satay (4 sticks) or fried chicken or curry chicken.

Help yourself to the sambal outside the stall.  I love this sambal because it comes with fried ikan bilis and is not that spicy, a bit sweet though.

I’ve eaten at similar stalls at food courts in Raffles City & Tiong Bahru Plaza.  Not sure if they belong to the same branch as this, but they’re all equally good.

Riverside Indonesian Restaurant

Charcoal Grilled Snapper Fish Charcoal Grilled Cuttlefish Charcoal Grilled Chicken 
Riverside Indonesian Restaurant
#01-04 Riverside Point
Tel: 6535 0383/6735 7544
Opening Hours: Noon to 3pm, 5.30pm to 11pm
Website: http://www.riverside.com.sg/

For S$10 (excluding all taxes) per pax, you can have 6 dishes served with free flow of white rice.  Some sample dishes are charcoal grilled snapper fish/cuttlefish/chicken (restaurant specialities), kangkong belacan, etc. For the full list of items, please click here. Please note that you can get this super value meal if you have a minimum of 4 persons or you pay the price for 4 persons even if 2 are eating.

But if you don’t like sweet stuff, ask the restaurant not to dip the food into the sweet black gravy.

They also have an outlet @ Plaza Singapura’s Kopitiam (Level 6, Stall 10) (see my other entry on this).

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
#02-58/59 Far East Plaza
Tel: 6836 3352
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Many people are familiar with the antics of the Turkish Ice-Cream man from Anatolia Turkish Restaurant. With his pretense to be dropping the ice-cream and hitting the bells, the Turkish Ice-Cream man has gotten nothing but laughs from his patrons. Anatolia Turkish Restaurant, which is located on the second floor of the popular youth hangout in Far East Plaza , has been dishing out popular Turkish delights, like kebabs, for over 10 years now.

Unlike Indian food or local dishes that can get pretty spicy, Turkish food is not very spicy as they use tomato bases for their gravy. Iskender ($8) which is quite a popular dish at Anatolia , consists of slices of shredded beef and pieces of Pide bread, drenched in a tomato based sauce. When served with scoops of yoghurt, this dish can taste too sourish for the majority’s preferences. In addition, the shredded beef was a little tough to chew. Diners have the option of chicken or beef for this dish, though according to the owner, Mr Ur, in Turkey , they only serve beef Iskender.

The Lahmacun ($3), which looks like a fusion between a pizza and naan bread, is a crispy bread which is topped with chicken and some vegetables. It tasted slightly salty so do dip it into the different salad mixtures that is available or squeeze a little lime over it. However, this dish on its own is pretty filling as the portion is quite generous. However, Mr Ur pointed out that in Turkey , one piece is never enough and people can eat five pieces of Lahmacun in one sitting.

For those looking for a full meal, opt for the Mix Kebab Special ($16). Served with butter rice, this dish comes with a mixture of chicken, beef and lamb kebabs. The chicken and lamb kebabs are much tenderer compared to the lamb. The butter rice also brings out the taste of the kebabs and affords it more flavour. The downside was that the Mix Kebabs were dry because of the way it was cooked, so do consider adding on some sauces or salads when eating this.

If you are going to have Turkish food, then you cannot miss the dessert. Your best bet would be the Dmado Ice-Cream but of course, you have got to be patient and let the ice-cream man amuse you with his antics.

Dining area at this restaurant is small, so be prepared to wait and wait.  The portions are also quite big so make sure you check how many the portion serves before ordering.

Note: The above review was extracted from StreetDirectory.

Coca Steamboat

Coca Steamboat
#04-22 Ngee Ann City, Tel: 6734-7887
#02-05 International Building, Tel: 6738-2588
#02-28/30 The Concourse, Tel: 6295-3611

All outlets open between 11am and 11pm daily Price $16 – $18 per person for buffet lunch; $26 – $30 for buffet dinner, depending on which outlet.

First set up in 1987 in Chinatown, this franchise chain from a Thai restaurant group is most famous for its chilli sauce. It is made from a highly guarded secret recipe from Bangkok, which includes sesame seeds, coriander and a little soya sauce. This chain is also famous for being the first here to introduce “fish glue” – fish paste that turns delightfully chewy when cooked. Its meatballs, made from fish, prawn, beef and chicken, are also hand-made every morning at the outlets to ensure freshness. It offers two types of soup: chicken stock and tom yam.

  • If you pay using American Express credit card, you get 15% discount on total food bill. Offer is valid from 1 January to 30 June 2008.  Not valid on eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays and special occasions (e.g. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day).

Note: This review was taken from ST Foodies Club.

Sakura, International Buffet Restaurant

Sakura Sakura 1st Storey Food Area 2nd Storey Food Area
Sakura
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) & 6pm to 9.30pm (Dinner), Daily
Website: http://www.sukigroup.com.sg/sakura.htm

They have 8 outlets over in Tampines Safra, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris (halal), Jurong Town Hall, Clementi Road (halal), Orchard Road (halal), Marine Parade & Jurong West (halal).  Check their website for details (look under the heading “Subsidiary”).

Buffet prices are:-

  • Lunch (Weekdays): S$21.40
  • Dinner (Weekdays): S$25.65
  • Kids (Weekdays): S$11.65
  • Lunch (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$23.55
  • Dinner (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$27.80
  • Kids (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$12.75
  • Add additional S$2.15 for weekends, eve and public holidays

For the prices you pay above, you will get up to 100 different varieties of Japanese, Western and Oriental foodfare everyday. To briefly entice you, appetizers include baked oysters, lobster salad, mussels, cold prawns and sashimi. The main entrees encompass an assortment of dim sum, Teppanyaki (including lamb chop, salmon and beef, etc.), tempura and grilled items. A wide selection of mouth-watering sushi will also be prepared for all consummate sushi fans. Last but not least, deserts such as cheesecakes, fruits, ice cream and beverages complete the buffet with a satisfying touch.

Update on 10 March 2008:

After a 2-year hiatus from eating at Sakura, we finally made our way to the one at Clementi Woods on 10 March 2008.  How dining works here is that you pay at the counter on the 3rd level and then you will proceed to either Level 1 or 2  for your seating.  On your table, you will see some small clothes pins which has your table number printed on them.  These you can use to order some of the dishes that require some cooking time, eg. fried vegetables, seafood, satay, otah, squid, tau pok, etc. which will then be served to your table once it is ready, which basically saves you waiting time.  Excellent idea I must say!

First the price almost crushed us.  It used to be S$22 nett but now we have to pay S$24+ (which amounted to S$25.65) per person.

Then we were appalled by the drop in food quality and some of the missing good food such as the paper-pot steamboat with live prawns, frozen strawberry with stuffed yoghurt in it.

I ordered the dou miao with abalone and some bamboo shellfish with black pepper  – both were served cold, although they were prepared on the spot.  Portions are tiny – although this is alright with me as I can go for unlimited rounds.  But because quality is not good, I never went for seconds.

Another of my used-to-be favourite dessert was their durian cream puff.  Used-to-be favourite now because the pastry is hard and you can hardly taste the durian paste.  Thumbs down!

I’ve always skipped the dim sum, pizza and pasta corners because having tried them once, the quality was really bad even way back then.  I think it is unlikely that they have improved.

Skip the deep fried stuff at table no. 7 (refer to 1st storey food area map above).  Deep fried stuff must always be eaten hot – if it’s cold, it really tastes bad.

I also tried the oat prawns at table no. 13 – the prawns are not fresh and because the prawns had been deep fried earlier, the crunchiness was seriously lacking.

Sushi and Sashimi were still good – I had unlimited helpings of salmon & tuna.  You can also try their silverfish sashimi but my friend said it tasted a bit fishy, so I gave that a skip.  They also have other sushi – but I’m a bigger sashimi fan.  Standard here remains the same, although I noticed that there were more varieties of sushi available this time.  You can also have edamame (a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean – usually boiled and lightly salted).

Another item that I love very much is the laksa (from table no. 5).  The gravy was thick and tasted great! It was served in small bowls but again, since this is a buffet, you can have as many bowls as you want.

You can also have free flow of beverages – soft drinks, green tea, brewed coffee, etc.  Also, do try the ice cream with the various toppings – great fun for the kids.

Unfortunately, I am very unlikely to visit this restaurant again – memories of good and cheap food that I had here are alas just a memory.  Still, for the price we paid and the varieties they serve, if you don’t mind quality but want quantity, you can always drop by this restaurant.  By the way, it’s halal so you can also invite your Muslim friends there.  But please note that not all Sakura restaurants are halal, so do check their website for details.

Secret Recipe – CheeseCakes

Chocolate Mud Cake Blueberry Cheesecake Oreo Cheese Cake Chocolate Banana Cheescake 
Secret Recipe
Website: http://www.secretrecipe.com.sg/Default.asp

Secret Recipe has cheesecake, cheesecake and more cheesecakes.  They have outlets at Holland Grove Road, Plaza Singapura, East Coast, Suntec City, Vivo City, etc. (check their website for more details).

I like their cheesecake for not having that heavy cheese taste (unlike some places which I shall not name). It’s light and yet cheesy enough so that I can take 2 slices at any one time.  A slice of cheesecake will cost you around S$5 per slice and a whole cake goes for S$45.

Personally, I only ate once at a Secret Recipe at Marina Square here.  I always get my fix in the City Square (City Square, MB-02, Level B1, JB City Square, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, tel: 07-2248110, Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily) coz it’ll cost me RM5.50 per slice there. Instant 50% discount. 😛

Oh, did I mention that you must try their chicken cornish (RM6.80) too? The spicy one tastes a bit like our curry puff but with more chicken bits. To fill yourself up, you can have a chicken cornish and a slice of cheesecake for a grand price of RM12.30 (excluding taxes and service charges)!

Secret Recipe is well known for their cheesecake and cakes, which means you should never try their main courses, e.g. western food or something. I did try once and well, I’ll stick to their cheesecake. 

Their cake order policy and practices are as follows:

  1. Orders can be made through phone-in, walk-in and self-collect.

  2. They deliver cake orders worth $200 and above, and there is a delivery charge of $20.

  3. You may choose to order On-Line through our website. Please visit
    www.secretrecipe.com.sg for further information on their products and assistance from their Outlet-In-Charge.

  4. All advance order lead time is 4 days (normal)  and 5 days (online) inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

  5. Delivery of cakes shall be confined to main-island Singapore only.

  6. Mode of payment: By Cash, Nets, Credit Cards, and On-Line (E-Nets).

  7. SR shall deliver cake orders as in whole and uncut cake only.

  8. For cake sizes 1.5 Recipe (3 – 4 kg) or $75 and above, the outlet manager may require some amount of deposit whereas through On-Line Order (OLorders) payment shall be made in full by credit cards through the ENETS system. However, you need to log into the registration field.

  9. Cake writings, candles and its decoration is F.O.C!

  10. For icing picture cakes, please email your photo to this emails:
    OLorders@secretrecipe.com.sg or jeffwang@secretrecipe.com.sg and they will then forward the details to their factory.