Level 4 of Iluma is a food paradise. Almost all the restaurants are located at this level. Competition is fierce as there's really not much shoppers here. So the secret of attracting customers to dine in your restaurant is to
1) Make your restaurant stand out from the rest by occupying a bigger space and have very attractive designs
2) Have a staff assigned to stand outside with a menu and greets everyone who walks pass
3) Blast that songs that people listened to nowadays, eg: Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, etc.
Empire State have fulfilled all the above requirements.
We were literally attracted to dine here by the vibrant pictures of their trademark monkey that have little spotlights that outline the picture making it even more attractive. Also, the guy standing at the door is really hardworking, as he hands us the menu, he immediately takes another menu and stand by for other passer by.
Inside their menu, almost every page will have a small witty thoughts column by their trademark monkey. For example on the page of the soup, the money thoughts, "I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks." Kinda interesting and makes me wanna see what else he would say.
However, I do not have high praises for their main course. Their seafood chowder is sort of like thick mushroom soup but with different ingredients inside. Their garlic bread is so hard and crispy, it's like eating biscuit instead of bread.
$6.50 Seafood Chowder
$5.90 for a refreshing and cooling apple soft drinks is kinda too expansive.
$5.90 Apple Paradise
Their "Must Have" Herb Roasted Maple Glazed Chicken is a little bit disappointing. Though the chicken is succulent and tender, I find myself unable to accept their strong spice seasoning. In face, I didn't even taste any maple syrup sauce on the skin and in the end, I have to dip the chicken with chili sauce to cover up their spice seasoning. The fries are cold and tasteless and the meslun salad uses vegetables that are so bitter that I spitted them out on first bite.
$15.90 Whole Herb Roasted Maple Glazed Chicken
Overall, I do enjoyed chilling out here, I love and all the songs they played and I think it would be great working here as can listen to all the nice songs. However, they need to look into flavours of their food that can suits Singaporeans.
Date of Visit: 2011-07-19