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Small gathering before Chinese New Year, idea to come Seasonal Bistro was suggested by a colleague. Bright and simple décor, the restaurant was full of festival feeling. Offering semi-buffet style, customers may order a main course with unlimited food items at Salad Bar.Saw a promotion advertisement on the table, it was Seasonal Platter for 2. Luxury Steak and Seafood included, the price was $69.90++ only. Valid until end of February 2014, it sounded worthwhile.I opted for healthier choice, thus
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Small gathering before Chinese New Year, idea to come Seasonal Bistro was suggested by a colleague. Bright and simple décor, the restaurant was full of festival feeling. Offering semi-buffet style, customers may order a main course with unlimited food items at Salad Bar.
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Saw a promotion advertisement on the table, it was Seasonal Platter for 2. Luxury Steak and Seafood included, the price was $69.90++ only. Valid until end of February 2014, it sounded worthwhile.
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I opted for healthier choice, thus Fish was selected. Fresh from Ocean, the flesh was tender and juicy. Drizzle of Lemon and Mango cubes highlighted the dull fish, French fries aside were a crispy dressing.
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This was what I took at Salad Bar, springy Bolognese and fried thinly noodles were filling. Calamari and Potato Wedges was sinfully nice, Mayo egg was matched perfectly. There was soup and snack food on tray too.
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Dessert was a must, Ice-cream was readily to serve in DIY basis. Topping can be added according to personal preference, sweet and satisfied. $23.90 for my set, the price was pretty affordable. Impressive service and atmosphere, we enjoyed very much.
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Seasonal Salad Bar has replaced Chums Steak House. What is different now is that the restaurant now has official Halal Restaurant certification which means Muslim guests can dine in too. So gone is the wine section. The restaurant is simple in decoration with wooden look. There is quite a number of malay customers dining in the restaurant. Besides dining in, there is also cakes and biscuits for sale at the display counter by the entrance. Iced water is chargeable at $0.50 a glass and refillable.
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Seasonal Salad Bar has replaced Chums Steak House. What is different now is that the restaurant now has official Halal Restaurant certification which means Muslim guests can dine in too. So gone is the wine section.
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The restaurant is simple in decoration with wooden look. There is quite a number of malay customers dining in the restaurant. Besides dining in, there is also cakes and biscuits for sale at the display counter by the entrance. Iced water is chargeable at $0.50 a glass and refillable. The service is quite good here as the staff makes sure the glass is filled from time to time. Currently there is a 1-for-1 promotion for its chicken meal with cut-outs from The New Paper.

Due to the promotion, we have
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Spicy Chicken
Generous portion of boneless chicken thigh fired up with a secret blend of spices ($23.90++) and
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Southern Grilled Chicken
Grilled tender chicken breast topped with turkey bacon, cheese and finished with salsa ($23.90++). The chicken is quite juicy and tender. The topping of salsa is a pick-me as it enhances my appetite.
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The free flow salad bar has quite a variety of items and kind of reminds of Sizzler.
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There is a DIY salad section with different vegetables, dressings, ham and grilled chicken. I like the sesame dressing which has quite a tangy taste.
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There is also ready to serve salad section. I like the apple salad which is quite crunchy and not too sweet. The crabmeat salad is nice too.
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At the soup section, there is 3 kinds of soups available : mushroom, clam chowder and hot & spicy soup. The clam chowder is full of vegetables and chopped clams, while the hot & spicy soup tastes more sour than spicy to me.

At the pasta section, there is Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce (Meat Sauce) and stir-fried Angel Hair Pasta with vegetables. The angel hair pasta is simple and very tasty.

At the dessert section, there is soft-serve machine which we have fun time creating soft-serve ice-cream, with different toppings. There is chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauces available, as well as, chocolate chips, colored rice and chopped nuts for toppings. Besides soft-serve, there is also bread pudding, cut fruits and jelly to help yourself to.

Overall it is quite a full and delicious meal. The staffs here are also quite friendly too.
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2014-01-15
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  • Southern Grilled Chicken
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Feel free to visit my site: http://thedessertprince.com/chums-steak-house-steakhouse-at-toa-payoh/Toa Payoh has become one of those favorite place that I enjoy hanging out. The estate is literally sprawling with hawker food/cafes/restaurants only if you know where to find them since most of them are quite hidden especially if you’re the type that don’t travel and explore places like I do.Who says being a food blogger means I have to lead a bunch of foodie(s) out? I could always appreciate fellow
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Feel free to visit my site: http://thedessertprince.com/chums-steak-house-steakhouse-at-toa-payoh/
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Toa Payoh has become one of those favorite place that I enjoy hanging out. The estate is literally sprawling with hawker food/cafes/restaurants only if you know where to find them since most of them are quite hidden especially if you’re the type that don’t travel and explore places like I do.
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Who says being a food blogger means I have to lead a bunch of foodie(s) out? I could always appreciate fellow foodie sharing their experience with me and on one such expeditions, two of my close friends lead a group of us to Chums for dinner.

Citing their lip-smacking, irresistible and let’s not to mention mouth salivating steaks that comes with free flow salad that comes with no additional cost as the main focal point.
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Since it’s an eat-all-you-can mini buffet with an array of veggies/pasta/meat cuts/fruits to pick from. Even the dressing to go with is pretty extensive, with six to douse your greens in. I personally love the tangy taste of the French dressing. Not sure why though, maybe I just have a love for all things French.
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Mushroom or Pumpkin? For those who can’t endure spicy broth, just stay clear from Tom Yum. It’s seriously spicy!
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I’m a steak lover and so when I ordered my Black Augus Steak ($30.60), instinctively I would opt to have my steaks medium rare where the slab of beef is just seared on the outside but tender and succulent inside if not bloody red as well. If you’re daring, opt rare for your steaks like the carnivorous friends but I just like mine, medium rare.
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If not, how about Black Pepper Steak ($25.90)? I presume my friends ordered medium rare as well?
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Lamb Racks ($29.90) was nicely plated, siting in a pool of brown sauce. I can’t comment on it since I didn’t try it personally but it sure got me salivating while blogging about it!
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I could always do with a glass or two right after dinner…

I love sweet and fruity cocktails just like I love sweet and fruity desserts and popping those lychee just reassured me that Lychee Martini ($10.00) will always remain my second most favourite alcholic drink with first being the tropical Singapore Sling.
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Desserts came in the form of soft ice cream. They were pretty tasteless to be honest but I can’t find any fault if you have toppings to play with!

All in all, I thought the beef steaks were great although they seemed rather petite when it was plated on a huge plate but was still reasonably priced especially with the salad bar. Just two of three maybe four is enough to keep your tummy filled to the brim!

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What was called sizzler is now called chums i think... I wonder why it is called chums... sounds like a crazy thing but il use chum frequently now... Like for example... i am feeling chum... or like what should i chum??? or i will chum your face... well i will never know what chum really means but hey im feeling chummy...Ok so there are 2 main sections to this chum dining experience... The first a salad bar and then the main entree... so basically if your paying x amount of dollars for the entre
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What was called sizzler is now called chums i think... I wonder why it is called chums... sounds like a crazy thing but il use chum frequently now... Like for example... i am feeling chum... or like what should i chum??? or i will chum your face... well i will never know what chum really means but hey im feeling chummy...

Ok so there are 2 main sections to this chum dining experience... The first a salad bar and then the main entree... so basically if your paying x amount of dollars for the entree.. it will entitle you to have the salad bar and the entree... drinks are separated...

Ok so you have to ask yourself... do i want a heavy dinner with light salad or do i want light dinner with heavy saiad... For me.. i would usually choose... light dinner and more salad because i like a slightly healthy lifestyle because i believe in the shield! Basically believing in the healthier diet..

The salad bar comprised of many vegetables like lentils, asparagus, mushrooms, egg mayo, tuna mayo, penne pasta with tuna... there were three kinds of soup that day... clam chowder, sour soup and mushroom straganoff... Other items like peaches, alfafa and even fruits are served for you...

Other than that... there is also soft serve ice cream consisting of 3 flavors... chocolate, vanilla and mixed... toppings are also available with crushed nuts, chocolate rice... coco pops and rainbow rice.. served with chocolate, strawberry and caramel sauce...

For the entree... i ordered the southern chicken... basically in a nutshell it is grilled chicken with a piece of turkey streaky bacon... a slice of cheese... some bbq sauce, a little brushetta and served with fries... hmmm how simple... not very fantastic but yea i have always been a lover for their steak... been quite a while since i had steak... hmm....


I will be back to try their steak... overall not too bad... $30 i spent for the salad and the entree and a glass of grape... Drinks are payable which makes this place a bit of a downside? For coffee with the entree is $3.50 but with the a la carte it is $5....

In conclusion... do not be a chum chum...
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Maybe there is no a rule to have Western Dinner during Valentine's Day, but we still choose Chums Steakhouse, located at Toa Payoh.Upon entering the restaurant, there was a Wine Cellar just beside the Counter. A lot of choices of Wine could be seen inside, arranged neatly by types and year.It was a place whereby we served ourselves, a buffet-style for salad and side dishes. Surprisingly, it consisted a wide range of food there.Ordered by Him, as he likes the steak so much. The steak with half-co
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Maybe there is no a rule to have Western Dinner during Valentine's Day, but we still choose Chums Steakhouse, located at Toa Payoh.
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Upon entering the restaurant, there was a Wine Cellar just beside the Counter. A lot of choices of Wine could be seen inside, arranged neatly by types and year.
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It was a place whereby we served ourselves, a buffet-style for salad and side dishes. Surprisingly, it consisted a wide range of food there.
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Ordered by Him, as he likes the steak so much. The steak with half-cooked, it neither looked too bloody nor too hard to eat. The portion was generous, costed $30.60 before GST and service charge.
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Ordered by me, the dory fish was so fresh. Actually I changed this set from the garlic rice to french fries because I not really like garlic. The fries was crispy and the vegetables served was sweet. I like the Tartar sauce too. It costed $25.40 per set including the buffet salad.

The price was reasonable for me, cozy environment and we enjoyed the time having dinner there. There is a OCBC card promotion where you can get a 10% discount once you pay by OCBC Credit or Debit Card.

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The chicken was juicy.The panko breadcrumb crust was an oil sponge.While I liked the melted mushroom cheese, it made everything a lot more salty than it already was.All mains come with the complimentary salad bar.Sounds familiar?Sizzler style.I don't know how true the news is- just a change of management for Sizzler?I took a salad bar option and it does seem that it's exactly the same.I had my favourites of tuna mayo potato salad, mushroom soup, nachos and soft serve ice cream.Mmm.
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The chicken was juicy.
The panko breadcrumb crust was an oil sponge.
While I liked the melted mushroom cheese, it made everything a lot more salty than it already was.

All mains come with the complimentary salad bar.

Sounds familiar?

Sizzler style.
I don't know how true the news is- just a change of management for Sizzler?

I took a salad bar option and it does seem that it's exactly the same.
I had my favourites of tuna mayo potato salad, mushroom soup, nachos and soft serve ice cream.
Mmm.
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2012-12-23 41 views
Since the wife works at HDB Hub, we thought of going to Chums for a hearty Friday dinner (any steakhouse resonates in my being, she'll tell you), since we noticed it during a family visit to Saizeriya a month back. Hey, it's Christmas time and good ol' feasting never goes out of rhyme, aye?The first thing you'll notice isn't so much the decor, but a rather strategically located wine shop known as 1855 The Bottle Shop right smack within the walls of Chums (the illuminated shop sign is right at th
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Since the wife works at HDB Hub, we thought of going to Chums for a hearty Friday dinner (any steakhouse resonates in my being, she'll tell you), since we noticed it during a family visit to Saizeriya a month back. Hey, it's Christmas time and good ol' feasting never goes out of rhyme, aye?

The first thing you'll notice isn't so much the decor, but a rather strategically located wine shop known as 1855 The Bottle Shop right smack within the walls of Chums (the illuminated shop sign is right at the entrance before you even enter!). Aficionados will be familar with 1855 as the year in which the famous wine classification of Bordeaux took place at the behest of Emperor Napoleon III (nephew of the famous general) with the intention of showcasing the best of Bordeaux (deemed the most important wine-producing region in France at that time) to international visitors to the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris (a world expo of sorts). This classfication resulted in what we know today as the famous Grand Cru Classe wines of Bordeaux with 1st Growths like Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Margaux amongst five labels categorised in this rank.

Well, as much as I would like to rattle on about wines (I love wines as much as steak), OpenRice isn't quite the place for a sermon about them as much as about food. So just note that there's a really interesting partnership here between Chums and 1855 The Bottle Shop in sparing no effort to deliver the best combination of steak AND wine. Great! Here are my parting comments about 1855: The wine selection is pretty good (a healthy blend of Old World and New World wines, and hard liquor to boot), although slightly above four grand for a 2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is in my opinion, a little pricey compared to market rates. Still, you might wish to settle for a half bottle (375ml) of Chateau Calon Segur (can't remember the vintage) to go with your meal especially on Valentine's Day or Proposal Day (whichever comes first) at a more affordable price of 125 SGD++.
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Anyway, the decor of Chums will serve to a fitting prelude to a great meal to come: wood-finished walls juxtaposed with green pillars that lend a soothing atmosphere akin to a fireplace amidst a lonely winter (the rainy weather provided a similar feel to that), but yet, the installation of full-length glass panels facing the Toa Payoh plaza square instead of the same wood-finished walls brightened up Chums with a twist of contemporary chic - the effect of which is rather unique in not fully whisking you to that cottage place (I don't think you'll feel very much in a cottage-mood with a full view of the hustle and bustle of the Toa Payoh heartland amidst commercial buildings in plain sight). Chums is thus ideal for diners finding the notion of a fireplace meal too musty for their liking.
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The next sight that'll greet you is the "Salad Bar", which ironically, seems to be the highlight of the place with an elevated platform leading up to it, bright downlights that seem to have burrowed their way out of a jewelry shop, and a bar counter located next to it - instead of the steaks (it's called Chums Steakhouse, no?). This sight promises to be a pleasant one because greens are but a mere offering of this "Salad Bar", which I'll come right to in a minute.
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Since the wife was already entralled by the "All-You-Care-To-Eat" Salad Bar (that's the actual for it, no kidding) at a price of 17.50 SGD++ for dinner (cheaper for lunch, I recall), it was left to me to actually order the steak which decidingly came in the form of a 250gm Fillet Mignon served medium-rare at 32.90 SGD++. All entrees come with the "Salad Bar" too (just like some insurance riders), so you really get a bang out of your buck here at Chums!

One glance at the Fillet Mignon immediately brings to attention the starved amount of sides (what you see in the photo is exactly what you get: one baked potato, half a tomato, and a miniscule piece of broccoli). "Why", you ask? No prizes for guessing that Chums really does diners a favour in only providing enough sides to NOT make your steak look like an island on the plate so as to maxmise your appetite for the "Salad Bar"! Thank you indeed!
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Since Chums IS a steakhouse after all, I shall review the Fillet Mignon first. The tenderness of the steak really gets to you, as my usual 'tear' test of tenderloins, where I attempt to rip the meat instead of slicing through it, was performed with relative ease. Generously coated with brown peppered sauce, the Fillet Mignon does justice to Chums although I'm pretty sure I've eaten more flavourful steaks elsewhere. Perhaps the temperature wasn't quite enough to bring out the full flavour of the steak, although the succulence and tenderness more than made up for this slight dip in flavour.

For readers dying to know more about the "Salad Bar", the first thing that needs explanation here is, "why the inverted commas"? This "Salad Bar", as I've mentioned previously, is rather more of a buffet bar actually: a resonable spread of greens nestled amidst ham, chicken breast, and smoked salmon (yes!), plain pasta with separately placed tomato sauce, a bevy of salad beauties like apple, caesar, potato, seafood, pasta, and hawaiian, generous amounts of nachos and potato wedges, and three (yes, three) different types of soup - Mushroom (the chunks of Shiitake in the pot are really a sight and taste to behold), Clam Chowder (which we found to be a winner in terms of ingredient chunkiness and flavour, even better than some ala carte servings offered someplace else), and Tom Yum (yum!) which, when consumer at the right moment, will serve as a "reset button" for your appetite -allowing you to enjoy more goodies! The vegetarian Tom Yum is rich in flavour and definitely comparable to the other two soups. On top of that, there's ice cream (vanilla and chocolate) with a variety of DIY toppings!! Woohoo! Lastly, as with other salad bars, you get freshly sliced fruits and fruit jellies - for the health conscious (but why would they be here in the first place? Hmmm...). There is a hot beverage section with free-flow coffee and different types of tea too, but diners will need to pay an additional surcharge to enjoy them.
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In all, we (even the wife) ate like no tomorrow, truly befitting of the Doomsday occasion! If you're still reading this and salivating, do yourself a HUGE favour and dine at Chums - now.
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