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This is Bern living in Central. I like to hang out in City Hall, Raffles Place, Orchard. Italian, Japanese, Thai, Singaporean, Cantonese are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Hawker Centre, Restaurant and Chinese Soup, Porridge/Congee.
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Mediocre food Cry Jun 07, 2013   
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Categories : American | Café

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I can't understand the hype of this place at all. The food's overpriced and disappointingly under par. Service is non-existent because it's a self-serviced joint. Just think of this as a upscale canteen. With mediocre food.

We had the American Country Breakfast ($22): disappointing. The eggs were overcooked, sausage dried out, potato patty tasteless, dry and burnt, wholegrain toast dry and chewy and hard, and even the mushrooms were lacking in flavour. The only good thing about this was the bacon, which isn't saying much. Seriously, if I'm going to pay Wild Honey-esque prices for the mains here, I better be getting quality food, especially since I don't get service here
 
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Categories : Peranakan / Nonya

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Ivins @ Binjai Park caters really to its immediate hinterland. Because I cannot see how it'd attract foodies to travel from all over the island. The parking is awful (the summons auntie are d*** xiao onz here!) and the food sub-par. But for the proximity to my current home, I wouldn't travel all the way here to eat Peranakan food.

I don't understand why this Binjai Park one is still standing when the Upper Thomson Road one was closed down. The food at the latter was steps up from the mediocre fare at Binjai Park. Granted, it's dirt cheap. But we still found the lack of value hard to swallow. We don't think we'll be back. Unless they get the chef from the defunct Upper Thomson branch over.

We had:

1) Egg Fuyong ($4.20): It was rubbery and tasted like the different components were cooked separately then put together in a small bowl and overturned on a plate before serving. Nothing gelled

2) Fried Ngo Hiang ($3.80) had little texture - it was pulverised to a smooth mash. For the record, I like the textured dice and ground in my ngo hiang. Thank goodness for that sweet sambal. It (barely) saved this very average appetizer

3) Nonya Chap Chye ($4.60): The gravy was too lightly coloured. It was so obvious that not enough taucheo was used in this. It was insipid, weak and bland when it should have been rich and sweet.

4) Babi Pongteh ($5.40) was one of the worst we've tried, the meat was dry and tough and chewy because they apparently don't use pork belly here. Are the people around the area such health fanatics that this outlet choses to serve only lean meat? Gimme the fatty laden artery-clogging triple layered fatty pork anyday!

5) Penang Char Kway Teow ($4.20) was definitely the de facto hit dish. It was well fried, moist yet with a smoky charring that made it so delectable. The squid and prawn couples were swimmingly fresh and cooked perfectly

6) Chicken Macaroni ($3.50): although ordinary, evoked childhood memories of after-school lunches. It was simple homecooked standard stuff but for some inexplicable reason, we liked it. The soup base was comfortingly familiar, delicate and light, but the chicken morsels were rank with artificial tenderiser
 
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Only if you yearn for nostalgia Cry Jun 07, 2013   
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Categories : Indian | Malay | Peranakan / Nonya | Singaporean Chinese | Singaporean Western

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The food here was quite the letdown. Most of the stuff seemed to be served up by a novice home cook. It's not terrible, but a lot of their dishes were not even on par with those in the hawker centre, and taking into consideration the higher-than-hawker-centre prices here (which are admittedly cheap by most restaurant standards), I didn't think my money travelled the distance here. If I'm going to eat hawker-styled food in nice digs at higher prices, I'd like the food to be at least on par with those at the hawker centre. I don't mind paying more for a nicer ambience, but I do mind forking out more for sub-par food.

I couldn't understand how the place was packed to the brim on a Saturday night when we visited for dinner. There was even a short queue outside when we left as well! Maybe it's our love for all things nostalgic, and a yearning for the carefree days of yore? As such, do be sure to make reservations if you really still want a dash of the past.

We had:

1) Chicken Macaroni Soup ($5.90) with shredded chicken breast meat, a couple of quail's eggs, sliced fish cakes, carrots and lettuce in a plain-ish chicken broth was alright, but I've had better. The soup base was sorely lacking in depth. This would make really good "sick food" because it's just so dull.

2) Hainanese Chicken Cutlet ($8.90) was better, even if the garlic fried rice was barely passable. Judged on its own without the rice, the chicken cutlet was juicy and flavourful: decent and relatively value-for-money considering the portion

3) Home-style Curry Chicken ($8.90): Creamy, well-rounded and robust curry. But that was it. The potatoes were significantly undercooked, and the chicken, while large, was also lacking in flavour. They needed to be stewed/marinated for a longer period of time
 
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overhyped and underdelivered Cry Jun 07, 2013   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

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PS Café is super crowded. And, because they take no reservations, this is one place that really redefines the idea of brunch, in that you gotta wake up real early and be there by 10 am to get a table. To me, eating at 10 am on a weekend does not count as brunch. That's considered breakfast. But clearly, the early bird does get the worm. Around here at least. So if you love sleeping in, be prepared to wait it out, like those poor sods we saw fanning themselves by the outdoor patio in the muggy heat of Singapore, for a table to open up.

I can't understand the fuss about PS Café though. The food's plainly unimpressive and service is flustered and harried.

We had:

1) Portobello Stack ($24): barely passable. The brioche is nothing like Wild Honey's thick buttery toasties. These actually seemed like toasted white bread. The poached eggs, while done to a good semi-runny consistency, was disappointingly tasteless. Even with the drizzle of balsamic reduction. Save for the juicy, pesto-topped grilled tomatoes and deconstructed potato gratin, which was more pancake than gratin anyway, the bacon and portobello were standard, unmemorable fare

2) PS Bacon & Eggs ($27) was an epic fail with its evidently overfried-to-a-rubbery-state eggs. The baked beans were of the generic canned variety and the toast forgettable. Only the chorizo sausage, grilled tomatoes and streaky bacon were worth eating, which isn't saying much, seeing as they require little effort in grilling them

While the egg dishes were clearly lackluster, I did try my friend's shepherd's pie, which was pretty darn good. It was hearty and juicy and delicious. And the cream of mushroom was very decent as well, thick and chunky and wholesome. If I had to go back, those would be my picks for a return visit.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  shepherd's pie,cream of mushroom
 
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Smelly restaurant Cry Jul 27, 2012   
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Categories : Teochew | Porridge/Congee | Zi Char

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The main gripe of lunch was that the air-conditioned area of the eatery reeked of ammonia-tinged sewage and/or sour rancid rotting food. That was enough to put us off quite a lot already. Then we realized that the staff were all (that we could see anyways) PRCs. I don't usually stereotype but this was quite the unfortunate case of putting two and two together, a staff full of PRCs and the ridiculously smelly restaurant.

But I still wanted to give this place a chance. So, we sat in the outdoors area, which had wet spots because the fridge containing the canned drinks was leaking. The management really needs to do an overhaul of the restaurant's equipment and ventilation system. Suffice to say, I won't be back. And I won't be recommending anyone to this place either. In fact, I'll advise people to stay away from this place. Just think, if the restaurant smelled like that, what do you think the hygiene levels of the kitchen are like?

We got the Sliced Fish Soup ($4), which, funnily enough, was off the menu. This was mixed with beancurd skin, bittergourd, lettuce and seaweed. The broth seemed delicate and light enough, not too obvious with the MSG, but I'd admit I didn't have much of the soup anyway, I was sweating buckets and trying to finish up my meal quickly to go.
 
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