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Weekend Food Choices Week 35: Take Me Back to Singapore

I finally coerced hubby to come with me to the gym so after a muscle aching hour for me and hubby’s run on the thread mill, we were famished and craving for a piece of Singapore in Manila

Orchard Road is like a mini Food Republic with its open kitchen

Once you enter, you will receive an order slip with dishes that they serve

You can look around, tick your order slip, pay at the cashier and your order will apparently be prepared fresh for you

On our table:

Cold Barley for hubby

Cold Kopi Tarik for me
It was a bit watered down, I like my coffee strong…

Roti prata with Curry
I was craving for a fluffier roti prata like the one i tasted in Singapore so i was a bit disappointed with this crispier version

Carrot Cake
This was nothing near the real thing so i don’t recommend this

Hokkien Mee
I was disappointed when this dish was served. It didn’t look anywhere near as appetizing as the photo that was posted at the open kitchen. Surprisingly, the noodles didn’t taste bad. I just wish they placed more color to make the dish look more appetizing.

Prawn Fritters

Hubby and i initially thought that the fritters were all breading but surprisingly the prawns were a considerable size

This was pretty good, one of the dishes that we actually liked.

Hainanese Chicken Rice
The chicken was tender, the flavor was alright but the ginger garnish was so-so. I would say Siok’s chicken was much better.

Over all, Orchard Road’s dishes were alright definitely better than Makansutra in Ocean Park but i must admit, it’s far from the real thing…i suddenly want to go back to Singapore just to eat their good dishes…


April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | ,


  1. i had small talk with one of its managers and she agrees that there’s nothing sensational about it (LOL) except for the experience that sort of takes people in the zone of fusion a la Singapore. I already dined there three times and I’m not impressed. I do like the Bandung, though.

    Comment by Fine Life Folk | April 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. we have tried this before. we like their food but the service is not good. the char kway teow is better than the hokkien mee. 🙂

    Comment by ingrid | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi FLF! when a manager is not enthusiastic about what they offer, that is really a downer!! I saw one of the staff wearing a Paseo patch, would you know if they are a subsidiary?

    Hi Ingrid =) we were actually picking between the 2 noodle dishes but i guess we chose the wrong one! =p

    Comment by mrs lavendula | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Dra Mitzi, if you want the real thing, NASI LEMAK at Robinson’s Galleria is the place. Trust me on this. It’s beside Krispy Kreme. You won’t go home disappointed. 🙂 Please try it out. Sobrang tumba talaga ang lahat. 🙂 Chef Gene Gonzalez (Cafe Ysabel) and Ivan Henares already had good reviews about it. Authentic talaga ang ingredients.

    Comment by kaye | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. P.S. And eating at NASI LEMAK is definitely like going back to Singapore. Their consultant chef (who is Malaysian/Singaporean) will guide you through the whole experience. 🙂

    Comment by kaye | May 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. Agreed, the coffee was certainly watered down! The egg noodles served there is not the Q noodle from Singapore, hence its soft, has no texture.

    There is an article written by Eugene published in the Bulletin 4 days ago, and the rating was also so so.

    Filipino and Singaporean food are world’s apart, when it comes to ingredients, taste, cooking style. Its very hard to do such food outlet in the philippines unless one is committed to doing it right with imported ingredients and deploying a Singapore chef to guide the local chefs.

    I dined in Orchard Road 3 times since the second day of their opening.

    I ordered Carrot Cake, Laksa, Loh Mee, and Mee Goreng.

    1) Carrot Cake was definately off the target.

    2) Laksa was very sour, more like Mee Siam than Laksa, and very small portion.

    3) Loh Mee, the pork pieces smelt a little “off”, the gravy was too watered down.

    4) Mee Goreng, looks like speghetti stir fried with tomato kechap.

    The other Singaporean restaurant in Robinsons Galleria has the best Laksa, Beef Rendang, Mee Goreng, Malaysian Chicken Curry, Kang Kong, Nasi Lemak, and Fish Head Curry. Went there after reading the food review (Pub Bulletin April 1, 2010) by Chef Gene Gonzalez who owns Cafe Ysebel.

    Comment by Louis Tanaka | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi Kaye and Louis, that makes 2 of you who recommends the Singaporean restaurant in Rob, i must try that place soon =)

    Comment by mrs lavendula | May 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. Try SHIOK in Bonifacio Global City! It’s really good. Their char kway teow is only P120 but serving’s good for 2 already. The chicken rice is yummy too. They have a lot of Singaporean/ Malay dishes to choose from. Don’t forget to try their Milo Dinosaur too! 🙂 Yummy food with affordable prices.

    Comment by u8mypinkcookies | May 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi u8mypinkcookies, actually we’ve already tried Shiok. i would have to agree that their char kway teow and hiananese chicken rice are way better than Orchard Road. i will have to try their milo dinosaur during our next visit.

      Comment by mrs lavendula | May 9, 2010 | Reply

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