Nara Thai @ ION

There’s been quite a bit of fanfare surrounding the arrival of Nara Thai on Singapore shores. In spite of this, I never made specific plans to check it out. It was by pure accident and chance I ended up here. I didn’t even know it was located in ION! Nevertheless I was thrilled when I chanced upon this while searching for dinner options at ION. This was perfect and I do love Thai food.

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Without reservations, the wait was 30 mins for two. You can leave your number with the front desk and they’ll ring you when there’s a table.

Even though Nara Thai is a casual diner, that is no excuse for sloppy service. I can’t imagine a ‘top restaurant in Bangkok’ (which is what they are labelling themselves) being so disorderly.

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1) They called to inform us our table was ready. When we reached, they asked us to hold on, then forgot about us! When we gently reminded him, he thought we were new customers. -.-

2) Once we were seated we were just left on our own. I had to ask for menus and they only gave us one. When I asked for another, that took about 5 minutes. I’m very impatient one, cannot accept this.

3) Service was very very slow. It took about 15-20 minutes for our dishes to start arriving.

4) After finishing all the dishes on our table we were still waiting on one more. The waiters kept asking us to wait “5 more minutes”. Unfortunately the cows came home and our dish never arrived.

I had wanted to wait because I felt that we were still kind of hungry. But this waiter came up to us and said “I THINK YOU JUST CANCEL THE DISH LA!” We were shocked that he would suggest we cancel. Without even a HINT of an apology. Shouldn’t they strive to serve all their customers? I felt like he wanted to chase us off and seat other customers.

5) We quickly got the bill, and when it came, the folder for the receipt came encrusted with white rice. Fucking dirty and disgusting. We left the money in the folder and walked out.

Now, let’s talk food:

Soft shell crab in curry was good but was not served hot.20130922-102543.jpg

Squid in salted egg was also quite good but not served hot as well.20130922-102606.jpg

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Both dishes felt very zi char but a bit more polished. Was excited for “eggplant with minced pork, black bean and basil” to come but sadly didn’t get to try it.

Might come back after they improve their ops, to try the more traditional Thai dishes like tom yam and pad thai.

Address
#B3-21, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Phone
66345787

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Keong Saik Snacks

The other day somebody had a burger craving. We decided to drop by Keong Saik Snacks since I remembered they had a burger on their menu. After getting through traffic and ERP and dealing with the parking problem (super limited parallel parking lots especially at dinner time), we realized they changed the menu. No more burgers! That’s bad luck right there.

Even though Keong Saik Snacks has been around for a year or so, I never had the chance to visit ┬ábecause it was always swamped with yupsters. To walk in for dinner and get a seat was impossible at this 30-seat diner. They don’t take reservations either.

It’s a lot quieter now, less than half the restaurant was occupied during our visit. So we took our seats and a look at the menu – quite limited in choices, nothing really jumped at me.

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I decided to go for the Seared Scallop & Crispy Pig Cheek ($28). Please see below for picture. It was as insubstantial in my stomach as it was on the plate. They weren’t kidding when they said Keong Saik SNACKS. This is at best a starter, not a main. It is a huge booboo to list it as a main and very deceiving.

At the very least keep the pig cheek in one slab rather than chop it up into bite-size pieces. So that it looks more decent.

And $28? This cafe seriously needs to revise its prices. It’s simply unreasonable for mainstream folks like myself to be paying so much at a small cafe. Hipsters/yupsters would but my kind is a different story.

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Below is the Grilled Lamb Chop & Shepherd’s Pie ($30). We chose to have the t-bone and it was cooked well. The shepherd’s pie felt like it was prepared halfway. They just slapped on some potato over some beef. The portion I would say is enough for a small eater. But guys would need a lot more than this. And of course, $30 is pushing the limit.

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That’s me!

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I will not return to KSS again, because I could be going to a fancier place with that amount of money. However, they do have innovative food in a small, cosy setting, if that is your thing. Good for (up to 4) girlfriends who have not seen each other in months – or a casual dinner for two.

And the biggest plus point of dining here is you get to The Library bar afterwards which is just next door! Your waiter will provide you the password to enter upon paying the bill.

49 Keong Saik Rd 089153
6223 0660

New Ubin Seafood

My first time writing about a zichar place but New Ubin has that “hip” quotient befitting of crazyshakes – and so it makes the blog.

Most zichar coffee shops cater to families who live in the neighborhood. However here diners were groups of friends all in their 20’s – an obvious sign it is a hit with the younger ones. I mean I travelled about 5 highway exits just to eat here so that says a lot.

I guess it’s the unconventional dishes like steak and “boss” beehoon, plus the classics like crab and crayfish that draw the crowd. And to me, quite importantly, is the extensive wine list all below $50 per bottle. Impressive!

Bamboo clams – It was buy 2 get 1 free so why not! I’ve never had bamboo clams at a coffee shop before. They were decent but lacked the extra something something.IMG_4819

Enter my favourite dish of the meal! Special Kailan. Sprinkled with super tasty fried (seaweed n garlic chips?) on top. I could just have this and plain rice for a meal and nothing else I’d still be so satisfied. 2 finger thumbs and 2 toe thumbs up!IMG_4820

What everyone goes to New Ubin for – the black angus ribeye steak served with potato wedges and caramelised onions. We were quite happy with the dish, it was remarkable for coffee shop standard!IMG_4823

Fried rice comes free with every order of steak. It’s basically rice fried with dark sauce and topped with beef fat. But SO GOOD. Super tasty.IMG_4825

I already can’t wait for my next trip to New Ubin! So many more things I wanna try out. Seafood meesua? Tequila claypot chicken? All while getting drunk.

Address
#01-174, Sector A Sin Ming Industrial Estate, 27 Sin Ming Road
Phone
64669558