Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Back to The Old Spaghetti Factory. Not my choice of venue -- I was there for an event -- so that may bias me especially as I wasn't impressed at all last time. Keep this in mind!

Minestrone Soup
  • For the "It's All Included" soup, this time I went with the basic offering, and thankfully it was actually really decent. Spicy with slight peppery (?) heat. Good as an appetizer.
2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - minestrone soup

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - minestrone soup

Spinach Salad ($10.50, extra for optional chicken or prawns) Prepared with almonds, apples, and cranberries with our own Honey Dijon dressing and topped with creamy goat cheese
  • Price is weak for portion considering it's mostly spinach (hey, it's a salad!).
  • You'd probably do just as well if you got Honey Dijon dressing from a supermarket and make up a salad yourself. Which is not to say it tastes bad. It's just that it's mediocre.
  • Where a restaurant can really show value is in the additional ingredients / garnishes that the average person might not be bothered to get for a home-made salad. Either fancy ingredients, or a generous helping. Here, there is neither.
2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - spinach salad

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - spinach salad

2018-Sept-25 - The Old Spaghetti Factory - tea and ice cream

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Green Basil Lunch Special

Green Basil Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Treated my friend for her birthday and she had a craving for Thai from her tried-and-true near-her-neighbourhood Thai place, Green Basil.

The free stuff that comes with your meal is really sad but don't worry, your actual order will actually be good!

Service on the Sunday afternoon was prompt, attentive, and not pushy. Awesome!

Spring Rolls
  • Came with our order.
  • Maybe because it was freshly fried and not allowed to sit around and get soft and soggy (and also drain of oil), this tasted kinda oily.
  • Sauce was so thin as to barely taste like anything at all but I think it was supposed to be that sweet garlic-chili sauce. Maybe.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - spring rolls

Tom Yum Soup (?)
  • Came with our order. Really kinda thin tasting.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - tom yum soup?

G17M. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice, served in young coconut ($13.50 lunch special price)
  • This was actually really tasty. And with a tightly packed bowl of rice, price for portion is really decent for a filling meal.
  • "Tiger prawns" were just prawn sized -- which is to say, definitely bigger than a shrimp but not so big to really wow anyone. Forgot to keep count but I think there were four prawns.
  • Had some real heat to it too, which I liked. Rated three chilies for spicy-heat on the restaurant menu so you can expect one-chili to be barely a tingle on your tongue.
  • They also diligently scraped that coconut of the flesh so there's no waste (and no reason to cart that coconut shell home either) and it's quite a "meaty" feeling curry as well.
  • They might take your plate away. Make sure they don't or ask for a plate and utensils. It's very much more convenient to empty the rice and curry onto a dinner plate and mix it up.
2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - G17. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice

2018-Sept-23 - Green Basil - G17. Tiger prawns with red curry paste & coconut rice

39M. Phat Thai noodle with shrimp & ground peanuts ($10.50 lunch special price)
  • My friend's go-to order at Green Basil.
  • Decent tasting, sweet, with just a tingle of heat. Price for portion is fair too.
2018-Sept-23 Green Basil - 39M. Phat Thai noodle with shrimp & ground peanuts

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Tipper

The Tipper Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Dropped in here for a function that happened in the back room with a stage for performances!

Veggie Burger ($13.50 + $0.50 for soup of the day) Grilled tempeh patty, feta cheese, toasted kaiser bun, crisp spring mix, lush tomato & sweet onion. Vegan patty is available on request
  • Average sized burger with no fancy construction.
  • Bun seemed a bit over toasted but that's probably personal preference.
  • Patty was some dark mash with visible whole black (?) beans.
  • Strangely amazingly bland, which was terribly disappointing. I had to use the shakers of pink salt on it. Pass on this and try something else.
  • Soup of the day was potato broccoli and amazingly thick, which means it helps make this a filling meal. So thick you could scoop it up with the crackers provided.
Waitstaff friendly, laid-back, and not pushy about ordering at all.

2018-Aug-13 - The Tipper - Veggie Burger

2018-Aug-13 - The Tipper - Veggie Burger

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fat Mao Noodles

Fat Mao Noodles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Was wandering around Chinatown with a friend. Totally impromptu drop-in. Tight busy place even past 7pm on a Friday, so like us you might be asked to share the seven-seat communal table with another small party.

This is a NOODLE place. It's not a Chinese place. It's not a Singaporean place. It's not even a ramen place. You get noodles in tasty soup. Don't go here for ethnic or authentic or whatever. Go for noodles in tasty soup, and filling portions for a decent price.

Roti ($5.99)
  • Decent curry sauce but could really use some spiciness/heat to it. OK roti prata.
  • $6 for this measly amount? Pass. Get your roti from Amay's House instead where you'll get a big piece about four times as much roti than what's on this plate. The curry there is also better -- tastier and richer.
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Roti

Koh Soi Chicken Curry Noodle ($14.99) braised chicken thigh, turmeric curry, served with wonton noodles and crispy noodles
  • It says "curry" but there's nothing spicy/hot here. In fact, the soup is really quite sweet. And yeah, it's rich.
  • Soup is very delicious! I'd order it at a few bucks less and minus the fancy dressing-up. You'll wanna drink it all except you might be too full to do it, especially if you had ordered extra noodles or a drink.
  • You don't get a choice of noodle here. In some noodle orders you get to choose what you want or from a couple of options.
  • Crispy noodle is more fun than actually tasty.
  • Lime slice didn't seem to do anything for me. Might want to save it as a refreshing end to your meal, especially if you're finding the curry overly rich.
  • Totally unnecessary chunk of fall-off-the-bone tender chicken. On it's own its so un-special as to be on the bland side. Eat it with the curry and you taste the curry because it's that flavourful, rich, and delicious.
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Koh Soi

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Koh Soi

Tom Khaa ($13.99) Coconut and Mushroom Noodles. Creamy dom ka soup infused with galangal, chillies, and a mix of mushrooms.
  • My friend's order. She couldn't finish it. There's a lot of soup in each bowl!
2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Tom Khaa

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - Tom Khaa

Friendly, unpretentious, un-pushy service.

2018-Aug-31 Fat Mao Noodles - food menu