One great thing about Singapore is that many people appreciate good food. Another is that a mall might set up a mini food fair. In this case, Plaza Singapura set up booths in the atrium where one can buy wagyu beef, grilled sausages and raw oysters. As much as I love oysters, I decided not to get any. The sausages didn’t look that exciting, but the grilled wagyu did. I’m not sure what cut of beef it was, but it was slightly fatty, but tender. It was tasty, only seasoned with salt and pepper, the only seasoning necessary for good meat. The fat was like butter. It was intensely savory and it was cooked rare, just how I like it. I washed it down with a house red, which was from Chile. My only complaint was that the plastic cutlery couldn’t cut through a chunk of fat which I wasn’t able to eat.
Did I have a hankering for brunch yesterday or what? I did and I scratched that itch at Podi, whose all-day brunch can be had in Basement One of Raffles City Mall.
The omelette was well made, the sausage on the plate was juicy and porky and there were even two strips of crispy bacon. There were two slices of artisan bread and even a small side salad served on the plate. It was delicious, but I had hoped it would be greasier. The next time here I would ask for butter for the toast. Brunch ought to be greasy and an omelette ought to ooze cheese. Despite the lack of grease and ooze, I was pleased. The menu looks interesting, so I’ll return.
Just down the street from my apartment is Number One Cafe on the corner of Lorong 28 and Geylang Avenue. I wasn’t super hungry, but this roasted pork belly was great. The meat was crispy and fatty and the broth was delicious- meaty and peppery. This was only $4. It’s nice to find stalls that cook dishes perfectly and this one does.
As much as I love Asian food, I like to take a break from it and consume Caucasian cuisine. I don’t mean food from the Caucasus region, but white person food. In the third basement of Plaza Singapura, deep underground, there is a crêperie which also serves open faced sandwiches and good soup. It’s called Saybon which is obviously a phonetic transcription of “c’est bon”. The crêpes are good, but the aforementioned sandwiches are healthier and served much faster. There was plenty of smoked salmon on whole wheat bread with a good serving of egg salad, garnished with arugula. The soup tasted like home made, there was cheddar cheese noticeable in the broth and chunks of broccoli. With an iced tea it came to $13.70 Singapore dollars, a good deal considering the amount and quality of the ingredients.
I have seen this restaurant many times in the mall adjoining Bugis MRT station. Lenu is a Taiwanese is a restaurant specializing in Taiwanese-style beef noodles. The typography of the menu and the decor remind me of Nam Nam and I wonder if they have the same owner? In any case, it is a chain restaurant with a small menu executed well. In this place they only serve beef noodles, but the customer can choose the cut of beef (sirloin, shank or brisket) and the type of noodle (thin, thick or rice). There is also a wagyu beef option, too.
The broth was excellent but not as spicy as I would have hoped. There were some Sichuan peppercorns in the broth, but not as much as I would have expected in a real Taiwanese beef broth. I suppose they have toned it down for mass appeal. The broth was nice and oily and full of flavor. In the photo, you can see plenty of chopped scallions, mung bean sprouts and fried shallots.
The beef shank was soft and, well meaty. I like the tougher cuts of beef that are stewed until soft, as was this shank. As a side I had the pickled cucumbers, which could have been a little spicier, but were nonetheless good.
It was Sunday night and I wasn’t in the mood to eat carbohydrates, so I only ate a few noodles. They were fine. The only drink options without caffeine were soy milk and water. I think it was the first time I ate Sichuan peppers without beer.