We had wanted to have a drink after dinner, and we discovered Café Manuka through one of the food discount coupons in the coupon booklet distributed at the Customer Service counters located at Level 1 in IMM.
The booklet, called Triple Treats, actually had coupons from IMM, JEM and Westgate, but it was a rather long queue to wait for the coupons. Plus there were varying terms and conditions. And it so happened that the coupons for Café Manuka are only applicable for weekdays. Oh well…
Nonetheless, we thought this looked like a nice place to chill, and it was not crowded. Plus the picture of the savoury crepes was enough to lure us in… Oops, we were supposed to be here for drinks!
We had originally intended to go Hai Di Lao at IMM, but upon hearing the 3-hour queue, we changed our minds 😛
Walking past the various eateries, we saw a relatively empty Huang Ting, and it was having a 1-for-1 for its $68++ 6-course set meal, which consisted of an appetiser dish of Deep-Fried Yam with Sea Perch Tossed in Mayonnaise accompanied by Black Fungus and Juliene Cucumber in Fruit Vinegar 沙律香芋鲈鱼拼果醋云耳青瓜, shark’s fin soup, Sautéed Live Prawn with Fresh Lily Bulb and Zucchini 鲜百合鲜虾炒翠绿瓜, Poached Angled Luffa with Fresh Scallop and Conpoy in Superior Soup 上海干贝带子丝浸胜瓜, Stewed Mee Pok with BBQ Pork in Hong Kong Style 港式叉烧焖面, and dessert of Cream of Sweet Potato 番薯泥.
The manager was trying to entice us with shark’s fin (which we do not wish to eat), and its chef from the apparently very famous Hua Ting in Orchard (which we have not heard of before)… But they offered a replacement of the soup, and so we decided to give it a try. We opted for the Shark Bone Cartilage Soup 鲨鱼骨汤, which turned out to be really yummy!
We thought that food in general was very fresh and of good quality, and we enjoyed every item, including the hot dessert which was not overly sweet. Of note, the mee pok was thinner than usual but cooked to our liking, not too firm and not soggy.
The wait staff were rather attentive, and refilling of the free warm water was prompt without us having to request. They would follow up with a gentle reminder to be careful of the heat. Each item was served in succession, and very well-paced. Gotta say we left with happy and filled bellies 🙂
- Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21 IMM Building #02-24 S(609601)
- Website: www.huangting.com.sg
- Hrs: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm
Our legs were near breaking point by the time we reached IMM Building, so we decided that it was time for an early dinner. This place looked rather lively, so we thought of trying out some of the stuff:
- 龙骨肉骨茶 Loin Ribs Soup ($9.50+ GST): This rib meat is supposed to be superior to the normal pork rib. Somehow, this one had tougher meat than usual. The soup was very very peppery, and did not have much of other flavours.
- 卤鸭 Quarter Braised Duck ($15+): Errr.. We were deciding between the pig’s trotters and braised duck, and decided on the latter, after doing an eyeball survey of what other diners were having. It seemed like no one was having the pig’s trotter. This turned out to be a huge mistake, because the duck meat was so, so dry! We were lucky enough to get the quarter with the drum stick, so that portion was not as dry as the rest of the meat… Sigh.
- 豆干 Beancurd ($2+): This was probably the best item of the meal.
- 卤大肠头 Braised Pig’s Big Intestines ($6+ for small portion): The intestines were cleaned properly, which was good, but they were not flavourful enough.
The gravy used in all the side dishes had a strange 沙茶 taste to it, and we did not really like it.
- Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21 IMM #02-38/38A S(609601)
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm