There was a special 25% discount off Lokkee’s ala-carte menu today, special thanks to Nathan Hartono and his excellent performance in Sing! China.
Lokkee is TungLok Group’s latest F&B venture offering global Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant is a witty and cheeky play on favourite Chinese recipes which have been given a unique tweak to include a dash of Western influence.
The interior of the restaurant is very contemporary but the tables were too close to each other and waiters had a hard time maneuvering their way.
We were in town today and after checking out the whole of Plaza Singapore, the comfortable plush seats here at Arteastiq called out to us!
We decided to try out the weekday set lunches here (available from 11am to 1.30pm) which consists of a main and a specialty tea (or coffee) from $16++ onwards.
We got ourselves The Prince of Monte Carlo ($25++) and Golden Sands Big Breakfast ($24++). For drinks, it was Honey Lavender Tea and Latte.
So what exactly was Prince of Monte Carlo?
It was time to try something new! OCBC is having a 1-for-1 promotion for Galmaegisal (marinated pork skirt meat), so that kinda made us decide to try out this place.
According to the menu, galmaegisal is supposed to be “well-loved for its perfect combination of tender juiciness”, and “this unique cut that forms only 250 grams of a full-grown pig is said to be only serves to the Royal Family of Korea in the past”. We were quite sold to the idea of eating it already!
Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice
It seems like Plaza Singapura is gettung quite deserted during weekdays evening!
Close to 8pm and there were hardly any queue at any of the restaurants and cafe on a Tuesday evening. We decided to try Hoshino Coffee, as it was previously always super crowded.
Despite not being full house, it was very difficult to get the attention of the staff. They might have preassigned duties for the evening, as one of the waiters spotted us, gave us a glare and continued with refilling of his water. Sheesh! Finally, another waitress came along to bring us to one of the empty tables.
Tom Yum Hua Pla
Our first time trying out Bangkok Jam, though we see its outlets all the time. Well, actually we decided to try it out because it was relatively empty when queues have started forming at the other cafés and restaurants 😦
We shared the Yang Ruam, which is a platter of mixed grill of chicken, beef short ribs, squid and prawns ($25), as well as the Tom Yum Hua Pla, basically fish head in Tom Yum curry ($23).
The platter looked quite tiny when it arrived, and not as appetizing as the picture in the menu, but it was better than expected! Hubby loved the chicken, which was grilled to perfection, with crispy skin and very tender meat. The squid was also grilled just nice; tender and easy to chew on, without the elastic “skin” that we sometimes found in other squid items that really destroy the dining experience because it was not chew-able and could tangle! The short beef ribs were slightly overdone, but still quite tender. The prawns were also overcooked, with meat stuck onto the shell.
The fish head was too spicy for hubby, while I felt that it was too fishy – not too fresh I think? Quite disappointed as we were both fish head lovers 😦
Overall, we don’t mind coming back to try the other foods!
- Location: 68 Orchard Road Plaza Singapura #03-85 S(238839)
- Website: www.bangkokjam.com.sg
- Hrs: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
We wanted an early dinner before heading to Stephanie Sun’s concert (scream!) and there were empty seats at Nam Nam… Finally! The queue at Raffles City always made us wonder if the food was really so good, or if it’s because the prices were very reasonable for a place in town area.
We were happy to have seats by the counter in front of the kitchen area, so we got our seats immediately. We ordered a Pho Beef Steak Slices ($8.90) and Grilled Chicken, Egg Omelette and Chicken Floss Banh Mi (baguette $7.90).
It was shopping night with our niece and we ended up at Plaza Singapura! Long queues everywhere and we spotted a relatively shorter queue at Skinny Pizza so off we went to queue!
We got seats rather quickly and ordered a pumpkin salad, meatball Neapolitan pizza and turkey ham pizza.
The pumpkin bits and macadamia nuts were toasted and still warm when served, very addictive!
I was around the Dhoby Ghaut region (for a reason no one would be interested to know) and since we have seen long long queues at this cafe, I thought of giving it a try!
Everyone knows that when you come to Plaza Singapura, there’s always queues. The longest (used to anyway, not sure if it still is) is Tim Ho Wan (cheapest Michelin 1-Star dim sum shop). Then there is Tsukada Nojo (chicken collagen hot pot called Bijin Nabe 美人鍋). And then there is Hoshino Coffee.
The decor is very classic and European-like, with dark wood furniture and dim lighting to give that warm and homely feel. Waitresses were attentive (when there is few customers) but could not really handle when the crowd started to swell…