The Dim Sum Place on North Bridge Road

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!)
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

Hey guys! Guess what – there’s a new halal dim sum spot in town YASSSS. We already have a couple in the west (Tang Tea House, Kowloon Express), some in the east at Simpang Bedok (Tang Tea House again, Enak Enak) and finally we have one in a more central area!

The Dim Sum Place was opened by the folks behind The Ramen Stall (click here to read my review of The Ramen Stall!), which is why they are right next to each other, on opposite sides of Jalan Klapa on North Bridge Road. The generic names of both joints are in turns hilarious and confusing (“Hey Liza let’s have dinner at The Dim Sum Place next week I’m jonesing for some halal dim sum.” “OK, what’s the name of the place?” “The Dim Sum Place, literally, hence the caps.” “Oh lol okay.”) but I guess that’s their trademark.

I actually went for the first time last week, and enjoyed the food SO much that I went back again last night, determined to try more things and re-order the stuff I liked. Full disclosure – I went with just one friend and we SPECTACULARLY over-ordered (#ramadanstomach), and ended up packing like a third of the stuff to go 馃槮

Anyway here is a look at the current menu, which is still in the process of being finalized and edited by TDSP!

 

 

The Dim Sum Place - Entrance

The front of the house, concealing the seating areas behind!

Upon entering The Dim Sum Place, you will be given a copy of the menu and the order sheets to fill up:

The Dim Sum Place - Order Sheet 1

I think because they’re still playing around with the menu, quite a lot of items were crossed out in red and unavailable

The Dim Sum Place - Order Sheet 2

Curious about the congee and herbal duck but haven’t tried!

We started with the Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), which came in 3 squares with a crisp fried top garnished with some spring onions and fried shallots, as well as the sambal dip:

The Dim Sum Place - Pan Fried Carrot Cake

Pan-fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90) – 10/10

The Dim Sum Place - Carrot Cake Close-up

A closer look

Ooh! I really, really liked this! The carrot cake was savoury and tasty without being too salty. It had a soft flavourful body with a crisp top which provided a good bite. Loved the textures. Plus it’s only S$2.90?! It’s basically free. 10/10

Next we had the Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) which came with a side of mayonnaise and chilli dip:

The Dim Sum Place - Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste

Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) – 8.5/10

The Dim Sum Place - Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste 2

Mm POV shot lol.

Deep fried beancurd skin, prawns and fish paste are definitely winning ingredients for me so I was bound to like this enough. The fried rolls were moderately crispy, and the prawns within tasted fresh. However, I thought that the skin was just the slightest bit soggy and thick – I would’ve preferred a more crispy and delicate skin. I couldn’t help comparing it to the ones I had at Kowloon Express聽which were more flavourful and also had a better texture. 8.5/10

Next up was the very promising Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) which came with some hoisin sauce as well as a trio of dipping condiments comprising sugar, peanuts and mustard sauce:

The Dim Sum Place - Smoked Peking Duck Wrap

Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) – 8.5/10

The Dim Sum Place - Smoked Peking Duck Wrap

Yummm duck skinnnnnnn

Mmmm so I’m kind of a sucker for halal duck of any kind, because I love duck, but YUM to find halal Peking duck with the skin on is truly a bonus and a privilege! Personally I would’ve liked for the sauces to be inside the wrap, but that’s just me being lazy to take that added step of dipping (how lazy can you get?). Also I found that the skin was a little tough – I’d bite into half of the wrap and then basically be unable to bite through the skin, therefore pulling out the whole skin with my one bite. Not that big of a deal but yes I’d prefer a crispier skin. 8.5/10

We also tried the Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90):

The Dim Sum Place - Crystal Shrimp Dumpling

Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90) – 8/10

Well this was alright – the skin wasn’t tough which is a bonus, and the prawn tasted fresh, although I felt there was something missing because it was overall slightly bland. Give this a miss unless you’re absolutely craving prawns.聽8/10

OK so one of my favourite things here is the Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90):

The Dim Sum Place - Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang

Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90) – 9.5/10

OOF guys this was really, really good. Maybe chee cheong fun traditionalists would hate this – one of my Chinese friends said she would’ve preferred the rendang with rice rather than the vermicelli roll, and commented that the strong rendang flavours would overpower the other dishes’ flavours. BUT! Food is subjective and I reeeeally liked the fragrant rendang gravy coating the tender beef cubes. The rendang gravy was just so, so aromatic and tasty. The vermicelli roll is a lot softer and breaks more easily than traditional cheong fun texture, but I don’t mind that here with the rendang. 9.5/10聽because last week’s version tasted better somehow than this week’s!

For chicken lovers, they also offer Boxing Chicken (S$8.90), named for the shape of the chicken drumlets which resemble boxing gloves after the meat is scraped off the lower side of the drum:

The Dim Sum Place - Boxing Chicken

Boxing Chicken (S$8.90) – 9/10

The Dim Sum Place - Boxing Chicken 2

Unfffff chickennnnn

I rather liked this! The sauce is a sweet and spicy combo, further enhanced by sesame seeds which I loved. The chicken is pre-fried before being coated in the sauce, although I did wish the chicken skin had been crispier. One of the ‘safe’ items on the menu, coming in at 9/10.

And finally (omg why did we order so much food?! We’re FOOLS.), we had the Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90). You can choose between dry or soup; I got mine dry with the soup on the side so you can customize just how wet you want your noodles to be. We could also choose between original, spicy, and very spicy flavours, so like Goldilocks I went for the middle one (spicy).

The Dim Sum Place - Beef Brisket Noodle

Beef Brisket Noodle (Dry/Spicy) (S$12.90) – 10/10

The Dim Sum Place - Beef Brisket Noodles 2

OK I MEAN THIS WAS DELICIOUS

UGHHHH I wasn’t expecting to super like this but I did!! The noodle taste and texture were on point! Flavourful, and with good bite! The star of the show though was the beef brisket which had equal parts tender-as-heck meat and soft tendon! I loved it! So simple yet hearty. Please give this a try you guys!! 10/10

All in all I had a terrific time at The Dim Sum Place and am DEFINITELY planning to come back again! The food is so yummy!! And I would like to try the congee argh. Service is prompt and well-meaning. Some of the staff speak halting English, but it’s no big matter if you just fill up your order sheet and pass it to them. Last week we pulled a ” (*while pointing to a table across the room*) hey waiter could you tell us what is that thing on that table over there?”. He kind of got a little flustered and ran away to pull another staff to address our question haha ugh.

OH omg also, you know how you get SO thirsty during Ramadan, and like during iftar you literally have to take drink breaks after every 3 bites of food because you’re just so thirsty you could die? (No? Just me?) I ordered 2 glasses of Green Apple Juice (S$3.80 each) and OH BOY IT WAS SO DELICIOUS AND REFRESHING. Please try it next time! Call them now for a reservation as the tables fill up super quickly, and nothing beats that peace of mind when you know your table is secured at the dining establishment 馃檪

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

Citrus Bistro at Sengkang Sports Centre

Citrus Bistro
57 Anchorvale Road
Sengkang Sports Centre #01-01
Singapore 544964
Reservations: +65 6904 4850聽(recommended for weekends!)

Nearest MRT station: Sengkang
Nearest LRT station: Farmway

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 9am to 9pm
Closed Mondays except Public Holidays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating:
Average spend per pax: N.A. (invited tasting!)
Recommended dishes: Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90), Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90), Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80)

** BTW GUYSSSS you can enjoy 10% off your bill at Citrus Bistro from now till 30 Apr 2017 if you flash them this blog post or my instagram post right here!聽Just let them know when you’re making the order at the counter! **

 

Hey guys! Aren’t Mondays just the worst? Hope you guys had a good weekend anyway. I spent most of Saturday recovering in bed with a body aching from late night floorball last Friday, and so I blazed through season 1 of Atlanta, the amazing comedy drama by Donald Glover. Please go watch it if you guys are looking for something a little different!

So right before floorball, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a food tasting at Citrus Bistro, a fairly new dining joint at the Sengkang Sports Centre. The bistro, which just got its halal certification in late December 2016, is situated right past the gantry going to the swimming pool. Diners enter the gantry for free – but you have to be escorted by the Citrus staff so just inform the gantry booth operator that you’re here for the food, and they will call someone up to fetch you 馃檪

Citrus Bistro - Decor 2

Love the lighting and nautical theme!

Citrus Bistro - Decor

The delightful counter area

 

The Citrus Group also has Citrus by the Pool at Woodlands – I’ve never been there but have been meaning to try it! I was told the main difference is that the Woodlands branch is air-conditioned, while the Sengkang branch is open air and faces the pool so it is a little noisier. It was still pretty cool at the Sengkang bistro because of the cool fans so I was super comfortable.

Here is a look at the menu at Citrus Bistro:

Citrus Bistro - Menu

Lots of 聽light bites for the swimming crowd, and mains for the more serious eaters! Also the snacks are mostly fried with an air fryer so they’re not going to be as oily as regular fried stuff yay!

The first dish I tried was the Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90) – you can choose between rice or bread, and I went with bread because I love dipping lightly toasted french baguette into curry ugh.

Citrus Bistro - Chicken Curry 2

Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90) – 8.5/10

Citrus Bistro - Chicken Curry Closeup

A close-up of the chicken and potatoes in the rich, tasty curry uughhhh so good

This curry is legit legit! My first couple of spoonfuls had a pretty strong star anise taste – some of you might not like that – but personally it made the curry taste a little more like home. After the first few mouthfuls the star anise taste receded into the background as I got a more rounded, robust flavour. I found out later that this curry was cooked with 15 different spices, so no wonder it’s so delicious. It wasn’t super jelak because it was spicy without going overboard, plus the santan taste was not overpowering, so that was good.

The bread that they served it with was lightly toasted and crispy on the outside, while still being chewy on the inside so that was good. My only gripe is that the chicken itself, while tender, was a little bland – it was almost as if it hadn’t absorbed enough of the flavours of the curry. Small matter though, because what I did was take apart chunks of the chicken myself and dunk it in the curry. I would however recommend that they simmer the chicken in the curry for a little longer next time. Overall still a strong dish!聽8.5/10

Next up we had the Beef Sliders with Nachos (S$10.90):

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Trio 2

Beef Sliders with Nachos (S$9.90) – 6/10

OK so is it just me or are the burgers just so cute and perfect that they look fake?! 10 points for presentation! I only wished, though, that the sliders tasted as great as they looked 馃槮 The patty was a little tough, the mini buns a little hard and the sliders rather dry overall. I was thankful for the cheesy sauce and the tomato which I almost removed lol (because some anti-veggie habits just stick with you for life). The nachos were nachos, and honestly I would have preferred fries, but I suppose these were better for my health. Not my favourite dish I’m afraid! 6/10

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Trio

I feel like a genius kid made these sliders using playdough or supersized Yupi

Citrus Bistro - Beef Sliders Closeup

Thank you tomato for providing juiciness!

 

The final main that I tried was the Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90). When I saw it on the menu, I knew I had to try it because man, halal duck is SO hard to come by. They knew I was struggling to eat all the food by myself so they were kind enough to prepare just a tasting portion for me:

Citrus Bistro - Smoked Duck Breast

Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90) – 10/10!!!

OK so I was not expecting to be blown away, but the duck is SO LEGIT?! The smoked duck meat was tender but with good bite, and that extra strip of fat right underneath the skin made it so juicy!! 聽It also paired PERFECTLY with the hoisin sauce which had a great umami taste while being fairly sweet. The duck came on a bed of mashed potatoes which were SO GOOD even on their own!! The mash was smooth and perfectly seasoned – I don’t know if they used crack or Mamee seasoning or what but seriously, I could’ve had a whole vat of it ugh. All in all the duck, the mashed potatoes and the wild mushrooms were just a bombass combo. 10/10 for sure!

Citrus Bistro - Smoked Duck Breast 2

A close-up of this beauty for good measure

Finally we moved on to dessert, when I got to try Citrus Bistro’s signature Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80):

Citrus Bistro - Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80) – 10/10

Citrus Bistro - Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Not the best of photos because I’m not at all a great photographer but UNFFFFFF

OMG guys the molten chocolate lava cake is so good, I just ugh can imagine the taste right now. TOTALLY regretting typing this so close to bedtime when I really should be sleeping instead of drooling. So anyway the cake was delicious – warm, gooey on the inside, with the “lava” being semi-sweet with a very very slight bitterness so it doesn’t cross over to jelak territory. Coupled with the bananas and the raspberry ice cream, each mouthful was just absolutely delightful. 10/10!

Overall I had a terrific time at Citrus Bistro. Apart from the sliders, I was very impressed with everything else I had! Although I was invited for the tasting, I remained conscious of the price points for each dish and I think that they were very reasonably priced for the quality you’re getting. Sengkang is not a place I envision visiting often, but if I were in the area, I would be SO grateful to have Citrus Bistro to go to! Will definitely come back here when I’m next in the area!

** Just a reminder guys, you can enjoy 10% off your bill at Citrus Bistro from now till 30 Apr 2017 if you flash them this blog post or my instagram post right here!聽Just let them know when you’re making the order at the counter! **

Citrus Bistro
57 Anchorvale Road
Sengkang Sports Centre #01-01
Singapore 544964
Reservations: +65 6904 4850 (recommended for weekends!)

Nearest MRT station: Sengkang
Nearest LRT station: Farmway

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 9am to 9pm
Closed Mondays except Public Holidays

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating:
Average spend per pax: N.A. (invited tasting!)
Recommended dishes: Smoked Duck Breast (S$19.90), Curry Chicken with Bread (S$9.90), Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (S$8.80)

Additional remarks:

Access:聽Entry to Citrus Bistro is free for dine-in customers. Simply give them a call at +65 6904 4850 and their service crew will pick you up at the entrance to the swimming pool!

Ramadan Special: Halal Duck Burger from The Ugly Duckling

Ramadan Special: Duck Leg Confit Burger from Eunos MRT Bazaar!

What: The best halal Duck Confit Burger you’ll have ever had
Where: Eunos MRT Ramadan Bazaar Stall #6
How much: S$6 each or S$10 for聽2
Who: The Ugly Duckling SG (@theuglyducklingsg on IG)

Hey guys! Welcome to Ramadan day 18! Gosh how did it all go by so fast? It does not feel like 18 days. Time to step it up and #taubatlikeitshot haha. I need to majorly stop being on snapchat so much 馃槮

Before Ramadan ends I’d like to quickly share with you guys this AMAZING burger I have had twice聽now:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Duck Leg Confit Burger

Duck Leg Confit Burger (S$6 each or S$10 for 2) – 10/10 come throughhhhh!

YAAAASSS. It’s called the Duck Leg Confit Burger聽(S$6 each or S$10 for 2) by The Ugly Duckling, also known as the guys behind Sundaymarket. Go check out their instagram @theuglyducklingsg!!

OK so my friend had been raving聽to high heavens about this burger so I decided to try it for myself. Man, I was not disappointed. The burger comprises two unbelievably soft sweet brioche buns, and a winning combination of tasty, shredded duck confit, orange cheddar and – get this – caramelised pineapples!! Sedapnyeeeee!!!聽10/10 for sure!

I also tried the Duck Fat Cheese Fries (S$5) because why the heck not:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Duck Fat Cheese Fries

Duck Fat Cheese Fries (S$5) – 7.5/10

Yummmm who doesn’t love good sloppy cheesy fries! I really like this but I’ve had it twice now and it’s a bit of a hit or miss. The skin-on fries are rustic and not your usual fat crispy fries, which is ok, but I also wish they had more bits of shredded duck in it, that would’ve been the absolute BOMB. I also tasted something mildly oniony in there, which no I’m not a fan of. It’s all subjective though. The fries are good to have but if you can only make space for one item, dear God please let it be the Duck Confit burger!!! 7.5/10

The guys at the booth are ever so, so nice. On my second visit I bought a burger, ate it on site, and proceeded to buy 2 more for my family to try, and they threw in a cheese fries on the house so my family could try it too! SO NICE LOVE THEM.

And another funny story – on my first visit 聽I had just placed my order and was the only one in line (it was 530pm). Suddenly this guy came up and spoke to the crew and it went a little like this:

Guy: OMG I had your burger yesterday and I have to say it’s really the best. It’s so good it’s restaurant quality I’m telling you! It’s there! It’s great.(meanwhile the crew were looking聽touched and in slight disbelief)
Guy: I’m gonna bring my brother here later tonight. What time do you guys close!
Crew: We close at 1030pm (ok I can’t really remember but I *think* they said 1030pm)
Guy: Great I’ll come by later. Thanks man, really really good burgers.

So I was enjoying this rather amusing declaration of love, and it was so enthusiastic that I was almost going to joke like “haha you guys planted him to impress me right!” until one of the crew looked down and uttered聽a very intense “alhamdulillah”. Oops, so glad I didn’t make that joke. Well the point of this story I suppose is just to let you guys know there are lots of ravers of this burger; my friends, myself, and this nameless guy included.

Go try it now before the bazaar closes! I’ll leave you guys with some photos of the menu etc:

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu 2

The beef rendang lasagna is apparently available at their brick and mortar Sundaymarket Cafe, but the duck confit burger is a ramadan special that will only reappear once The Ugly Duckling get their food truck ready sometime towards end 2016

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu 1

Mmm duck fat cheese fries. Please add more duck guys!

The Ugly Duckling SG - Menu

OK maybe I should try the other 2 burgers.

The Ugly Duckling SG - Waitr Pre-Order App

OK IDK anything about this app but it’s there and lets you order ahead so feel free to use it if you aren’t a Luddite like me.

The Ugly Duckling SG - Takeaway Cheese Fries

The take-me-home box for the Cheese Fries!

The Ugly Duckling SG - Takeaway Duck Burger

How cute is the takeaway sticker!!

What: The best halal Duck Confit Burger you’ll have ever had
Where: Eunos MRT Ramadan Bazaar Stall #6
How much: S$6 each or S$10 for聽2
Who: The Ugly Duckling SG (@theuglyducklingsg on IG)

The Malayan Council on Dunlop Street

The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop St
Singapore 209350

Opening Hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 11am to 10pm

Reservations: Facebook message

Halalicious Rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$48
Recommended dishes: Malayan Wings, The Ultimate Lopez Cake

Hey guys! I’m sorry for the long absence –聽I’ve been busy running around town accompanied by Rihanna’s and Kanye’s new albums called ANTI and The Life Of Pablo respectively. SO GOOD. Have you guys checked out the new permanent exhibition at the ArtScience museum called Future World: Where Art Meets Science? It’s fascinating and so entertaining for adults and kids alike.聽Also been busy watching Peep Show on Netflix, it’s hilarious. What a wondrous time we live in today.

So yesterday I checked out a fairly new restaurant called The Malayan Council, located on Dunlop Street right opposite Masjid Abdul Gafoor, and 4 units down from the erstwhile Rouse.

The Malayan Council - Entrance

The outdoor seating has a ceiling fan to mitigate (but not quite eliminate) the suffocating heat and humidity we’ve been facing lately in March ugh

The Malayan Council - Masjid Abdul Gafoor

Abdul Gafoor Mosque on Dunlop St

The Malayan Council opened its doors to hungry diners in December 2015, boasting a fusion menu that marries western fare with the richness and spices of Malayan cuisine. Burgers are topped with spicy sambal ikan bilis (anchovies in chilli sauce), fish and chips are fried in asam pedas聽(sour and spicy stew sauce), chicken wings are marinated in kicap cili padi (soy sauce with bird’s eye chilli) and the good old聽kueh lopes (glutinous rice cake coated in grated coconut and drizzled with palm sugar sauce) is given the modern cake treatment — the list goes on.

Here’s a look at The Malayan Council menu:

The Malayan Council Menu - Starters, Pasta and MainsThe Malayan Council Menu - Brunch Dessert and Drinks

I was heartened to learn from the bottom of their menu that The Malayan Council donates a percentage of their sales to the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home,聽which聽provides shelter and 24/7 residential care and protection for boys between the ages of 10 and 19 years. (crying face emoji) I love that they are giving back; much respect guys.

The decor is very cosy and quirky, mixing vintage and Islamic elements. There are packs of Old Maid, Snap, and other old-school card games available by the glasses counter (my friend and I briefly considered playing Old Maid but decided against it since we were only two!). Our table was a re-purposed Carrom table with a glass top聽and聽an old sewing machine pedal as the table legs:

The Malayan Council - Carrom Table

I legit kept wanting to flick these pieces absent-mindedly while waiting for our food to arrive. Sorry I didn’t get photos of the sewing pedal!

The Malayan Council - interior decor

Sometimes I forget to say the prayer before eating, so this was a good reminder. Also the WiFi snark! Love it.

The Malayan Council - Jawi Arabic Clock

9pm at first glance but 3pm in actual fact because it’s a reverse clock in Jawi/Arabic numerals. Cute,聽but also distressing for a split second before you remember it’s in reverse.

My friend and I split the Malayan Wings (S$13) for our starter:

The Malayan Council - Chicken Wings

The Malayan Council - Malayan Wings

Mmmmm yummyyyyy

I really liked these wings; I thought it would be pretty fiery and salty judging by all the chilli seeds on top and the pool of soy sauce underneath the chicken. Thankfully, the flavours were very well-balanced. The kicap sauce was fairly spicy, slightly peppery, and not too salty. The chicken itself was lightly crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. I worked my way through 4 pieces and didn’t feel like it was聽too spicy/salty, so that was good. 10/10

For mains, I had the Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine (S$28):

The Malayan Council - Salted Egg Crab Pasta

They paired two softshell crabs together to look like a giant fried fish atop the linguine

The Malayan Council - Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine

The mudcrab meat portion is way generous

I loved the linguine. Admittedly it was overcooked and not at all al dente, but as a noodle-lover I subjectively did not have a problem with this. The salted egg sauce was not heavy and in-your-face; rather, the linguine聽was lightly coated in this mild,聽subtle sauce which did not make me jelak.

On their own, the numerous lumps of mudcrab meat were pretty tasteless, but if you mix well with the linguine in salted egg sauce, it’s much better. The softshell crab was very crispy and was slightly oilier than I would’ve liked. I wish the portion hadn’t been quite so big too. They could’ve definitely downsized to just one softshell crab, and maybe reduced the pasta by a quarter. Although the portion seems fair for what you’re paying (S$28), it was way too much for me. 7.5/10.

My friend got the March monthly special, Smoked Duck Lemak Cili Padi Linguine (S$28):

The Malayan Council - Lemak Chilli Padi Linguine with Smoked Duck

This was a home-run, guys. The linguine came coated in delicious and reassuringly-familiar lemak cili padi sauce, which was really tasty and decently聽spicy. The smoked duck was juicy and slightly sweet, which balanced the spiciness of the linguine. Loved this dish, and the novel pairing of lemak cili padi with smoked duck. My only gripes – if you can even call ’em that – again are the oversized portion of the pasta and the overcooked texture. 9.5/10

We couldn’t finish the pasta due to sheer volume, 聽but naturally we had still some room leftover for dessert. I got the Cempedak Cr猫me Br没l茅e (S$9.50) just to compare it to Krave’s amazing version:

The Malayan Council - Cempedak Cr猫me Br没l茅e

Not the best photo, sorry!

So before I even tasted the cr猫me br没l茅e, I already marked it down for presentation. It came in a narrow glass jar instead of a wider ramekin, which meant that there is less surface area to torch the sugar top, which in turn meant there was less of the hard sugar shell for me to eat. Boo!

The custard itself was a little too dense, and tasted shockingly like blue cheese. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch, but it tasted slightly rancid, like it had gone off. I let my friend have a spoonful to confirm my thoughts on it, and upon tasting it she grimaced and聽suggested I ordered something else. I had high hopes for this thinking it could give Krave’s version a run for their money, but this was a huge let-down for me. Plus it didn’t have the juicy chunks of cempedak like in Krave’s rendition. 3/10, unfortunately.

My friend, in her infinite wisdom, ordered The Ultimate Lopez Cake (S$9.50), which turned out way, way better:

The Malayan Council - The Lopez Dessert Cake

Tiny triangle of actual lopes on top!

The Malayan Council - The Ultimate Lopez Cake

The cake contains layers of coconut mousse and bits of gula melaka (palm sugar), and is topped with a mini kueh lopes, drizzled with gula melaka syrup. I had a bite of this and really loved it. It’s really like a cake version of kueh lopes. There is nothing quite like the feeling of crunching into solid chunks聽of gula melaka,YUM. Well-played, TMC. Well-played. 10/10

All in all I had a positive dining experience at The Malayan Council. The cr猫me br没l茅e was disappointing but everything else was pretty good. The prices are on the high side, but justified by the generous/crazy American-sized portions, and mitigated by the fact that you know a part of it will go to the Muhammadiyah Welfare Home. Service was very friendly – our waters were always topped up without us having to ask, and we were asked by one of the owners mid-meal if everything was alright with the food. They also brought the NETS portable terminal watchamacallit to our table so we didn’t have to go over to the counter to pay. Full-service! (Btw you pay service charge here but no GST, phew).

I had a chat with the other co-owner who was super friendly and happy to answer my questions (How long have you guys been open? 4 months. How’s it been so far! Ups and downs, but so far okay. Is this the old Rouse? No, Rouse is 4 units down but we have the same landlord.)聽Will definitely be coming back to try the Roti Kirai Beef Ribs (S$39) and Kacang pool with Angus Ribeye Steak (S$37) soon!

The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop St
Singapore 209350

Opening Hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun: 11am to 10pm

Reservations: Facebook message

Halalicious Rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$48
Recommended dishes: Malayan Wings, The Ultimate Lopez Cake

 

Royz Et Vous Specialty Coffee at Telok Ayer

Royz et Vous聽Specialty Coffee
137 Telok Ayer Street #01-01
Singapore 068602
Tel: +65聽62930270
Online Reservation: Click here
Online Menu: Click here

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri:聽10am-10pm
Sat:聽12pm-10pm
Sun:聽12pm-9pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: S$45

I first went to聽Royz et Vous, back when it was at聽Bali Lane, with my classmate one day after Arabic class on Bussorah St (check out Al Markaz, it’s great!) and enjoyed the Buffalo Wings tremendously. So when I found out that it had moved to Telok Ayer, I was determined to check it out. Afterall, it was a welcome move, as the Telok Ayer/Chinatown area could use more quality halal establishments.

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The new Royz et Vous is a short walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, and an even shorter one from Telok Ayer MRT station, if you are coming on the Downtown Line. Finding it is relatively easy as the restaurant faces the Thian Hock Keng temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore. I arrived there one weekday evening around 630pm, and was pleased by the new interior of the place:

Royz et Vous interior decor

Pretty cosy, and very woody

Royz et Vous Furniture

Definitely a step up from the metal seats/tables they used to have at the Bali Lane location

The menu聽seems to have expanded quite remarkably, with more substantial appetizers, mains, and drinks:

Royz et Vous Menu Snacks Appetizers

Sliders! Two types of chicken wings! Sweet potato fries! Salad! Very diverse, but I was also wondering why Truffle Fries wasn’t on the menu 馃槮

Royz et Vous Menu Mains

Beef, chicken, prawns, salmon, duck, cod, lamb – they have everything here! I was spoilt for choice

Royz et Vous Drinks Menu

Halal champagne and wine! What a novelty. I tasted alcohol-free beer in Spain once and HAAAATED it. Wonder how I’d feel about these ones.

My cousin and I decided to share the Buffalo Wings (S$12.90), since it was so good the first time I had them.聽Upon placing our order, we were warned that it was going to be pretty spicy as they were going to be coated in buffalo sauce made with bird’s eye chilli. I wasn’t worried, since my cousin who came with me, is an absolute chilli fiend – the kind who will drink spicy kuah asam pedas like a soup.

Royz et Vous Buffalo Wings

4 drumlets and 4 mid-joint wings

Royz et Vous Buffalo Wings 2

YUMMMMM

Consistent with my previous assessment, the buffalo wings were SO GOOD!!!! So juicy, and savoury. A mixture of spicy, sweet, and sour at the same time, just so delicious. I didn’t find the sauce too overwhelmingly hot, and even if I did, the sour cream dip would have done the trick to pare it down. The chicken skin had absorbed the flavours of the buffalo wings sauce, while still retaining some of its crispiness, which was great. Definitely a must-order here. 10/10

For my mains, I ordered the R.E.V. Brazen Beef (S$27.90), which is the striploin steak sliced into several cuts (the term for it is Tagliata I think, which is Italian for sliced steak).聽I ordered itin medium done-ness,聽and it came accompanied with fries, salad, and chilli aioli:

Royz et Vous Brazen Beef Entrecote

Not the biggest fan of the plastic cup for the sauce, as it marred the presentation a little

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Royz et Vous beef steak closeup

Perfectly pink! Love the colour.

I had wanted so badly to like the聽striploin, since I was looking for a serious contender to Krave’s amazing steak. The first bite did have me impressed – the beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender – but after a few more bites I realised it wasn’t really as flavourful as I’d wanted it to be. The beef ended up tasting a little bland, so I had to keep eating it with the chilli aioli for more flavour. So while the texture was really tender, I thought the taste needed some improvement. The salad wasn’t bad, pretty standard and enjoyable. I thought the fries were a little soggy and I didn’t appreciate those green bits on it – I think they were seaweed? Or some sort of herb. Personally I prefer my steak fries to be hot, thick-cut, and with no other frills. Overall this dish was slightly disappointing – I would probably want to try the Asparagus Beef on my next visit though. 7/10

My cousin tried the R.E.V. Smoked Duck (S$24.90), which came with herb-roasted potatoes, salad, and a cup of home-made spicy sauce:

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I LOVED the roasted baby potatoes – it tasted of rosemary and, well, good old potato. I don’t think I’ve ever had bad rosemary potatoes, come to think of it. The smoked duck itself, while savoury and flavourful, tasted a little dry.聽This I thought was disappointing. Before my second bite of this, I dunked the smoked duck meat into the spicy sauce, which mitigated the dryness a little. 聽7/10

For dessert, we decided on the Mango Cr锚me Br没l茅e (S$9.90), because truthfully it sounded delicious, and also we wanted some sort of comparison with Krave’s signature Cempedak Cr猫me Br没l茅e.

Royz et Vous Mango Creme Brulee

How pretty!

Royz et Vous Mango Creme Brulee Close Up

Does that not look terribly delicious!!

I really loved the taste of the mango custard; it was top notch. Sweet, mangoey, and with the perfect custardy consistency (creamy and soft, but with some body). I thought the burnt sugar layer at the top was a little too think/soft – they should have burnt it a little longer, or added more sugar really. I really love the slightly bitter taste of burnt sugar, which I thought would have complemented the sweet mango custard really well, but alas the bitter taste was not at all strong. I must say I really loved the colours of this dish, and the actual mango custard which was so, so delicious. Too bad about the caramelised shell. My cousin and I still preferred the Cempedak rendition of it from Krave, as it’s more special, with the distinct and strong cempedak taste adding some welcome bitterness to the dish. 8/10

I won’t review the drinks much, so here are a couple of photos of my Iced Chocolate (S$8) and my cousin’s Mint Mocha Latte (S$7):

Royz et Vous iced chocolate

Not as thick as I would have liked. Although I wouldn’t have liked it too sweet, this to me tasted a little bland.

Royz et Vous Mint Mocha Latte

HOW PRETTYYYYYY. I didn’t taste this Mint Mocha Latte, but it looks absolutely luxurious on the deep red saucer, against the wooden table.

All in all, I think Royz et Vous still has some room for improvement, although it moving to Telok Ayer is a step in the right direction (more halal options in the Singapore CBD please!). The buffalo wings are the cat’s pajamas, and I really loved the quiet, laid-back, high-ceilinged ambience of the restaurant. It’s a cool space, and I hope they stay there a long time — long enough to improve on the mains! I will definitely go back to try the other stuff, insyaa Allah.

Service is very friendly, and because it is (a) a full-service restaurant that (b) accepts credit cards and (c) sits in the CBD area, I think you could actually go to Royz et Vous not just with your friends and family, but also with business partners for聽a low-key business lunch or dinner.

Royz et Vous聽Specialty Coffee
137 Telok Ayer Street #01-01
Singapore 068602
Tel: +65聽62930270
Online Reservation: Click here
Online Menu: Click here

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri:聽10am-10pm
Sat:聽12pm-10pm
Sun:聽12pm-9pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8/10
Average spend per pax: S$45