Saturday, February 12, 2005

Ah Hoi’s Kitchen

Traders’ Hotel
1A Cuscaden Road,Singapore 249716
Poolside, Level 4
Tel: 6831 4373

As you walk towards the restaurant, you will be greeting with the wall that seeks to impress with all the awards and praises that have been lavished on the food here. It is however the chili crabs here that has been the highlight of all the talk. I, however beg to differ. Maybe I’m being obstinate, but I think I might have found one of the best crab places in Singapore and so I don’t really like to try other places and to be irritated with the sub quality of whatever they are going to serve me.

Champagne Pork Ribs

Anyhow, we spent S$80 on dinner for 4 of us and we had, black pepper seafood hor fun, braised tofu, champagne braised pork ribs and steam seabass in assam sauce. The only thing that I liked was the hor fun, nice and peppery, but at S$13 a plate, I rather eat somewhere else. The seabass despite being fresh was disappointing, you can have a choice of how you would like your fish done, and seeing how assam sauce was the chef’s recommendation, we decided to go with that. This is how I think it was done, they took a bottle of ketchup and diluted it with water, put it over a stove and maybe but a chili in it, it wasn’t spicy, it wasn’t great, it was just terrible. The champagne pork ribs were slightly better, but I did expect them to be tender but they tasted a little dry but the sauce was alright.

The ambience here is interesting, I guess dining by the pool would be nice, but it was really warm and so we hid indoors with the aircon. In addition to that, the restaurant tries to create an informal setting with their waiters dressed in Bermudas and white tee shirts and a “goodmorning” towel around their neck to invoke a sense of nostalgia, but it didn’t work for me. In all honestly, I feel that it was slightly over priced (but it is a hotel coffeehouse), average to below average food, and perhaps with the tourist they can get away with it, but as for me, I think I rather camp out at some hawker center and eat like a king.


Blogger Amanduh said...

How about a rating system for the restaurants you visited? Then we can get an idea of how good they are!

10:05 AM  

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