PEr FYI

July 17, 2016

True Blue Cuisine, Singapore…nothing on the plate and everything on the bill

Ever since my personal experience dining in True Blue Cuisine for a business lunch, the words True Blue Cuisine is officially an adjective meaning something absolutely minuscule in my dictionary. To paraphrase that extensive analysis, it is an expensive restaurant which serves tiny portions.

It brings up a question : what is the value proposition for a restaurant like True Blue Cuisine? With some fancied-up versions of what are traditionally inexpensive ethnic Peranakan cuisines, price hikes come with no higher quality ingredients nor nicer service.

The question really is whether it would be worth it. And the answer is: never, for almost all of us.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 28, 2013

Dapur Babah, Jakarta…food that doesn’t match up to the ambience

Dapur Babah is truly an eye-opener. The bustle of modern Jakarta disappeared as we stepped through the doors of this restaurant, to find ourselves in a borderline kitsch but cosy old-style tea shop, with antique tea sets, and photographs of Babah families on the walls. Babah is the term used to describe the Chinese migrants who intermarried with the locals and settled here during the early 1400s. Over time, they assimilated Malaycustoms into their lives, and created a fusion culture of their own. Malay influence is very strong in their clothing and food, but they have also retained their Chinese heritage.

 I honestly wasn’t that impressed by the food. We ordered a host of dishes, but nothing stood out for me. For instance, we tried the Nasi Goerih Bebek which was fried rice with duck. The duck… was… well… DUCK! I really think you could just put duck over a fire without any accompaniments and it would still taste great.

More than just a restaurant, Dapur Babah also brings to life an all-round experience of the rich Peranakan culture,  providing an even more complete feast for the senses. However, it’s not the place to get the best meal in Jakarta. This is the true truth as  I say it as it is…

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April 13, 2013

Restoran Ole Sayang Nyonya Food, Melaka…the worst nyonya food in Melaka

This restaurant serves the worst nyonya food in Melaka. The worst of the worst. I rather endure physical pain than come here again.

The sambal prawns and chicken rendang were disappointing. Just spicy and lack of flavour. Very small portions and not worth the price too. The barley drink has definitely seen better days. There was a hair in it. The chendol is tasteless and flat with no hint of any gula melaka. Don’t waste your money. Despite the taste and smell of the assam, it was still distinctively clear that the fish was not fresh. Not fresh would have been an understatement coz it’s like hours away from getting rotten.

If this ain’t the worse nyonya restaurant, I don’t know what is. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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