Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sarnies, Telok Ayer Street

 This place has been stuck in my mind for months and we've never quite found the time to come by. Believe it or not, a good sandwich in Singapore is really hard to come by, so when I heard of this amazing sandwich place in town ... I had to give it a go.

 First things first, this place is in dire need of a proper sign. Ten points if you can spot the word "Sarnies" in the photo above! You'll probably have no problems finding it by day as I hear it's jam-packed catering to locals and westerners alike. But by night, the place is dimly lit with no sign, and the confusing numbering system along Telok Ayer Street left us no choice but to phone them. Just FYI, it's two buildings down from the right of the temple (facing the temple).

 It kinda looked like a shady bar in a shady area when coming at night - I'd be so curious to see how it looked like in the day! And (extremely sadly!!!!) their titular Sarnies was only available for lunch! Come night, it turns into a bar serving ciders and bruschettas.

{ Apple Cider ($10) and Pear Cider ($12) }

 Sometimes they have leftover Sarnies from lunch, and all they had that night was a boring-sounding turkey ham sandwich which I had anyway. We ordered another bruschetta to share, and well, since we're here, some ciders. The apple cider wasn't chilled so I had it served with ice, and the flavour didn't come through very well once you add ice to it (though Somersby still holds a special place in my heart). The pear cider was a lot sweeter, though the bottle looked like it had been sitting on the shelf for months.

{ Chargrilled aubergine, feta and hummus bruschetta ($13.90) }

 We were pleasantly surprised when this came : six thick slices of crusty bread, fat piece of aubergine on each with generous splatterings of hummus, feta, grilled tomatoes, olive oil and pepper served on a wooden paddle. Besides the moreish vegetarian combination, the homemade bread really stole the show - crusty, chewy and rich in flavour as it soaked up all the goodness.

{ Turkey Ham Sarnie ($13.90) }

 And well, this poor-photo-quality, boring-looking, run-of-the-mill turkey ham sandwich ... might easily be the best god damn turkey ham sandwich I've had in my life. The turkey ham was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from all those fake hams I've had over christmas dinners and in subway sandwiches. Might be psychological, but the ham accented with this godly mystery-mayo gave it this deep, rich, meaty sweetness. And the dense, chewy bread held it together all too well. This is how bread should be, not that cotton-soft, poor excuse of a bread known as white bread - fit only for toothless humans. This is the bread ... that we deserve.

If you work nearby, do yourself a favour and get yourself a god damn Sarnie for lunch today. After having their turkey ham sandwich, I can only imagine how their special steak Sarnie will taste like. It's open on weekends as well for brunch - so no regular workday Sarnies - but self-cured-bacon sandwiches is fine by me too!

136 Telok Ayer Street

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Senor Taco, Star Vista

Ah Star Vista ... armed to the teeth with restaurants, this relatively new mall is, just awesome - you'll just be spoilt for choice coming here for a meal. Riccioti for some lovely pasta, Menya Musashi for that heavy ramen, Morganfields for a good slab of ribs, Triple O's for that poutine/burger goodness (our next stop!) ... well we kinda felt like Mexican today.

 We stood outside Senor Taco and literally flipped a coin to choose between Senor Taco and Morganfields - just cos Morganfields seemed like a safe choice - but fate would have us eat tacos today. Awkwardly placed, you either have to walk past 20 restaurants to get there, or straight up from the outside which would be a problem if it rained.

Food here wasn't cheap surprisingly, Mexican food has never struck me as expensive, not that I've had any in Singapore (or anywhere else, besides Chipotlé in the states). We ordered the stereotypical tacos and burrito, then I later decided I wanted to try the nachos as well.

{ Super Burro ($21.90) }
12" wheat tortilla, super burro filled with all the goodies (steak (+$1), chicken or veggies)

 The burrito ... was just alright. Slightly crispy-ed on the outside, your usual suspects on the inside (chicken, rice, veg - the works) but somehow I expected a lot more for that price! Granted my only point of reference besides an everyday-wrap was Chipotlé, which was roughly half the price and almost twice the burrito density, and that was in Manhattan! Whether Chipotle was authentic or not, it was  multi-fold better than this.

{ Tacos Al Pastor ($14.90) }
Pork or Chicken - The most famous and sought-after tacos in Mexico. First and only in Singapore (order of five in 4" corn tortilla)

 This famous, sought-after, first-and-only-in-Singapore tacos were ... they were pretty nice. We were a littlleee disappointed that it wasn't the crispy shell variety (our bad for not knowing our tacos) but the flavour in the chicken was good, the combination of the pineapple, onions and lime were pretty delish. But again somehow it felt lacking, and it wasn't too special.

{ Nachos ($12.90?) }
Nachos with cheese, beans, peppers and guacamole

 Probably the worst choice I made. The portion was pretty large but the cheese wasn't melted properly, the beans tasted canned, and it had this overall bland taste, even with the guac dip.

As I was paying the bill one of the servers who was Mexican was a little surprised that we appeared nonchalant about the food, and assured me that the food here was genuinely, authentically Mexican - which I felt a lil hard to believe. He did recommend the Chicken Molé and the Enmoladas, so if you do come here probably give the burritos and tacos a miss.

Senor Taco
#02-22 The Star Vista

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