The Hot Dog Lottery.
After Smorgasburg, we started exploring Williamsburg. We walked around for a while, had a cold one here and there and then came across one of Crif Dog’s shops. Not being overly hungry we still decided to go in and try them out. The place had an arcade / comic store kind of interior with some action figures sitting in glass displays on the wall and tables made from old pac-man machines and such. While my buddy went for their lottery meal including two dogs (the cook decides which dogs you will get) I just went with a classic crif dog with relish, onions, sauerkraut and mustard.
We had to go in.
My friend’s lottery meal (forgot the real name).
The smoked beef and pork wiener tasted quite nice with just a little snap to it. The sauerkraut was rather light in taste but nicely crunchy and the onions and relish unfortunately, didn’t add too much to it. I would say it’s a decent quick snack in between or a late night supper pitstop, but nothing I would really go out of my way for. There are many other dogs on their menu to try though and the chili dog, that my friend got actually looked pretty delicious so if I should ever pass a Crif Dogs again, I will most likely give it another shot. The guy behind the counter was pretty funny, though.
Get Your Grub On!
Crif Dogs (open daily)
555 Driggs Avenue
United States of America
p: +1 718 302 3200
I had recognised that the former seafood restaurant on the corner of River Valley and Zion Road had recently transformed into a pizza joint and today when I was on my way back from Tiong Bahru I stopped by to check it out. The concept here makes a lot sense for peak times with big crowds, they prepare some huge pies with the same tomato and cheese base and when ordered simply add the wished toppings and toss it back into the oven for a minute or two and there you go.
I ordered two different slices – ‘Cheese‘ and ‘Salami‘ – and five minutes later had them at my table. Since they serve New York style pizza I wasn’t expecting a super thin Italian crust but actually quite liked how it turned out, thinner than usual with a crisp bottom and not overly stacked with unnecessary toppings. I absolutely loved their sweet tomato sugo and wished that there would’ve been more of it but nevertheless just this alone made it a proper pizza for me. I particularly liked the peppery salami they used here and also the cheese tasted pretty good however I didn’t find it gooey enough and wished they would’ve left it in the heat a lil longer.
All in all Tony’s wasn’t half bad and from all I can tell they do a decent take on a NY pizza, not too overloaded with cheese and toppings yet unfortunately underloaded with that delicious tomato sugo. I will come back here for a quick slice anytime, ignoring the non-existence of any motorbike parking close by and simply refrain from using the bathroom.
397 River Valley Road
Tel: +65 65 677 PIZZA (74992)
Fast Food Katsu.
It was lunchtime yet again and since we liked those ‘Katsu Loins‘ from Hong Kong so much we talked a couple of colleagues into having some ‘Tonkatsu‘ at ‘Ginza Bairin’. The JCube branch was much more a fast food lunch joint than a restaurant with a cut down menu compared to the one I new from before.
I chose the ‘Rosu Katsu Don‘ which came with the leaner pork loin, not looking to appealing but I somewhat didn’t care. The fried loin was juicy and glued in between this tasty savoury mix of egg, glazed onions and sweet tonkatsu sauce. The big boo was the rice not being proper Japanese style which not only made it considerably more difficult to eat but also stole the dish it’s signature texture and taste.
I still liked this comforting stuff but maybe go checkout ‘Tonkichi’ next time instead to see if they use all the right ingredients and to get my free flow cabbage on.
Ginza Bairin 銀座梅林
2 Jurong East Central 1
Tel: +65 6684 3378
Taiwan’s Famous Fried Chicken In Singapore!
Since a friend told me about this place in Taipei I wanted to try it, so when they opened a shop in Singapore my mission was clear.
When we went I ordered the “Spicy Chicken” with “Garlic Fries”. They fry up everything the same way and later sprincle different spice mixes on chicken and fries to give them their individual taste. My chicken was not too hot and quiet tasty on the breast part. To my surprise I found some neckbones in mine but the portion was generous enough to fill me up good anyway. The fat is well drained so the chicken does not taste greasy at all but comes along a tad dry because of the powder spice mix. Mine was alright together with a drink but my friend blew off garlic powder clouds everytime he took a bite. All in all a nice junkfood alternative but far from a culinary epiphany.
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken #B1-K7 City Square Mall 180 Kitchener Road Singapore 208539