Se Mighty Schnitzel Lunch.
Once in a while it is time for a big ass lunch with my colleagues and having a humongous Wiener Schnitzel at the new Brotzeit at Westgate just seemed the right thing to do.
It was a truly gigantic slap of veal and even though pounded ’til super flat the meat was still juicy and with the crispy paper thin crumbs around, this thing just ruled and tasted like a bit of home. The potato salad on the side was not your commonly found weird mayonnaisy version but more the one I miss from back home, made with stock, chives and all. It was great, I wish every lunch could be like this but unfortunately that would make my waistline much fuller and my wallet way emptier so I’ll probably need to wait until it’s my next birthday or something. Schnitzel for life.
Brotzeit – German Bier Bar & Restaurant
3 Gateway Drive
Tel: +65 6465 9874
Oops I Did It Again!
As long as the new Jem Mall didn’t manage to open up it’s doors we were stuck with our usual choices so it was time for another lunch visit at ‘Tsuru-koshi’. I initially wanted the cold ‘Zaru Udon‘ but then, I already had something similar at ‘Tamoya‘ on Sundays, so i quickly reconsidered and ordered the ‘Kamatama Udon‘.
This is a pretty simple dish, just hot udon sprinkled with spring onion and topped with a very soft poached egg and a cube of butter. After properly mixing all these ingredients I started slurping down my noodles loudly. I didn’t care my colleagues making fun about the noises I made because this actually tasted pretty awesome. Soft boiled egg is always a bit weird at first but it worked fantastic together with the melted butter and reminded me of the good times I just put butter on everything.
This place is slowely starting to grow on me and even that I still prefer ‘Tamoya‘ to this but appreciate having an udon shop so close to my work with a a big enough selection not to get bored too fast.
Jurong East Street 21
#01-19 IMM Building
Another Udon Lunch at IMM
I came back here for lunch with a friend today and going with a colleague’s recommendation I ordered the ‘Niku Udon‘ with pork.
The clear broth was actually quite nice as it had a more distinct porky flavor yet pure and simple and I really liked the chopped pieces of white onion that added a sharp taste to the whole thing. The noodles tasted nice and had a lovely bite to them. I didn’t really like the thin pork slices as they were very fatty and had a bit of a greasy flavor but overall I enjoyed my lunch here and will be back again for some other versions to try.
Jurong East Street 21
#01-19 IMM Building
Long Udon with Longer Names!
I recognized ‘Tsuru-koshi’ the last time I had lunch with my colleagues at the IMM in Jurong East and so I suggested to try it out today and since nobody had a better idea there we went.
As it seems common for udon shops we had to place our order before taking out seats and I chose their S$12 lunch set with ‘Atsu Atsu Tan Tan Udon‘ – pretty long huh? – together with a bowl of ‘Soboro Don‘. The ‘Don‘ was nothing I would desire having again, the minced meat tasted pretty boring and a bit greasy and the rice wasn’t as sticky as I had hoped for. The udon on the other hand, despite using the same plain minced meat tasted interestingly good. They sat in a lightly flavored sesame broth, which mixed with the meat and especially the very soft boiled egg turned into a flavor I quiet liked and never had tasted before and the udon were also nice and chewy. Even that this was the lunch set and the bowls were obviously smaller than the a la carte ones this was still a pretty big portion that I hardly could eat my ‘Mud Pie Mc Flurry’ after. Not.
The setting is no thrills, the little service you get is alright and fast enough and I still like udon very much which gives me enough reason to add this to the list of appropriate lunch places close to work. Cold udon next.
Jurong East Street 21
#01-19 IMM Building
Angry Chicken For Lunch!
Another day, another lunch. Somehow this week we felt like something new and so again today we tried a place we haven’t been to before – ‘Nando’s’, a Mozambican-Portuguese franchise restaurant at JCube mall next to Jurong East MRT.
We all decided for a variation of the ‘Angry Mango Chicken‘; Wrap, Pita and my choice, the burger with their signature ‘Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce‘. As my two sides I had the ‘Coleslaw‘ and the ‘3 Bean Salad‘ which both were more boring than anything. The coleslaw was slouchy and missing crunch and both salads lacked a good pinch of salt which might have saved them from falling under the ‘lame’ category. The chicken was not so much a burger as a sandwich. The bread was more baguette like but very soft and as they meant good with the sauce also completely soaked. The chicken itself was quiet nicely grilled, not particularly moist but tasty nevertheless. Together with the greens and the peri peri sauce it made quiet a good combination, just the mango wasn’t really that present. The sauce tricked me at first as it appeared tangy yet not biting which changed like three quarters through the sandwich when I started sweating and had to breath with open mouth. Tasty though.
Even that this is not the place I would go the extra mile for it sure is a decent place for a lunch change once in a while. And next time I might try the pita version as that actually looked really toasty.
Nando’s 2 Jurong East Central 1 #03-07/19 JCube Singapore 609731
More Parma Please!
This place is just around the corner from my work and today my colleague had her birthday and wished to have her birthday lunch over there.
The few times I came here I always ordered the ‘BLT‘ so for a change I went with their ‘Parma Ham Sandwich‘ today. The first great thing about this sandwich was the toasted Turkish bread which was crispy on the outside and soft but tasty on the inside. Second great thing was the actual parma ham with it’s intense and typical nutty flavor. I only wished they would have been a bit more generous with the parma as more than two thin slices would have been nice. I’m not too sure what cheese they used but it’s light smokey aroma together with the bitter rocket rounded the whole sandwich up just nicely.
I thought that was a really decent sandwich and might pop by here for lunch now more often hoping they’ll stack it up with more of that tasty ham eventually but I don’t hold my breath.
VivaVox Cafe 3A International Business Park #01-10 Icon@IBP Singapore 609935
Hawker Centre With A View
Another diet bail today. After intending to go for a salad close by the office my colleagues talked me into joining them for lunch at the Jurong Country Club. At first I thought this sounded really fancy but when we reached it was actually a nicely setup and down to earth – though country club style – hawker with a beautiful view over their golf course.
They had a big variety of Western and a bigger selection of Asian dishes on their menu and I decided to go for the ’Beef Udon’. It actually looked really nice with lots of noodles, meat and veggies. The broth was a bit blend and didn’t have this special udon soup kind of taste like ‘Tamoya’. The beef was nice and tender and was cooked for the right amount of time to easily fall apart without being dry. As always my meat complain would only be the many fatty bits but knowing bigger chunks of fat are very popular in Asia I leave this as a very personal note. Even that I doubt the noodles here are handmade they were springy, very tasty and heaps. What I liked the most about this soup was the South East Asian touch to it as the vegetables untypically were leafs of Kaylan. I never had them in an udon dish before but really appreciated the unfamiliar ‘al dente’ texture.
I maybe wouldn’t make an extra effort to come from the city all the way here just to eat the udon but since it is so close to my work and my dish was tasty and under ten dollars I’m sure I will join my colleagues more often should they be heading this way again.
Golfer’s Terrace Jurong Country Club 9 Science Center Road Singapore 609078