The weekend after the first post-holiday week of working is always eagerly anticipated. We made it through the week being alternately depressed and busied. So the weekend came and we ate.
GRUB Noodle Bar / website
21 Rangoon Road
Tues – Sun: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00 – 10:30 pm
I wanted to like GRUB, but in the end, our lunch there was merely average. I had the Bak Chorizo Pork Noodles – stewed pork mince and chorizo bacon slices atop egg noodles. It was good for the first few bites, then it got boring. Too dry, and too much salt. My dish also came with a bowl of miso soup. You get a choice between pork belly slices and Kurobuta pork collar slices for the soup. I chose the former, and didn’t like it. While the miso broth tasted fine, the pork belly slices had imparted a porky smell to it. The miso broth, which was supposed to be slow-cooked from pork bones and vegetables, didn’t need the additional meat.
Sarah got the Chicken Donburi. It came with a few toppings – an onsen egg, seaweed and pickled red ginger. The fried breaded chicken fingers were a touch on the dry side, but tasted nice. I pointed out that their choice of toppings was very uninspired, and recalled the variety of toppings we had on our rice bowls at MAY MAY.
We did enjoy our appetizer (fried fish fingers) very much though.
For a Saturday afternoon, the place was pretty empty and we walked in without a reservation.
Red Baron / Facebook
45 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Tues – Sun: 10am to 5pm
Thankfully, we had better luck at Red Baron the next day. The café is at the far end of Gillman Barracks, and well, the whole Gillman area was pretty deserted for a Sunday afternoon. I think the café probably held the highest concentration of warm bodies at that time. Operated by the people behind Artistry on Jalan Pinang, Red Baron serves up coffee, craft beers as well as a decent selection of all-day breakfast, pastas, sandwiches and baked goods. The coffee was good and strong, and Sarah had two to herself (!). We first ordered the French Toast ($7), and it was a sweet mess of brioche, caramelised banana, and gula melaka syrup.
We then tried to order the pasta, but it turned out that they just sold their last plate. I then ordered their Chocolate Chicken Mole sandwich ($12), and it was just about the best thing I ate since we came back from Tokyo. It was super flavourful, and the chicken was so juicy. I would travel for that sandwich, I would.