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Everything With Fries @ Joo Chiat

Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Minimalistic decor
Minimalistic decor
Me browsing through a magazine while waiting
Me browsing through a magazine while waiting
Rachel enjoying her Enid Blyton
Rachel enjoying her Enid Blyton

Rachel really wanted to try out the food at Everything with Fries after reading the rave review in Sunday Times. We went down during a weekend night and it was pretty crowded. We had to wait some time for our food to be served.

We like the simple, minimalistic interior decor and the cheery pink uniform the staff dons. Rachel was delighted to find some old Enid Blyton books tucked on their bookshelves. A lot of us grew us reading these.

I ordered a Pork Cutlet Sandwich with Sour Cream and Onion fries while Rachel ordered a Lamb Burger with Garlic and Herbs fries. We also ordered a One Egg Soup to share.

The presentation of the soup was interesting – a deep fried egg white over chicken broth. As strange as the combination seems, the taste goes well together. Both of us like this starter and was looking forward to a sumptuous meal. Alas, we will be left disappointed.

One egg soup
One Egg Soup
The soup is a little thin, but goes well with the fried egg
The soup is a little thin, but goes well with the fried egg

The main courses and fries were unremarkable. It’s really ironic that the fries did not stand out, given that they pitch themselves as a fries specialty restaurant.

Both the two flavours of fries we ordered taste exactly the same – salty and like any normal fries at other restaurants. We seriously cannot taste much of the seasonings. Even McDonald’s shaker fries are more flavourful.

The pork cutlet was dry and tough. My jaws felt sore after laboriously chomping it down with lots of water.

My Pork Cutlet Sandwich with Sour Cream and Onion fries
My Pork Cutlet Sandwich with Sour Cream and Onion fries
Close-up of the very dry pork cutlet
Close-up of the very dry pork cutlet
Rachel's Lamb Burger with Garlic and Herbs fries - the fries look the same as mine don't they?
Rachel's Lamb Burger with Garlic and Herbs fries - the fries look the same as mine don't they?
Lamb burger
Close-up of the lamb patty

Rachel did not have much complain with the lamb burger, but it was not exceptional either and the patty was a little cold.

We concluded the restaurant is good at marketing and positioning itself, but probably just good for a one time visit given the inaccessible location (by public transport) and pretty normal food served.

If you are interested to visit Everything with Fries for the experience, they have two outlets and the addresses are as below:

First Outlet

458 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Opening hours: Daily, Noon – 10pm (Closed on Mon)

Branch:

40 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: +65 6463 3741
Opening hours: Tue–Thu & Sun, 12pm – 11pm, Fri–Sat, 12pm – 1am (Closed on Mon)

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Basil Alcove

We first learnt of Basil Alcove from an article in the Sunday Times. Foong Woei Wan said it serves “fine food” at “roadside prices”, and he gave the place four stars out of five, so we had to try.

basil alcove signboard
Basil Alcove

There was some difficulty locating the place as Middle Road is so very very long! Finally, we came to a stop at some New Moon umbrellas outside Fortune Centre. Each table is candlelit, and I suppose it’s prettier and more comfortable to dine there in the evening than in the day.

new moon umbrella
Incongruous New Moon brollies

Quite amusing to see people eating fine food daintily under those garish, obiang brollies. Even though it was already past 8pm, all the tables were taken.

alvin
Alvin and Alvin the Chipmunk

We had just finished a trip to both the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum for the National Heritage Board‘s blogging competition, come to think of it.

I am dressed up as Earl Hickey from my favourite TV show My Name Is Earl. Incidentally, lead actor Jason Lee plays Dave in Alvin and the Chipmunks. I am delighted I can show solidarity with my favourite characters, however obscure my ways are.

I sketched in my new notebook whilst waiting for my food to arrive.

The menu was interesting, but lacking in variety. Perhaps it was because it was Christmas time and much effort and creative energy was spent on the Christmas menu. Rachel ordered roast duck.

duck
Roast Duck. Doneness: Medium. Price: about $15.90

Since Rachel ate the dish, I’ll let her take over for this portion of the blog entry.

“Look at the layer of fat on the skin man. I hate fat on poultry, but something compelled me to finish everything on the plate. Was it the effort of finding the restaurant? Was it the price?

“Probably.

“But it was definitely not its blandness and sinew that appealed me to it. You know how people like to eat fatty pork cos it melts in the mouth? Well, these fatty pieces of duck are the complete opposite of that melt-in-your-mouth texture.

“I chew, chew and chew but nothing dissolves, and definitely not the stringy fat that eventually gets stuck between my molars.”

Leon and I ordered the same thing – chicken with peaches and herbs.

chicken
Chicken with peaches and herbs $14.90?

It was more fun to eat because of the peaches and other things. But the meat is still rather tasteless.

rachel
Rachel pretending not to be interested in her food

Don’t know why Rachel complained about her food. She’s the one with the mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes were good.

Here’s Leon, separating everything on his dish so he can see exactly what he’s going to eat.

hombre
Leon

Rachel was the only one with the sweet tooth amongst us so we let her choose dessert. She fairly fought with me to talk about it here.

“We ordered only one dessert and shared it. The Praline Hazelnut! Dense cake of hazelnut something, encased in a smooth mirror of dark chocolate. My orgasmic moment of the night. Is it ice-cream? It’s BETTER than ice-cream!!! One forkful of it is enough to send me to hazelnut heaven.”

dessert
Praline Hazelnut $7?

We ended our meal on that sweet note. The food wasn’t as great as I had expected, but the service was good, with the attentive waiter topping up our water glasses every now and then without being asked. They don’t charge for service and what you see on the menu is what they charge, so we gave him a small tip before we left.

If you’re interested in trying Basil Alcove, go to 190 Middle Road 01-07 Fortune Centre. Tel: 6336-1318. Budget about $40 per person if you want entree, main course and dessert.

Open: 12.30 to 3.30pm for lunch, 6.30pm onwards for dinner; closed on Mondays

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