Friday, March 19, 2010

When disappointment strikes...at the Orchard Road

I guess I've mentioned a dozen times before how much I love Singapore... both the country and their food. Nothing beats enjoy a plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice, some Char Kuay Teow and drinking a glass of cool Barley Juice.

It was another meatless Friday for me again and after attending two events today, I thought of stopping by the newly opened Orchard Road located at the Bridgeway of SM Megamall for a quick afternoon snack.

A couple of blogger friends have warned me about it... the food was not that good, they say. Still I wanted to try it out to see for myself.

Going around the open-kitchen area, I finally decided to get a plate of Carrot Cake, a roll of Popiah and a glass of Barley Juice.

The Barley Juice (Php. 45) came first and immediately on my first sip, I felt that it was very sweet. Not just a little more than the tolerable sweetness but this one could literally send kids bouncing off the walls all night with too much sugar and/or syrup. I pushed my glass aside and asked the server for a glass of filtered water.

Orchard Road's scrambled egg Carrot Cake

Next came my carrot cake (Php. 75), I first tried this during my recent trip to Singapore and I have been craving for it since. One look and my heart fell... this doesn't look anything like the authentic Singaporean carrot cake. Instead it tasted like scrambled egg with spring onions, something that we can easily whip up in less than 3 minutes at home. I also noticed that this is served plain, I had to request for some sweet soy sauce in order to add a little flavor to this dish. *sigh*

THIS is the authentic Singaporean Carrot Cake... Yum!

Last was the Popiah (Php. 45), I was really wishing and praying that this will save my afternoon snack from being a disaster. Ok, so I haven't tried Popiah before but I heard this is a delicious snack choice in Malaysia. It's like the Chinese fresh lumpia with veggies and shrimp. Orchard Road's Popiah was served already sliced into bite-size portions and drizzled with the sweet soy sauce. I took one small piece and took a careful bite. I felt that the wrapper was a bit dry and I had to struggle in every bite. I got so tired that I sadly just ate half of my Popiah and stood up a bit disheartened for having a not-so-good afternoon snack.

Orchard Road is barely a month old and I guess there's still a lot of improvement needed to be done.

Orchard Road is located at the Bridgeway of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
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