Cheap & Really Good for Economic Rice @ Joyful Palace Clementi Ave3 on 2Dec2014

economic rice @ joyful place clementi av3

economic rice @ joyful palace clementi ave3

went for early lunch with a friend (friend’s guided food tour of old airport road hawker centre)

later we drove back to my place for coffee.

i totally forgot my coffee meeting with another friend at commonwealth mrt koufu at 3.30pm on 2.12.2014. after i sent my friend out to bus stop & got back, only when i checked my phone which was charging that i realised i was very late. anyway i managed to get to koufu 45mins late & we had a good chat.

my wife was not back for dinner & this friend was free so we went together to try out joyful palace, a coffeeshop at clementi ave 3 (clementi central locality). i had seen the economic rice when passing & wanted to try this.

economic rice @ joyful place clementi av3

economic rice @ joyful palace clementi ave3

economic rice @ joyful place clementi av3

economic rice @ joyful palace clementi ave3

i had the steamed fish. it was probably the cheap vietnamese pangasius, a cheap catfish, the common supermarket sutchi fillet. i also had the belly pork & spinach.

the fish was very good. of course it was not fine dining restaurant standard, but it was equal or better even than what you get at zi char places. the belly pork preparation was not my preferred braise, a bit sweet sauce, but it was really good standard. very nicely done. spinach was quite fine.

& it was just S$4.50!  and for that price & the quantity i had, this was excellent actually. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Fish & Chips (Smells Good Tastes Good) @ The Old Brown Shoe on 10Aug2013

fish & chips

fish & chips S$12.50

a trip down memory lane. my children had been talking about The Old Brown Shoe pub at Bukit Timah (next to Coronation Plaza) but i had not tried earlier. this evening on 10.8.2013 4 of us decided to drop in. 🙂

it had an alfresco area. very pub ambience with the rustic wood bar counter. we found ourselves a cosy corner inside the air-con area. 🙂

steak & guiness pie

steak & guiness pie S$12.50

steak & guiness pie

steak & guiness pie

we ordered 2 fish & chips to share. was deciding whether to add shepherd’s pie. the server recommended steak & guiness pie which had beef rather than lamb so we went with it. 🙂

the fish & chips came as usual wrapped in old newspaper, with a layer of parchment paper inside. & it was good! the batter was very good & crispy. the fish was sweet, soft in texture. i was quite sure it was pangasius, a cheap Vietnamese catfish, but anyway it was good. 🙂 & the malt vinegar on the table was very good. just love the smell & taste of salt & vinegar on a good, not soggy, fish & chips. enjoy the chips too but couldn’t take too much of it. 🙂

the pot pie was ok too. the beef was quite tasty (& beefy as expected), but i would have liked more crust. maybe i will try chicken pie the next time.

we had a cider & 3 water. the price came to $60. food i guess is limited don’t mind to do this once in a while.

c.h.e.f. andy