Archive for February 5th, 2011

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station 2011

We have been visiting the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (KTM Station) pretty frequently these past few weeks. As everyone knows, the rail services are expected to be moved to the Woodlands area come July 2011.

At this point in time, on the surface at least, it seems like nothing has changed. All the usual food stalls are still there and the place is no more crowded or no less crowded. My favourite Nasi Beriyani Stall and Ayam Penyet Stall  are still there, thankfully. The stall owners don’t really know what will become of the place and if they have to leave. It seems there is a possibility that their leases may be extended for 1 or 2 years. I really do hope they will keep the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station exactly as it is. There are only so few places that haven’t been modernised and we really do need places where we can just go back to enjoy the good old days. It’s just not the same even if they keep the facade but change the interior. If we don’t have ties to link us to our past, why will we need to stay?

Anyway….as is customary for my family during Chinese New Year, having Satay is a must for us. Unfortunately, I don’t really know the best places for satay. Once upon a time, the satay at the railway station was worth the drive here, but not anymore based on our visit 2 days ago. It was just slightly better than average.

Mutton Satay with peanut sauce dip and cucumber salad (2)

Mutton Satay with peanut sauce dip and cucumber salad

Mutton Satay – Quite a number of the satay had lots of gristle in them. Those that didn’t were pretty good though. They were only slightly charred (I abhor char because it’s so carcinogenic!) and had a sweet mutton flavour. The peanut sauce was also nice, with distinct peanut bits still in tact.

Satay Shop SataysSatay Prices

Satay Prices

Ayam Penyet with Beancurd and TempehAyam Penyet with Beancurd and Tempeh (2)

The Ayam Penyet from Island Power Food is quite nice too. I love the special crumbs and the dish also comes with tempeh and a piece of fried beancurd. The chilli is super spicy and a must if you are having this dish. Have to highlight that the little bowl of soup they give is delicious! I almost always have to ask for seconds!

Mutton Nasi Beriyani (3)

The nasi beriyani here is my father’s favourite. If you often find nasi beriyani to be heavy and sinful, try the one here. The rice is super fluffy and does not taste oily at all. If you finish all your rice, you can ask for seconds without any additional cost. The mutton is tender and flavourful and goes really well with the rice. What I also like is the portion of yogurt salad they give. Gives a refreshing zing to the rice. I suppose a lot of Chinese aren’t accustomed to eating yogurt salad, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be asking for a bigger portion. I often finish the entire salad before I even start on the meat!

Curry Ikan

On Fridays, the Nasi beriyani stall offers fish beriyani. However, if you’re there on any other day, you can always order a fish curry from the 1st stall on the right, and then order the fragrant nasi from the 1st stall on the left.

Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (3)Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

The teh tarik here is very good. The teh tarik at the stall nearer the railway tracks used to be better, but not so anymore. Just last monday, they served up some milky concoction that had no hint of tea at all!

Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (2)

Fares on the KTM Trains (2)Fares on the KTM Trains

If you interested in taking a train to Malaysia, click on the pictures to get ticket prices and timetables to the various stations in Malaysia. There is a very special method to calculate fares. When purchasing in Singapore, you pay in Singapore dollars, and when purchasing in Malaysia, you pay in ringgit. So buy your return tickets only when you are in Malaysia or you’ll be paying the exact same number but in Singapore dollars.

SGD$34 for a 1 way ticket from Singapore to KL and if I purchase the KL to Singapore ticket in Malaysia, it’s RM$34. RM$34 is still okay, but SGD$34 seems pretty expensive, no? I was under the impression that the train services were cheap. I recall paying similar prices to go from London to Cambridge return, and that’s on a modern fast speed train, not to mention that things in the UK are more expensive to begin with!

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Front EntranceKTM Railway Arch

Read more about my previous visits to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Do a poll on what should be done with the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station once the trains are gone.

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne – Dinner

After our first visit to DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, we were so pleased with the experience I brought my parents there again 1 week later to celebrate my mother’s birthday.

Dinner was more expensive than brunch, and my pockets were visibly lighter after the meal. Nevertheless, it was a delightful evening with good food. Service was also impeccable and our server who is from Korea, went out of her way to attend to all our questions and requests.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Steak Frites

Steak Frites (10 oz Grilled Sirloin, Mesclun Salad, Pommes Frites, Sauce Bearnaise) $42 – The steak was juicy, tasty and cooked to the right level of doneness that I requested. I felt the sauce Bearnaise to be a little bland. On the whole, I felt that the entire dish was just too heavy a combination. Sauce Bearnaise is chock full of butter, plus the steak, and the fries, it was just too much oil for a meal. Perhaps I have something against steak frites. I tried steak frites a few weeks back and once again thought it to be overwhelming.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Special Seabass

My father ordered the special fish dish of the day which was off the menu. Our server recommended it as DB Bistro Moderne had just received a fresh batch of the seabass. It was an excellent recommendation as the fish tasted so fresh and flaky. The combination of sauces and vegetable garnishings paired very nicely with the fish. A non seabass lover like me liked it and that’s saying a lot.

DB Bistro Moderne - Lamb Couscous

Lamb Couscous (Grilled Brochette, Merguez, Moroccan Vegetables, Lamb Jus) $35 – My mother had this dish of couscous with lamb skewers. The meat was very tender. The juices of the lamb and the sauce were absorbed into the couscous, making each mouthful explode with a variety of flavours. I loved the couscous and helped my mother to polish the whole pan clean. To summarise, DAMN GOOD.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Alsatian Rabbit Fleischnecke

Alsatian Rabbit “Fleishnecke” (Baby Spinach, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Grainy Mustard Jus) $28 – This was also partly the reason why we chose to dine at Daniel Boulud again. I don’t believe I’ve ever come across any restaurant offering Rabbit until we went to DB Bistro Moderne. When the Partner saw that, he just had to try it out. It’s fairly common enough in New Zealand I believe, but definitely not in Singapore, although this may change given that it’s the year of the rabbit?

This dish is basically minced rabbit meat rolled up in pasta into a wheel-like shape. I can’t say I have much experience in eating rabbit, but I thought the wheels to be quite dry and slightly tough. The Partner said it was fine though, but for me I just can’t stand anything that is tough and dry. Flavours wise, rabbit doesn’t seem to have a very strong flavour. If you told me it was chicken or pork, I would have believed you. Still, it was interesting and I definitely want to try more rabbit again sometime in the future.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Aioli Provencale

Aioli Provencale (Olive Oil Poached Cod, Shrimp, Mussels, Sweet Garlic Dip, Quail Eggs, Crudités) $26 – We ordered this as a starter and I would definitely recommend this if you’re dining in a group at DB Bistro Moderne. It’s good enough for 4 or even 5. The poached cod tasted fantastic in particular. The vegetables were also fresh. Great starter especially if you’re having a heavy main course. Also loved their special garlic mayo dip, which added an extra oomph to the healthy vegetables.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate (2) DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate

Clafoutis tout chocolate (warm flourless chocolate cake) with vanilla and chocolate ice cream $15 – Thought we should also try out the dessert to round off the meal but it was a let down. The chocolate cake was quite below expectations. It was rather dry, and the centre was just moist, but not oozy like what I was hoping it to be. For this price I’m sure I can find chocolate cake twice as good as this.

DB Bistro Moderne - Ice Cream

We’d asked for the chocolate ice cream that comes with the chocolate cake to be changed to the mango-guanabana sorbet. They agreed but forgot, so we got an extra mango-guanabana sorbet on the side as well!

DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket (3) DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket

Once again, the complementary bread basket didn’t let us down. Really like the breads here. My favourite is the mini baguette, which must have loads of butter in it because it tasted so wonderful and satisfying. If you finish the bread, DB Bistro Moderne will offer you more. I always wish I can have my fill of the tasty bread but saving space for the mains seems to be the proper protocol… 🙁

DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff (2)

When we were there, they also offered us cheese puffs. These were great as well! A crisp texture and a cheesy taste, what’s not to like about it?

Read about my 1st visit to DB Bistro Moderne for brunch

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Directions to Marina Bay Sands)

Monday – Friday
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am – 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm

Telephone: +65 6688 8525

Dress Code: Smart Casual

DB Bistro Moderne Brunch Menu

DB Bistro Moderne Dinner Menu

http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistroSingapore.html

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