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Hosted on the Patio – Revisited

People Montage

Actually, this is not the 2nd time I’ve been to Hosted, but rather at least around 10 times, thanks to the fact that there are very few restaurants around my office area. The last time I posted, it was for a colleague’s farewell party. This time round, it was to celebrate another colleague’s birthday.

We took up an entire row of tables, amounting to about 15 people. I was amazed to find that the entire Hosted was packed to the gills, with another 2 big groups of people also celebrating and event of some sort. I guess when people start asking what’s good to eat around Mapletree Business City, Hosted’s name starts coming into mind, which is good for them as for the last half of a year, the place has never been more than half full.

They used to have a set lunch menu where you could choose a mains from the main menu and add $5 for a soup, dessert and drink. Not anymore. Now, for $20, you get to have a soup, choice of one of 2 mains and a dessert. If you like the main course offered in the set menu, this is definitely better value for money than ordering from the main menu. Since there are only 2 main courses to choose from, it’s a good idea to call in advance to see what they are serving that day.Hosted - Tomato Soup (3) Hosted - Tomato Soup

Soup of the Day – Tomato soup. Initially, it seems the soup is slightly sour. But it actually grows on you such that in the end, I finished the entire bowl of soup. It tastes so healthy too, with detectable bits of pureed tomato.

Hosted - Dory Fish with Mash

Pan-fried dory fish with potato mash and diced veggies – Absolutely loved the fish. Tasty, tender and cooked just right. Every mouthful bursting with flavour. The potato mash was also very delicious, wish there was more of it! The diced tomatoes on the side added a nice zing to the whole dish. If there’s any grouse, it would be that the fish was too oily. After finishing the whole dish, I noticed a pool of oil at the side of my plate!

Hosted - Aglio Olio

Aglio Olio Pasta with chicken – Didn’t try this but heard that it was pretty good but not as good as the fish.

Hosted -Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble

Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble – Interesting dessert. The crumble is nice. Beneath it was the lemon curd. In general I don’t like custardy textures mixing around with hard textures. Ignoring that, I thought the lemon curd taste was pretty good. Well I finished the whole bowl. I’d prefer a chocolate cake any day though.

Hosted - Bacon Sandwich

Ok this was what someone had some months ago. It looks like all bacon but I believe there was some meat hiding somewhere in there…

Hosted - Capellini Vongole

Capellini Vongole $20 – It was just so so. With Vongole, I am always looking forward to a flavourful tasting broth, but this one was pretty bland. This was also taken some months ago and I don’t know if they have since improved their cooking.

Hosted - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

Hosted - Fries

Yummy Fries that came with the burger! They sure aren’t stingy with the fries. I love fries that look like these. Crispy exterior with a fluffy interior. Never mind if they are not fluffy inside, they must definitely be crispy outside! I just hate soggy fries!

Read about my previous visit to Hosted on the Patio!

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

Smiths Fish and Chips

When we first saw Smiths Authentic British Fish and Chips moving into Tanjong Katong, we were quite excited. I know there are loads of places that serve fish and chips, but here was a shop, a standalone fish and chip shop mind you, that was proclaiming its authenticity, obviously we were excited about it. Having been to the World Famous Fish and Chip shop in New Zealand, I had high expectations for Smiths’ Fish and Chips. Did you know that fish and chips are the most popular form of fast food in New Zealand, more popular than McDonalds, KFC etc?

After Smiths opened, I chanced upon a couple of reviews that weren’t very positive. Add the fact that the cheapest fish and chips at Smiths will set you back by at least ten dollars, the need to visit Smiths became less compelling. Alas, find ourselves at Smiths we did 2 weeks ago, when the cafe next door which we wanted to go to was full. Smiths was packed, so we had our hopes up.

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It was quite interesting to find that they have scampi and chip butty, which are things that are probably quite foreign to most Singaporeans. For the record, I love scampi. Scampi looks and tastes like prawns, but when I was in the UK, every single wait staff I asked said it was a fish. Wikipedia says it is a type of lobster. As for chip butty, that is a chip sandwich, ie chips in between slices of bread……..best not to know that these exist.

I ordered the Cod & Chips $17 while the Partner ordered the Dory & Chips $10. The Cod fish was quite terrible. It was tough, dry and totally lacking in flavour. Cod is one of my favourite fish (I am very fussy with fish) but if I hadn’t personally ordered the cod myself, I would not have known that the piece of fish I was eating was cod, the most expensive item on the menu!!! I wonder if the cod had been sitting in the warmer for a long time until it had become dry, if most people order the cheaper options…

On the contrary, the Dory fish tasted much better. It was juicy and flavourful and I wish I’d ordered that instead and saved 7 bucks, and so did the Partner because he had to relinquish half his lunch to me.

Smiths Fish and Chips (4)

Smiths Fish and Chips (3)

I have to say, these fish and chips are darn oily. They don’t come with the mushy peas either, you have to pay $2 to get some. You have to pay $2 to get some gravy too. The batter is pretty thick, so if you’re on a diet, this is really not the place for you. But, if you’re not on a diet, the batter is quite tasty. In fact, you can pay $2 to get more “batter scratchings”…

Smiths Fish and Chips (5)

HP sauce or vinegar to go with your fish? It’s common to have fish and chips with vinegar in the UK and in NZ. Smiths also provides tomato sauce. You won’t find chilli sauce here. I tried.

Smiths Fish and Chips - Soggy Fries

I would possibly give the fish another chance. But Smith’s chips were probably the soggiest chips I have ever eaten. If only I could order the Dory fish on its own without the side of chips.

Smiths Fish and Chips

On the whole, I think the prices are too high for a non-restaurant setting, for the quality of food served and for the portion size.

***Photos all taken using the iPhone 4***

Smiths – Authentic British Fish and Chips

230 Tanjong Katong Road,
Singapore 437018
ECP – Exit 11

Directions to Smiths Fish and Chips

Tel :9639 8348

http://www.smithsfishandchips.com

frenchie@smithsfishandchips.com

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