Archive for June 2nd, 2010

Bobby’s Taproom Grill & Ribs

Jun 2, 2010 @ 23:40

I think I have been binging a lot lately. I keep posting food picture after food picture. I hope people don’t start thinking of me as a glutton, although I suppose I have to be grateful I am able to eat well.

People tend to be creatures of convenience and familiarity, and I am no different. When it comes to choosing where to eat, the Partner and I tend to gravitate towards tried and tested places. It’s really inevitable that this is so. When you are hungry, you are irritable. The last thing you want is to have your meal botched up by an untested restaurant. And even if they cook the meal well, the very fact that it could differ from your usual preferences is enough impetus for one to go back to the same restaurants over and over again.

Now that I have a food blog, I feel the desire to try something new each week. Yet the afore mentioned fears are as strong as ever. Today, I am glad to say that good triumphed over evil. The risks paid off.

We were in the mood for Western food, but we had no idea where to go. Didn’t feel like Coffee Club, didn’t feel Aerins, what else is there in the City Hall area? We felt like steak from Hog’s Breath, but we’ve been there many times already. So finally we decided upon Bobby’s Taproom Grill & ribs at Chijmes. If Bobby’s sounds familiar, it is because it was previously known as Bobby Rubino.

They have a lot of meat dishes on offer such as Tenderloin Beef Steak, South Down Lamb Chops, Lamb Shank Char-Grilled King Prawns. They also have a few pasta and pizza dishes. Even the appetisers sounded very substantial, for example the Quesadillas and the $16.50 Nachos with the works.

Everything sounded so good but we finally decided upon the Signature Baby Back Pork Ribs and Grilled Pork Chop.

Bobby's Signature Baby Back Pork Ribs

Bobby’s signature baby back pork ribs with their signature bbq sauce was so so delicious. The meat was so tender, it flaked right off the bone, exactly how they had described it in the menu. I finished all the ribs on my own even though I am seldom able to do that. I only wish they had more of their special sweet bbq sauce. I would love to have slurped it down on the side! The fries were also exactly how I liked them, stiff and crunchy. The veggies on the side were also very nice. Lightly boiled and still firm, instead of the limp and mangy kind that some restaurants serve. Conclusion: Best ribs I have tasted in a long long while.

Bobby's Grilled Pork ChopThe Partner liked his pork chops too, although they were a tad overdone. The accompanying sauce was wonderfully flavoursome though, not some silly sauce poured out from generic bottles.

We had a good time at Bobby’s today and I think we agree we’d like to return again to try the other dishes as well as some of the desserts.

Bobby’s has TV screens on the sports channels so World Cup fans have yet another place to hang out come World Cup fever!

Royal China

Ok the soup pot below was to whet your appetite…incidentally quite the same idea in Chinese cuisine as well.

During the Vesak day holidays last week, I took my parents and the Partner out for a nice dim sum lunch. As posted some time back, we like to dine at Pearl River Palace at Suntec Convention Centre. The service at Pearl River Palace is good, and the dim sum dishes are of hotel standard, presentation-wise as well as taste. But still, one can’t always dine at the same place all the time or one would never discover other potential gems.

I’ve dined at Royal China at Raffles Hotel many times with my colleagues. A lot of my colleagues from Hong Kong love the dim sum here, and swear that Royal China serves the best dim sum around the Raffles Hotel and City Hall area. My family had never tried Royal China prior to this so the Vesak day holidays was a good chance to let them sample what Royal China had to offer.

I like the decor of the new Royal China. It has a baby blue theme which I really love, but I hear from the more macho of men that they find it too girly. If you ask me, it’s a wonderful place to bring your girlfriend.

Royal China Chilli

First we start with the Chilli. No Chinese cuisine is complete without it, and let it be known that different types of chilli go with different types of Chinese food.

Royal China double boiled pumkin soup

This is the double-boiled pumpkin and pork soup dished out from the funky pot, photo posted earlier. I was a little afraid that it would turn out to be the thick pumpkin soup you get from Western restaurants, but this was a wonderfully light and flavourful broth. The Chinese, in particular the Cantonese, cannot survive without their comfort soups. With soups prepared so lovingly over so many hours, squeezing out every ounce of nutrition from the bones of the pork, it is no wonder that the Cantonese do insist so. I would drink this soup everyday if someone would prepare it for me.

Next, we were served an assortment of exquisite morsels of dim sums.

Royal China Crystal Vegetarian Dumplings

Crystal dumplings – Dumplings filled with mushrooms and crunchy veggies.

Royal China Siew Mai

Siew Mai – No dim sum meal is complete without Siew Mai or Har Gow.

Royal China Har Gow

Har Gow – Prawn dumplings wrapped in paper thin rice flour skin. The better restaurants use only prawns and not pork as filling for their Har Gow.

Royal China Mango and prawn sesame fritter fried

Mango and prawn sesame fried fritter

Royal China special deep fried dumpling

Special deep fried dumpling, to be dipped in soup served on the side.

Royal China 7

Nondescript buns…..

Royal China 5 

… with a salty surprise inside. These buns filled with a salted egg yolk and mango liquid filling was oh so delicious. Just for this alone, and perhaps the soup, I would be willing to return to Royal China, because it is very hard to find salted egg yolk buns in Singapore, or good ones for that matter! It is absolutely essential that the filling is oozy and liquid, none of the hard muck for me.

Can’t wait to go back again!

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