I love it whenever a new restaurant opens near my place! This time round, it’s The Big Sheila. It took over the space that used to be occupied by Big Ben. Big Ben used to specialise in selling pies and we went once before, with the intention of returning again, but alas it is no longer there. The Big Sheila is a gourmet western home-style food store located at 15 Swan Lake Avenue, Siglap, Singapore.
Swan Lake is in the Opera Estate area, which I think holds much promise for becoming a little laid back enclave for cafes and restaurants! I really hope that happens, and if it does, remember that you read it here first! The interesting thing about it is that their food is also available for takeaways if you pre-order via The Big Sheila’s website.
The Big Sheila is opened by Fleur Glover, an expat from Australia. If you didn’t know, Sheila is a slang for woman. I would think that that would be a nasty nickname for any woman, but yep, The Big Sheila is Fleur Glover’s nickname! Don’t be surprised though when you enter that you see many Ang Mohs dining here with their kids in tow. I was the only Chinese when I had my lunch here. And I thought this only happened in Bukit Timah.
All their cakes were laid out next to the entrance. I really couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures even before I ordered my food!
Creamy baked cheese cake with tim tam base and milk chocolate top $13 per slice
Is this not such a luscious looking cheese cake? If not for the fact that it seems a little pricey, I really would have wanted to order one to go with lunch.
The Banker Cake (Whisky soaked prunes, turned in a rich dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse top)
I think Fleur Glover sure got it right when she placed these cakes next to the entrance. Grab your customers attention and after that, it’s too late to step out!
Stuffed pastries and pies
Carbless Egg & Bacon $6
Green Eggs & Ham $6
I have no idea what green eggs and ham is. If you google, it seems that it could be a number of things. Can some one tell me?
Roasted pumpkin, chargrilled eggplant mousse, almonds, sesame & sunflower seeds $14
Chicken Schnitzel (Fresh crumbed chook with apple, mint & baby caper slaw with homemade aioli $16
This was what the Partner ordered. Schnitzel means breaded flattened meat. In this case, the chicken wasn’t very flat like those you would find in German restaurants. However, that didn’t detract from the taste. Love the chicken very much! It was a really tender piece of thigh meat, and a sizeable portion too. Didn’t taste oily even though it’s fried. The bread was also very good and tasted home made.
Corn fritters with roasted roma toms rocket, yoghurt and chorizo $20
I had this for lunch. Have to admit, it’s a very healthy tasting dish. I thought the corn fritters would be deep fried, which is what I associate the word fritters is. However, the Partner told me that fritters may also look like these. These fritters were more like pancakes stuffed with lots of corn niblets. A little bland if you ask me, but kinda goes well with the spicy chorizo. Those 2 together can be a little dry, so that’s what the yoghurt is for.
Lemon, almond, semolina and yoghurt flourless cake!
What a mouthful! I wish I could have a mouthful!
Orange & Pistachio Flourless Cake $13 per slice
The Big Sheila’s Food Menu
The Big Sheila
15 Swan Lake Ave Siglap Singapore 455711
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : 65 6645 4422
Monday to Tuesday – 11:30am to 3pm for lunch
Wednesday – Friday 11:30am – 3pm Lunch and 6.30-10pm for dinner
Saturday – 9am to 4pm.
Saturday nights are for TBS Private Dinners (to book please call 66454422)