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Purvis Street

Jun 5, 2010 @ 21:25

I was back again at Purvis Street Bugis so I decided to take some better shots of the place. Don’t want to run the risk of the government or some commercial entity pulling down the old shop houses before I’ve had a chance to record them down properly.

There are lots of interesting shops and cafes along Purvis Street. The big name restaurants are Garibaldi, Gunthers, Yhing Thai, Restaurant Ten to name a few. Garibaldi and Gunthers are very expensive Italian and French restaurants respectively. A main course there would cost above $30 at least, although there are cheaper dishes to order too, if you want to sample the place but not overspend. Yhing Thai, is not surprisingly a Thai restaurant. I’ve not dined there before. As for Chinese cuisine Restaurant Ten, click here to read the review of Restaurant Ten I did a few weeks back.

In addition to the restaurants, there are also the local favourites YY Kafei Dian, Chin Chin (think Hainanese food and pork chops), Killiney Kopitiam, Yet Con (famous chicken rice) etc. Click here to read my review of YY Kafei Dian. Also, there is a motley assortment of other shops like furniture shops and spas.

Purvis Street Shophouses

Purvis Street Shophouses

Purvis Street Garibaldi

You are looking at the Garibaldi restaurant

Purvis Street Shophouses, Restaurants and Cafes

View of the entire Purvis Street, with the National Library in the background

Purvis Street Chin Chin Eating House

Chin Chin Eating House, the one which serves good Hainanese pork chops, so I hear

Purvis Street 3a Chin Chin Eating House close up shot

And Chin Chin also serves Hainanese chicken rice

Purvis Street Corridor View

View of the 5-foot way in front of Garibaldi. 5-foot ways used to be a very important aspect of Singapore in the early days.

Birthday lunch at Il Lido

Today we treated our boss to a birthday lunch at the “famous” Il Lido. I had heard much about this Il Lido, which is like his most favourite restaurant. And him being a man of high tastes, I expected no less from Il Lido. I’d actually never been to the restaurant before, for some reason, every time there is a special event, we go to some other restaurant instead.

I was slightly disappointed to be frank. The ambience was not good. There were colourful plastic chairs in the restaurant! Which self-respecting restaurant that caters to the business crowd does that? The boss said that they set the tables differently at night, but I’m not so sure if they go to the extent of changing the chairs as well. And if you know me, I place high marks for ambience. The view was very nice though. The restaurant was up on top of the hill in Sentosa, and faced the sea. For this reason itself, I plan to go back again.

Foodwise, I had nothing to complain about though. We all had the $45 set lunch. Today, that comprised of:-

Appetiser:- Cheese and vegetable salad OR Zucchini Soup

Mains:- Red Snapper or Breaded Lamb

Dessert:- Vanilla Pudding

I took the salad. Strangely, the vegetables were cooked. There was a whole piece of melted camembert sitting on top of the vegetables, and if you know me, I never complain about having too much cheese. Everyone found the cooked vegetables strange for the salad, and in fact, those who took the zucchini soup ended up having a greener dish that the salad. Everyone loved the mains, I loved my breaded lamb very much. It’s basically what it sounds like, that is lamb in breadcrumbs. As for dessert, we had decadent chocolate cake on the house because of the birthday. For those of you who are in search of the perfect chocolate cake, this one can’t go far. There was so much chocolate in it, I had a hard time finding the cake part! We also had the vanilla jelly pudding, which was supposed to be the dessert served. Going beside the chocolate cake, I couldn’t taste the pudding anymore.  I only identified it as a vanilla pudding due to the black flecks in it.

In conclusion, I will definitely be back. $45 for a supposedly high class restaurant isn’t bad at all. But if you ask me, my favourite is still Garibaldi at Purvis Street.

Read about my more recent visit to Il Lido in Jan 2012.


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