Monday, March 4, 2013
Good dinner places this weekend...
Weekends are usually allotted for searching for and trying out new food places.
Over the weekend, I was able to try two food places for the first time.
First was Long Phung at Joo Chiat. PG Boy and I met up with his best friend since he needed to get some stuff. We agreed to have dinner and drove down to Joo Chiat area.
It was my first time to explore that area. There were quite a number of interesting restaus. However, the one we ended up going for was Long Phung. This was after seeing that there was a queue outside the restau. Hehe! One thing I have learned is that Singaporeans love to queue for good food. Hehe! And when you're in Rome, do as the Romans do.
So PG Boy, his best friend and I joined the queue. Thankfully, we weren't that hungry yet. The service was also quite fast and we didn't have to wait long before we were given a table.
We ordered a variety of dishes - friend rice, pho, fried chicken, shellfish, and of course, spring rolls. We were happy with the dishes and the servings. The price wasn't so bad as well. Will definitely visit this place again.
On Sunday, I met up with Ian and MkSurf8 for some despedida of sorts for Chase who flies back to Manila today. I thought of messaging Rich, Mon and Coly to see if they were free to join. Luckily, they were.
We all met up at Swee Choon in Jalan Besar. Ian has told us about the dim sum place during another dinner. I'm glad he thought of organizing a dinner for Chase at Swee Choon since I was also curious to find out whether the place really is good.
When I reached the place, as expected, there was a queue. Hehe! I got a number for us, but we had to wait til our party was complete before we could be given a table. When everyone finally arrived, it still took a while before we were given a table. Thanks to MkSurf8 and Ian who put pressure on the wait staff, we finally got a table.
The thing about dim sum is that it's easy to be excited by all the dishes and end up ordering a lot. That's sort of what happened. Once the dimsum plates started arriving, that was the time we all realized that we may have ordered a lot. Hehehe.
We did manage to finish almost everything - noodles, fried rice, siew mai, har kow, chive pork dumpling, sticky rice, egg tart, spare rib, sautéed long bean w/minced pork, yam puff, chee cheong fun, and the very deadly salted egg yolk custard bun.
Total bill was about 140++ (about $20 each). Not bad given that we were all stuffed and happy. Haha!
Good dinners this weekend I must say.
Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant
159 Joo Chiat Road
Neighbourhood: Joo Chiat
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
191 Jalan Besar
Enquiry Hotline : 62257788
Business Hours :
Monday to Sunday : 6 pm to 6 am
Close on Tuesday