Hey pals, I have never been to Singapore but I would insanely love to share with you now one of the Singaporean restaurant that I regularly visit in Ortigas area. Visiting this is like eating at any of the hole-in-the-wall types of resto in the fine country of Singapore. Most of the people I met who tried this humble place that ideally represents Singaporean cuisine pointed out that this Singaporean-inspired restaurant offers one of the most authentic dishes which are rather diverse because of the mixture of foreign influencers like Malay, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian. Nasi Lemak Singaporean Restaurant is the name . Honest to goodness from what I have learned in one of my subjects in college, Nasi Lemak is a Malay word which literally means "fatty rice". A platter is composed of cucumber, small dried anchovies, roasted peanuts, kangkong, hard boiled egg and hot spicy sauce. One of the foreign dishes that I learned to love because of my Filipino-Chinese best friend.
Though I've dined here for several times already it is only now that I'm going to feature this place in my blog. Other personal dining experiences to follow but this one I am writing is the most recent one, actually happened about three weeks ago.
Having an eye for detail I noticed automatically that their once torn and not so pleasing paper menu books were replaced with unsoiled and noticeably new sets. I do not know if my two female friends learned the transformation within two months time but I can clearly read that we enjoyed picking assorted dishes as our hungry stomach rumbles feeling very very empty.
Plates and cutleries will only be issued if guests are seated already. It was past 8PM and it is as if our day has just began. I was longing to taste their varied selection of dishes, this is certainly one of the best Singaporean restaurant that I am never ashamed of recommending. Worth dining for!
Yang Chow Fried Rice PhP240
A very classic Chinese rice dish that is not that hard to appreciate because of its very rich number of ingredients like shrimps, eggs and roast pork in a tasty mixture of seasonings that is so hard to resist. We can hardly decide which among the rice dishes on the menu to choose but we made the right and unbeatable choice.
Beef Rendang Php368
This one is something that is of Indonesian origin which you can order either mild or spicy. We had it in a mild way. Nasi Lemak menu described it as a dish wherein beef is thoroughly stewed in coconut milk and fired up with just the right amount of ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass and chili. The end result is tasty shreds of beef simmering in a rich gravy of herbs and spices. From the description itself you can easily hint the surprise it shall bring on your palate. As per the serving staff that responsibly took care of our table, Beef Rendang is best eaten with nasi lemak rice which brings out its true flavor and the right mix of gentle heat. But then we preferred the other rice dish for the purpose of having an adventurous kind of mix.
Japanese Tofu with Chorizo and Spring onion (non-spicy) Php260
I personally chose this plate and it is but precise to tell you that I ate about more than half of it. I was surprised to have devoured such Japanese Tofu. Well with all honesty I love mechanically soft food like this because it easily slides in my mouth down to my esophagus which is really enjoyable with little chewing. This dish is deep fried soft silken tofu, lightly coated and garnished with bits of spring onions and chinese sausages, then sparingly doused with special sauce. I was wondering what was the special sauce because it is so light yet addicting. Minced chorizo on the top mixed with spring onions blended so well with the bland taste of tofu.
Crispy Baby Squid PhP218
My sweet friend Nessie's favorite. We were in the middle of our dinner when she out of nowhere blurted out that she must order Crispy Baby Squid and so it happens. It is a crispy appetizer that is slightly salty but too sweet for an appetizer. A plate is best with a glass of ice cold beer. A truly enjoyable thing that leave us binge and binge nonstop. Incredible and totally addicting!
But wait, there is more. . .since eating at a fine Singaporean restaurant should never be too limited we still ordered something that are indispensable to make our night perfectly good. Hence, the following dimsums.
Chicken Feet with Tausi Php118
Hakao PhP 98
Pork and Shrimp Siomai PhP88
Nasi Lemak Singaporean Restaurant has a daily promo of dimsum which they only sell for PhP55 per dimsum tray. It has been around for more than a year already and my constant snack whenever I am around the mall area between 2PM to 6PM only. Absolutely great savings.
At Nasi Lemak I always have a nice experience and gets better and better each time. Until next time!
NASI LEMAK AUTHENTIC SINGAPOREAN RESTAURANT
2/F Robinsons Galleria, East Lane
Ortigas Ave. cor EDSA
Ugong Norte, Quezon City