Who knew that you do not have to go to Singapore to visit Sentosa? Okay, perhaps that was a lame joke. Let me do the introduction again. A friend told me that he went to Sentosa (the restaurant) a few months ago to celebrate his birthday and said that the food there was pretty good. I actually did not notice the new restaurant before as I hardly go to the 6th floor ever since I discovered Pages Deli and became addicted to it.
As much as possible, my grade school (yes, elementary) friends and I try to meet up at least once a year and the most interesting thing is that nothing seemed to change. (Well, except for the fact that they now bring their special someone with them while I carry a paper bag fresh from a store. Jenga was my date that night.) I’m just glad that we all stayed as friends.
When two of my friends finally confirmed, I instantly suggested that we try Sentosa for (1) I heard a good review about it and (2) it might be something worth blogging.
|We got complimentary sweetened nuts while waiting.|
Rule #1: Do not let me hold the menu.
Just like how I shop, I tend to be an impulse orderer (fine, there’s no such term but you get it… right?). After checking each and every dish the restaurant offers, I mentally placed stars on some dishes I wanted to try. I asked my friends, did a bit of negotiation (I wanted the cereal prawn but we realized that it was pricey for each prawn costs PHP100) and finally came up with: Pumpkin Puree Seafood Soup (PHP230), Phad Thai (PHP230), Singaporean Sizzling Barbeque Beef (PHP295), Singaporean Hainanese Boneless Chicken (PHP690/whole; PHP350/half), Grilled Stuffed Squid (PHP295) and Broccoli Beancurd Mushroom (PHP230). One ordered Thai Iced Tea (PHP90) while I ordered the Bandung Rose Milk Tea with Grass Jelly (PHP90).
The Pumpkin Puree Seafood Soup arrived first and it looked not seafood-y. Actually, it tasted like nido soup with no hint of pumpkin whatsoever. I’d know since I am a pumpkin soup addict. I was quite disappointed with this one as I was expecting squash but it squashed my hopes. (Okay, that was not funny.)
Next served was the Singaporean Hainanese Boneless Chicken which I enjoyed a lot. It was really juicy and quite flavorful. It didn’t even need ginger to taste. Each bite was quite sweet and salty. The herby taste was also very subtle making this a great dish to order when you’re with kids.
The Singaporean Sizzling Barbeque Beef on the other hand was nothing extraordinary. It was sweet beef and the meat seemed to be a bit tough.
As for the Grilled Stuffed Squid, it was not the crowd favorite. Just like the barbeque, the squid was tough and it was quite bland. The stuffing was nothing special. That was the only dish that we did not finish.
Yet the Broccoli Beancurd Mushroom turned our frowns into smiles with its fresh greens and mushrooms. There was a harmony of different textures. There was crunch from the broccoli and the chewiness from the mushroom. It was delightful. My friend truly enjoyed it that she can’t stop saying she loved the dish.
For the drinks…
The Thai Iced Tea had a very strong tea flavor. Let your taste buds remember the taste of roasted milk tea with less sugar. I would have ordered that too if only I’m allowed by the doctor.
The Bandung Rose Milk Tea with Grass Jelly on the other hand had this flowery taste that not everyone appreciates. I admit that I was one of those before but soon after drinking more and more jasmine tea and whatnot, I became addicted to these kinds of drinks. It was milky yet refreshing. The grass jelly made it even more enjoyable. I just hope that they put more of it.
Notice that I didn’t mention the Phad Thai? It’s because they forgot to serve it. We checked our bill and apparently, the person who waited for us didn’t jot it down. Tsk.
Overall though, the service was very prompt and there were some food that I’d love to order again.
Sentosa is located at the 6F The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.