Category Archives: Area: Orchard

Jack’s Place (The Heeren)

I have been patronising Jack’s Place for a long time. It is started by a Chinese from Hainan who learnt how to cook by joining the British Army as a cookboy! Used to visit its first outlet at Sembawang, called Cola Restaurant. Today, it has evolved to include several concept restaurants such as Eatzi Gourmet, Seafood Harvest, Brewbaker’s, Hoshigaoka and Jack’s Place under the JP Pepperdine Group.

Jack’s Place is currently has 15 restaurants in Singapore and specialises in western cuisine such as steaks. Decided to visit its restaurant at Heeren.

Normally, I go to the Jack’s Place restaurant at Ang Mo Kio. It is always packed. This time as we were going to town, I made a reservation at Heeren. The place was quite empty with only 3 other table occupied. Not because the food here is lousy, but more of Heeren lacking a solid/reputable anchor tenant to pull the traffic in. Inside, it is  a cozy environment with dim lighting and their signature white and green checked table cloth.

Menu

Daily Set Lunch

The Daily Set Lunch is only from 11am to 230pm. The set lunch includes garlic bread, soup of the day, tea/coffee and dessert. For main course, you can order the items in the Executive Set Lunch or the main courses for the individual day. Do note, the main course for that individual day might include steak, but it does not come in a hot plate nor does it come with baked potato (instead it will be mostly with fries).

I used to aways order the NZ T-Bone Steak with Brown Sauce. How with the price increase I have recently switched to (1 year back) to NZ Ribeye Steak with Brown Sauce (Executive Set Lunch).

Utensils

From the utensils you might have guessed what was ordered.

Garlic Bread

Soup of the day (vegetable)

Vegetable Soup with chunks of chicken. It was not as bad as I thought, but I still prefer Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Escargots in Shells (half dozen) $9.50

Yes, the utensils were meant for the escargots so that it can be easily extracted. Sauteed with garlic and butter, it was then baked. Was an average dish, there was too many garlic.

Executive Set Lunch: NZ Ribeye Steak with Brown Sauce $16.00

Requested for extra brown sauce. The steak accompanied by the brown sauce was delicious with steam greens and baked potato on the hot plate. Anyone know how to make the brown sauce?

Tea

Dessert

Awesome meal! I love eating at Jack’s Place. A satisfying delicious meal that starts from soup to mains to dessert at such an affordable price. Where can you eat such good tasting steak at such prices! Moreover, the service was very good. Warm water got refilled promptly. The store manager will come to you and check if the meal was good and if there was anything he can help. Normally, in other outlets, the staff will be so busy that they will not even check on you. So kudos to the store manager at the Heeren outlet. Will I be Back? Definitely!

Jack’s Place (The Heeren)
260 Orchard Road
#05-06 The Heeren
Tel: 6738 8683
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm
Website: http://www.jacksplace.com.sg/ (the 15 outlets location are listed in there)

The Orange Lobster 龍虾世家

Saw a deal on ‘$9 for $25 Worth of Chinese Cuisine at The Orange Lobster’ on Groupon. Decided to purchase it as it looks so value for money. Was excited and had high expectations for this place. It is located just in town at Orchard Central. So convenient! Called up to make a reservation as it was one of the terms and condition in the deal.

Inside, it was quite posh. Despite our reservations, we were seated outside, directly behind the DBS standup promotion. I requested for a table inside as we did not want to sit along the corridor where the traffic was high, but was told it was full. Half way into our dinner, we saw a couple entering the restaurant. After the meal, we looked in and saw an empty table for two..

Pleasantly surprised to see that small fork and knife has been provided. This would make it so much easier to eat the lobster(if you are ordering).

Braised Peanuts $2

Cold Braised Peanuts while you decide what to order. Peanuts  were soft and fat! Gray was sticky and thick. But it was way too salty. On a side note, feel free to tell the waitress if you do not want this dish so that the $2 will not be added to your bill.

Menu Cover Page

Menu (Lobster)

Promotion for the lobster porridge (Courtesy of Jazz’s Blog)

There was a promotion for the lobster porridge, $17.90 per bowl for 200 grams of lobster. Decided to order this as it was their signature dish.

Lobster Porridge $17.90

Looks so different from the promotion flyer..

Was disappointed by the portion. There was just a small lobster cut into half. Having been to Orchid Live Seafood, I know that the porridge is similar to rice in soup. =) Lots of spring onions were added. The lobster broth was on the salty end. No taste of lobster and from the taste of it, Marmite might have been added. Nothing fantastic about this.

A  picture speaks a thousand words; my half of the lobster.

I can’t help but say that the signature lobster porridge served at Orchid Live Seafood was much better in terms of taste and even the number of lobsters given.

Menu (Poultry)

Saw there was Signature Chicken (immediately thought of Orchid Live Seafood and thought this place was similar to it) and decided to order it.

Signature Chicken (small) $12

The Signature Chicken was salty. What a waste. Pales in comparison when compared to Orchid Live Seafood.

Overall, I was disappointed with the taste, quality, value and even service of the staff that I wrote on their FB Page regarding my experience the moment I reach home. I have not even wrote about my experience with the service staff. Well look at the last part for the screenshot of my post and the management’s reply. Also, felt very thirsty after my meal.To conclude, its unlikely I will be back as I rather go to Orchid Live Seafood. Taste is subjective, so try it yourself, it might be your cup of tea!

The Orange Lobster 龍虾世家
181 Orchard Road
#08-09 Orchard Central
Tel:6756 0311
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 11pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orangelobster
Blog:  http://longxiazhou.blogspot.com/

The Mushroom Pot 长寿锅 (Orchard Point)

The Mushroom Pot has been around for some time, has been there around 3 times. So far I have always been to their outlet at Orchard Point as it is more convenient. This time we went there as we bought the BigDeal coupon, $18 for $30 cash voucher. In fact we purchased 2 as 1 will not be enough.

We decided to go for their buffet lunch (steamboat) on a Saturday. The place was not very crowded, slightly less than half full.

You may notice that the lunch is $24.90++ yet we are using $60 cash voucher. Well, reason is wait till you add up all the plus plus such as the packet of tissue and pickles. Well, since we do not eat pickles, we asked them to take it back (and remove it from the bill should be $2.)

You get to choose 5 Starters or House Specials per table or group. So even if you come with another person or 6 others, you can only choose 5. The menu can be found here. We ordered Spicy Chinese Potato SaladMushroom Rolls, House Special BeefMonkey Head Mushrooms in House Dressing and Crispy Squid with Wasabi Sauce.

Spicy Chinese Potato Salad (Starter)

The Spicy Chinese Potato Salad was average. Did not find it spicy.

Mushroom Rolls (House Specials)

The Mushroom Rolls is like spring rolls. Outside, it is seems to be deep fried. Inside, it is full of mushrooms. Yummy!

House Special Beef (House Specials)

The House Special Beef was sightly overcooked. Not as tender as I wanted, but certainty tasty.

Monkey Head Mushrooms in House Dressing

The Monkey Head Mushrooms in House Dressing was quite an unique dish. Each piece of the mushroom has been coated with a thick creamy sweet sauce. And walnuts has been added in it too.

Crispy Squid with Wasabi Sauce (House Special)

The Crispy Squid with Wasabi Sauce was the best dish among the 5 dishes. Each piece of squid (calamari) has been coated with batter and is then deep fried till it is crispy. Dipping it into the wasabi sauce, it added a final punch that will have you longing for more. Well, these are only the 5 Starters or House Specials. Time for the steamboat buffet.

For the steamboat buffet, you can get to choose from 6 soup base. We ordered the Wild Mushroom Herbal Soup which require us to top up $4.

Wild Mushroom Herbal Soup (top up $4)

Wild Mushroom Herbal Soup, is black in colour mainly because of the mushrooms. I thought the soup tasted great at first. But well as I am a huge fan of mushrooms, I am biased. She was right that it was sightly salty and diluted.

Fried Buns

You can never go wrong with Fried Buns (fried mantou). Taste great on its own when it is warm.

Some of the other items that we ate. Do not worry, there are other items not just mushrooms. There are many different types of mushrooms you can order here.

Barley $1.50

We totally forgot we still have a glass of Barley.

Tissue

Each person gets a packet of The Mushroom Pot Tissue instead of the usual wet towel. Did I say get? Oops sorry, its charged to your billed. If you do not want it feel free to reject it.

Overall, I like the buffet here. No where else can you get so many varieties of mushrooms or get so many varieties of mushroom soup base. Totally, my type of food. Moreover, the service was good, always someone near by when you require their assistance. (maybe it was due to the lack of crowd.) The only reason why I come back so few times over the years is mainly because it is too expensive. 2 person, yet the bill is over $60 per person. If it was more value for money I would definitely be here more frequently. If you are a fan of mushroom, give this place a try!

The Mushroom Pot 长寿锅 (Orchard Point)
160 Orchard Road
#04-00 Orchard Point
Singapore 238842
Tel: 67339910
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9.30pm
Website: http://www.mushroompot.com/

The Mushroom Pot 长寿锅 (Stadium Waterfront)
2 Stadium Walk
#01-02 Singapore Indoor Stadium
Singapore 397691
Tel: 63423320
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm–2.30pm & 6pm–10.30pm
Website:http://www.mushroompot.com/