|Entrance to the stall|
Came here for lunch at around 1300H on a Saturday. It is a very small eatery but thankfully there were empty tables. The lady Chef/Owner, who I later found out to be a young Economics NUS Graduate, Sharon from this post was very friendly and attentive, making small talk from the moment we entered the shop and provided us with the menu. The menu is very simple but yet pretty extensive for a shop specialising in 3 cuts of meat.
|These were really oily :(|
However, the first thing you will notice is not the selection of items on offer nor the prices, but how oily the menu was. :/
It was quite unfortunate and I got up regularly to make my way to the nearest toilet to wash my hands after handling the menu. Anyways, as stated in other online reviews as well, this stall sells specialty coffee such as Cappucino and Espresso. In addition to these, they do sell Taiwanese specialty coffee as well which upon further enquiry, are drinks that are quite commonplace in Taiwan, including Sicily Coffee (Lemonade + Coffee), Hola! Coffee (Soda + Coffee) and Iced Orange Coffee (Well... orange juice + coffee).
|Promoting their Hola! Coffee on the bottom right|
The shop was very vibrant, lit up by yellow lighting and with lots of posters plastered all around the walls, displaying their various promotions, specialty items as well as interviews and other media coverage that they have done/received.
|Interior + Cashier|
On your table, a variety of sauces are provided for self-service.
I enjoyed all their different sauces though as my dining companions mentioned, the meats are delicious eaten on their own. The seafood sauce was essentially the sauce you find in Peking duck while the chili sauce was a flavourful sambal chili.
French beans in special sauce ($3.20)
|1 Person/Appetiser portion|
The special sauce here just tasted like Japanese roasted sesame dressing. Its a cold crunchy dish that is meant to be an appetiser, not a side of vegetables for the meat.
Three cuts combination, Medium 4-5 Pax ($35)
|(Clockwise from top left) Pipa Duck, Roasted Duck, Soya Sauce Chicken|
I came here as a group of 3 and we initially wanted to order their small portion which is meant for 2-3 Pax as stated on their menu, adding on their Taiwan Style Street Duck ($45 for whole, forgot how much for half). However, as that was not available we went with the medium portion for their Three Cuts Combination instead.
This... was definitely not a 4-5 pax portion and we easily finished the meats - Think there was too many bones.
1) Pipa duck was very moist, tender and flavourful, lightly salted and very sweet
The skin had a 'shiok' layer of fat that melts in your mouth after savouring the nice crunch from the crispy skin.
|Thick skin from the Pipa duck|
|Nice layer of fat underneath the Pipa duck skin|
2) Roasted duck was not as sweet and more saltish. The skin was not crispy and I don't think it was meant to be but very good flavours as well, don't think it will be fair to compare this to the Pipa duck.
3) Soya sauce chicken was good but could definitely have had stronger flavour in the meat, also not the best I've tried. But that is considering that I've tried Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken (1 Michelin Star) and numerous other famous soya sauce chicken stalls. Hence, still a decent cut of meat with the most generous portion of meat given here though that may simply be due to chicken being cheaper than duck.
Sicily Coffee ($4.30; Cannot remember the exact price)
|Lemonade + Coffee|
This was surprisingly good as the sour tangy and refreshing flavour of the lemonade totally contrast and gets washed down by the bitter aftertaste of the coffee. Do note that as the lemonade is quite acidic though, you do not want to be drinking this on an empty stomach.Taste: 8/10 (For its unique factor, do give this a shot)
|Rice with flavourful soya sauce and some slices of cucumber|
The portions of rice given seemed smaller than average but was drizzled with a layer of flavourful savoury soya sauce. Very tasty, and can very well be eaten on its own.... a bad thing as you're here for their meats! :)(We actually wanted their noodles but they were sold out when we were there)
Currently, this stall is having some deals on Fave so do check it out! Personally, I feel that this stall does live up to the hype when considering their Pipa duck on its own, as it is not something you get to taste everyday and it is definitely very delicious. In terms of price though, while this stall has differentiated itself by being more of a casual restaurant than a hawker stall, as a price-sensitive customer, I would seek out the more affordable hawker stalls around Singapore instead.
That being said, this is still a great place to come with a small group of friends/family if you're looking for a place with air-conditioning (Now if only the place could be bigger with a more comfortable and relaxing ambience...)
While it may simply be due to all the media coverage they have received recently, I felt that the service was very slow when we were there. Being one of the first few customers that have yet to be served, service still took around 20min for the meats to arrive. Perhaps they had outstanding takeaway orders when I was there? Not too sure, but I do hope that service could be made more efficient!
Overall, good food, OK price, OK ambience, OK service (Very friendly but food took quite awhile).
Overall: 6.5/10 (Worth trying if in the area)