Sage, the Restaurant
Tel (65) 6333 8726
.. and then noticed Haji Kadir & M. Baharudeen Soup Tulang was right next door. After ordering our Roti John we placed an order. This is all they do, you just specify how much you want on your plate e.g $5, $6, $8, $10
There's no polite way to eat it, you just need to get in there, fingers, hands and all. The little plastic spoon you're giving works well when reversed and the handle used to poke the last little bits of marrow through ... The soup here is very robust, sweet, spicy, thick & a little gamey with a good amount of meat left on the bone to gnaw on as you slurp through the marrow. What an experience!
We still had a little more room and a few more places on our list. On the top floor we found Chong Cheng Chilly Mee, Prawn Mee, Laksa a renowned hawker of chili noodles. A fragrant and fiery dish of egg noodle, pork slices, pork ribs, prawns, hard-boiled egg all topped with a smack-your-lips chili sauce. A small bowl of soup on the side, and all for S$3. How good is that?
Here you have a choice of 6 sets including katsu, terriyaki, unagi and a couple of dons. Being very unimaginative we both went for the terriyaki chicken. In all fairness, it was the only set that came with the chawanmushi that we were both eyeing off ....
All this was served from a bustling little stall, with just 2 men doing the lot. Seriously, this place was so busy, we never saw the line less than 10 deep and constantly moving. Superb! and at S$4.80 a set, Amazing!
Golden Mile Food Centre
We then had the grilled lamb chops, with had a nice crunchy exterior but a deliciously soft and pink interior. They were served with marinated eggplant and sauteed potato. We also had the grilled entrecote of beef with black pepper sauce. Classic French bistro fare. Yum.
So main course, the confit duck leg. The duck meat itself was so flavourful. It's said that the duck meat, foie gras, escargot and various other tid bits all come from France. But the standout of the dish was the amazing braised cabbage. It was so savoury and so soft, but not a strong cabbage flavour. There was bacon, carrot & garlic and like it had been monte'd with cold butter just before serving, as it had a beautiful sheen. The plate was just finished with a little jus and devoured rapidly. The rib eye certainly hit the spot. A smokey, crisp outside and a deliciously tender well rested inside. It had a red wine sauce and fried potatoes with a touch of rosemary..
We then started again. Foie gras with spinach and a sweet Jerez sauce. The foie gras, divine! the spinach nicely sauteed and seasoned and it all surrounded by a lovely sauce made from the pan juices, a little vinegar and the Jerez. Did I say Yum...
This led into a cheese plate, 3 French cheeses with crusty bread. There was a double cream, a blue and a cheddar, which all went very well with a glass Roussillon, Maury Floreal oak aged red fortified.
After sitting for a few moments, we were ready for another profiterole. We also tried the chocolate souffle, which was the perfect size, nice and petite but still full of flavour. Have I said Yum yet?
the French Stall
544 Serangoon rd
Open 3pm - 6pm for drinks and deserts
6pm - 10pm for dinner
Closed Mondays and public holidays
The laksa gravy is still kept warm over a charcoal fire
The soup was not to thick, but still full of flavour. Extra chili smeared on the side of the bowl was a nice addition. There was bean sprouts, rice noodles, fish cake, saw tooth coriander and optional cockles, for those who like it modern. They serve it with just a spoon, with everything including the noodles, small enough to eat without hassle. Everything was superb, the flavours balanced, the spice just right and at $2 a bowl, you could easily go back for a 2nd (possibly even 3rd) helping. There were many who did, lah.
In the small food complex there were only 2 hawkers who had ques and were constantly busy... The laksa and a small Rojak stand.
Of course we were curious to try. Rojak is a kooky salad of fruits, vegetables, fried bread, tofu and sometimes grilled cuttlefish in a tamarind & chili prawn paste topped with crushed, roasted peanuts. This particular version had chunks of pineapple, cucumber, jicama, bean sprouts, torch ginger, warmed fried bread and tofu. It was all coated quite thick in the moreish tamarind dressing, so each bite a surprise as to what lay underneath... At just $2.20 a plate it was enough for 2 and an excellent follow on from the laksa.
Sungei Road Laksa is open daily from 9am - 6pm
It is closed the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
The rojak stand looks like she closed up about 4pm
Blk 27 Jln Berseh # 01-100 Jin Shui Kopitiam