09 Sep 2013 • 33 reviews • 0 follower
I have enjoyed a weekend brunch at Eco before an really enjoyed it. Today, though, I ate there for a weekday lunch and was disgusted.
Don't get me wrong - the location is still stunning and the staff excellent, but I had a sandwich that was so sub-par, even Subway would have thrown it out and offered me something else.
$28 for a sandwich? It had better be good! Nope. Not even close.
The sandwich was a "Reuben", a classic American concoction with corned or smoked beef, emmenthal and sauerkraut. No, not here. Instead, they use the toughest corned beef I have ever had. Corned beef is easy to cook, you just have to allow it long enough, but I think this beef was cooked for under an hour (needs at least 4+ hours on low heat). The result was an extremely tough piece of meat - tasty but tough. Hard to eat.
The "swiss cheese" looked and tasted like the cheapest process slices (Chesdale?) but the sauerkraut was nice - just not enough of it.
The bread is also important. A "proper" Reuben needs to be on rye bread. I know of at ;east two bakeries that sell rye bread in Singapore, but Eco uses a very dense multigrain that is sliced far too thinly and over-toasted. The end result was two very tough slices of bread around a tough bit of meat. Not good. Anyway, at these prices, Eco should be baking their own light rye bread.
Finally, chips. Where were the chips. The menu said that the sandwich came with chips but there was only a light salad of microgreens. Good salad but it ddn't really complement the sandwich.
Come on Eco, pull your socks up!