St Pauli •
17 Jan 2012 • 167 reviews • 14 followers
A new travel themed restaurant, Figo's Grail
made it's way along the stretch extensive dining options along Tanjong Katong road. It all started when local celebrity/DJ Dennis Chew fell in love with the Cajun Chicken Chop at Figo's Grail
, which then was a humble western food stall at the Katong Student Hostel. Together with several other investors, Figo's Grail
a restaurant serving cuisines inspired by the owners various travels all over world was established opposite the road, sandwiched between Pasta Fresca
& Bruno's Pizzeria
Opting for a simple and quick dinner, I opted to share two of Figo's Grail
signatures with my dining partner, namely their signature Cajun Chicken Chop
and Chongqing Brown Fried Rice with Chicken & Shrimp
after browsing through numerous reviews and recommendations.Cajun Chicken Chop ($13.90+)
The chicken chop came in the form of a tenderized chicken thigh marinated in Cajun seasoning then smoked and char-grilled upon order. The chicken had a nice and smoky flavor, while the meat inside probably wasn't as moist/tender/succulent as I had expected, turning out rather dry probably due to the meat being tenderized before grilling. Nonetheless the Cajun seasoning made it rather tasty, while the shallot mashed potatoes served alongside were forgettable.Overall I felt that this dish was rather overpriced as for the same quality and quantity, a western food stall in a hawker center would probably as good a job for half the price, or even Astons
.Chongqing Brown Fried Rice with Chicken & Shrimp ($12.90+)
Every grain of brown rice possessed an elusive aroma and savory flavor, making it the winning dish of the night. Not a single grain of the dish was overly soggy or overly charred, along with the generous pieces of chunks of chicken that were sadly a tad dry and two Individually Quick Frozen Prawns, which I personally feel they could be more generous with. But overall the Fried Rice was rather excellently executed, probably once of the best i've tasted yet.
Some hits, some misses,but their signature Chongqing Brown Fried Rice with Chicken & Shrimp
definitely saved the day. Service could be more attentive, where my glass of water wasn't refilled throughout the meal, rendering the lack of intiative.
Verdict: 6/10. I'm still left unsure if a return visit would be viable, but if it does really occur, the hongqing Brown Fried Rice with Chicken & Shrimp
would solely be the compelling factor.