Mon - Fri: 07:00 - 22:30
Sat - Sun & PH: 07:00 - 15:00
The Sleeping Rhino succeeds Lucas as the Klapson, The Boutique Hotel's new bistro-styled restaurant at the lobby level featuring wholesome local and European casual dining.
Besides enjoying drinks at Fabrika @ Klapsons Boutique Hotel, I also decided to try the lunch at their restaurant, Sleeping Rhino. Donned in a lovely contemporary decor, this tiny bistro-style restaurant consists of a bar counter, a salad bar and some rows of seats (booths and tables). The twinkling lights above the salad bar looked elegant at first but after a while it seemed to cause headache. Service was nothing to speak of as well.
Nonetheless, *Sidney and I browsed through the limited menu and decided to go for the All-you-can-eat Salad Buffet (SGD$16.00). The ala carte menu did not leave us a lot of choices and we did not have much appetite - not like there was anything eye catching anyway. The salad counter was rather small as well, and as we circulated it in one small circle, we realized that the variety was limited too.
The usual items were some beans, greens and fruits - which were pretty average. However, the Potato Salad deserves a little praise, because the taste was quite good and the potatoes were soft enough to be enjoyable.
We decided to share a main course of Steak Sandwich (SGD$9.00 for top-up, ordered with Salad Buffet) which looked decidedly good when it was served - all golden and crispy. Well, the fries were nice and crispy anyway - with light sprinklings of fine chilli powder.
The "steak" sandwiched between the crispy slices of bread were really just thin pieces of beef, tender and delicious, but the name "steak" seemed to be laying it a little too thick. The tiny strips of onions enhanced the flavor with tinges of spiciness, and added some sweet crisps to the chewy texture of the beef.
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Went with a number of colleagues, one of which have AMEX card with discount. The discount is not applicable if you opt for the salad buffet set.
The fish and chip portion is huge if you order ala carte. Not too bad. Salad bar was ok, nothing fantastic though. They do not serve water here, and bottled water is not cheap.
Colleague mentioned that soup (tomato) was ok.
All in all, food was ok, but at an average of $30 per head, we expect something better. The place was not filled during lunch time so if you have money to burn and is not keen on queueing for food, this might be the place for you.
Oh yeah, not too impressed with the window view of many cars crawling about the road outside the hotel. But that is just me.
Was rather intrigued by the name, "The Sleeping Rhino", so decided to drop by one evening with the missus for dinner. It definitely helped that there was a 50% discount courtesy of my palate card. Located on the ground floor of Klapsons The Boutique Hotel at Tanjong Pagar, The Sleeping Rhino offers a view of the surrounding pedestrian walkway and vehicular roads through towering floor to ceiling windows. For a little more privacy, opt for the booth seats furthest away from the windows. Complimentary Bread - The complimentary bread roll came a little crusty and warm. Together with a small container of store bought butter, it made for a nice and simple way to start off. Pomodoro Penne with Cajun Smoked Chicken - Al dente penne tossed in a mildly tart pomodoro sauce and topped with chunks of savoury cajun chicken - simple yet satisfying. The only gripe I had was the lack of smokiness in the chicken. Wagyu Beef Burger - The beef patty was done up to medium well but seemed a little drier than expected. Flavours were decent and I liked the addition of the runny yolk sunny side up atop, which gave the burger an overall smooth and rich finish. Unfortunately the bun was crisp but dry and tasteless. Tiramisu - Circular in shape, the tiramisu's portion was rather small with the sponge fingers a little too soaked in kahlua. The mascarpone cheese seemed a little diluted which definitely didn't help matters. All in all a very average rendition of this Italian classic dessert. Dinner for 2 pax came to almost $38 with a 50% discount ($75.33 without). Overall food quality hovered around the average mark and prices were honestly on the high side for the corresponding quality. Service was good though but that could be due to the fact that we were the only table that evening (although another couple did come in when we were just about to leave). See all my pictures here.