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.
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The Place If not for the Palate card, I would not have known the existence of The Sleeping Rhino, a casual western restaurant located in Klapsons hotel in Tanjong Pagar area. For the record, it was really quiet on a Saturday evening as only a few tables were occupied. The ambience is casual and it does not feel like I am dining in a hotel. That said, I was still in anticipation of my dinner as the selection is reasonably wide.
Rants The standard of the food here is decent but it does not wow me. I also feel that the restaurant lacks a strong selling point despite its wide variety.
In an era where many restaurants try to be "different", The Sleeping Rhino has done well in doing simple pleasures well.
Located at the corner of Klapsons Hotel, The Sleeping Rhino is an ideal pit stop for a nice quiet after work meal and makes a nice place to chill during the day.
At a tasting awhile back when it opened, I started with Avocado, Mango and Prawn Salad. This was a light refreshing dish with a little tanginess.
I then tried the Roasted Mushroom Soup, which was really thick and topped with truffle oil essence.
For the main course I decided to go light with the Macadamia-Crusted Salmon Fillet. The salmon was quite done lightly and its natural oils oozed out with each bite.
For those looking for something heavier, the Double-Cooked Pork Ribs would do the trick. Topped with barbecue sauce, the meat fell off the bone easily and was really tender.
Ended the meal with the Berry Mousse Cheese Cake. Lighter than the traditional American cheese cake, this version woudl ensure that one would not leave the restaurant feeling overloaded.
Overall, I enjoyed the meal and I look forward to trying their other specialties when time permits.