Have been there again with 4 friends of mine last Sunday to find out about their promotions and I must say, it's a great value.
They offer now 9 kind of pasta. We tried out the Arrabiata, Carbonara and Seafood one; all came in large portions and very tasteful, even the Arrabiata have been very hot.... the best - just 9.90 per portion included GST and SC
Next we ordered was my favourite - the Flammkuchen and a pork knuckle. The Flammkuchen nice as always and surprisingly we were offered a free sausage of our choice as there is a current promotion for it.
To the very juicy but crispy pork knuckle we got a glass of beer (some Pils, forgot the name) also free of charge....
All together we just spent below 100.00 for 5 person. It was again a nice and relaxing evening and we really got the feeling for a great value. I hope they keep on with their style and I m sure I will be there soon again.
We went to Sunset Way last night and ended up sitting down at Jules Verne. The first thing that struck us was that they were under-staffed: there were only two waiters, which was clearly not enough for a place with so many tables. It took them a while before they were able to take our order. That aside, the service was outstanding. Both waiters were very friendly and efficient.
We were also pleasantly surprised to notice that the place has a quite good selection of Belgian beers (the best beers in the world come from Belgium), so we both had an Orval. We ordered a seafood platter (28$) and a Greek farmer's salad w/ olives and feta cheese (21). These are dishes that are hard to mess up, but still the quality was definitely good. The size of the dishes was good. The seafood was fresh and very nicely fried with good olive oil. The salad was varied, with an excellent vinaigrette which was not overwhelming. Perhaps I would have liked a few more olives, and a bit less onion, but apart from that it was excellent. We asked for some extra bread, which was not on the menu but nevertheless served with some good butter for only 2$ surcharche. We had 3 beers amongst the two of us, and we spent 90$. Not really cheap, but good value.
Unless you are a bourgeois, if not prices (be it high or low on priority) will somehow be a consideration when comes to eating out. I have said this before and I will say this again - I work in a place where food is really bad so hunting for cheap and good lunch around the area is rather essential. Read that there WAS a $14.50 set lunch on hungrygowhere and persuaded some of my colleagues to check Jules Verne out. Ok it's my fault for not checking as the review dated end Aug is obviously obselete and we didn't manage to enjoy the deal.
As it was really a normal, usual, typical workday lunch, I searched the menu for a reasonably priced entree. The prices are really steep for lunch in a non air-con setting along a void deck at sunset way. I was rather interested in the schnitzel but it's under the kid's menu. Very sad indeed. We end up eating the poor men's food, cheapest on the menu - weisswurst ($14), currywurst ($18), bratwurst ($12) and frankfurter ($12).
My weisswurst (bavarian sausages) tasted too delicate for my liking. The German bread that came along with it was warm and crisp on the outside with soft and chewy interior, nice. The currywurst was good with its sauce. Bratwurst smelled good and frankfurter looked ordinary.
I know I should not judge a restaurant based on its sausages but I felt very bad to see my colleague spent $12 on a sausage for he left the potato salad and sauerkraut almost untouched. I tried and found the salad too plain and sauerkraut too mushy. My friend who used to work for a famous coffee chain in her pre-uni-days found the foam on her wiener melange ($3.90) too thin and inconsistent. Lunch was ok for me however I am sure the 2 growing boys will find the portion too small but was too polite to comment.
I know sunset way is supposed to be hip and happening but the pricing of Jules Verne is definitely beyond what I want to pay to eat at the void deck. Though food was fine but we just experienced Germany rather than Europe during our stay at Jules Verne. Conversation during lunch centred around our previous trips to Europe. Our memories were nearer to other parts of Europe than our tummies. With the prices and quality offered, I am not sure a proletariat like me will ever to go round Europe in my 80mins of stay at Jules Verne. What I am sure is I will not be back at Jules Verne in the next 80 days.
Decided to meet Rabbit at Sunset Way for lunch for her convenience since she stays nearby and this noshery was elected after doing a simple search on HGW.
Only al fresco sitting is available for this nondescript cafe which could end up a lil too warm in this humid weather of our sunny isle in the noon, as in our case. Cutleries were displayed at one side of the area and was self-serviced.
Not feeling too hungry, we decided to order a soup and a German pizza to share.
We had wanted to try the Hungarian Goulash Soup but it was OOS. At the approbation of the blur and lackadaisical waiter, we had the Spicy Shrimp Chowder ($16) instead. The soup was not spicy and the fishy seafood odour was too much for me. I stopped imbibing after a few spoonfuls. However, I adore the crisp chewy crust of the complimentary bread and the fluffy soft dough that came with the soup.
I have always thought that pizzas are Italian. Having read about the Flammkuchen on this page previously, I decided to order one to satisfy my curiosity. Served on a wooden board and a roller for cutting the rectangular pizza, our Flammkuchen with pork knuckle cubes, sauerkraut & mashed potato ($18 for small) was an interesting fare. The meat was well done but I’d prefer if they came with some crackling bits of skin from the pork knuckle. I was impartial to the sauerkraut, which had a fermented saltish flavour to it. However, Rabbit didn’t like the green. Chunks of mash potato added texture and flavour to the pizza. Love the crispy thin crust of this pizza but the overall palatableness was nothing to shout about.
All prices on the menu are nett with no GST or service charge, rightly so with minimum service rendered. Waiter didn’t top up water throughout our stay there. Chef had a friendly smile for us whenever we looked in his direction although he didn’t approach for a friendly chat. We found 2 different species of crawlies wriggling in the dish of chilli flakes and informed the waiter about it. I think it must be the most exciting event happening to him in a while as he was visibly amused than distressed. Despite not being the gu-niang kinda girl who screams at every bug I see, I was rather perturbed; I could have ingested the vermin unknowingly when I sprinkled the chilli flakes unto my pizza straight from the dish. Urgh. I think I did see the chef going through his supply of chilli flakes when I tried to get the waiter’s attention for the bill though. Hopefully, hygiene has been restored to the joint. Before we left, we were served with 2 complimentary shots of chilled Sweet Chocolate Liquor. I didn’t think much of the gesture, given the trauma I suffered and it was too stingy an amount that could hardly quench the thirst on this hot day. Oh well, but some customer recovery is better than none.
If not for the get-together with Rabbit, I’d think it wasn’t worth the trip down. Maybe people who partake their food with beer might like this small bistro better?