St Pauli •
10 Nov 2011 • 167 reviews • 15 followers
. Whenever the term Taiwanese Cuisine is brought up, I would always be reminded of the wonderful Shilin market fried chicken cutlet, stewed meat rice and not forgetting also Buble Tea. Wanting to try something new for a change, I headed to 4 Season's which was located in a quiet corner of Joo Chiat next to Everything With Fries. Service was considerably slipshod and slow considering the eatery was not even half full on a Friday night as we had to frantically wave for the waitstaff's attention. Complimentary water here was also not served despite the ++ included in the total bill. The order form for food somewhat reminded me of eating in a Hong Kong Cafe/ Dim Sum restaurant as one had to tick their orders on a giant sheet of paper.Minced Meat Rice ($7.80++)
I was actually excited to taste their signature specialties but sadly their best seller was a huge disappointment. The Stewed mince meat tasted not too bad but was sauce as an accompaniment was too salty, along with the fact that the accompaniments served were pretty pathetic from an overcooked egg to soggy peanuts and at $* i certainly felt that it was overpriced.4 Season's Signature Milk Tea ($3.80++)
The Milk Tea wasn't rather diluted ans at 1.5 times the price of Koi, it certainly tasted like a poor cousin of it.Five Spice Braised Beef ( $13.80++)
The waitstaff actually got our order wrong and served us COLD Braised Beef instead which was bland and tough which is quickly highlighted to them and they quickly changed it. The Clay-pot of Braised Beef Brisket took a while to reach our tables as it failed to impress despite being the broth being flavorful and maintaining a nice balance between sweet and savory, the brisket was overcooked to the extent it was rubbery and tough.Braised Tofu ($3.80++)
One of the dishes which fared better as the tofu was braised tender, complemented with the delicious spicy broth.Dry Ramen ($3.80++)
The noodles weren't bad but they weren't good either. The texture and taste of the noodles tasted more like dry instant noodles one could make at home late at night.XL Chicken Cutlet ($9.80++)
Despite the very generous portion of chicken cutlet, it was served cold, thus making the skin not as crispy as i had expected it to be. The Chicken breast was also rather dry and tough as i kinda realized that the chicken cutlet was over fried. The Stew meat rice wasn't fantastic but i finished it anyway dude to the inability to consume the other incompetent dishes.
Overall, the best phrase i certainly could think of to describe 4 Season Taiwanese Cuisine would be " flatter to deceive" . The exterior of the restaurant certainly gives it a vibe that authentic Taiwanese cuisine is served, but the brutal truth is that mediocre and overpriced food are what they actually offer. An despite a $10 voucher from them for any expenditure above $50, i certainly do not foresee a return visit.