21 Nov 2015 • 4 reviews • 0 follower
This is applicable to Novena square 2 outlet not far east ( no HGW for Novena Sq 2 yet).
I rmb eating at far east sq for their dim sum lunch some time back & it was not bad. So I decided to mk a reservation at novena sq 2 to try their dinner.
It turned out to be a very unpleasant dining experience. Bad, even when I had the Groupon voucher ($130 for $200 worth). We ordered 10 dishes & only 1 of them was passable - deep fried fish skin coated with salted egg.
Soup ($32), a recommended dish on the menu turns out bland, a foodcourt/hawker soup could do better.
Scallop broccoli with XO sauce ($28), one of the most basic & unappetising food that was served. Look at the photos I attached & u can easily tell that there was no effort in plating the dish, it looks like it was just thrown on the plate & served to us. I could easily get that at a tze char place. The neighbourhood restaurant photo was what it looks like on the menu & at least the one served at far east was plated nice enough to be served. This completely spoiled my appetite.
Assorted Yam Ring ($24), smaller than one would usually get but since its a restaurant, I guess this is what you get but expecting a decent taste. No, it was not crispy and the yam was tasteless. At least add a bit of salt? We are bland eaters but this is yet another disappointment. To add on, there were 6 diners, the staff cut it into 8 pieces?
Chicken with salted fish and beancurd ($16), all we ate were beancurds, no salted fish or much chicken to the extend we asked the waitress if this was what we ordered. We told her we ordered the Chicken salted fish beancurd & not braised beancurd. You can get better chicken with beancurd at a cai fan stall, seriously.
Seafood Meesua($18), prawns & sotongs in your mee sua at least? No, what you get is prawns and strands of charsiew. To add on, this was oily and the prawns didn't taste that fresh. A $4 Hong kong noodles at a tze char can do much much better than this anytime. Fried rice with crab meat and egg ($22), tasteless crab meat & average fried rice for this price.
Longevity buns ($1ea), we were told it was handmade and had to preorder. I pre-ordered 8 pieces for my dad & guess what, it tasted like the frozen ones we could get from ntuc, steam & ready to eat. The base was hard & the filling were too sweet. Maybe I was expecting them to serve it in the tunglok birthday plate (the huge one with chinese wordings), it was disappointing to have it serve in a square white plate.
Service - Service from the aunties were ok. Manager in black was wearing a black face and didn't even say thank you. Fried rice was served with a fork, we asked twice for a common spoon & it didnt came. We order crispy duck, it didn't come too & nobody informed us anything. We only realised after the dinner.
We paid $221.90 ($130grpon+$91.90) for the dinner. Totally not worth. We even overheard the guy on the next table exclaiming "not nice!". So I guess we are not the only one.