Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Abe's Diner

I saw lots of good reviews online about Abe's Diner so I was really excited to try it. It was supposed to be a really authentic small and cosy Japanese restaurant with reasonable prices. Well, I don't know that other online sources mean by 'reasonable prices' but it looks like Abe's diner has been hit by inflation, cos I didn't think the meal was particularly cheap or exceptionally good in terms of quality of food, but then again, I might be biased cos of the crappy service.

There were a few dinner sets to choose from and we went with the cod and the chicken karaage sets, which cost around $60-$70.
 Green tea, which was charged quite a ridiculous sum (I'm pretty sure that it was >$2 for this)

Trio of appetisers - the boiled octopus was average, the spinach with sesame sauce good cos the sauce was thick and had a strong sesame aroma and taste, and some preserved vegetable thingy which was forgettable.
 Sashimi - which had absolutely no quality control - 3 of our plates came with sword fish and one with salmon. When we enquired about this, they just brushed us off and said that it depends on the chef??? What kind of retarded explanation is that?
 We also got an additional sashimi salad, which was not bad, but it wasn't very cheap either.
 Some cooked fish dish, which was average.
 Tempura - prawn, fish , and vegetables
The main dish - which was grilled cod. The rice was good - short grained, glossy and sticky. Miso soup above average. The cod was rather small. I think this cost about $60-70 before taxes and before my ridiculously expensive green tea. 

The service here is really disappointing - instead of a nice homey diner that I was expecting, the service was so damn rushed that I felt that I was eating at Tim Ho Wan instead of a Japanese restaurant. Seriously, save yourself some money and go somewhere else. The food's average but the service is disgusting - they can't seem to wait for you to finish before clearing off the plates - and it was not like there was a queue outside. 

 Couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant, so we went over to Drips for desserts, which we could finally eat at our own leisurely pace. The chocolate banana tart is packed full of ripe bananas, with a super gao chocolate base
 We had the cherry tart and the almond tart - cherry tart is pretty good!
Sticky cinnamon roll - it isn't as good as Cinnabon, but since there's no Cinnabon here, this would suffice whenever I have a cinnamon roll craving.

Abe's Diner
42 Eng Hoon Street 
Singapore 169785

Drips Bakery Cafe
82 Tiong Poh Road
Singapore 160082

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