Sunday, 16 June 2013

Food Review: Grub at Bishan Park, Singapore 569983

I went to Grub a couple of Saturdays back for a late spontaneous dinner, as I was not up for the cold dinner at home. Grub was also conveniently located just right opposite my house in Bishan Park -- how fortunate am I to be within walking distance to the hottest new restaurant (not) in town?

My brother has been there once previously and came back with favorable reviews. I was also intrigued by their menu - and their social media marketing prowess. Post a photo tagged #grubSG on instagram and it gets shown on the TV in the restaurant! I've also seen quite a few friends talk about it on Twitter/Instagram prior, so I know I had to check it out. I'm already considered late, I think! 

It is a relatively small place with probably 50 seats in total and they don't seem to do reservations, so you can wait up to an hour because this place is REALLY popular.

What is most awesome about this place is that it is dog-friendly so dogs can roam the al fresco area. That means Mik Mik aka Mickey the dog can hang while we eat! After a walk in the park of course. They even have water dishes for doggies to hydrate. How thoughtful. We brought her there and she was really happy, and other patrons loved her too. 

Here she is waiting to be seated.



On the food and drinks! Ok, everything was great and I didn't mind the 30m wait at 8.40pm on a Saturday. But they took probably 30 minutes to serve us our drinks, which is quite unreasonable since it was just THERE. Service definitely can be faster? Luckily the food came soon after.

The Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer and spiced orange alcoholic ginger beer at $10 each was really delicious though. Cooling and light, with the spiced orange being slightly tangy and both quite spicy. The Magic Hat #9 Pale Ale was also agreeable.

Anyway, on to the highlight. Since I was the only one eating among the group, there is just ONE dish to review. However, it is an excellent dish that was tried and tested. The Slow Roasted Pork Belly ($15) with mango sauce, mash and cherry tomatoes salsa was EXCELLENT. It was just sublime, in fact.

For $15, it was a steal. Initially I tried to crack it with my fork and found the surface hard. So I pushed down with the knife, and to my surprise it just cut through the glazed hard surface into the meat which was soft, juicy and WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT.

It is probably one of the most memorable meat dishes I've had this year. The layer of fats underneath that goes with the oh-so-tender pork with natural juices, complemented with the bed of mash and tangy salsa. It is really.. wow. A must-try.

I know I'll be back to try their breakfast set ($15)!

Great place for dinner in a perfect idyllic location over a selection of slightly 'left wing' menu - kudos to making it interesting. Try the pork, the churros, but skip the fish burger which I heard was not impressive. Do be prepared to wait!

Grub
510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983
+65 64595743
Tue – Fri 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Sat, Sun and PH 9:00am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Kitchen closes at 2pm and 9:45pm daily.
Closed on Mondays and the last Tuesday of every month.

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