Lenas

September 16, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Lenas
200 Victoria Street
#01-88 Bugis Junction

23 Serangoon Central
#02-01 NEX

10 Tampines Central 1
#03-K1 Tampines 1

1 Jurong West Central 2
#03-42 Jurong Point


90 Hougang Avenue 10
#02-20 Hougang Mall

50 Jurong Gateway Road
#01-16 JEM

252 North Bridge Road
#01-45 Raffles City

277 Orchard Road
#04-19 Orchard Gateway


http://www.ministryoffood.com.sg/submenu/LENAS.html


Average Italian And American Food, But Great Variety

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 7
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $20 per person.


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Part of the Ministry Of Food, Lenas is their Italian and American concept offering. The array of available menu options boggles the mind, but the actual quality and execution of each dish leaves a lot to be desired.

Ambience at Lenas is rustic, with wooden furniture and low lighting. Most Lenas outlets share floor space with other Ministry Of Food outlets, which result in a much more spacious layout and bigger dining area. Generally, expect Lenas to be noisy and crowded, partly due to its rather affordable and reasonably priced dishes.

Service at Lenas revolves around quick and efficient. Product knowledge isn't a given, it depends on the seniority and experience of the staff serving you. Don't expect much conversation too. Most dishes can be served to your table within minutes even during peak periods (except pizzas), which is great.

While the menu is vast, food at Lenas can be simplified as a choice of mains (fish, chicken, beef, pasta), and a choice of sauce (normally more than 10 varieties). The menu is huge because each main, paired with each sauce, is a different menu item. Dishes are considered cheap, especially for those with Lenas / Ministry Of Food membership, around SGD $15 - $20 per person. Taste and quality is where Lenas falls short, most of their dishes are just average, and some below average.

Personally, I prefer the Pizzas and Sundaes at Lenas over any of their other menu items. The pizzas have a lovely, crisp thin crust, and are generously topped with ingredients. The sundaes come in a few different combinations, but the gelato ice-cream is pretty good.


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The Super Supreme Pizza, suitable for those feeling carnivorous, with its topping of pepproni, ham and sausage, along with favourites like pineapple and mushroom. Well worth ordering, especially if you're unsure which pizza flavour to go for.

Super Supreme Pizza


Super Supreme Pizza Description



While I love the taste of the homemade pesto sauce in the Pesto Genevese Spaghetti With Chicken And Tomato, the overall dish is disappointing. The texture of the sauce could be slightly smoother, instead of grainy, and the pasta is weak and flat.

Pesto Genevese Spaghetti With Chicken And Tomato



I liked the refreshing Ice Mint Limonata Tea, which is served in a jug! The flavours of mint and lime go well together, but I felt that the mint could have been infused as leaves, rather than the pulpy mash which looks off-putting.

Ice Mint Limonata Tea 01


Ice Mint Limonata Tea 02



Breaded Crispy Banana Fritters are a specialty here. Similar to the local Singaporean Goreng Pisang, except they use breadcrumbs, which give it a different taste and texture. Ice-cream pairs well with it, though I suggest going for the gelato instead of the soft serve.

Breaded Crispy Banana Fritters And Gelato


Breaded Crispy Banana Fritters And Gelato Description


Breaded Crispy Banana Fritters And Mixed Berries Platter




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