Loading Bay The Bistro

November 29, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Loading Bay The Bistro
750D Chai Chee Road
#01-02 Technopark @ Chai Chee


https://www.facebook.com/loadingbaythebistro


Hidden Find With Decent Western Food & Desserts

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $14 per person.


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Founded in August 2013, Loading Bay The Bistro in Chai Chee Technopark has largely flown under the radar. Partially due to very little advertising, and very little awareness in the Chai Chee community, many people working or living nearby don't even know about this casual Western cafe and bar! Furthermore, as it's name suggests, it's actually located next to a loading bay! Sad, as Loading Bay The Bistro is worth a visit!

Ambiene at Loading Bay The Bistro is their strongest point. Part modern cafe, part laid back bar, the spacious interior features an eclectic decor. Furniture is a mish mash of industrial and wooden, befitting its location, but work well. Retro pieces like an old television are juxtaposed by hand painted wall art, and diners are even invited to leave their mark! Best of all, Loading Bay The Bistro has a pool / snooker table, and a lounge area for chilling!

Service at Loading Bay The Bistro is largely self-service. You order, make payment, and collect your order from the counter, as well as help yourself to drinks. Still, staff are rather friendly, and handle enquiries well. Pretty decent service, and staff will even engage you in conversation if you so choose. I also like that they are particular about cleanliness, dirty tables are cleared very quickly.

Food at Loading Bay The Bistro might be their weakest point. They offer a casual Western menu, which is not only rather limited, but their food is mostly processed, frozen, or pre-packaged. Still, I have to give credit, as their dishes turn out decent and edible, portions are large for 1 person, and they bother to use fresh salad. Prices are wallet friendly, a meal here costs less than SGD $10, or less than SGD $15 with drinks.

Desserts are a different matter entirely. Loading Bay The Bistro handmakes most of their desserts, which means their cakes / confectioneries are decadent and really yummy! They also have a small breakfast menu in the mornings. And because they sell beer, and have a lounge area with a pool / snooker table, Loading Bay The Bistro is a perfect after-work chilling place with friends.


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Unless you're looking for it, you wouldn't even know there was a restaurant / cafe / bar in Chai Chee Technopark, as there is very little advertising, or signage around the Bedok / Chai Chee area. Walking in, you're struck by the large and comfortable looking space, which looks inviting.

Loading Bay The Bistro Signage


Entrance Walkway


Counter


Pool Table & Lounge


Pool Table & Seating



Quirky art pieces, many contributed by diners, adorn the walls near the entrance. The lounge area has a pool / snooker table, a book / magazine rack for browsing, and comfy reclining chairs for lazing.

Guide To Coffee


Express Yourself Wall


Chai Chee Technopark Businesses


Kinetic Sand


Loading Bay The Bistro Decor


Quote Of The Day


Quote Of The Day Again


Loading Bay The Bistro Opening Hours


Christmas Cupcakes



For an additional SGD $3.80, you can add on 1 can soft drink and the soup of the day, for every purchase of 1 main course. I found the Cream Of Mushroom & Chicken Soup to be decent, better than I expected with chunks of chicken within.

Soft Drinks


Cream Of Mushroom & Chicken Soup



Beer is pretty cheap here, and although the options are very limited, the Beer Hoegaarden (SGD $5.90) is sold for much cheaper than elsewhere.

Beer Hoegaarden



The Golden Breaded Fish With Pasta Spaghetti In Red Sauce (SGD $9.50) has 3 crisp, fried fish cutlets, on a bed of spaghetti tossed in homemade tomato red sauce. I like that the salad is fresh, and that the pasta isn't drowning in sauce. Decent dish.

Golden Breaded Fish With Pasta Spaghetti In Red Sauce 01


Golden Breaded Fish With Pasta Spaghetti In Red Sauce 02



The Lasagne (SGD $9.50) was a huge serving, I couldn't finish it! Quality is average, seems to be the pre-packed kind that was reheated. But the salad was clean and refreshing, and I like the touches of perfectly toasted garlic bread as a side. Above average dish!

Lasagne 01


Lasagne 02



The Steak & Fries (SGD $13.80) is hit and miss. The steak is a nice medium rare, tender, and juicy with good beef flavour, but this is the default state, they didn't ask me how I would like the doneness. The vegetables of coleslaw is forgettable, and while the brown meat gravy is savoury and thick, it's also a little too salty. The thick cut fries are nice though, warm with good potato flavour.

Steak & Fries 01


Steak & Fries 02



A side order of Fries + Chicken Wings (SGD $7.50) is great for sharing, or even to consume by yourself! Freshly cooked to order, the Fries are thick cut, with solid potato flavour, while still being fluffy within. The Chicken Wings are piping hot, with a crisp outer skin, and tender, juicy chicken meat within, carrying good savoury flavour. Excellent!

Fries


Chicken Wings



The Chocolate Truffle Cake (SGD $4.80) was awesome! The cake was sweet, rich and dense, with full chocolate flavour, yet not too overpowering. Rather filling for 1 person, best shared. Highly recommended!

Chocolate Truffle Cake



An above average American Cheesecake (SGD $3.80), this was properly sweet, but not overly so, with a dense, creamy texture. The crust is crumbly, and has a hint of buttery biscuit texture, but the white chocolate garnish was flat and weak in taste. Pretty decent option here.

American Cheesecake



The Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie With White Chocolate Chips (SGD $1.30) is below average overall. While I liked the good dark chocolate taste, contrasted well by the sweet white chocolate, the texture was rather dry, and neither crunchy nor soft.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie With White Chocolate Chips






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NeNe Chicken

November 29, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

NeNe Chicken
1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-24 Star Vista

2 Orchard Link
#02-39 *Scape

311 New Upper Changi Road
#02-02 Bedok Mall

80 Marine Parade Road
#B1-87 Parkway Parade

33 Sengkang West Avenue
#B2-10 The Seletar Mall


http://www.nenechicken.com.sg/


The Yes Yes Korean Sauce Fried Chicken Experience

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $10 / $13 per person.


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Founded in Korea in 1999, the popularity of their signature Korean style sauce fried chicken has seen NeNe Chicken franchises blossom worldwide. Since opening its 1st outlet in Singapore the Star Vista mall in December 2012, NeNe Chicken, whose name means 'Yes Yes' in Korea, has consistently drawn long queues for its tasty, affordable fast food.

Ambience at NeNe Chicken is akin to other fast food franchises, with colourful, modern looking furniture that is packed tightly within the small floor space of its outlets. And just like other fast food joints, there is a slight uncleanliness of scruff marks and litter that sometimes dot the tables. The menu board is large, attractive and colouful, though I find the lack of detail uncomforting.

Service at NeNe Chicken is fast food style self service, where you order, make payment, and collect your order at the counter. You're also encouraged to clear your waste when done, as staff take quite some time to clear dirty tables. I do find staff rather knowledgeable if you ask them general questions about the food or menu. But I like that they're probably the 1st fast food franchise to provide hygiene items like plastic gloves!

Food at NeNe Chicken revolves around their Korean style sauce fried chicken, using cuts such as wings, thighs, tenders / strips, or drumlets. Portions are sufficient for 1 person, and generally cost less than SGD $10 per meal. I love that they offer a good variety of sauces for their fried chicken, which makes repeat visits worthwhile.


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It may be fast food, but they've set a new standard for hygiene items, by providing free Plastic Gloves, Wet Napkin, Plastic Teaspoon for meals. Considerate!

Plastic Gloves, Wet Napkin, Plastic Teaspoon



Each NeNe Chicken Set Meal (SGD $6.90 - $9.90) typically includes a NeNe Chicken Drink, usually a soft drink of some kind, and sour, tangy Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish, along with Buffalo Sticks, and your choice of Korean sauce fried chicken. You can also choose to swap out 1 side dish for a Coleslaw, which features crabmeat!

NeNe Chicken Set Meal


NeNe Chicken Set Meal


Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish


Coleslaw


NeNe Chicken Drink



I love the crisp, thin, Buffalo Sticks! The taste calls to mind the familiar taste of A & W Curly Fries, tasting exactly the same! Good potato flavour, hot, crunchy, lovely!

Buffalo Sticks



The Original Crispy Chicken With Honey Mustard is a star on the menu. Juicy, moist chicken meat, and a crisp, crunchy, savoury skin, with fat that peels away easily. Paired with a tangy, slightly sour, slightly sweet honey mustard sauce that wakes the palate, totally delicious! I love that it's not too oily, and tastes fresh! Highly recommended!

Original Crispy Chicken With Honey Mustard



The popular Swicy Chicken is doused with a sticky, sweet and sour sauce, with a mild hint of spice, and a garnish of black and white sesame seeds. I like that the meat is juicy without being dry, and the skin remains crisp for some time despite being completely covered with sauce. Very good!

Swicy Chicken



Loved the Soy Chicken, with its moist tender meat, and skin that still retains a crispy texture despite being coated in a savoury salty soy sauce. Not too intense, the balance is just right, and didn't leave me feeling tasty. Rather addictive too, each bite of the delicious chicken meat makes you want to keep eating!

Soy Chicken



I struggled with the Green Onion Tenders. On one hand, I liked the moist, meaty chunks of chicken, with crisp skin and a fresh burst of spring onions. But the salty soy sauce coating the chicken left me feeling very thirsty after the meal. Would be better if the sauce was served separately. Update Apr-2016: This flavour has been discontinued, and is no longer available on the menu.

Green Onion Tenders



Oh gosh the pain. The aptly named Freaking Hot Chicken is suitably hot and dangerous, whose bright red colour and wiff of spicy heat hits you even before you dig in. And when you do, the sticky hot sauce clings to everything, like a tsunami of mouth numbing heat that hurts, and the burn builds till you can't continue anymore. Recommended only for those who can endure extremely spicy food, or those who wish to challenge themselves!

Freaking Hot Chicken



Named for its serving portion of chicken winglets and drumlets, the Bulgogi Wings & Sticks (SGD $22.90) is a unique flavour, only available in this form. The chicken meat is moist, and easily eaten with fingers, but the real star is the sticky, sweet and savoury Korean style sauce, with a deep flavour of roasting / grilling, and garlic. Fragrant and delicious, it's worth ordering this 18 piece box to share!

Bulgogi Wings & Sticks


Bulgogi Wings & Sticks



I felt the Snowing Cheese Tenders looked rather underwhelming, as the portion seems small. I also felt that they could have been more generous with the sprinkling of cheese. But it's tasty, with the sharpness and fragrance of cheese, and the meat is moist and juicy. Pretty good, but small in portion. Update Apr-2016: This flavour has been discontinued, and is no longer available on the menu.

Snowing Cheese Tenders



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Update Feb-2019: More than 4 years on, and NeNe Chicken has successfully expanded across Singapore, with 9 outlets islandwide, all of them halal-certified. Ambience at NeNe Chicken remains casual modern, with medium white lights and sturdy wooden and metal furniture. Service at NeNe Chicken is still self-service, though staff do take orders quickly, and also clean up efficiently when diners leave. Food at NeNe Chicken remains focused on Korean fried chicken, but they've expanded their menu and range of flavours. Portions are sized for individuals, but prices have risen slightly, budget about SGD $13 per person for a meal here.

NeNe Chicken Menu
NeNe Chicken Menu



The NeNe Chicken Tenders Set Meal (SGD $11.90) is good value for money, with 2 sides, 1 drink, and 6 pieces of chicken tenders, in a sauce of your choice. Decently filling.

NeNe Chicken Tenders Set Meal
NeNe Chicken Tenders Set Meal (SGD $11.90)



On its own, a regular sized Soft Drink Coke (SGD $2.80) or Soft Drink Sprite (SGD $2.80) is not worth getting. Go for a set meal if you want a drink.

Soft Drink Coke
Soft Drink Coke (SGD $2.80)


Soft Drink Sprite
Soft Drink Sprite (SGD $2.80)



The Tenders Hot Bling (SGD $8.90) has 6 pieces of tender, juicy chicken tenders, with good sweet savoury flavour. Generously coated in Hot Bling sauce, which lends a bold spicy sweet flavour, and a short lingering fiery burn on the palate.

Tenders Hot Bling
Tenders Hot Bling (SGD $8.90)



The Tenders Soy (SGD $8.90) has 6 pieces of tender, juicy chicken tenders, with good sweet savoury flavour. Generously coated in Soy sauce, which lends a bold salty savoury flavour, nicely appetizing, making you want to reach for more.

Tenders Soy
Tenders Soy (SGD $8.90)



The Tenders Honey Mustard (SGD $8.90) has 6 pieces of tender, juicy chicken tenders, with good sweet savoury flavour. Served with a rich Honey Mustard sauce on the side, which lends a bold tangy sour sweet flavour, very enticing.

Tenders Honey Mustard
Tenders Honey Mustard (SGD $8.90)



The Tenders Swicy (SGD $8.90) has 6 pieces of tender, juicy chicken tenders, with good sweet savoury flavour. Generously coated in Swicy sauce, which lends a bold sweet spicy flavour, tickling the palate lightly. Garnished with a mix of black and white sesame seeds, which lend a light crunch and a nutty flavour.

Tenders Swicy
Tenders Swicy (SGD $8.90)



The Corn & Crab Stick Salad (SGD $1.90) has juicy corn kernels, mixed with soft crab stick meat. This has delicate vegetal sweet savoury flavours. I like this.

Corn & Crab Stick Salad
Corn & Crab Stick Salad (SGD $1.90)



The Pickled Daikon Radish (SGD $1.90) features cubed pickled daikon radish, with a firm crunchy texture. Has a delicate sour sweet tangy flavour, helps to refresh the palate.

Pickled Daikon Radish
Pickled Daikon Radish (SGD $1.90)



By now, the Curly Fries (SGD $3.50) is pretty standard. Curly with a crisp texture, and good fried potato flavour.

Curly Fries
Curly Fries (SGD $3.50)



The Cheese Fries (SGD $4.50) feature medium thick potato fries, with a soft fluffy texture and good potato flavour. Served with a creamy Cheese sauce on the side, which lends a robust salty cheesy flavour to this side dish.

Cheese Fries
Cheese Fries (SGD $4.50)



The Nene Sticks (SGD $4.90) are similar to chicken spam fries, featuring thick cuts of chicken spam luncheon meat, coated in a light batter. Has a soft texture, with a bold savoury salty flavour. However, it's also rather limp.

Nene Sticks
Nene Sticks (SGD $4.90)






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