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Saboten @ Changi Airport Terminal 1

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on October 11, 2011 at 14:47

Saboten is a restaurant that specializes in tonkatsu (simply known as breaded pork cutlet). Yupz you do get unlimited servings of cabbage and rice with every set ordered as a bonus this branch offers free green tea and ice-cream (not unlimited) too.This branch is located in Changi Airport Terminal 1 just above the check-in counters.

I have mixed feeling about this place as 2 different visits had resulted in 2 very different experiences. One very positive and the other so very off-putting that I wonder if I have indeed visited the same place.

My 1st visit was fantastic to say the least and my server that day was a gem. Had a shrimp set and my dad had the Soboten special with a selection of all the best that they can offer from pork loin to shrimps to potato cutlets to salmon patties.

The food was pretty good, our tea cups were never empty and we were offered refill after refill of cabbage which really went very well with the sesame sauce that was provided.

The food appeared in good time and we were pleased with the food.

The 2nd visit was however, somewhat disappointing. It all started with the reservations, the lady who picked up our call was rude when she took the reservations.

We were ushered to other side of the restaurants that was filled families and very noisy children. When we asked if we could be seated in the side that I was seated during my 1st visit, the server insisted that the tables were reserved for the walk-in customers. Pretty odd right?

Our server then proceeded to take the wrong orders and they did not give us enough plates and cutlery for all of us. There were 4 of us and we had ordered 4 meals but we were given only 2 small bowls for the cabbage. They forgot to bring the sesame sauce to the table and had to be reminded twice before they came back with the sauce. Our cabbage bowl was not topped up till we reminded them 4 times. At this time, I wasn’t too happy with the service that has been given to us.

To add salt to the wound, the food served to us was cold and the pork loin was raw inside!!! Plus they forgot to serve the pickles that are mean to help cut thru the grease. On the pickles, our server then rudely remarked that it was out of stock and that it wasn’t her problem, no apologies at all.

Took us 15 minutes to get the bill and guess what happened? They forgot the ice-cream that were supposed to be served to us. I could understand bad service if the restaurant is packed but to have a group of servers chit-chatting in a corner and struggling to get their attention really takes the cake.

So do you think that I should give them another chance given the very nice 1st meal with them or should I just embargo this place?


Marks and Spencer – Microwavable Pasta

In Food from Home, london, Outside Dubai on October 4, 2011 at 14:41

Got the ham and mushroom cabonara from M & S on a lark just the other day not knowing that it would have been a lifesaver today. The heavy rains did not help with a day that was jam packed with meetings and conference calls.

What’s the best solution for lunch? Yupz u got it the ham and mushroom cabonara ready meal that was kept in the office freezer.

Took 4 minutes in the microwave but it was well worth the wait. It is not something that I would enjoy everyday but I really must say that it taste great for something that just take 4 minutes to prepare. Note to self, time to keep at least 1 box on standby for days like today.

Roxy Laska

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on October 1, 2011 at 18:38

Wanted to try a different laska at Katong and was directed to Roxy Laska that is located in the foodcourt of Roxy Square.

They claim to be the original katong laska and that they were the ones who invented laska that only required spoons and not chopsticks.

The laska was not too spicy or coconutty. Very mild tasting compared to my usual katong 128 laska.

Not my favourite but I guess it is good if you can’t take too much spice in your food.