Lunch at Drury Lane

It has been a few times since I’ve been to Drury Lane along Tanjong Pagar Road, and so far I have not repeated anything on its food menu. I think I have tried the banana cake/loaf with espresso butter that I really liked and found interesting (at least the espresso butter was something different!), some sandwich that I enjoyed, a yogurt with fruits cup that I found to be wanting in filling me up (but that is just me, maybe) and on this latest trip, I decided to order something from the Mains menu, because my friend had some deal that gave 1-for-1 on Mains, sandwiches not included unfortunately.

This was our order.
The ondeh-ondeh cake, which has a really distinctive taste of the Malay kueh, even though I just took a small bite of it. I wouldn’t say I am a big fan of ondeh-ondeh in general but I do enjoy these kuehs from time to time. Looking at it, it actually makes me think that it could be gula melaka or some other variant of kueh (something).
My friend’s order, which was Salted Eggs Benedict that was served with prawns on soft, steamed mantou buns. These look quite awesome, other than the fact that I prefer bread to be harder for better chewiness and bite, and salted eggs are not my kind of thing. I know of one friend who really hates eggs benedict because she doesn’t like the Hollandaise sauce; not sure if she likes salted eggs though, because then this probably doesn’t have Hollandaise?And my order was Rosti with Truffled Mayo and Herbed Sunny Eggs, with avocado and mushrooms. From the mains menu, this was about the only thing that I would consider ordering, since I didn’t want the various types of eggs benedict, or pastas/risottos. The rosti was frankly, a little too well-done that it’s kind of burnt. I didn’t so much as dig the truffled mayo too, which I also do not know if there was much truffle taste in it. Overall, it was ok though, because of the mushrooms, avocado and egg!
The next time I visit, I would probably choose to just have the sweets (banana bread or pay-as-you-wish muffins) or the sandwiches!

Medz, Orchard Central

After such a long time since it opened, I finally had the chance to try this eatery with a concept similar to that of Marche. When this was first introduced in Singapore many years ago when I was still a student, i.e. the concept of a dining hall with several food stations and you just pick what you want to eat from any of the stalls, pay by having the price charged to a card that you are issued with upon entry, and then settle the bill when you leave. It was a great idea for gatherings with friends where food variety is present and nobody needs to eat the same thing that one restaurant serves. I can’t remember if Marche at the basement of the then-Heeren, whatever it is called now, was the pioneering F&B outlet to come up with this concept in Singapore, but these days it isn’t that uncommon anymore.

Medz serves mediterranean food and as much as my diet these days comprise mainly stuff that some people call baby food, hamster food, or such, I do enjoy Mediterranean food to a certain extent. I haven’t been much to these countries though, only Spain, many years ago, and I think the paella (plus sangria of course) is amazing. Tapas are also a great way to eat, similar to the side dishes of a Korean meal that I love!

At Medz, after ordering your food, you don’t have to wait in line and be shrouded by the fumes and cooking smells at the stations. A buzzer device is issued so that you can go sit down and wait or go order other food. The thing is, waiting times are really long, or maybe it’s because it was a weekend night; we easily waited 30 minutes for each item we ordered! 20130701-094426.jpg

And at long last, the food were ready! Only good thing was that they were done at about the same time, so here’s presenting the chicken paella and rosti with pork sausage. 20130701-094439.jpg

The portion of the paella is actually not that huge but sharing is recommended because you wouldn’t want to just eat all that rice on your own and not have anything else would you? It was not bad, but I can’t remember how the paella I had in Spain tastes like but the rice grains were a little tough in this dish that we ordered. The chicken that was in the paella was three large pieces; I thought they’d be diced or at least be served in smaller pieces.20130701-094451.jpg

And the rosti, which I think portion is also smaller as compared to Marche’s, but is nevertheless still very filling because it’s pure carbohydrates, and oily of course. The rosti wasn’t really that fantastic, despite the long wait-time. It felt a tad too soggy and mushy, so that even the exterior that was supposed to be crisp didn’t feel like it at all. Besides the fact that it was too soggy, the entire dish felt like it had been drenched with oil.20130701-094503.jpg

These were the only two items we ordered, and the total bill came up to be about S$30. It’s not overly expensive, but for the length of time spent waiting for the food and the quality, I think it wasn’t really worth it. Fortunately, the food wasn’t the main purpose of the night because I had a great time, a few solid hours, catching up with a friend I hadn’t met in ages, as we just chatted non-stop from the time we met until we bade each other goodbye.

On a side note, the dessert counter looks really enticing though, with the cakes, pastries, waffles and crepes. Believe it or not, I actually did not have a single crepe when I was in France for two whole weeks! Now, I’m slightly regretting not just grabbing it from the roadside stalls along Champs Elysees. Oh well, maybe next time, if anyone wants to go to France/Paris for a vacation maybe I can tag along!

Perhaps I will give Medz a second chance with just the desserts and see if they are any good. While I was googling for Medz, it seems like “Medz high tea” is a popular search-time, so maybe their desserts are good.