This was one of the last Saturday lunch dates with Ernie before he re-locates to Hongkong for work. With globalisation, I'm losing all my friends to lucrative overseas postings.
We originally wanted to go to Sanur at Centrepoint but it was closed. It seems all the branches of this Indonesian restaurant have slowly closed down. The other branch in Takashimaya has also closed down.
So we went to Noodle Place Restaurant in the basement food street instead. I hear that the new chef hails from the world-renowned Mak's Noodle in Hongkong. (Chef Chui Chuen Lai used to be the executive chef at the Anthony Bordain-reviewed restaurant)
Ernie ordered the Shrimp Wanton Noodle ($8), which was commendable. The noodles were al dente, and the silky wantons were fresh and crunchy. The only gripe I had was that the portion was a little tiny for the price compared to its counterparts. Crystal Jade and Imperial Treasure serve larger portions of the same dish at lower prices.
I got the Fresh Prawn Congee ($9.50), which was delectable and comforting. The porridge was smooth and delicate, the prawns were fresh, sweet and crunchy, and the addition of the Chinese black mushroom was a unexpected treat.
We also ordered a Braised Mixed Vegetables with Beancurd in Earthen Pot ($11), which was also tiny for its price. Otherwise, the dish was flavoursome and homestyle.
I really liked that they serve Chinese tea in big teacups, not those tiny little finished-in-2-sips kind of cups.
Noodle Place Restaurant
176 Orchard Road
#01-53/56 The Centrepoint
Tel: 6733 3171
Open daily from 10am to 10pm