“Badok” @ Badoque in Bedok…

LOL… Ok the title sounds kinda cheesy I know, but I think I need to post an entry very soon, bearing in mind that I will not be doing any Anugerah Band reviews this week due to work commitments. I doubt there will be any performances by the contestants anyway since this week is a half-hour special to see who qualifies for the semi-final rounds. So for those of you who look forward to my weekly updates, many apologies in advance for disappointing you in that respect.

I’ve been reading a lot of good things about this particular restaurant that I wanna talk about briefly in this short entry of mine, particularly from my fellow blogmates who have had the opportunity to try out the delicacies on the restaurant’s menu. I’m a Simpang Bedok regular, especially when it comes to visiting the Spize restaurant for their infamous Roti John Black Pepper and their Kebab (I’m drooling as I’m typing this), which I feel is the best in town and rightly so from the Selamat Pagi Singapura award that they received yonks ago (that was sometime in 2000 when I was still serving the country). Me and the family plus my in-laws (Syahindah was at my parents’ place for the weekend), wanted to try something different rather than the normal fare that we were used to whenever we go to Simpang Bedok. After hearing a lot of rave reviews, we decided to check it out ourselves.

That’s the Mushroom Cream sauce, half eaten…

Last April when I casually walked past the restaurant to locate its whereabouts (it is at 298 Bedok Road or Simpang Bedok, two shops away from Mad Jacks Restaurant, directly facing the old Bedok market), it was just a humble restaurant like any other. But this time, we were greeted by an alfresco dining area outside, fit for those group outings where you can talk and eat under the starry night. It has become more chic so to speak. One of the co-owners, Salim, who happens to be one of Imran‘s best friends, welcomed us in. Soothing eclectic Latin and Middle-Eastern tunes filled the air. Added with that touch of black decor which I simply adore, I felt at home in an instant. The ambience is such that it makes you relaxed and feel at ease instantaneously.

“Chicken Kuszee”… Yummy!!!

A pity I couldn’t quite recall the exact names of the food that we ate. From what I can remember, my in-laws had that “Snapper” dish with potato cake (I call it “Bergedil” 😛), Aida had “Chicken Kuszee” and yours truly had “Mushroom Cream” sauce / soup for starters and Steak Pasta (sorry can’t recall its full name). My goodness, the appetizer I ate still lingers in my head and tastebuds. I think that’s the best “Mushroom Cream” I’ve ever tasted. Had there been “Garlic Bread” for me to dip into it, I think I would be in Heaven. I think the next time I go there, I’m gonna order two or three servings. Even the pasta that I ate is different from the normal spaghetti we get at Pizza Hut or other restaurants. All the meat and even the fish are tender and soft.

My main course…

If you guys might baulk at the price, fret not. What you are paying for is actually reasonable, especially when the food is of a high quality and moreso because the staff are ever so friendly, so approachable, so affable and they really make the effort to make your short stay all the more worthwhile. Not many restaurants have their staff coming to you and asking how’s the food and what more can they do for you, on top of recommending what is good. Honestly I can’t find any flaws from them and I have to say it was money well spent. God-willing I hope to come again someday and I hope you guys too would try the succulent dishes on offer. And nope, I am not paid to promote them, just spreading the word out of goodwill for all to know and hopefully come to like, just like yours truly…


Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

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