Saturday, November 12, 2011

Figos Grail @ Tanjong Katong Road

Located at 308 Tanjong Katong Road, accessible by bus #197 (that was how I got there, all the way from Jln Bukit Merah). Managed to alight at the nearest bus stop which was just 2 minutes walk away from the eatery. Its big and bright signboard is very noticeable from across the street.


Mention Figos Grail, one would think of Dennis Chew (Y.E.S 93.3FM deejay). Nope, he wasn't there when we visited. My friends reached the place earlier at about 7.10pm and they were the first few early birds. By 830pm, the restaurant was running at full house. Reservation is recommended.

interior and wall

I had arrived slightly later and my friends were already enjoying the mushroom soup and Hawaii seafood cake.

Don't be alarmed if you had ordered mushroom soup and the service crew serves you with an almost empty plate save for a few pieces of musroom and a slice of bread at the side of the plate. Where is the soup? You might ask. No worries, they will soon pour it for you from a steel container. Gimmicky, yes.

Hahaa, but fun I guess. At least something different when presenting the food. Probably the impressiveness level will go up a few notches if something else happened when the soup is poured out onto the plate, like the colour of the soup changes as soon as it touches the base of the plate or something like that.

Hawaii seafood cake with mango salsa
slightly dry on the inside

The mushroom soup tasted just fine. Nice and soothing. The hawaii cake was quite mini sized and there were 4 pieces per plate. Nice mango salsa but the cake itself was slightly dry.

For the mains, we ordered Chong Qing fried brown rice, fish and chips, and Figos Cajun chicken chop to share. Noted that the fried brown rice is $2 more than its online menu, while the fish and chips and the chicken chop is $1 more each. For drinks, we ordered 'Check-in Freeze' a white coloured mocktail drink, cranberry juice and orange juice.

orange juice

First main dish to arrive was the Chong Qing Fried Brown Rice with Chicken and Shrimp.

fried brown rice

yummy and tasty!

The fried rice was very likeable. Sweet, nicely oiled, slightly chewy grains with tiny tiny specks of saltiness (not sure if it was from chinese sausages aka lap cheong or from salted fish...too tiny to be able to decipher!). The chicken bits were scarce and just two shrimps. The shrimp was still slightly translucent which means that it was cooked just nice. Yummy!

Next, came the Figos Cajun chicken chop, the '招牌菜' (signature dish).

Figos Cajun Chicken Chop
glistening and beckoning us to bite into its juiciness

tender chicken thigh

The chicken chop was served simply with a small patch of greens, coleslaw and a small mound of mashed potatoes with shallots. Liked that the pepper sauce is not drizzled over the chicken, so diners can have the option to have it with or without the sauce.

The chicken chop was well-marinated, flavourful, tender and juicy. Good enough to eat on its own without any sauce. Slather some of the mashed potato onto the chicken meat before popping it into the mouth, and you'll be able to enjoy another dimension in taste from this tasty morsel. Yums.

Not sure what happened, but our third main course; the fish and chips only managed to arrive at our table some 25 minutes after the chicken chop was served.

Aussie fish and chips

spied some french fries hiding in there....

thick batter

Fish and chips arrived piping hot, but found that the batter was a little too thick and the fish meat disintegrated too easily when our fork made contact with it. Coleslaw was nicely tangy and sweet. The sweet mayonaise was this dish life-saver.

For desserts, we chose the Molten Chocolate cake.

on your mark... get set...
a blueberry and a quarter of strawberry (at the back), a scoop of ice-cream (was it rum flavour?) and molten choco cake
it's oooozing amazing!

I adored the molten chocolate cake. Loved it. It was sweet but not overbearing. But the ice-cream, perhaps a more adult version where the alcohol flavour is stronger (because we detected hint of rum, but not sure) or just plain vanilla ice-cream (preferably with vanilla pod) for a more family friendly version will be nice as well.

The service crew were friendly and functional. Special mention of Mr Alex Lim, who was the only one who noticed that I wasn't served any iced water when all my companions had their glasses. Thank you for your attentiveness.

Another pleasant surprise was when 10% was automatically deducted off our bill. We guessed it was because of the long waiting time for the fish and chips. Not sure too because we didn't ask for details and neither did the waitress give us any further explanation.

The total bill amounted to $91 (after 10% discount) and there was no GST charge.


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