Sunday, October 01, 2006

e.Black Board, Bedok South Road

I'm not so sure about the tagline from the signboard above the store though. In fact, I intend not to return.

e.Black Board is located in a coffeshop at Blk 18 of Bedok South Rd. I heard about this place from it's mention on the web by another blogger who then advertised his discovery in Makansutra. The number of thumbs up given to this place again, seemed to me to be in questionable light. The only conclusion I can think of is that the thumbs up were either given by people who wasn't really picky about food (if you detect euphemism, you are probably right) or are too interested in hitching onto the bandwagon of new food discovery. Interesting in outlook, it definitely didn't really live to expectations as the mentioned reviewer conveyed.

The store owner was a friendly chap whom suggested that we take a seat while he brought us the store menu. Having some idea of the food that place offers, we didn't really take long to decide on what we wanted.

The Waldorf Salad was something we thought was a "must try" in this place. No other local western cuisine does Waldorfs and it really didn't look too bad. However, the more apt name for this salad could be the 'Two Olive and Four Walnut Salad'. LOL. This wasn't that bad really, but I thought having the olives halved or sliced made a significantly better presentation. There's sliced lettuces, cubes of green and red apple, strips of bell peppers(why?!), raisins, some chopped celery and a mayo based salad sauce. For $3.50, this comes recommended. The neat thing about it was that it actually came nicely chilled. This gets thumbs up. And this is probably the only thumbs up I'm giving.

I'm going to make the comparison to Botak Jones with their Cajun chicken here. It shares the same name as the dish from Botak Jones but was definitely different. And not up to the mark. I personally felt that Botak Jones did theirs more than significantly better in taste. I'm not an expert in Cajun styled food, but this seems to suffer from over infusion of herb. It was in the end edible, unremarkable and not worthy of the good things I've heard of it.

The granddaddy of disappointment came in the form of the 300g sirloin steak. It was the most compelling reason I've had after reading the reviews of this place and I was hoping to find a gem in e.Black Board. I found a dusty old rock. I could have attributed the surprise of finding it drenched in mushroom sauce to the review I saw which the steak came clean without condiments. Back to the point, this $11 sirloin did sound like a tempting steal. Unfortunately, there was nothing to shout about. I wouldn't recommend it. In fact, I'll advice staying away from this. The meat was tough and stringy. That much was noticeable from the moment we made the first cut into the meat. Following that was the overly chewy bite on the meat which contained fibrous sinew. It's probably from a very old cow. I ended up not finishing the steak. Says something about how it tasted.

The owner did mention that he had a change of supplier for the meat and the current one wasn't supplying the food items that are up to his standards. This, he mentioned he intended to rectify. And so it would seem that I have had the misfortune of being here at the wrong time. However I think I should just call what I had as it was. If I had to be forgiving for every time that a reason like this was given for a poor show, everyone would be serving great food at great prices.

3 comments:

Loviatar said...

I guess the difficult part of operating an eatery will be maintaining consistency of the food quality. In short, the chicken n beef is tough and could do with more flavours in them. However, e Blackboard is a young eatery so they might have difficulties with suppliers and stuffs. Well, for that i think they do deserve a 2nd chance.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with you. Been there once and I think I will not be going back anytime soon. I live near Bedok and there are a lot better Western food stalls around.

Funny thing there seem to be at least one person on the Internet promoting this stall, hope it is not a self promotion.

Anonymous said...

i think the food is bad considering the price. Today 20 feb 2008, had the mutton chop and ended up with many un edible bits which were too chewy. marsh potato is also not hot by the time plate is served. the broccoli feels limpy also

sincerely
funnyloh