East Bistro @ Sembawang 东小馆 – cheap and reasonably good food

  • East Bistro
  • Rating: 3.5
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  • On 01/06/2017
  • Last modified:01/06/2017

Review Summary:

The restaurant was almost a full house way before the peak lunch hour during our weekend visit, the reasonably good quality food, no GST and service charge at East Bistro are the main attraction here. Five of us spent total of $108 and walked out with a satisfactory tummy, worth a revisit to East Bistro? You bet.

East Bistro @ Sembawang 东小馆 – cheap and reasonably good food

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Helmed by the previous Chef from Michelin award Lei Garden restaurant, you can expect some standard from this eatery outlet. Located at the corner along the same stretch with the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon, East Bistro is popular for its Hong Kong Dim Sum and the Chinese cuisine.

Mushroom Char Siew Bao $3.6

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The filling was reasonably flavourful but it was the skin of the bao that highly impressed us, we instantly fall in love with the first bite of the fine and soft texture. One of the highly recommended dim sum to try here.

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Xiao Long Bao $4.2

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The skin of the bao was not refined enough and the expectation of the oozing juice was not at all present. East Bistro has a lot more work on this dim sum item.

Sichuan Chilli Oil Wanton $4.5

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Lacked of the spiciness of the Sichuan flavor, not recommended from us.

Pan Fried Radish Cake $4.0

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You can taste the aroma of the white radish in every bite, the only drawback is the outer skin not crisp enough to have a charred flavour to lift up the overall taste.

Rice Rolls with Char Siew (BBQ Pork) $4.6

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The skin of the rice rolls was too thick and nothing to short about with the char siew filling as well.

Salted Egg Yolk Custard Croissant $4.2

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The croissant look fairly ordinary but surprisingly the salted egg yolk custard was salivating, it was packed with the essence of the salted egg lava and one can never be enough, we made thrice repeat orders just to satisfy the craving.

Pig Trotters with Ginger & Black Vinegar $7.0

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The pig trotters was fully of fat and we can’t find a piece of lean meat, you may think the fat as gelatins but we prefer not opt for it, the texture was not tender and seasoning lacked of flavour as well, quite a disappointment.

Egg plant with Salted Fish in Claypot $10/15/20

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Deep fried eggplant was later transferred to the claypot and further seasoned with various condiments and salted fish, eggplant was soft and able to absorb all the essence of the seasoning, a nice and delicious dish.

Omelette w Silver Fish $10/15/20

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Let’s be clear, the omelette is not cooked with the Silver Fish which we known as a common bug that crawling through the books or the book shelves in the household. It is actually known as lancelets, a small, eel-liked fish about 4 to 5cm long and commonly eaten in China. You may amaze the power of translation sometime could scare you out of your wits.

Come back to th Omelette, the omelette was cooked with the Silver fish!!! Alright….with the lancelets could do a bit more work with the seasoning to enhance the fluffy omelette, else just ordinary in our opinion.

Deep Fried Prawns with Salted Egg Sauce $12/18/24

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The prawns were coated with flour and deep fried to create a crispy coating and doused with salted egg sauce and curry leaves, we just hope that East Bistro can be more generous with the salted egg sauce.

Deep Fried Green Bean $10/15/20

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Long bean was deep fried in oil before pan fried with minced meat, garlic and other spices. Crisp texture but seasoning a bit more on the bland side.

Chef Special “Pao Fan” $6.8/13.6

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It was porridge with finely cut chicken and cooked in a flavourful broth with the thin crispy stems and delicate wispy leaves of the fragrant, aromatic Chinese celery. However, the porridge is cleverly twisted with the adding of crispy deep fried rice grains and sesame seeds, it instantly transformed the bowl of ordinary porridge with the usual soft rice grains texture with another layer of crispiness, the layering effect created another dimension to the dish and an interesting way of appreciating porridge.

Our verdict on East Bistro

The restaurant was almost a full house way before the peak lunch hour during our weekend visit, the reasonably good quality food, no GST and service charge at East Bistro are the main attraction here. Five of us spent total of $108 and walked out with a satisfactory tummy, worth a revisit to East Bistro? You bet.

East Bistro

A: 10 Jalan Tampang, Singapore 758954

H: Mon – Fri: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Sat – Sun: 9am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Closed on Tuesdays

T: +65 67524844

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