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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SIN: Swensen's

Nasi lemak ice cream!?

Initially known for its extraordinary ice cream, Swensen's was founded in San Francisco, the USA in 1948. Today, it has grown to about 300 outlets worldwide. Upon knowing that the restaurants in Singapore are now serving a peculiar-flavoured ice cream variant, I immediately patronised the branch at Plaza Singapura.


The nasi lemak (Malay rice dish cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaves) ice cream was inspired by the creative minds of the winning team from the Singapore Polytechnic in the Swensen's Ice Cream Competition held earlier this year. Read to find out more about it!


Rodeo Wings S$9.40
Taste: 8/10

Laden with something akin to BBQ sauce, the chicken wings were adequately meaty and juicy. I'd love them to be more savoury than sweet, and they could spread the crushed black pepper more evenly.


Crispy Cornflakes Chicken S$15.60
Taste: 8/10

I'd been eyeing on this particular main course, which is said to be back due to popular demands. The boneless chicken was moist and succulent, blanketed by a crunchy layer of cornflakes which was appetising. When fried at higher temperature, I'm pretty sure it could be less oily. None of the fries was soggy, and the coleslaw was pretty sweet and refreshing.


Beef Lasagna S$15.90
Taste: 6/10

Garfield probably wouldn't fully enjoy his share of lasagna in the restaurant, for each layer of the pasta wasn't that solid. The tomato sauce was also too runny for my liking, even though it was sweet enough. They were pretty generous with the minced beef though, which meatiness saved the dish a little bit.


Super Nasi Lemak Sundae S$10.90
Taste: 7.5/10

The intriguing ice cream featured a blend of coconut and ginger, which gave rise to the hot sensation that I was expecting. It was mildly sweet without being cloyingly rich. Adorned with peanuts, anchovies and crispy crackers, the local infusion did deliver a unique experience.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall: 7/10

Well, if you ask me, I don't think I have the drive to order that unique ice cream anymore. I'd rather go for other items, such as their banana split. Pika's advice: You may also want to give the gula melaka (Malay brown sugar) ice cream a try!

Swensen's

68 Orchard Road
#03-23 Plaza Singapura
Singapore
(Daily: 10.30am - 10.30pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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