Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic at Fort Bonifacio Global City

Last January 15, we were invited to dine at Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic located in Fort Bonifacio Global City. It's owned by a Singaporean so I had heightened expectations.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic at The Fort
Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic is a two-storey restaurant so it can seat about 50 people on the ground level alone. We stayed on the unoccupied second floor so we could take photos in peace.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
We started off the evening with a live demonstration of how one of Nasi Lemak's salads is made. The end result was their new Mayo Prawn Balls with Orange (P380, pictured above). An assortment of veggies and fruits are topped with juicy prawns and drizzled with mayo and zesty orange dressing. Very refreshing and delicious!

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Next in line was Thai Green Mango Salad (P248, pictured above) -- julienned green mangoes, crabsticks (kani), chilies, and some greens in slightly sweet vinaigrette. Quite nice especially if you're averse to creamy dressings and prefer salads that are on the light side.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
The crowd favorite was the Thai Seafood Mango Salad (P388, pictured above). Breaded fish fillet is topped with veggies and ripe mango slices and drizzled with sweet sour mango sauce.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Without further ado we were immediately served Singapore's trademark soup Bah Kut Teh (P420, pictured above). The warm, clear soup made by hours of simmering pork ribs is comforting albeit just a tad too peppery for my tastes. One serving is good for 3-4 people.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Then we had Superior Pot Beef Steak (P380, pictured above) -- soft, tender beef with mushrooms, onions, ginger, garlic, onion, and bell peppers. I found it rather ordinary in terms of taste but okay in general since the meat was incredibly tender.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Lemongrass Seafood Sticks (P350, pictured above) are what I would describe as sort of like meatballs except that instead of meat, seafood is used. The lemongrass sticks infuse the seafood balls with aromatic flavor. It's served with sweet chili sauce on the side for dipping. Good but expensive since the serving is quite small... theoretically each stick costs P100+.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Up next was Sizzling Japanese Tofu Seafood (P380, pictured above). Squid, shrimp, fish, tofu, and an assortment of veggies which include bell peppers, leeks, and baby corn all sizzle together in a rich seafood-based sauce.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Braised Pork Knuckle in Superior Soy (P380, pictured above) was something I totally could not appreciate. There didn't seem to be much meat (either that or I'm just really useless in terms of kitchen skills). It seemed that everywhere I tried to slice it was all bones and ligaments. I quickly passed the dish on to my other companions. I think though that this is might be the type of dish elderly Chinese folks would like.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
Last but not least was Spicy Garlic Fish Fillet Tofu (P380, pictured above). Fish fillet, mushrooms, tofu, and veggies are cooked together in a clay pot. It's actually pretty good but I felt that it was along the same flavor profile as the previous dishes (pot beef steak, seafood tofu, etc) so it felt kind of monotonous. I actually would have preferred more contrast and variety to the dishes served.

Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
For dessert, we were served Muffins (P66 for 2 pieces). They come in four flavors -- rhum, carrot, and two others I forgot. I liked how they were soft, chewy, and flavorful. I'd have the whole 2-piece serving for myself if I wasn't so afraid of gaining weight. :P

I found dinner to be a mixed bag. I loved the salads but the main dishes were too similar (all soy-based in pots with tofu and/or veggies) so my palate hit a pleateau all too soon. More contrast would have been nice, especially since there is a wide variety of dishes you can order in the menu. They have Chili Crab, Cereal Prawns, Satay, Roti... anyhow, there is potentially a lot of good food to be enjoyed here. Servings are good for 2-3 people per order and prices are above average.


Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
8 Commercenter
4th Ave. cor. 31st St.,
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
925-1988


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