Two Blur Guys, Tras Link, Tanjong Pagar

Filed Under (food, western) by rinnah on 23-08-2013

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More gourmet burgers on the blog, courtesy of joining my burger-loving friend who is on a personal quest to try out all the burger joints in Singapore.

There have been a couple of rave reviews online about this gourmet burger joint called Two Blur Guys located in Tanjong Pagar. I was ready to be impressed, but came away feeling rather meh about the whole experience.

two blur guys

I had the grilled chicken ‘blurger’ with asian spices (curry powder) (SGD 12.50) and it comes with sides of salad greens and potato salad. It is a decent sized burger and they are not stingy with the portions for the sides. I found the chicken a tad dry and was not a fan of the fact that the grilled chicken skin was part of the burger’s filling. The salad greens and potato salad were quite normal by my standards although my friend did like the potato salad.

Adding on SGD 5.50 to make it a set meal will get you a drink (ice lemon tea / coffee / tea) and a dessert. However, I found the policies regarding the top-up menu a bit inflexible. I asked if I could change the selected drink to a Coke and mentioned that I was also willing to add-on an additional sum to the top-up amount to change the drink. This was not permitted, even though on the menu, the price of an ice lemon tea drink (SGD 3.50) is more expensive than a Coke (SGD 2.80). The ice lemon tea which I had in the end was watery and I would definitely not order it if given a choice. It is also worth noting that Two Blur Guys does not offer water on the house either.

Another incident that irked me slightly was that it is also not informed up front that your selection of dessert for the top-up menu is limited. When I selected the top-up menu, I was told that I could select my dessert later. After the main meal, when I made my selection of the chocolate lava cake with ice cream as my dessert, only then did the waitstaff tell me, “Oh, the dessert is limited to only the brownie, slice of pie, or lamingtons.” Had I been informed of this up front, I would have been fine with this, but being informed at such a late stage made me feel somewhat shortchanged.

I found the waitstaff to be curt in speech and mildly irritating in that within 30 seconds from the moment you sit down, they are hovering at your shoulder asking you to place your order. Granted that the menu is not extensive with only two pages, but surely you should give customers more than 30 seconds to look at the menu and only come over when signaled?

Perhaps it was an off-day for the waitstaff but at the end of it all, I most probably wouldn’t return to Two Blur Guys on my own accord. The food was not fantastic enough to make me overlook the service shortcomings (especially when you are paying 10% service charge).

Two Blur Guys
1 Tras Link
#01-13 Orchid Hotel
Singapore 078867
T : +65-6636 4183

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Red Flame Bistro

Filed Under (food, western) by rinnah on 05-01-2012

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Red Flame Bistro was a chance discovery on a rainy, drizzly Friday afternoon when my colleague and I were looking for a lunch place that was reasonably near the office. It was oh-so-conveniently located just across the road from my office building.

Red Flame logo

We both had the 3 course set lunch which costs SGD 12.90. You have a choice of salad or soup of the day for your starter, grilled chicken chop or fish and chips for mains (there is also beef sirloin offered, but with an additional top-up of SGD 3.00), and finish off with dessert of the day. You can also top-up SGD 1.00 for 3 pieces of garlic toast or top-up SGD 1.50 for a soft drink or tea or coffee. There is no charge for water.

Red Flame appetizers and desserts

The salad is nice and fresh with a bit of crisp to it and the dressing is made a little bit more interesting with the addition of pineapple pieces that lend their distinctive sweet yet acidic taste to the salad and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds.

If the soup of the day is mushroom soup, you’re in for a treat. It was the best mushroom soup I have ever tasted this far – creamy and smooth with a mushroomy taste that is not too strong (too much mushroom can be a bad thing sometimes) and not oily at all. On other occasions we’ve been there, the soup of day was corn and clear vegetable soup. The mushroom soup is far and away the cream of the crop though and is always available on the ala carte menu for SGD 4.95.

My colleague absolutely raves about the garlic bread (add on SGD 1.00 with the set menu or SGD 1.50 off the ala carte menu). I find it better than your usual bakery garlic toast, as it is crispy without being burnt and generously slathered with garlic butter. I would prefer it much more if the toast slices were sliced a wee bit thicker for a heftier crunch when you chomp down, but hey, you can’t have everything your way, right?

Red Flame main courses

The grilled chicken chop is nicely done without being dried out. I would have loved it more if they had given more of the grilled potatoes and I could do without the corn-on-the-cob slice.

My favorite has to be the fish and chips. Coated in a golden batter and fried, the fish fillets were fresh and yummy. The best part was that it was not too oily. Accompanied with a serve of fries and a scoop of salad, this was possibly one of the better fish and chips I have had in a long while.

The first time I went there, I had the Mushroom pasta (which is no longer on the set lunch menu). If you like your pasta al dente, then Red Flame’s chef does it quite well. The cream sauce that accompanied the linguine was just right, not to heavy nor was it runny and it was not so overpowering that you feel stuffed after. Over a series of visits, I’ve tried variations of their vegetarian pasta (SGD 9.90) in cream sauce and aglio olio and find that it’s pretty good with a medium sized portion.

As of now the bistro has a steady trickle of customers during lunch hour so it is still nice and cozy and doing quite well. I understand from the manager, Guna (really friendly and helpful guy) that they plan to rotate their lunch menu every month for some variety so the dishes I have reviewed may no longer be on the set lunch menu but are still available on the ala carte menu.

Note: As of June 2011, Red Flame has increased the price of their set menu from SGD 12.90 to SGD 14.90.

Red Flame Bistro
2 Stanley Street

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