Saturday, April 20, 2013

Everything with Fries

Ventured into the crazy-packed streets of Holland Village last night with the family for dinner. It was a Friday night and so the entire street was pulsating and throbbing as if it had a heart of its own. With all the pubs and restaurants and cafes, it probably did. After hearing so much about Everything with Fries, I was dying to give it a go.

We waited close to twenty minutes to be seated as the restaurant was full-house, even though it was just six-thirty. All right, so maybe it was full-house because it was six-thirty. Anyway, the wait allowed us to carefully peruse the menu and decide on our orders upon being seated in a really cozy corner of the restaurant. I ordered the tandoori chicken sandwich, but opted for a burger bun instead. After all, why have plain white bread when you can get freshly-made buns! (or so they claim)

My tandoori chicken burger with curry shoestring fries, served with a side of Caesar salad. ($11.90)
The tandoori sauce was really really really good, a pity they only lathered it on the bottom bun. The buns turned out to be nothing fantastic, and left me wondering if I should have stuck to plain white sandwiches instead of subjecting myself to the buttery bun. The Caesar salad was surprisingly good, and not too much dressing was used. The fries were rather mediocre. The curry powder was not evenly spread among the sticks of fries, with some having an overwhelming curry flavour while others hardly had a sprinkle of orange on them.

The mother's cheeseburger with garlic herb fries. ($11.90)
The fries barely had any taste to them! They might as well have not put any garlic herb seasoning on the fries and it would've tasted the same. The burger was all right though, not spectacular but not bad either.

The brother had battered fish burger with sour cream and onion fries. ($13.90)
All I can say is, don't get your hopes up for this either.

After finishing dinner (yes, we polished off all the fries with the help of the ever-reliable chilli sauce), we ordered the Nutella tart with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream. ($8.90) After all, the tart was crowned the star of the restaurant, so how could we miss out on that? Besides, EwF is a sub-restaurant group of the Awfully Chocolate chain, so we were definitely expecting something that would make us swoon with each mouthful.

The tart was, no kidding, somewhat a Nutella praline. It was no cake, just pure Nutella cream, held firm on a Oreo cookie base. It was so so so rich, and the ice-cream did not help to lighten the chocolate-y taste. Maybe it works for others but just not for me.

I would say that I was rather disappointed by this experience, but it may be because of my having really high expectations of the place, after hearing so much about it. Maybe I will come back some other time, but I would definitely not take great pains to visit this franchise. Besides, it is rather expensive for such average-tasting food.

Everything with Fries

40 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: +65 6463 3741
(Closed on Monday)

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