Don Lechon – Geylang, Singapore


Wah writing on this is not gonna help my dieting plans but I had it weeks back and this is a sure winner with most of my foodie friends and readers here. Was invited to check out Don Lechon, located at the back of Grandlink Square which is not easy to spot unless you walk inwards, and I was quite impressed with the food and passion in it!

Lechon, which means ‘Roasted Suckling Pig’ in Spanish is of Spanish origins. As Phillipines used to be under the ruling of the Spaniards, there are many dishes in today’s Filipino cuisine that are of Spanish origin. I have always a keen interest to know more about Pinoy cuisine after being exposed to some of the dishes like Lechon, Chicken & Pork Adobo, Asado and confectionery from the famous Goldilocks, like Polvoron, Mamon and my favourite, Ensaymada… I love cheese and everyone knows! Haha…

Ok back to Don Lechon, this quaint eatery has already a following as around the area lives many fellow Filipinos and this is truly comfort food for them. While they can cook many other items at home like Sinigang (Sour soup) and Kare Kare (Meat Stew), but the use of lechon in them makes a smoky difference! Started by a native Pinoy, Kris, who was originally from Manila and have been in Singapore for more than 8 years already. Going into this food business have always been his passion and to be honest, the food is really yummy and they do have dishes for one pax to groups. So to my Pinoy friends and readers in Singapore, you prolly know about this place already but you may wanna visit them soon!

Eatery front
Chopped Lechon ($9.50). Crackling skin of a suckling pig, this is very close to our Chinese Sio Bak or even the suckling pig itself. Damn yummy!
Yummy Lechon
Sauces to go with your Chopped Lechon. The darker one is a little sourish which goes damn well with the crispy pork. The other one is made from blood, a little acquired for me.
Lechon Kare Kare($7.50). Lechon is used in this peanut based dish as a stew and goes damn well with rice. Traditionally there should be a lot of spare parts including feet of pigs and cows. Thank God this is Lechon. 😉
Lechon Sisig ($9.50) – My favourite dish by far cos of the lime and chilli peppers used inside. You definitely need a plate of white rice for this!
Lechon Sinigang ($11.50). Big portion for this and great for those who needs more food like me. Lechon chunks are used inside and really awesome with rice. Sourish and savoury, how can you go wrong with that?
Lechon Paksiw ($6.00). Paksiw to me is like a stew and in this case, lechon is used as the meat base and simmered with vinegar and perhaps fish sauce. Very appetising dish.
Bopis ($5.50). This beef lungs dish has Spanish origins. Actually quite nice and spicy, sauteed in onions, chillies and tomatoes. Again you need rice for this!
Interior. No seats. All dining outside the shop.
Kris and me. Wish him all the best in his business!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Pretty authentic. All the meat bases are of Lechon cos Filipinos do not waste their food. Extra food are usually used in other dishes so there is no wastage! You know it’s good when you can see so many Pinoys frequenting this place! Really love some of the dishes here and will be heading back for more soon!

Portion: Average. Please note that there are Rice Meals prices and Ala Carte prices. Ask if not sure.

Price: Affordable. Ate others before and pretty ex.

Service: Good!

Ambience: Al Fresco under tents. There are mozzies so please be prepared.

RTE: YES!!

Location: 511 Guillemard Road #01-52 Grandlink Square (Facing river at far corner opposite Little Vietnam) Hours: 5-11pm (Daily)

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Pddv6hos2Jm

***PROMOTION***

Only for the month of December 2017, quote ‘EATWITHROY’ to enjoy a free Bopis when you spend above $20 in one receipt. So hurry check them out soon!

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Ju Shin Jung 주신정 Korean BBQ Buffet – Guillemard, Singapore


To be honest, I didn’t know about this Korean restaurant and I heard they have 3 outlets already in Singapore. Originated from Korea, I understand they have only just one flagship restaurant there. Nevertheless, they are doing well over in Singapore.

My god brother brought me to this place at Guillemard Road, where the Singapore Badminton Hall is and learnt from the Korean manageress that they moved there from their former place at East Coast. Ju Shin Jung(주신정), if I can remember correctly, means ‘from the heart’, which is what this restaurant chain sets out to do; good service and food from the heart. <3<3<3

This premise has lots of space, and even private rooms for private parties. Staffs are a mix of different nationalities of Koreans, Filipinos, Chinese Nationals, etc., which I believe some are students doing part-time work and the Korean lady boss also helping in the serving of guests. Although a buffet place, they do have ala carte options for those who don’t wanna indulge in loads of BBQ meats and stuff themselves silly. I might try their Ginseng Chicken next time I’m back… need to 补补身体! (rejuvenate in chinese)

View from the road outside, just below G Spa
View from the road outside, just below G Spa
Restaurant main entrance
Restaurant main entrance
Great corner to keep the little ones entertained... or self-entertained... ;P
Great corner to keep the little ones entertained… or self-entertained… ;P
Main hall with rooms behind
Main hall with rooms behind
Custom-made table grill tops
Custom-made table grill tops
Branding wor...
Branding wor…
Ok I didn't know what this was initially until....
Ok I didn’t know what this was initially until….
You add water and they become your wet towels! Tsk tsk I'm damn sua ku... what to do, always feature cheap and good food mah...
You add water and they become your wet towels! Tsk tsk I’m damn sua ku… what to do, always feature cheap and good food mah…
Unlimited bottles of tea and water... plus point for them.
Unlimited bottles of tea and water… plus point for them.
Menu for buffet... I would go for the bibimbab and the beef soups... tofu soup wasn't that ideal for me.
Menu for buffet… I would go for the bibimbab and the beef soups… tofu soup wasn’t that ideal for me.
Unlimited veg and garnishings
Unlimited veg and garnishings
Side dishes also unlimited.
Side dishes also unlimited.
Meat lovers galore... Warning... Fresh pork collar and belly are not seasoned... so for those don't like too plain, order the seasoned ones.
Meat lovers galore… Warning… Fresh pork collar and belly are not seasoned… so for those don’t like too plain, order the seasoned ones.
Meats are about 0.8-1cm thick. Don't cook too long or else tough.
Meats are about 0.8-1cm thick. Don’t cook too long or else tough.
Chicken is good.
Chicken is good.
Cooling place for your meats haha
Cooling place for your meats haha
Mushrooms should grill upwards and once cooked, there's some natural mushroom 'soup' within, cool it a little before popping into your mouth! Yums!
Mushrooms should grill upwards and once cooked, there’s some natural mushroom ‘soup’ within, cool it a little before popping into your mouth! Yums!
Bibimbab... Ok taste. chilli paste not enough. Should have asked for more but didn't.
Bibimbab… Ok taste. chilli paste not enough. Should have asked for more but didn’t.
Spicy tofu soup as part of the buffet choices. Non-refillable. Taste ok only. Go for beef soup.
Spicy tofu soup as part of the buffet choices. Non-refillable. Taste ok only. Go for beef soup.
Heart-shaped watermelon given with the cider after dinner.
Heart-shaped watermelon given with the cider after dinner.
After dinner cider for everyone. This one taste really good to wash down all the fats haha.
After dinner cider for everyone. This one taste really good to wash down all the fats haha.
Many celebrities visited this place before... where's my photo?!?!
Many celebrities visited this place before… where’s my photo?!?!
Imported rice wine from Korea... Didn't try it, not a drinker. :)
Imported rice wine from Korea… Didn’t try it, not a drinker. 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Meats are ok but the pork belly’s skin is a little tough. Maybe have to grill longer? Tofu soup could improve a little on taste.

Portion: N.A. Buffet…

Service: 5/5. They will always make sure you’re taken care of. But a little short handed.

Ambience: 4/5. Bright and spacious. BBQ place come out sure smell like some smoked meats.

Price: S$35++ for dinner.

RTE: Yes!

Location: 100 Guillemard Rd, Singapore Badminton Hall. Tel: 6440 7707. Reservations recommended.