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!
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.
Ambience: Al Fresco under tents. There are mozzies so please be prepared.
Location: 511 Guillemard Road #01-52 Grandlink Square (Facing river at far corner opposite Little Vietnam) Hours: 5-11pm (Daily)
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)
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.