Back when we were students, eating out was quite the luxury, and our choices were very often limited by our budgets. So, we end up going to the usual places, knowing that we can get decent food at good prices. Ten Ten Kitchen in Vic Park was one of the chinese restaurants we used to visit, but stopped after a while because of their non-existent customer service. We had our plates thrown at us, and very unhappy looking waitstaff and boss, so we had boycotted them for several years now.
Recently, with the renos going on at Karawara and the injection of many eateries, we chanced upon Ten Ten Kitchen.. looks like they’ve branched out! It had been “trendified”, with good lighting and modern decor.. very inviting indeed! So we decided to give it a go, to see if visiting them was worth a shot.
the sign that greeted us
So we sat down, and had a look at the menu. All the dishes we averagely priced (around the $15-$20 mark), and there was quite a bit to choose from as well, I saw the Sambal Fried Runner Beans and decided we should try that.
It was really good. With just the right amount of chilli and crispy salty bits! And the beans were nice and soft, not too soggy or crunchy. It was yummylicious! And something different from our usual Sambal Kangkung or Kailan in Oyster Sauce.
We also ordered the Sizzling Japanese Tofu, one of the usual dishes we order at a chinese restaurant, along with Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs. Both dishes were good. The Sizzling Tofu had chunky bits of meat in it, and the sauce (you know we LOVE our sauce) was good for smothering our rice in! :D
Random side note: I just noticed the carrot in the middle looks a bit like a butterfly!
The Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs were good too! We usually go to Happy Meals in Vic Park for our Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs fix, but I think this one tastes just as good too! The pork was still tender, with a crispy outside, and the chilli, garlic and spring onions it is fried with rounds it off nicely!
We also had the Assam fish, which was the least stellar of the dishes we had. I was expecting a rich, red sauce, but was disappointed with the yellowy gravy we were presented with :( It was tasty, but the fish was a bit rubbery (not soft and flakey), so we probably wouldn’t be having it again.
Although the food was good, and the atmosphere was pleasant, the service was not fantastic. Although not as bad as what we had experienced in the past, we had to repeat our order to the waitress a few times, and also our tub of rice got thrown onto our table, with no apology from the waitress, who went on to serve another table (!!). The people in the table next to us were quite taken aback as well, we were like.. what the?? But yes, with the perpetually-in-a-bad-mood lady boss not there, we might venture back there.
The serving sizes were a bit small, and we felt like some dessert. We were contemplating making a visit to the newly opened Koko Black, but it was a bit of a drive away, so we popped into Gelare, which was just next door. It wasn’t half-price waffle day, and we forgot our voucher, so we had to pay full price! (horror! :P) We had the waffles with Jamaican Chocolate and Honey Malt Crunch. The waffles were really good – golden and crispy.. just the way I like it! And the Honey Malt Crunch, even though not my usual Gelare flavour, was quite good too!
Jamaican Chocolate in the foreground; Honey Malt Crunch in the background
What a great way to end the night with good company! And I thought I would end with this video for you to enjoy! (especially you Deb! :D)