Nestled in the lush Bishan Park, GRUB is definitely a hard find, literally. We took 30 minutes circling around Bishan park trying to find this chic and casual outfit. But I must admit, it was well worth it.
It is truly a gem. Quiet, relaxed and friendly would be my first description of its ambience. A young and vibrant crowd makes it all the more exciting for a 40-year-old uncle like myself. Ok Ok, 41 to be precise.
I liked the place enough to have gone back again within a few days. My first visit was for a weekday lunch which they just started serving since May this year and my second was for a late breakfast on a Saturday. On both occasions, the indoor air-con seating became full within minutes after I was seated. I must have brought in the crowd with me. Heh.
For lunch, I tried their signature Sakura Ebi Pasta (S$17) plus a side of Mentaiko Fries (S$9). The linguine’s texture was perfect, al dente! Topped with prawns and fried ebi, the sauce wasn’t over-powering so you tasted much of the ebi and also the hint of Mentaiko.
The fries were a little salty on its own but with the sweet Mentaiko sauce/dip, the taste balances well. The quality of the fries was excellent. The seaweed garnish didn’t do much for taste but was a welcomed visual element. My lunch kaki and I dipped the fries with sauce and then rolled it around the seaweed to make little trees. Darn, no picture to illustrate but it was quite a cheap thrill. And who said not to play with your food?!
It was a hot day so the refreshing Yuzu Mint Soda (S$4.50) helped. It was not too sweet so it’s great for weight watchers, though I felt the Yuzu taste could have been a little stronger.
For the weekend brunch, The GRUB Breakfast Set (S$15, includes a drink) seemed popular. The pork sausage was crunchy and tasty. The rest of the dish was okay.
The Pork Streak Burger (S$13) with a grilled pineapple, was juicy. Well, the juiciness didn’t only come from the fruit so you know you need a 40-min run soon. But what is pork without a bit of fat right? I liked it… explains my size.
Beyond pigs, try the Chicken Cheese Chilli Dog (S$12). Everything you like in a hot-dog – cheesy, juicy, crunchy, mildly spicy. It was just a little pricey for a hotdog. But truly good comfort food.
Now for dessert! GRUB’s Churros (S$9) was very popular… everyone seemed to be ordering it. It’s sugar-covered and crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. It comes with 2 chocolate dips – dark and white chocolate. If you prefer it a little bitter and less sweet, choose the dark. If like me, you are a sweet person (of course you are), go for the white chocolate. Or, just go neat. Good for sharing among 2-3 persons.
Lastly, a pic of me and my lunch buddy Adrian of SuperAdrianMe.com
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Bishan Park 1
(Park at the public car park along Sin Ming Ave).
Tel: +65 6459-5743 (No reservations)
Tues – Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun, Public holiday: 9am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed every Monday and every last Tuesday of the month.