Vietnamese or Singaporean? That was the question we were trying to resolve as we briskly crossed Bonifacio Global City’s busy streets. If we go Singaporean, what can we eat there? I asked. Well, they have satay, laksa, mee goreng…
You had me at mee goreng, Singapore Food Republic it is.
|SINGAPORE FOOD REPUBLIC’S CLEAN INTERIORS|
Our restaurant of choice is located at the ground floor of Commercenter in BGC. It has a namesake in a mall somewhere in Singapore, although this one is totally unrelated to it. Well, besides their cuisine.
Singapore Food Republic has a very snazzy look; clean lines, serious furniture and a mezzanine overlooking the main dining hall. On one of its walls, posters of Singaporean dishes proudly announce what the restaurant has to offer.
|EACH TABLE HAS A PERSONAL BUZZER|
After some minutes of fussing over their very honest menu (some of the dishes are rated 1 out of 5 stars, lol), we buzzed for our orders. We asked for roti prata (Php118.00) for starters, a bowl of beef rendang (Php368.00), two cups of Thai jasmine rice (Php35.00 each), a plate of mee goreng (280.00) and two glasses of tea tarek (Php80.00).
I wanted to order more, particularly their Singapore laksa (Php265.00) but their prices were on the steep side. Our waiter assured us that all their dishes are good for sharing though.
|FRIENDLY STAFF AT SINGAPORE FOOD REPUBLIC|
I chatted with two of Singapore Food Republic’s staff, asking them if they have other branches, BGC is just too dang far from where I live, just in case their mee goreng’s good (I am obsessed with mee goreng). They said that they used to have two branches, but the other one has already closed. Too bad.
|TEA TAREK AT SINGAPORE FOOD REPUBLIC|
The first one to arrive was our tea tarek. I actually wanted to have something like Singapore’s kopi tiam (iced coffee with very sweet evaporated milk), but they don’t have it. This was the closest thing to it though.
The flavor was milder than what I was expecting it to be, but it was quite frothy; the result of being pulled from one glass to another.
|ROTI PRATA, ROTI CHANNAI; IT’S THE SAME THING.|
Then it was roti prata, which came with a curry dip.
To be honest, I have no idea what the difference was between a roti prata and a channai. Well, I learned something new, it turns out that they’re the same thing. Roti prata is what it’s called in Singapore and roti channai in Malaysia.
|FLAVORFUL BEEF RENDANG|
The coconut milk aroma of their beef rendang came wafting to our table even before its bowl was set down.
Most of the dishes at Singapore Food Republic are on the spicy side. I love spicy food, but my friend wasn’t really that keen on burning her throat down with hot-flavored cuisine; it’s good that their waiter asked us the level of spiciness for each dish before proceeding with our orders.
|THE BEST MEE GORENG YET|
And finally, the star of the night arrived. Mee goreng.
I am extremely addicted to this noodle dish ever since trying it at Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor food street. This is the first thing I run to during our multiple trips to Malaysia last year.
The dish is basically spicy stir-fried noodles with eggs, veggies, prawns and garlic.
|THAI JASMINE RICE|
And how was everything?
Singapore Food Republic’s menu do not lie. The dishes we ordered were mostly on the three to five stars and I liked everything. The roti and its curry dip was spot on, the beef rendang was very tender and savory, their mee goreng is flavorfully rich. I actually liked their version better than the previous one I tried at Martabak Café.
The food tastes quite authentic and the staff, aside from being friendly, were very knowledgable about their menu. I would definitely go back to Singapore Food Republic. Next time, I’ll try their dishes as they were meant to be eaten, with full spiciness on.
Singapore Food Republic by Nasi Lemak
Address: Unit 8 Commercenter, 4th avenue
cor. 31st Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila
Contact Number: (02) 925-1988
Menu: Click Here
GPS Coordinates Map: 14°33'14.0"N 121°02'50.9"E