Although I’ve noticed Eighteen Chefs ever since they started at Tiong Bahru Plaza ages ago, I’ve never stepped into their restaurant until last Sunday when I met up with Siew Mai and we decided to have a dinner…of sorts.
Started by Chef Benny, Eighteen Chefs is a bit like Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, where troubled youth or youth with convictions are given a chance at a proper career and to reintegrate into society. The food is mainly western fare with a bit of a local flavour.
Siew Mai had a craving for fries and ice cream so we ordered the Double Cheesy Bolognaise Fries (S$6.80). It’s fries topped with mozzarella cheese, bolognaise sauce and finally drizzled with nacho cheese. You definitely need to share this as one is just waaay too much for a person to finish. This reminded me of BFF’s Wow Wow West or Carl’s Jr Chilli Fries minus the chilli. Chilli Con with fries, perhaps? Me lurve cheeseeeeee….
For the dessert portion, it was a BANANA EXPLOSION (S$6.80)! That jar was full with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream (I’m guessing either Walls or Magnolia), 1 banana (sliced), drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with chopped almonds. Would have been more decadent if the bananas were cooked in caramel sauce. Mmmm….yum.
Overall, I think Eighteen Chefs is ok and they do have wallet-friendly prices, which probably explains why it was super crowded with teens and there was a long queue at 7pm. The hot honey lemon tea (S$3.80) was ‘solid’ but I wished that the cup used was a little larger. Taste-wise, this place doesn’t provide a party in your mouth but you can’t really complain. Why I will support them would not be for the food per se but because of what they stand for and the platform it provides to troubled youth.
3 Simei Street 6
Eastpoint Mall #01-36
Singapore 528833 (Located beside POSB)
Operation Hours: Sun – Thu 11.30am – 10pm
No. 1 Fusionopolis Way
Singapore 138632 (Located at the end of Food Court)
Telephone: 6467 1296
11.30am to 9pm (Daily)
*Last order 8.30pm
Tiong Bahru Plaza
302 Tiong Bahru Road
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-K1/K6
Telephone: 6272 0961
4th Floor…If I’m not wrong