Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee- Central

Hello friends! How was your Deepavali? I hope you guys had fun, or had some well needed rest! 
I spent my Deepavali celebrating my Grand Dad's 81st birthday, and it was alot of fun!

Upon my Grand Dad's request, we made a reservation at Rendezvous Restaurant for some authentic Nasi Padang! I've always thought that Rendezvous was a weird name for a Nasi Padang Restaurant!!! I think the restaurant was originally called Hock Lock Kee, but because it used to be situated at Hotel Rendezvous, hence the name Rendezvous Restaurant? Am I right? 

So anyway, my whole family (or at least those that are still left in Singapore) headed down to Central (hate the Central layout btw) for lunch!

Here are some shots of the restaurant:

I suppose this was their first building, because it says Hock Lock Kee in front.

Argh, why was standing in such an unladylike manner!?

Our table, 12!

Cool, old school tiles line the walls of the restaurant. 

All the information you need to know before ordering!

Mmmm, looks good!

While waiting for food....

Max, GD and Ben!

Cute grandparents! (:

My Dad and Grand Dad!

Ben and Mallorie playing "scissors paper stone"

Okay! Our food has finally arrived! (:

I didn't know what this is called, so I googled and its Begedil! I've always loved these potato patties and I was really looking forward to having it, but I was slightly disappointed because it wasn't as tasty as I remembered it to be (when the restaurant was still at Hotel Rendezvous). It was still nice but it tasted much better last time!

Curry Chicken - Crap! I forgot to try this yesterday!

Sambal Brinjal - My grand dad's personal favourite! Not my kind of thing though. When I asked him how it was, he said that it used to be better as well. SIGH. 
But if any of you love Brinjals you can try it. I suppose the sambal's not very spicy, because my grand dad doesn't really take chilli but he still eats this.

Cabbage - I like! It was not spicy so I like to eat it with some curry sauce.

Chicken Rendang - I ate this and it was good!

Fish Sambal - I really really like this one because it was spicy and I love fish! (:

Curry Veg - Lots of ladyfingers! Awesome curry, I ate my cabbage with this curry! YUM!

Beef Rendang - Very popular with my family, we had to order an additional portion of it because it was gone SO FAST.

Sambal Sotong! Nice nice! It wasn't too hard so it was easy to eat. 

Sorry I forgot what this is called, or rather, I never did know what this is called. Some veg and tau hu thing I think! I didn't eat it because I don't like tau hu. Hehe

Assam Fish! It was quite nice, but I would have preferred curry fish head or smth! That's my personal taste because I'm not really into sour food, so I'm not that big of an assam fan.

Digging in already, but rice has not been served yet!

And so we ate... and ate.... and ate....

... till the food was all gone!

After lunch we hung around at Central, and bought some bread from Barcook Bakery, bubble tea from Gong Cha, and candies from Sticky. Then we headed home to this! :

Lana Cake! It's our family's favourite cake! I've had it for my birthday since I was 1 (:
It's delicious! I love how light and fluffy the sponge cake is and how the chocolate frosting is also light and not too sweet! I'm sad that it's standard has dropped as well because I remember it being more moist last time. But I still love it no matter what!

Family photo! 

My grandparents are so cute!!!


Meat/Poultry/Fish: $4.20 - $9.20 depending on type/parts etc
Side dishes: $3.60 - $12.60 depending on size

The Meal:
All I can say is that although the meal was nice, the standard of the food has dropped from what it was a few years ago. 

The Ambience:
Large, spacious and well-lit, good for big gatherings. I would have preferred a round table instead of a long table so that everyone can see each other and talk to one another without having to shout from one end of the table to another. But I suppose the long table is very Peranakan. When I watched "Little Nonya", I saw that they always had those 'Long table dinners' or something similar to that, so I guess it's part of their culture!

The Service:
Average service. The boss was there, and he was quite smiley and friendly!

I feel that it's such a pity that the standard dropped! I know my grandparents were quite disappointed with it because they remembered it to be soooo amazing, and my grand dad was so excited to go there for lunch! But all in all, they still serve good food, and I would go back for selected dishes.

6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-72 to 75/77/92
The Central
Singapore 059817

+65 6339 7508


Opening Hours:
11am-9pm daily!

That's all for today! Hope you had fun reading this post!
P.S. The weekend is almost here, so hang in there!!! (:

Lots of love,

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