04 June, 2008

Ayam Penyet Ria - Novena Square 2

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Updated: Just came back from Lucky Plaza's Ayam Penyet Ria. My verdict is... Do not go there during peak hours. The orders came REALLY FAST - I walked over to the counter to order & pay and before I reached my table, the guy from the kitchen already came out with the food. I suspect they pre-fried the food in response to the dinner crowd. The chicken thigh was dry and soaked in oil - an indication it has been left in the open for quite some time. And the place was also noisy, such that my friend and I had problems hearing one another during the dinner. Somehow I still prefer my Ayam Bakar on 3rd floor.
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For the aficionados of Lucky Plaza’s Famous Ayam Penyet Ria, or Indonesian-styled Smashed Fried Chicken, you would be thrilled to know that they have a latest outlet hidden somewhere in the corner of Novena Square 2. Located at basement one next to Harvey Norman, one may access it via the escalator hidden behind SK Jewellery.

To be honest, this is the first time I have eaten Ayam Penyet, as I am more a convert of Ayam Bakar. To order, one gets a slip from counter, look at menu and fill in your orders. Proceed to the counter to pay and food will be served to your table when ready. However, service was found wanting as food was served first to the table next to us even though we arrived much earlier.

It was only a good wait of 20 minutes and two reminders later did our food finally arrived. Nevertheless, all was forgotten as soon as we tucked into the Ayam Penyet Set ($6.50) that consist of the Rice, Fried Chicken, Fried Beancurd, Tempeh (or a popular Javanese Fermented Soybeans in Cake Form), and some serving of boiled Kang Kong along with Sambal Chilli on a Slice of Cucumber. The serving of the chicken thigh is of reasonable size and it’s well fried – the meat ain’t too dry and the skin is crisp.

The sambal chilli is spicily appetising and those that aren’t into zesty stuff however be forewarned – it is HIGHLY SPICED. Therefore, what better way to cool down your palate than to order a personal favourite of energising & sugar-high Happy Soda ($1.80) – a beverage consisting of Cherry-flavoured Soda with Condense Milk.

Fans of Teh Botol Sosro may also grab a bottle for the same price as well.

Rating
Food: 4.5/5 (Chicken is well-fried)
Service: 2/5 (Slow service and staff unsure of orders)
Ambience: 3/5 (Newly furnish but crowded and noisy during lunch)
Price: 3.5/5 (Price is affordable but $6.50 for chicken rice and $1.80 is slightly costly)
Total: 13/20
10 Sinaran Drive,
#B1-05, Novena Square 2
Singapore 307506
Call 6397 6816 for enquiries



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Personally, i prefer Waroeng Penyet, located at Changi Village and Marine Parade (near the old library, opp the open-air carpark).

Holly Jean said...

hhhmmm.. i was in novena square last weekend.. passed this place.. but decided to go to the jap restaurant instead.. and tht was not tht great.. Now I am craving Fried chicken cos ur pics are so nice!!!

HisFoodBlog said...

anon: Hmm, eastie is abit far for me but I will keep a lookout for it the next time I venture over! :)

holly: HELLO! Oh which jap restaurant was that -- I hope is not Ajisen... hehe...

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