I was there for the Char Siew Noodles, described by a friend as “the yummiest char siew noodle I had in a long long time”, but found myself liking the other dishes.
One Bowl Restaurant & Bar at Jalan Sultan is where you can find home-style cooking in a restaurant.
Located within The Sultan Hotel Lobby, the person helming the kitchen is Chef Tammie Loke – a retired LTA veteran and home-cook turned chef.
The menu features Singapore home favourites, from Fried Roast Duck Bee Hoon ($9.90), Ngoh Hiang ($12.00), Fish Porridge ($8.90) and Char Siew Rice ($8.90) which uses garlic rice instead of the normal type.
All the dishes served are accompanied by specially created sauces.
In fact, I had three different sauces for the four dishes ordered. One of the sauces resembled Thai sweet chilli, but came with additional shallots and sesame seeds which made a whole lot of difference.
Two other parts that I need to highlight – No added MSG; many of the dishes are $10.00 or below.
The recommended dishes are the Char Siew Noodles ($8.90), Char Siew Rice ($8.90), Nasi Lemak ($9.90), Fish Porridge ($8.90), Vinegar Pigs Trotters ($10.90) and Claypot Rice ($10.90).
The highlight of the noodle dish was the Char Siew, with 5 large glistening pieces made from a secret recipe and style.
Those melt-in-the-mouth, slightly fatty pieces, nicely charred pieces were perfect for the thin, springy noodles tossed in light sauce with sesame oil.
The other thing I found missing was some wanton soup, though the accompanying vegetable soup was tasty.
A value-for-its-money dish was the Nasi Lemak ($9.90), featuring fragrant rice in a symphony of curry flavoured crispy chicken wings, sunny side egg, peanuts, and delectable chilli sambal.
A special mention to the side serving of Otah, served steamed in a small bowl, with chunks of fish within.
Some of the other side dishes were worthy of mention, such as the crispy and juicy Fried Chicken Wings ($10.00) – and this was different from the one served in the Nasi Lemak; and the Ngor Hiang ($12.00).
The only dish I thought was more ordinary in comparison was the Prawn Fritters ($10.00), which could also be less oily.
Perhaps One Bowl can consider serving some soups (as the dishes could be heaty); and local dessert and coffee to gel with the entire menu.
The coffee served is currently “from a machine” which I wasn’t inclined to order.
During my second visit, I noticed that some of the customers looked familiar as they came the last time I was there was well. A NEW restaurant that warrants a repeat visit in such a short span of time.
In fact, I won’t mind going back for the Char Siew Noodles again.
One Bowl Restaurant And Bar
The Sultan Hotel Lobby, 101 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199002
Tel: +65 6291 9020
Opening Hours: Breakfast 7:30am – 10:30am, Lunch/Dinner 11:30am – 10:00pm