Wrap & Roll, Vietnamese Food, At The Ion Orchard

I was so excited to spot Wrap & Roll at The Ion Orchard recently. And since it was a raining day that day, it was the perfect time for a bowl of hot piping noodle soup.

Wrap & Roll is hailed from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and it is a famous chain store serving some of the best Vietnamese food. And they are the Finalist of Best Asian Casual Dining in the Epicurean Star Awards 2014.

Pho Beef Noodle Soup [M14]
Pho Beef Noodle Soup [M14]
I am a fan of the dry Vietnamese noodle but since it was a raining day, I prefer hot soup noodle so I have Pho Beef Noodle Soup. I have a sip of the soup and I could taste the beef fragrance in the soup. Unlike some of the Pho, it is the sweet from MSG instead. Next, I went on to the slice beef. It was thin and extremely tender, in fact, in melt in the mouth. This bowl of Pho is currently my top fave.

Gỏi cuốn (Fresh Spring Rolls with Prawns & Pork) [A4]
Gỏi cuốn (Fresh Spring Rolls with Prawns & Pork) [A4]
I can’t missed out on the Spring Rolls. They offered so many different interesting variety which you don’t usually find in the Vietanmese restaurant. I can’t wait to try them all. The spring roll was very usual. It was the sauce that I thought was different and awesome. It was served with a sourish peanut sauce instead of the sourish fish sauce. I didn’t have enough sauce for my two rolls.

Condiments
Condiments

For the spice lover, there are some chilli condiments on the table as well for you to spice things up!!

Iced Lemongrass
Iced Lemongrass

l ordered an Iced Lemongrass drink too. It has a good lemongrass flavour and not too sweet. This is a simply Lemongrass drink with no fizzy gas.

Rau câu dừa (Vietnamese Coconut Jelly) [D4]
Rau câu dừa (Vietnamese Coconut Jelly) [D4]
No dessert, my meal is never complete. There are about 4 selection and I was interested to have the Vietnamese Coconut Jelly. It was so good, full of coconut goodness. The raisins added a different texture to the jelly and the slight sourish to complement the sweetness from the Coconut.

Interioir
Interioir

The interior is very much causal and simple with lots of the Vietnamese hat as a feature.

Wrap & Roll served a wide variety of food. For the menu, click here. I found something that I very eager to try, the Roll-It-Yourself Dishses. Basically, each dish has a number of ingredients for you to make it into a roll. It’s fun to have this dish with a group of friends. I am going to try that soon.

 

Wrap & Roll
2 Orchard Turn #B3-19 Ion Orchard Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 1555

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Tang Plaza along Orchard Road – 36, 77, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 190, 518, 700, 700A
– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502
– alight at Orchard Station along Orchard Turn – 14e, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 190, 700, 700A
– alight opposite Orchard Station along Orchard Boulevard – 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8/10

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Ngon, Vietnames Pho, At One Raffles Place

Ngon is one of the eatery found in the array of gourmet of the basement of One Raffles Place. Ngon offers mainly either Rice of Pho with some side dishes and some typical Vietnamese drinks.

Due to the recent grand opening, they are having set lunch which consists of a main, two tiny spring roll and a drink; coffee or tea. All you pay is the cost of the main dish plus $2. I grabbed at the opportunity.

Beef Slices (Medium) Pho
Beef Slices (Medium) Pho

My order was actually the Special that has Beef Slices and Beef Ball but the cashier made a mistake and entered it as the Beef Slices Pho. As a result, I couldn’t test their Beef Ball. The soup tasted natural and rich (not as light as most in the market), slightly meaty sweet. I believe it is either with no or minimum MSG. The rice noodle was very smooth. It is slightly thicker than those I have so far. The thinly sliced beef was uniform in thickness and it was tender with little fat. I like it. Instead of having green lemon, they provided lime instead so after adding it to the soup, I find it tasted a little different.

Spring Roll
Spring Roll

The spring roll was pretty tasty, moist and crispy but it was a little over soaked in oil. Nothing worth mentioning about the tea.

Ngon serves pleasant food, I certainly think it could be better. As for whether it is authentic Vietnamese food, I am not certain. And as for ambience, not much per se though the cafe is nicely done. Like the many eatery in the area, the seats are placed so closely till you will get body contact easily even if you are petite, so not to mention those who are muscular big built. If you could, do a takeaway. I will do that at my next visit.

 

Ngon
1 Raffles Place, B1-17 Singapore 048616
Tel: +65 6536 6466

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Opening Hours

Daily 0730 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT: North South line and East-West line – Raffles Place station

By Bus:
– alight at Prudential Tower along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 700, 971

– alight opp AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e

– alight at OCBC Centre along Church Street – 186 , 970

– alight at OUE Bayfront along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 971E

Rating: 7/10

Comnam Broken Rice At Raffles City

Comnam Broken Rice is at Raffles City, serving broken rice bow either dry or with soup. They offer some small plates, soup, desserts and drinks too.

I was meeting a friend at Raffles City and so we decided to give it a try.

Menu
Menu

We thought that Broken Rice were the most inferior type of rice, shouldn’t it be cheap? But the price per bowl is rather steep.

The design of the restaurant was bright and warm due to the bright warm colour tone, especially the yellow colour paint selected. The table has a bulky leg and that was uncomfortable. We couldn’t place our leg probably. It was very uncomfortable while we were having our meal.

For drinks, we tried the Lotus Tea, not sure what exactly it was. But we think the “tea” leaves was the lotus leaves. It smelled strange, like some herbal medication smell. As for the taste, a little similar to tea. At the end, it tasted very bitter.

Our side dish was the Salad of Grilled Chicken, White Cabbage, Fresh Herbs, Roasted Peanuts and Duet of Steamed Shrimp Tapioca Cake & Hue Shrimp Rice Cake. The salad was refreshing. The taste was light. It was lightly soured too. As fresh herbs was added, there was a nice additional fragrance contributed by t he herb. The texture of the two different cake were different; the one with whole shrimp was soft and chewy, taste a little like the soon kueh while the white cake has only a soft texture. Both were rather bland. You need to dip it with the sauce that was by the side.

Spicy Tomato Dill Crane Pork Soup
Spicy Tomato Dill Crane Pork Soup

The Spicy Tomato Dill Soup has a nice herb fragrance, I suppose it was dill. It is lightly spicy as well. There was a nice lightly pork flavour in the soup too.

Four Treasure Rice Bowl
Four Treasure Rice Bowl

Our main, the Four Treasure Rice Bowl. We find the rice bowl extremely ordinary. All the ingredients in the bowl was bland. We were looking for chilli sauce and fish sauce to dip the ingredient.

The final verdict. The food, in particular the main wasn’t impressive, the small plates and soup were decent though. And the seats were very much uncomfortable. We didn’t really enjoy the food mainly due to the seats.

 

Comnam
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-46/47, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6334 7377

Opening Hours

Daily 0800 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: East West line, North South line – City Hall station; Circle line – Esplanade station

By Bus:
– alight at St Andrew Cathedral along North Bridge Road – 61, 124, 145, 166,  174, 174e
– alight opposite Peninsula Plaza along North Bridge Road – 32, 51, 63, 80, 195, 851, 961
– alight at Capitol Building along Stamford Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 128, 131, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 175, 700, 700A, 857

Rating: 6.5/10

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