Monday, May 05, 2008

Decent, Affordable, Away-From-the-Crowd Set Lunch

Opposite the ever-crowded Bugis Shopping Centre, the streets of Tan Quee Lan, Purvis and Liang Seah often contain some of the over-flow crowd. But there are gems of peace and quietness amidst the maddening crowd. One gem is Cherie's Pan, located on Tan Quee Lan Street and opposite the 7th Storey Hotel.

I discovered Cherie's Pan when it was the venue for grandma's recent birthday. The dinner will be covered in another post soon.

I was so happy of finding a quiet little place that's not ultra-ulu (remote) and dishes up very affordable food that I went back to try their lunch sets.

The Lunch Set ($9.90nett) was very simple. It consisted of a Soup of the Day and a choice of one main course- Fish & Chips with French Fries & Coleslaw, Spaghetti Carbonara or Oven Roasted Cajun Chicken with Mashed Potato & Salad, Lemon Butter Sauce.

The Soup of the Day during that visit was Pumpkin Soup. The natural sweetness of the vegetable shone and the soup wasn't overly creamy or thick. The accompanying piece of toasted baguette with pesto tasted good dunked in the soup.

We shared an ala carte order of the Beef Fajitas with Capsicums, Onions, Sour Cream and Mexican Tomato Salsa ($7.50). Alas, this turned out too dry for me. A tad more of the luscious sour cream and a bit of juice in the strips of beef would have made this better.

Moving on to better things. The mains for the set lunch soon arrived. The Oven Roasted Cajun Chicken was a juicy piece of chicken thigh that had a smokey, spicy flavour. Delicious. A pity the dollop of mashed potato was so tiny, it became so conscious of its size and hid behind the leaves. Talking about leaves, the salad did contain a nice mesclun mix with radicchio and watercress! I had expected the generic iceberg. Brownie points! Btw, where's the lemon butter sauce?? I guess I never did miss its absence. The chicken was already tasty enough.

What about the Fish & Chips? Well, the fish had a thin, crisp batter and was moist, if a bit tasteless. But HOT fried food can't really go wrong. So chomp on the coleslaw and slather some tartare sauce on the fish. It's still really decent.

The portions may be a little on the small side but hey, who's that complaining of being sleepy after a heavy lunch? At $9.90nett for a set lunch in a quiet, air-conditioned spot away from the crowd yet still near civilisation, it doesn't get any better than this.

Cherie's Pan
21 Tan Quee Lan Street
Tel: 6835 7969

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For those with kids, crayons are available at each table. Doodle away!


Anonymous said...

$9.99 is definitely good price for a set lunch.. ! the place looks clean and new.. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, i been to purvis street and liang seah street a few times, there's a lot eateries among the few stretch of road, but didn't know about this one.

Okie dokey, its on my radar! haha

The Hungry Cow said...

mama bok: You are right! In fact, they just opened last December.

ladyironchef: Prob too many kopitiams/cafes/restaurants packed in the two streets to notice this one. Go check it out. :)