Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Far East Plaza

Ayam Penyet Ria 

Far East Plaza #05-22

Opening hours: 11.30am to 10pm

We visited the restaurant on a weekday evening (around 6.30pm) and we had to wait for a couple of minutes before seats were emptied. The queue continued to form as we proceeded with the meal but if you want a short summary: don't even bother queuing for it. 

With regards to service, the staff were extremely unfriendly. They did not smile at customers, and entirely ignored customers when they said 'thank you'. 

The gado-gado ($5.90) was served with overboiled cabbage and long beans, and the tomato in it was stale such that I could taste that it was already turning bad. The sauce tasted alright, but the whole dish tasted like it was made with leftover vegetables. 

The signature Ayam Penyet was only worth its reputation for the chilli. The chilli was very fragrant and nice. However, the chicken served was dry and the batter on it was not even crispy. The meat within also tasted like it has been re-cooked after being kept for a long period of time. 

I wouldn't dare conclude this about other branches, but there are far better Ayam Penyets to try (like the one at Seah Im food center or Plaza Singapura's Kopitiam) with better price, taste and value. We were extremely disappointed by the standard of food and service provided at an establishment with quite a number of branches.

//edit: I decided to give the branch at Lucky Plaza (#04-25) a shot and the food and service was so much better! The batter was crisp, the vegetables were fresh and the chicken was tender. The difference in the standard cannot be overstated. Since the two branches are so close to each other, go for the Lucky Plaza one.

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