I have detached “Food Trip” from its parent category “Philippines”, because Food Trip is going international! Yey!
Singapore’s Secret Recipe
We went early into Singapore’s Vivo City (10 AM to be exact, just as the mall opened), to make the most out of the day. By 11 AM we were already hungry and started looking for somewhere we could eat, but we were surprised that apart from the fast food outlets and cafes, most of the restaurants would not open until half an hour later. Back at home (Manila), all shops – restaurants included, would open as soon as the mall does, but apparently not in this place.
There were less than a handful that were already up for business by then, and one of those was Secret Recipe. It’s a restaurant chain that you’ll find pretty much everywhere in Singapore, from the airport to the malls. Pretty much like what Pancake House is back home, I guess.
Secret Recipe already has a small presence in Manila, via four outlets scattered across various malls, but I haven’t tried any of those yet, and so my first taste of their cooking would be in distant Singapore. Though they are primarily a cake and pastry shop (or a “lifestyle cafe”, as they call themselves) they do have a multinational menu, ranging from Malay curry based dishes, to pastas from the other side of the world. (Manila’s menu may vary though, as is common among food chains that operate across borders).
For our lunch, we ordered the Spaghetti with Meatballs and the Grilled Chicken. Both orders came as value meals with drinks (iced tea) included, each for 10 SGD (Singapore Dollars). That’s more than 300 in Philippine Pesos, but I guess that’s how “value meals” in Singapore go. We also ordered the Cream of Broccoli soup for our little tot, and they put some complimentary chips on our table right after we ordered, which was delightful.