Dear Londiary, –

I was brought to this place by a friend who happened to live in London more than 20 years already, and still counting. He promoted this place as “the best place to get Hainan chicken rice in London”. I don’t know whether it is exaggerating or not, but what I really like about this place is that they serve great foods without the annoying crowds.

Most restaurant in London who serves good Asian meals – comes with the queue, the stare of the people who are lining up outside in the cold to take your place immediately after your last bite. Here, it’s calm and spacious. It’s not that I’m saying that it’s not a busy place, but it gives you the self assurance that you can get a seat everytime you walk in, and you can still chat after the coffee and dessert.

Although I know that the one recommended was actually the  hainanese chicken rice (9.95 pounds) but I ordered the Penang Char Kwe Tiaw (8.75 pounds) – so I can also reviewed about something else besides the Hainan (which is great as well).

We also ordered the starter platter (18 pounds),

which consist of a little bit of everything there were on the starter menu. However, I wont do that again for 18 pounds. Simply order the prawn on toast (5.95 pounds), it’s the best one for sure – thick crispy sesame toast on the outside with beautifully plunged fresh boiled prawns in the inside. Supreme starter!!

My comments for the  mains are – both the mains remind of Asia. Not just because it’s simply an Asian style dish. I don’t know whether this is bad or good, but the Char Kwe Tiaw reminds me of the street vendors in Pulang Penang, and the Hainanese Chicken Rice reminds me of my mother’s favourite Hainan rice we used to have on Sundays, at Mangga Dua Mall back home.

Maybe the word to describe Bugis Street, is that it is by all means – authentic. Really, I don’t feel I’m anywhere next to a four star hotel in the glamorous Gloucester road. It must be the excellent imitation of grease and salt from a street food vendors  that made this restaurant  has successfully taken me to a short trip to somewhere I felt I belong, just without the sweat and  the hassle.



Name : Bugis Street Brasserie

Type : Singaporean – Chinese

Opening Times  : Monday – Sunday (12.00-22.30), Sunday Buffet (12.00-14.45)

Address  : Millenium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, Courtfield Road London SW7 4LH (get off at Gloucester Road Station)


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