When i review these places for you guys, i like to try and visit each place at least twice, so that i can get a balanced opinion of the quality of the eatery. So i went to Natural Delights twice this week, tried a lot of their food! And i'll let you know what i thought. Location wise, this is actually in the middle of Serangoon and Kovan station. If you alight at either station, then it is around a 10 minute walk only. Don't be lazy, just walk.
Nature Vegetarian Delights
Location: Upp Serangoon Shopping Center, Level 4, #04-01 (new location)
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm Daily. Closed on Tuesday.
First up is an entree, Abacus. This was my first time dabbling with abacus, and it was quite tasty. I was told that the abacus is a little too soft, but overall it was a pretty good attempt. Mushrooms were not packed with flavours, as i expected. But overall it's a pretty tasty little dish. The dark sauce that it comes in is not too bad also.
Price: $3.50. 6/10
Although reasonably pricey, this Baked Rice is a gigantic portion size! Well worth the price tag. In fact, i could barely finish it. The melted cheese on top is luscious! And the mock chicken that is inside is very good. The rice overall is not bad, it's texture is hard, which i'd much rather have, compared to soggy rice. As you can see by the picture, the cheese has a nice golden colour to it, which really enhances the flavour. The dish contains veggies, but perhaps the dish gets a little monotonous (mainly due to lack of complex flavouring) after the first few bites.
Price: $5.50. 7/10
This place also sells a variety of weird and wonderful pratas, and of course, being a prata freak, i simply had to try one! I tried the Ham & Cheese Prata. First of all, this is not a prata! It's more like a deli wrap, i suspect the prata they wrap it in is store bought, and not made freshly. The mock ham is very tasty inside, cheese and ham are always a combination that will never fail! But it's not a prata. I would have much rather had the prata just folded over in half and presented on a plate, with curry!
Price: $2.20. 5/10
This Mee Hoon Kueh has the option of being served with soup or dry. This rendition was overall quite average only. They used the wrong type of green vegetables inside, which made it lack in authenticity a little. The taste was good, but it's not a dish that i would regularly purchase, when returning here. Much more exciting dishes to try!
Price: $3.50. 5/10
I have a new favourite dish in Singapore! And it's this! Claypot Trotters Rice. Yes yes, the prospect of eating mock pigs feet did scare me a little, but this dish, wow! The sauce is a beautiful mixture of vinegar, ginger and sweetness. I could legitimately drink that sauce out of a cup, it is so flavourful! The bitter vinegar being canceled out by the sweetness and the fiery ginger hitting you. Only three pieces of mock meat inside, which is a little harsh, but the mock meat is very chewy and tasty. I have never tried the real version of this, but my girlfriend assured me that this is a pretty accurate reincarnation of the dish. If you have yet to try this type of dish, i strongly urge you to!
Price: $4.50. 8/10
This eatery also makes it's own Homemade Barley. If you're like me, and can't stand it, then stay away! But for those who like it, i'm sure will love this. It's very thick.
Price: $1.00. 8/10
This is the first time that i've tried Spaghetti Bolognese in Singapore. Overall this is a sloppy dish. As you can see by the picture, the presentation is awful for this dish. It was put on the plate in a very clumsy fashion, and as soon as i receive a dish that has been displayed so lazily, it's going to reflect badly overall. It only takes 20 seconds extra to present it better, and seen as though the restaurant was empty, there is no excuse. No cheese, they obviously have no clue what components a real spaghetti bolognese should have. The sauce is actually quite nice, and the spaghetti is cooked well. But it's just so clumsy that it's really unforgivable. Which is a shame, because will a little more effort this could be quite a respectable dish.
Price: $4.00. 3/10
Conclusion - I got hit with GST again, which adds at least a few dollars to your meal. But overall the price for the food (considering it's an indoor and air conditioned eatery) is quite low. Therefore for value, i would rate this place very highly. The food quality is a bit hit and miss. Some of the dishes that i tried i really enjoyed, others didn't hit the mark at all. The bolognese is the anchor that really will weigh this score down, if they make an effort and it just doesn't taste how it should...Then that's forgivable. It really annoys me when no effort is made to present the dish though. The interior design and 'vibe' of this eatery is really nice, and has a nice cosy feel to it. I would definitely come back here, and would recommend it to anyone, just stay away from the bolognese!
Food - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 5/10