Location: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road
CLOSED DOWN - As of 17/07/2013
Spicy Vinegar Pig's Trotter Set is one of my most fondest. Inevitably, because I adore this dish, I will naturally be all the more critical when the flavour balance is off. This dish needs to have a delicate balance of three main ingredients - Ginger, sugar and vinegar. Unfortunately, the ginger and vinegar were flying too far under the radar for my palate, instead the sauce was overwhelmed by sugar. Considering the sauce was obviously flawed, the other ingredients inside were cooked well. The black fungus (which I detest when overcooked), in particular, was cooked expertly.
Price: $5.50. 5/10
Stewed Mushroom Pork Rice. One thing that should be mentioned about both set meals I ordered, was they both came with a delicious ginger rice. I found this to be a welcome extra touch, as my expectations were that plain white rice would be served. Considering the pig trotter was a disappointment, this set meal was definitely a sign of improvement. The braised sauce was absolutely packed with flavour. The mushrooms absorbed all this sauce and exploded with flavour upon eating. My favourite dish of the meal.
Price: $5.50. 8/10
Price: $5.50. 6/10
Conclusion - Although I found that two out of the three dishes I sampled were slightly below par, I still support the philosophy of this establishment. The owners are friendly (unlike a certain goblin lurking below on the ground level) and their menu has the potential to be very popular. The standout was certainly the mushroom pork rice. Vege Sense just needs to tweak the other dishes so that it matches the standard of that dish. If they can do that, then success beckons!
Food - 6/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 6/10