Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wokamama @ School of the Arts, Singapore


At Singapore's School of the Arts, you will find a fusion food place, offering Japanese, Asian-infused Western, French and Korean dishes at affordable prices. Wokamama is located along Prinsep Street and is believed to be Ms Elim Chew's latest project after I'm Kim Korean BBQ, which is located next door. 

Instead of dipping steamed buns into the chilli crab sauce, you could have a bowl of chilli crab sauce made of charcoal bread. Priced at SGD8.50, the Chilling Crab Bread Bowl was very enjoyable. I loved the crispy crust and warm soft dough. The bread was easy to tear into bite sizes and soaked into the hot spicy sauce. An excellent amalgamation of the East meets West, the chilli bread bowl was convenient and easy to eat. At first try, I thought the broth tasted like Mee Rebus, a Malay local noodles made of fermented soy bean. As we continue to savour the spicy sauce, the rich chilli crab aroma emerged. Even though the sauce had an alluring fragrance, it was too spicy. Be prepared to drink lots of water. The soft shell crab in the broth was well soaked that I could taste the crab at all. (Food rating: 3.5/5)


A Korean dish - Volcano Chicken (SGD7.90) was served with Chilli Crab Sauce. Similar to the Japanese Teriyaki Chicken don, this rice dish had fresh vegetables and Korean Spicy Chicken chunks. The chicken chunks were tender and the sauce was very spicy. I liked the spicy marinade on the chicken as it was both spicy and sweet. You may have noticed that most food courts serve this rice dish on hot plates. At Wokamama, the Volcano Chicken rice was served in a bowl. The rice looked and tasted normal. It was good but ordinary. The vegetable salad was freshly prepared. Overall, this rice dish was nice, yet ordinary. Nothing much to rave for. (Food rating: 2.5/5)

Canned drinks, if I am correct, were not served at Wokamama. Instead, self-brewed beverages such as Iced Mocha, and Iced Lemon Tea, just to name a few, were served at the restaurant. I was very disappointed with the Iced Mocha. Compared to the Iced Mocha from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, this mocha drink was very diluted and lacked the espresso and chocolate aroma. It tasted like a drink out-of-gas. For the price at SGD6, I did not find it is worth it. Forgettable. (Food rating: 1/5)

You can buy a glass of Iced Lemon Tea at SGD1 if you order a main. The beverage tasted very similar or almost identical to the inhouse brewed Iced Lemon Tea sold at the neighbourhood coffee shops. The tea was light and the lemon juice was just nice. The drink had a very nice lemony aroma and was delightful. (Food rating: 2.5/5)


I have introduced an Asian-infused Western dish - Chilli Crab Bread Bowl, and a Korean rice dish - Volcano Chicken. How about we try something french? Priced at SGD7.90, you could have a half-foot Croissant with Egg Mayo sandwich that came with a small cup of cream of mushroom soup. The croissant sandwich had a nice buttery taste but lacked the nice buttery fragrance. Perhaps it would be best if served warm. The ingredients like egg mayo and vegetables were freshly prepared that was enjoyable. If I were to compare the sandwich with Delifrance, I would say that the sandwich from Delifrance had a nicer fragrance and presentation. The sandwich from Wokamama was limp and soft. Finally, the sandwich came with a cup of mushroom soup. The cream of mushroom soup tasted very much like Campbell's, and limp. (Food rating: 2.5/5)


Mango bingsu, a Korean iced dessert, comprises shaved ice, mango purée, mango ice cream and mochi. The intriguing part about this dessert was that the ice looked powdery. At a glance, I thought it was grated coconut. The ice cream had a delightful mango aroma that you would keep on attacking before you realised that it was already gone. At SGD5.90, you can either eat it yourself or share with someone. The portion was best for 1-2 persons. (Food rating: 2.5/5) 



Wokamama @ School of the Arts  ijustwantfood Critics’ Pick  ★★
1 Zubir Said Drive,
#01-01
Singapore 227968 
Atmosphere A simple bistro/cafeteria interior with nice staff. However, service and operations improvements are very much needed.  
Sound You can chat with your friend without losing your voice.
Recommended Dishes Chilli Crab Bread Bowl
Price $ (affordable)
Open -
Reservations No reservations allowed
What the Stars Mean Ratings range from zero to four stars. Zero is poor, fair or satisfactory. One star, good. Two stars, very good. Three stars, excellent. Four stars, extraordinary.

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