Tuesday, October 4, 2016

REM'I,NIS : Tex-Mex Fare in a Coffee Shop at Sembawang

It was a Sunday when i made my way there for a late lunch as this stall starts only at 1.00 pm. It is located in a coffee shop along Sembawang Road, near to the Nee Soon Camp. It should not be too difficult to locate them as the coffee shop can be seen from the main road. This 5-months old stall is muslim-owned by a couple, Ashraaf Shariff and his wife, Nadhirah, serving Texas-Mexican (Tex-Mex) food like Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas, and also, Burrito Fried Rice and Nacho Burger. I do not usually come across a hawker stall that is serving Tex-Mex food and so, this is definitely a rare find.

I went to make an order at the counter. I wanted to try their Nacho Burger ($9.50) but i was told by Nadhirah that they have run out of beef and i was asked to choose between Fish, Chicken and Mutton. I asked for a recommendation. She said, 'Most of my customers would prefer Beef or Mutton." Then, i asked, "Would the Mutton has a strong smell?". She replied as no. I also decided to try their Triple Threat Krusty Crust Quesadilla ($6.00). And i was asked whether i want to add meat for an extra $1.50 to it. The choices are Fish, Chicken, Beef and Mutton. I decided to go with Chicken.

When it was served to the table by Nadhirah, she said, "Hope you enjoy it".

The Triple Threat Krusty Crust Quesadilla is one of their best sellers, it consists of a double dose of cheddar cheese with mozzarella cheese and also nacho cheese then grilled it to melt the cheeses within. A bit of cheddar cheese was scattered on the wrapper and browned it lightly for a slight smoky flavor. I shared it with a friend and we agreed that it was delightfully tasty. 

The Nacho Burger was served much later to the table. And, Nadhirah said, "Sorry to keep you waiting". That is a good service attitude though we did not actually waited that long for it to be served.

The Nacho Burger is their unique creation, serving with cheese coasted tortilla chips, the handmade mutton patty, salsa, sour cream, cabbage slaw and corn kernels. This was my first time eating burger with a mutton patty. Somehow, it needs quite a bit of getting used to it for a non-mutton lover like myself though it actually tasted not too bad. The crunchiness from the tortilla chips and corn complemented the burger nicely. I would be interested to have it with their beef patty next time. 

Those fries tasted a bit like those frozen cajun fries that are commonly available in the supermarkets, the texture was slightly hard. 

There are other burgers on their menu, like, Hola Dorie ($8.50) that consists of a battered dory fish with jalapeno mayonnaise and cheese as well as Jeng-Goat ($9.00) which consists of a mutton patty garnished with cheese, harissa and greens. Fried Burrito Rice ($7.00) is an innovative creation, it is fried with tomato sauce, coriander, cumin and served with other side dishes like mutton bolognese, fried egg, salsa and cabbage slaw. Their menu also includes King Calzone ($16.00), a combination of Krusty Crust Quesadilla & a pizza and Truffling ($7.00), a classic Macaroni & Cheese infused with truffle butter.

Ultimately, it is not just the food but the attentive eagerness and sincere service demonstrated by Nadhirah that has left a deep impression. 

33 Sembawang Road Hong Heng Centre SINGAPORE 779084
Operating Hours: 1.00 pm to 9.00 pm (Daily)

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