The Place Tucked away in a quiet corner of Orchard Road, you either know about York Hotel or neglect its existence altogether. We learnt about York Hotel last year after knowing of its thrice yearly Penang theme buffet held in its resident restaurant White Rose Café, which is making a comeback this December. The setting of White Rose Café is simple and unpretentious, but that doesn’t undermine the quality of food served.
The Food From 1 October to 15 December 2016, White Rose Café’s Executive Chef Charlie Tham has created a series of Wok Hei Specialties priced at S$15++ per dish, which showcases four local favourites – Wok-fried Crispy Bee Hoon with Sliced Beef, White Bee Hoon (Rice Vermicelli), Traditional Hokkien Mee and Crispy Egg Noodle.
On first look, we thought that this was fish maw but it is in fact thinly sliced fried bee hoon. This plate of Wok-Fried Crispy Bee Hoon with Sliced Beef is a nice twist to the usual white bee hoon, served with strips of striploin beef.
We all love our White Bee Hoon, and what makes this dish endearing for us is how simple yet comforting the dish is. Chef Tham’s version here is generously topped with egg, garlic, slices of pork belly and fresh prawns and fried with chicken and pork bone stock. If you are wondering if this is better than the average ‘Zi Char’ stall, it is.
Even the Traditional Hokkien Mee was filled with so much umami. Pork lard was added in frying this plate of Hokkien Mee, which gave it the nice aroma and flavour. The accompanying ingredients uplifted the noodle as well, with the likes of pork liver, pork shoulder and clams. We were recommend to have the noodle with some chilli in light soya sauce.
My favourite dish for a casual ‘Zi Char’ takeaway is usually the Crispy Egg Noodle, which is really not as simple as it seems. The crispy texture of the egg noodle is achieved with correct control of the oil and heat during the frying process, then gently swirled in the wok till it turns crispy and golden brown. Chef Tham has also added a specially made double-boiled stock to the noodle from his secret recipe, topped with fresh prawns, sliced fish and vegetables. I like the overall flavour, one comforting dish which I can have any day.
White Rose Café’s ‘Wok Hei Specialties’ is available daily from 12pm to 10.30pm at S$15++ per dish.
From 1 October to 15 December 2016, UOB cardholders enjoy 20%+ off any Wok Hei specialties and receive a complimentary parking coupon with a minimum spending of S$50 nett (including beverages) in a single receipt. DBS cardholders enjoy the third dish for free+ with every two Wok Hei dishes ordered. Valid from 1 October to 23 October 2016.
If you love buffets, it sounds unthinkable that you can still get a buffet deal at S$29++ per person in Orchard Road. Aside from Wok Hei specialties, White Rose Cafe also has the ‘Treasured Flavours of Singapore’ menu, an à la carte buffet which focuses on Singaporean dishes. It sounds like something the folks will enjoy. The spread is really quite decent for the price, where you get to enjoy unlimited orders of about 25 selections of signature dishes such as Black Ink Sotong, Sambal Sotong, Stir-fried Spicy Clams, Red Rice Wine Chicken, Deep-fried Ngoh Hiang with Pickles, Chendol, Ice Kachang and more. Enjoy unlimited serving of steamed fragrant rice as well as one serving of the signature Fish Head Curry (half portion for 2 to 3 persons, whole for 4 to 7 persons).
The ‘Treasured Flavours of Singapore’ is available as à la carte lunch buffet daily, from 12pm to 2.30pm at S$29++ per person (minimum 2 persons, excluding Penang Hawkers’ Fare), and at S$15++ per child ( aged 5 to 11 years).
Rants White Rose Cafe does not have a fancy setting, just in case you are thinking it is a posh looking restaurant.
Will I Return Again? In terms of value, White Rose Café is one of the most underrated restaurant in Orchard Road which serves quality food at affordable prices. Time to suggest this restaurant as your next family pig out venue if you have not yet been here.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
White Rose Café
21 Mount Elizabeth
Tel: +65 6737 0511
Daily: 6am to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter