Bulalo in Bugis, anyone?
Leslie’s Restaurant (Filipino restaurant) opened in Singapore quite some time ago. But it was only recently that I got to visit the restaurant to try some tasty Filipino food.
Location. Leslie’s Restaurant is located at 420 North Bridge Road right opposite the National Library of Singapore. The closest MRT station is Bugis. It’s on the first level and it’s facing the National Library so you can’t miss its signature green signage.
Menu. They have a standard turo-turo menu which you can normally find at other Filipino food stalls at Lucky Plaza. Leslie’s back home is known more as a sit-down restaurant instead of a turo-turo. They made it OFW-friendly I suppose. By providing combo meals for “meat + veg”.
Ambiance. Obviously there’s no tiny volcano within an ancient crater lake as a dramatic backdrop while in Singapore. So it’s nothing like the Leslie’s in Tagaytay, that I can tell you! It feels more like a bistro. They have a shelf with Filipino food products. It’s pretty straightforward. I do enjoy the Philippine decor on the walls.
So, hit me with George’s Review.
I’ll start off with the regular Filipino dishes.
We managed to have kare-kare, adobo, veggies. While these did taste delicious (maybe a little salty for others)… I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell them from the cheaper combos you’d find at Kabayan in Lucky Plaza.
Meaning, you can get the same home-cooked taste at almost half the price while at Lucky Plaza. I’m sure Leslie’s Restaurant is more of a brand presence here than for taste.
(UPDATE) Now to the main course, the bulalo.
We ordered this on a return visit. We got the Bulalo Special (SGD 30.00) which is promoted as good for 4-5 people but only comes with two cups of rice.
Here are two glorious photos:
I was disappointed.
The beef wasn’t tender. It looks perfect for photos. But the beef wasn’t “falling off the bones”. The broth… well. Similarly to my comment about the Filipino dishes. Tasty, yes. But you can get it at Lucky Plaza at half the price.
If this is the signature dish of Leslie’s… I’d look elsewhere. More effort into ensuring the famous Leslie’s Tagaytay bulalo is actually IN Singapore.
Still can’t get over…
Bulalo Special = good for 4-5 people, comes with two cups of rice (TWO CUPS)
HOW TO LOCATE LESLIE’S RESTAURANT – SINGAPORE (Nearest MRT: Bugis)
I found Leslie’s Restaurant’s Singapore page here: https://www.facebook.com/lesliessg
Bonus Round. What to try nearby?
After dining at Leslie’s Restaurant you can enjoy some icy dessert treats at Liang Seah Street. They have loads of dessert establishments lined up along hot pot options as well. PJ and I enjoyed trying the desserts here.