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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Swensen's - Sides Part I

Swensen's is a pretty popular brand in Singapore and quite a favourite choice sometimes.
And I know most of us go like "Oh I prefer somewhere more unique" or "Swensen's? No better place meh?" but the truth is - Swensen's is actually not that bad to be honest.

We've already covered a few of their breakfast dishes and also the soups and salads.
Luckily for us, they also have an extensive Sides menu. So extensive that we need to split it up!!
Anyways, if you're gonna eat there, maybe this might help you choose on some side dishes to go along with your main course!

Meatballs in Pepper Sauce ($9.40)
In what was probably the biggest surprise food-wise in quite awhile, these are actually the bomb!
I really was expecting just another generic dish and it was probably not going to be anything special but oh boy was I completely wrong on this one!

The mashed potatoes were an absolute dream.
I can't be sure if they're instant or if they're made scratch from actual potatoes but whatever the case, they were definitely put through the ricer again which results in an absolutely creamy texture and enriched with a nice hearty buttery taste.

The meatballs themselves were absolutely divine.
A combination of chicken and beef, these were cooked to perfection and were not overdone at all. The meat remained juicy and soft and the pepper sauce went together perfectly.

I know you think I'm probably exaggerating but I seriously enjoyed every last bite of this dish.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($8.40)
Something pretty basic like this can still be easy to mess up.
(Trust me I've had some bad fried cheese sticks in the past. That's right I'm looking at YOU Pastamania!)
But at Swensen's, they pleasantly surprise.

One of the main plus points - it's not oily despite being deep fried.
I literally ate these with my fingers and had little or no oil residue on my fingers at all. And I know it was fried because I got the oil when I bit into the cheese.

The outer-coating remained crispy and managed to maintain its integrity by not falling apart or going soggy. The cheese melted a little bit but you still get a bit of the chewy texture you'd expect from some mozza. And the salty flavour of the cheese is definitely evident here. Minimal seasoning lets you enjoy the cheese!

I'm certain that all you cheese lovers out there will enjoy this!
But cheese is always heavy on the palate so maybe this one might be best to share.

Adam's Verdict:
Meatballs in Pepper Sauce 5/5 -- Mozzarella Cheese Sticks 4/5

If the sides are this good, then I might just have these without ordering any mains!
Let's see what else they have on the Sides menu... Will report back soon!

Swensen's (Bedok Mall)

Bedok Mall
311 New Upper Changi Road

Operating Hours:
10.30am til 10.30pm Weekdays
8.00am til 10.30pm Weekends
(Last Order at 10.15pm)


  1. Hi!

    I've recently discovered your blog while searching for more halal outlets bcos my boyfriend is a malay and I am very grateful for your entries as they've provided us for more choices to eat other than fast food chains ^-^ I hope you will continue blogging and I thank you and the blog team for your efforts :)

    P/S: I personally recommend the Baked Beef Bolognese Spag w Beef balls from Swensens ^-^ they are rlly quite good! Avoid Clementi Mall's branch tho, they kinda messed it up :P

    Beatrice.W :)

    1. Hey Beatrice! Thanks for your comment!

      We're so glad that you enjoy reading the blog and even more so when you mention that it does give you some ideas on what to go and makan! This is the reason we do what we do! Thank you!!

      And thanks for your tip on Swensens! Will check it out! :)
      Thanks again for your support and do keep us updated if you and your boyfriend come across anything yummy!
      Keep on makan-ing!!

      Adam Shah
      The Halal Food Blog Team

  2. Hi Adam Shah,

    I've tried Swensen at ION Orchard. The place was okay and I would have to say I really enjoyed the Mozzarella sticks the most. I ordered the Mango Salad (meh...) and the Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt (Yum!). Overall, I would definitely come back to try other dishes. My first visit was satisfactory. Will come back soon~!

  3. Hi Reiko! Thanks for your comment!

    So happy you enjoyed your meal at Swensens! Definitely a place worth visiting again!
    Have you read our other reviews on Swensens?


    Hope you have more great meals there and thanks for your support!

    Adam Shah
    The Halal Food Blog

  4. Hello,

    Can I request you to review Fish And Chicks restaurant near the Sembawang Shpopping Center? It is a restaurant owed by the Malay couples. The restaurant sells Western Foods like Fish N Chips, Grilled fish etc.

    1. Hi Shahrouk! Thanks for your comment!

      Fish and Chicks has actually been around for years! It's a wonder how we never visited there before. I guess one of the reasons is that we are based in the East and Sembawang is quite a ways away! Well hopefully we get to visit there soon!

      Thanks again for the tip and all your support!

      Adam Shah
      The Halal Food Blog