End of last month, Manhattan Fish Market had a few dining promotions which cousins and I felt that it’s too good to miss.
We were very tempted by these 2 promotions and so we met up for dinner at JCube. I guess the promotion brought in some crowd to the mall, because we had to queue to get a table even at 8.30pm. Usually JCube is quite deserted on weekday nights.
Initially we only wanted to order the 1-for-1 small flame to share among the 3 of us, but Stinky Min said she’s very hungry, so we got the spicy baked fish set as well.
Hmmm… think the food looks better in picture. LOL~
Stinky Min is also into IG, so both of us were positioning the food and snapping away, while the I-should-pretend-to eat-only-a-bit-in-front-of bf cousin Elaine, texted away. (hehe… maybe I should hashtag my cousins’ nicknames….)
The small flame was decent. The most loved item was the flamed prawns and the creamy sauce~ Yum~~
Fish is a bit soggy, and fries were cold. I hate cold fries!!
Shan’t complain too much since it’s 1-for-1.
The spicy baked fish was soooooo salty! OMG! I could feel the salt sucking dry all the cells of my tongue. Good for cousin Elaine cause she doesn’t take spicy food and so didn’t have to eat this. She is the only person who can’t take spicy food in the entire cousin clan. Boo~~~
The fried calamari was pretty decent. We were snatching to get an extra piece.
Stinky Min wasn’t full after the meal, so we ordered a brownie ice cream to share. We really enjoyed the dessert because the brownie was so dense and yummy~ The hotplate kept the brownie warm and melts the ice cream on it~
After settling the bill, I told cousin Elaine that she must treat me when she gets her first pay. I am so not going to let her forget that I have been treating her for the past 8 years~ It’s payback time! =P
I have been reading good reviews of Manna Story korean food online and instagram, so I was very tempted to check it out.
The nearest outlet for me is the one in JCube. It’s an open concept shop on level 4 of JCube, and it overlooks the skating rink. When I was there, the air conditioner was leaking and one of the tables were filled with water.
After placing our orders, the staff served us the ban chan. Unlike what I read from the food blogs, only 4 instead of 12 types of ban chan were served. =(
And we need to request the staff to refill them as the ban chan station was no longer there. Kinda disappointed, but at least the kimchi and radish tasted not bad.
We had the seafood pancake which was not bad. I like the crispy edges and the decent amount of seafood in the pancake.
I had the pork jjigae with white rice. I was feeling quite cold that day and the soup was really good for warming me up. Although there’s only a few slices of pork and tofu (which SK hates), the taste of the soup was quite good.
Overall, I think the food standard is slightly above those from the food court, but not as good as the more renowned Korean restaurants. Price wise, a little pricey for the portion size.
Cousin and I went to JCube for supper. Everyone has been talking about Kungfu Paradise but I have not tried it, so I got cousin to accompany me after she finished tuition.
We were given the table just by the entrance. =___=”
Both of us hated that kind of table because people will be queuing just beside our table and watching us eat. Just like some kind of animal feeding show. The back part of the cafe was closed so we had no other choice but to sit there.
We had the Kungfu Bumger which was very tasty. Love the tender and juicy chicken! It’s small but satisfying.
The 3 small Liu Sha Bao were good! It’s creamy with a tiny bit of “sandy” texture of the yolk. We had to be very careful when peeling the paper off the bun, otherwise the filling would ooze out like hot lava. My method was to drink the “lava” off and then work on the bun.
Next was Chicken Salad with Thai chili dressing. The fried chicken bits were really well seasoned and crispy. Yum! For the dressing, cousin (who can’t take chili) found it spicy but addictive. As for me, it’s mild spicy and very appetizing.
Lastly, we had the Tiramisu. There is a 50% discount on cakes after 10pm. The tiramisu was not bad, but we didn’t finish it because we were full.
The service in Kungfu Paradise was good and the waiting time was quite short. It would be good if they don’t close one section of the cafe and allow more customers in. Plus, we really hate the tables by the entrance because people in the queue were yelping away above our heads and observing what we were eating. Other than that, it’s fine.