Would you believe that I've never been to The Ship Restaurant at Shaw Centre? I've hopped into Shashlik, but not The Ship. Shashlik serves baked ikan kurau! They're in the same category of those Chinese-Western old school restaurants that your parents (if you're at least in the late 20s) might have gone dating at. These two restaurants have been around for 2 decades!
My team rustled up a last-minute date among all the horribly busy schedules and hustled me off to lunch at The Ship Restaurant. What an awesome suggestion. It's a place I've always wanted to try, had the audacity to recommend it to some friends to take their parents to, but never actually stepped in. What a thrill! They said it wasn't my usual atas dinner venues, but hoped I'd like it all the same. I did! I do! That's the thrill in a group makan- middle ground.
Oh my gawwd! The Ship's decor is absolutely tacky, but it's such a scream. It's like stepping back into time, and so very kitschy-fun. The rib-eye steaks were quite passable. There were the 'famous' escargots that the intarwebs raved about. They were alright. The butter used wasn't ideal, so the full fragrance of the dish was buried under all that strange oil. The escargots were ummm....shrivelled :P But it would do. The most horrible dish of all was the dessert of one fried banana with dunno what yellow sticky gravy splattered on top. They used unripe bananas that aren't pisang raja. And for a fried banana, it came stone cold. EIOOOW.
They told me to order the beehoon soup with fried fish slices. I didn't even bother glancing at the menu, and did accordingly. My goodness, that bowl of soup was not overly salty, well flavored and lovingly boiled. Those crispy slices of fish served on the side were crunchy, yet moist and unexpectedly delicious. I'm quite sure it's better than any of those served at overpriced local hotel cafes.
I was pleased as punch with a good meal and sitting down with a team I love, talking about nothing and everything under the sun, trading tales about Sri Lanka and home renovations. Ah...happiness on a rainy afternoon. Even quirkier, we spied our (ex)Boss taking a time-out at lunch and wandering around the mall with his wife. Heh. We called him up to tease him.
How could I have waited so long to come try the food at The Ship? I LOVE THIS FISH SLICE BEEHOON SOUP. I'm coming back, ONLY for this dish.