I used to think this stall space in my neighbourhood coffeeshop was jinxed probably due to bad fengshui or something because all the previous stalls (lost count of how many) did not last more than a few months each. Until a few months back when West Grill Station opened that I realised how much life and energy was brought back to this coffeeshop again. Business was brisk probably because this West Grill Station outlet opens till 2.30am so quite a number of supper-goers would come at night. And that was also why the husband and I dined here late at night some weeks back because nothing else interesting was available.
A pretty extensive menu that included chicken, lamb, beef, fish, pasta, sausages, burgers and salads.
With every order of a main, you can top up S$1.50 for a mushroom soup.
Portion size was just right for a small eater, definitely not sufficient for sharing between two persons though. While there were chunks of mushrooms in the soup, taste wise, I didn’t think it was as mushroomy and earthy as I would prefer it to be. Texture wise, it was also a little on the starchy side. And if I wasn’t wrong, this soup was probably adapted from a ready soup mix or made with seasoning powder/cubes as it tasted quite artificial. If you’re particular about your mushroom soup, then skip this cos’ it’s just wasted calories.
I ordered the Lemon Butter Grilled Fish (S$7.50) that had what seemed like those frozen sutchi fish fillet, a scoop of mashed potato with gravy, steamed carrots, lettuce and tomato. I was quite flattered when the husband said my Pan-fried Sutchi Fish tasted better than this, lol. Because the fish was really thin and flat, I felt the portion size of the meal was a little inadequate. The fish was pan-fried in salted butter so the crust was quite tasty except it just wasn’t meaty enough. Though the mashed potato wasn’t the creamy type, it was at least well seasoned and this could do with a bit more gravy too to give it that extra oomph.
The husband ordered the Spring Chicken (S$9.50 for whole chicken) after seeing someone seated next to us having it. The spring chicken was nicely deep-fried. It had a really crispy skin but it didn’t ooze oil when we took a bite so it wasn’t overly greasy. My only gripe was that the chicken lacked seasoning so it was quite plain and we had to dip into sweet chilli sauce for flavour. The fries were hot and crispy as well.
I probably wouldn’t come back for the soup or fish but I wouldn’t mind having the spring chicken again which wasn’t too bad. But in terms of heartland western food standard, I still think Astons Express is a better choice.