British Hainan

R and I had an impromptu dinner date with his sister and her hubby in the neighbourhood, at British Hainan.

After we were done admiring the eclectic mix of vintage collectibles and taking tonnes of photos, we finally settled down to order. The owner, Fred, is a real friendly chap; we felt like visitors in his cool house. He came to check on how we were and treated us to a bowl of mixed nuts before our orders arrived so that we are “kept entertained”.

B had already psycho-ed me to order the lamb shank ($28.90). I wavered a little between that and the oxtail stew but ended up with the former. No regrets! The meat was extremely tender and had a good mix of fats/tendon. The gravy was flavourfully sweet with carrots and potatoes, which was also a perfect dip for the accompanying bread. It was quite a big portion but yummy enough to finish it all.

20140331-154950.jpg R had the IPA chicken ($12.90). None of us actually knew what IPA was. For those in our “mountain turtle” family, IPA is a pale ale. This gave the grilled chicken leg a sweet, slightly sour and slightly bitter taste all at once. A simple one-dish meal which I am sure we would return for.

20140331-155125.jpg My SIL started with the onion soup ($6) and had the bangers and mash ($12.90). She gave both dishes a thumbs up.

20140331-155502.jpg20140331-155555.jpg My BIL had the fish and chips. This is not a great photo as the fish toppled over before I could take a shot. I didn’t try the fish but I could hear the crunch as he cut through it. I “stole” loads of the fries though – they were crispy and potato-ey.

20140331-155732.jpg Fred also treated us to ice cream after the meal, which was really nice of him.

20140331-155915.jpg Overall, a satisfying meal at affordable prices. We will definitely be back to try the other stuff on the menu. I already have my heart set on the clams with white wine sauce for our next visit.

20140331-160038.jpg 75 Carpmael Road
Open Mon/Tue-Sat: 11:30am-10pm and Sun 6-10pm [Updated] Lunch (Fri/Sat) 12-3pm / Dinner (daily except Tue) 6-10pm


2 responses to “British Hainan

  1. Greetings from British Hainan! Thank you Greedy Porcupine again for your wonderful write up of our restaurant. Recently we have restructured our lunch operating hours and we would like to update you all!

    The hours are:
    Dinner Daily 6-10pm
    (Except Tue Closed)
    Lunch (only on Fri & Sat) 12-3pm

    Together with the change, we have launched a TGIF value set lunch from $14.9 nett! Cheers!

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