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Monday, 28 December 2015

Lunch at OverEasy @ Orchard

541 Orchard Road #01-01 Liat Tower, Singapore 238881
Tel: 6684 1453

OverEasy is an all-American diner serving good-portioned American dishes for mains and lots of sides to go with your drinks. Having enjoyed the chilling out experience at OverEasy @ Fullerton (review here) several times before, I was vaguely interested when I noticed they now have an outlet in Liat Towers, Orchard, taking over the familiar spot Wendy's (burger joint) used to occupy.

It wasnt on my priority list of "places to visit" initially, since they don't have the views their Fullerton branch have to offer. Then *Jalpeth started raving about their Spicy Buffalo Wings and Beer Can Chicken, and it piqued my interest enormously. Hence, I decided to head down with *Celine today, as our Christmas meetup brunch.

The interior was spacious, complete with checkered tiles, a bar counter, booth seats and a couple of game consoles that was all the rage during my teenage years. Service was professional and polite enough, but if you are looking for that friendly all-American element, save yourself the disappointment.

We started with drinks while waiting for our food. I had a Corona Beer (SGD$14.00) with a wedge of lime, and *Celine had a Chocolate Milkshake (SGD$9.00), a smart move since we were at an American diner, right.

For starters, we shared a Crispy Brussel Sprouts (SGD$12.00) - brussel sprouts deep-fried till a dark brown and crackling in texture. We thought it was a little charred, hence the bitterness (I loved charred for meat but not veg), but there's a massive improvision if you dip them into the hot sauce served on the side. Nonetheless, it was addictive to pop these crispy greens into the mouth.

The highlight was our mains - the Beer Can Chicken (SGD$58.00) , an item that is off-the-menu, and has to be pre-ordered preferably, since preparation time it around 40 minutes. It was a whole spring chicken grilled on top of an open beer can so that the steam from the beer flavours the chicken. This odd way of preparing the chicken also makes the chicken succulent, juicy and flavourful.

The helpful service crew got the kitchen to help us cut the chicken up into smaller pieces so that it was easier for us to partake. The skin was crispy; the flesh was tender and soft, infused tastefully of the sweet Budweiser's essence. There was still about half a can of beer left, so we doused more over the chicken for more flavour. Both of us managed to finish about 80% of the chicken, which was an achivement. It would be more ideal if more people share this dish, so that you can order more dishes to try too.

I am glad I finally got to try this - that's one item off my list. I would like to come back to try the Spicy Buffalo Wings and maybe one of the spiked (bourbon?) bacon milkshakes.

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