After previous visit to Irvin’s Live Seafood House for its famous value for money $12 All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet, me & my friends decided to check out its dinner buffet for a belated birthday celebration. Apparently, Irvin’s outdid its lunch buffet offering with additional steamboat choices on top of its usual lunch spread for a pretty decent price of $18.50.
While at Irvin’s, it’s hard to miss LeBan HK Cafe, the latest addition to the stretch of eateries at Jalan Leban. Although Leban is a malay word, its pronunciation sounded like ‘Happy Boss’ in Chinese Pinyin language. Basically, the owner hopes that all guest will enjoy their dining experience at the cafe and leave feeling like happy bosses!
We decided to go for this newbie instead. True to its name, the cafe had a simple but cheerful interior.
Started with a refreshing Blueberry Lagoon while ordering our main dishes.
The health conscious can have their EYV (Eat your Vegetables) Juice.
There were a few dishes that were recommended by Stephenie, our friendly marketer from LeBan. I went for something less adventurous – Pork Chop Baked Rice in Cream Sauce ($8.90). This dish had to be served and consumed while its piping hot to fully appreciate the cheesy texture of the mozzarella. I was able to taste a slight hint of chicken stock which was used instead of water during the rice cooking process. Its actually Pork Chop Chicken Rice Baked in Cream Sauce!
My friend ordered Vermicelli with Pork Cartilage in Fish Soup ($6.20). It was a rather healthy dish with a light (& pretty boring) soup base.
But the special marinated pork cartilage that accompanied the noodles was an absolute knock out. The marinated meat was juicy, tender and flavourful. This divine piece of marinated pork cartilage honestly deserves a more fitting staple.
The next main that came along was Seafood Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce ($7.90). It had a generous helping of clams, prawn and squid over the pasta but there is something fundamentally wrong with the dish. My friend who ordered this managed to pinpoint it down to ‘trying to prepare western spaghetti using traditional Chinese style of cooking’. It just tasted weird.
The final main Sizzling Porkchop in BBQ Sauce ($8.90) turned out to be our overall favourite main dish for the evening. The rich BBQ sauce added a dulcet flavour to the succulent pork chop. I wished I have ordered this instead – its so good!
After we were done with our main dishes, we ordered a serving of Fries With Salted Egg Yolk Sauce ($5.90) to munch leisurely over post dinner chit chat. Our verdict: salted egg yolk sauce taste good with practically anything but between fries and chips. Ditch the fries.
Stephenie was really sweet to surprise my friend Gabriel with 2 huge balls to celebrate his birthday!
These balls were actually Sun Fried Ice Cream ($4.00) and diners get to choose from 5 different flavours: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla Classic, Green Tea or Strawberry Surprise. Relished the unique taste experience when I took in a mouthful of hot crispy outer skin with the cold, soft milky ice cream interior.
A BIG Thank You to Stephenie for being such a wonderful host. We really enjoyed our birthday dinner at Leban.
Thrilled to be labelled as a ‘Very Interesting Person’ by Leban! I now get to enjoy 10% every time I visit the Irvin’s or LeBan. Awesome 🙂
Here’s the full information of the restaurant:
Leban HK Café
No.2 Jalan Leban, Upper Thomson Road S(577547)
Tel: (65) 6257 8801
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