Situated strategically in the corner, amidst hungry citizens and a league of other eateries vying for their attention, this Asian cuisine establishment stands out with its offer of fresh, flavours-around-Asia, made-to-order servings of soups, noodles and salad dishes. Its menu is peppered with run-of-the-mill, safe but familiar and popular Asian dishes such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Malay Mee Goreng and Singapore Laksa. Its wonton noodle soup, however, gets the distinction of being a delicious dish which has to be sampled to be believed.
The shopfront of this eatery is snazzy silver and stainless-steel-grade understated in decor. Its open-plan kitchen, hot food bar and service counter interface is irregularly boxy - which brings the game of Tetris to mind - and presentably laid out with tasteful decorations and uncluttered trimmings.
After selecting your order from the photo menu, all that's left to do is stand aside and watch the show that ensues. The chef and his friendly staff are in full view as they go about conjuring up your food from fresh ingredients. Oftentimes, I felt like jumping the counter so I can be a part of the fun of preparing the meal.
The wonton soup, fairly priced at $12.90, consists of freshly-made wontons on the day, home-made egg noodles and a couple of imported crunchy king prawns, submerged under layers of pak choy, bean sprouts and a smattering of shallots. To further appease the famished eyes, the colour palate can be spiced up with the help-yourself condiments on the side: you can make your soup as heather red as you like with sprinkles of satay chilli oil or as heady hot as you want with the chilli sauce. The result is very satisfactory eating, especially after saving up your appetite all day for that much anticipated bowl, as I regularly do.
The quality of the food here is consistently good, but admittedly, out of countless visits, I've had one experience involving its normally fresh wontons tasting a little 'peculiar'.
Renewing my patronage vows: bowls of wonton soup at Ginger and Lime
However, all was right again with my next visit shortly after some separation pains, which happily concluded on a double thumbs up note and with renewed patronage vows. The appreciation for the wonton dish came back in full force as its wonton dumplings were better than ever: tasty morsels of spiced and herbed minced pork, pouched inside the dually soft but firm folds of the pastry-like wrapper. It was as though my 'beloved' was trying to woo me back.
So, the only thing left that was peculiar was me, sans eating utensils, slurping away with two hands cradling the bowl and balancing a rather precariously big smile.