Wilder Mann, the Homely German Restaurant

Wilder Mann, the Homely German Restaurant

Address (Google Map): 906 Upper Thomson Rd, 787110

Opening hour: Mon – Fri 6.00pm to 11.45pm Sat 4.00pm to 11.45pm Sun 12.00pm to 10.30pm

Introduction

When we think of German food in Singapore, we normally do not associate them to the word “affordable” or “homely” but Wilder Mann is one in a slightly different caliber. I was quite surprise when I saw their menu, where most of the dishes are like 30% cheaper than the usual German restaurant and they do not charge GST and Service Charge. Wilder Mann also sets a very relaxing mood in the restaurant especially during at night.

Wilder Mann is recommended by a friend who lives nearby and since they opened last year in 2014, it had became one of her favourite haunt. It is a small locally owned business and the boss is a half German half Singaporean who stayed in Singapore all of his life. Having worked in the F&B industries for years, he mentioned that it has always been his dream to open a restaurant serving food the he loved.

Apart from traditional German food, and after receiving some feedbacks and requests, they also offer a few Singapore-style dishes like the Karate Chicken Chop and Tom Yum Pasta. And of course, don’t forget about the selection of German beer.

Wilder Mann Menu: Click to enlarge

Pork Schnitzel with Fries ($12.50 nett)

Although this dish is not the most unique, it’s very properly done up as the thinly pounded pork cutlet is well tenderise and flavoured. It has just the right amount of crisp, less the usual greasiness. Their fries are with a good dose of curry powder and this not an adaptation of Singapore flavour, but a way to have your fries in Germany. These fries are really good and I can’t get enough of them.

Meat Loaf with Potato Salad ($12.50 nett)

Fleischkäse is a common snack food found in various part in Germany. This loaf of compact pink meat is served in slices and topped with a sunny side up, together with a portion of potato salad and greens. The texture is almost identical to the Spam Luncheon Meat and is very flavorful. The taste is more complicated than our favourite luncheon meat but the one similarity is the salt level. It’s rather salty by itself and I wish I have bread to go with it. I feel that this dish has a lot of potential considering how popular our luncheon meat fries are. Personally, I prefer this as a side dish instead.

Tom Yum Pasta ($10.80 nett)

I was quite looking forward to the Tom Yum pasta actually however it didn’t meet my expectation. The taste of the tom yum sauce is actually quite decent but it’s too watery. It didn’t manage to cling on to the pasta at all so each mouthful is a pretty bland and i got to drink the sauce like it’s really a bowl of Tom Yum soup and that is a not my definition of a good plate of pasta.

Sausage Platter for Two ($24.90 nett)

This is the most satisfying dish of the day. It comes with a huge portion of side dish of your choice (potato salad, which I forget to take photo), and six pieces of well-sized German Sausages of various flavours. I’m quite sure the portion is more than what two person can finish especially after taking into account of their side dish.

The weird thing is they decided to add in two pieces of cheese bites (one piece per person) in the platter. It’s not a matter of taste (in fact this breaded melted cheese taste really good) but like why? And only two pieces? I would pay to have more of these.

HOT Wild Wings ($8.80 nett)

For this dish, i love it initially, then not so much. At first bite, the chicken wing is pretty crispy with a zesty spicy punch. However it became soggy after the breading soaked up the chilli sauce. The chicken wings are quite well marinated though so it’s a pity as it started off quite well. I probably should had finished it quickly when it’s served.

Boiled Sausage ($8.50 nett)

Honestly, this plain looking plate of boiled sausages doesn’t look too exciting at all and I was not expecting a boiled healthy meal whenever someone mentioned “German Food”. This is actually my friend’s favourite dish and she will mostly order this whenever she visits Wilder Mann. The herb fragrance of this sausage is something different from the rest.

Conclusion

I really like the dining environment of Wilder Mann. Although there is no exaggerating interior design, it feels very homely and relaxing. It’s somewhere that I want to go if I want to avoid the noisy crowd and yet to have a good meal.

Their food are pretty good for some, but there are also a couple of misses. Their dishes are totally not gimmicky and it reminds me a meal of home cooked western food.

Given the current dining trend, i feel that Wilder Mann will lose out in term of food presentation and having the “Wow” factor. For example, they decided to present their sausage platter and side dish in separate plates. Instead, they can consider slicing some sausages so that it will not look so repetitive, and by serving them on the same plate with a big bed of curry fries which will help in making it looks a little more impressive.

The Famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon (You Huak)

You Huak (友发餐室)Sembawang White Bee Hoon

Address: 22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) S(758966)

Operating Hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm (Closed on Wed)

Introduction

Have you heard of the You Huak Sembawang White Bee Hoon? I’m sure many of us did, and for those who have yet to hear about it, it’s a seafood stir fry bee hoon in white gravy found at Sembawang area. This coffee shop is only occupied by two stalls, the drink stall, and the Cze Char stall that sells various Cze Char dishes, including the infamous white bee hoon.

There’s a big signage 白米粉 and can’t be missed.

Expect crowd during meal hours therefore the best time to visit is probably late afternoon. I went on a Sun evening at 7pm. Wrong move. The length of the queue is rather scary but since I’m already there, so ya, i’ll take part in Singaporean’s favourite hobby – queuing up for stuff.

Click to enlarge menu (as of 22 Mar 2014)

The White Bee Hoon (白米粉) – $4.5 (S), $8(M), $12(L)

A large white bee hoon cost $12.00 and they are rather generous with the serving. A large portion is good enough to be shared among 4 pax (if you ordered a few side dishes to go with it). I thought this white bee hoon actually taste similar to our Hokkien fried prawn noodle. The bee hoon is soaked in the rich but not overpowering stock and it’s rather light on the stomach that enable one to savor the bee hoon without getting sick of it.

I thought this is nice, but not to the extend that i’ll specially make my way down and wait for another 45 minutes for a seat. If the waiting time in only 10 minutes and if I stay nearby, then yes, I probably will visit regularly. For a very reasonable price of $4.50, it is pretty ideal as an everyday food. In fact, I thought the chilli is pretty good. It’s much more spicier and sour than most of the belacan that it greatly stimulate one’s appetite. I also love the generous amount of eggs scattered into the bee hoon.

Meat & & Prawn Roll (虾棗) – $10 (S), $15(M), $20(L)

This dish is apparently one of the must-order and is one of their specialities. I think the main difference between this and other prawn roll is the texture. Generally Prawn Roll has a minced meat texture which i can chew on the meat fiber. You Huak’s meat fillings are grinded really fine (or I think they mixed in portions of fish paste) that made the prawn roll taste more compact and solid. It comes with a sweet chilli sauce dip than the usual brown sauce.

The ingredient taste very fresh, and the freshly fried crispy Prawn Roll skin adds on an additional crunch to It.  I personally prefers a more meaty kind of texture so I shall say that this is more of a can-order rather than a must-order. It is not difficult to get similar quality elsewhere.

Indo-style Fried Chicken Wings – $6 (S), $10(M), $16(L)

This dish is recommended by the stall auntie. When my friend asked if it’s prawn paste chicken, the auntie was evidently displease and said ‘We don’t serve prawn paste chicken here. Our chicken is indo style fried chicken’.  The marinade mainly tasted like a blend of turmeric powder and thinly sliced ginger. It taste very similar to some of our malay friend’s fried chicken. The good? It’s crispy.

But on the other hand, it’s rather dry. I believe mainly it’s because the wings were sent into the frying wok without a layer of breading and the wings turned dry after an extended duration of frying. I think most Singaporeans will think that it’s dry as we are very used to the breaded and juicy version.

Homemade Fried Bean Curd – $10 (S), $15(M), $20(L)

Yeap. Another fried dish. Those dishes that are labelled as signature dishes in the menu are mostly fried. Sinful sinful sinful. The exterior crust is really crispy, similar to the crust of a goreng pisang (fried banana fritters) and the interior is made up of tofu paste that is soft and texture is somewhat like Dao Gua (pressed tofu) with fillings. I thought this dish is a little more unique compared to the prawn roll and chicken wing. It comes with mayonnaise dips.

Conclusion

One can already judge the popularity of white bee hoon by looking at the crowd during meal hour. Everyone is queuing up patiently like it’s already the norm to wait for it’s good food. For myself, I thought it is a at-least-try-once place but i foresee that i will not return within the next couple of weeks or even months. i think similar craving can be curbed by having some really good fried hokkien mee actually.

This is the 45 minutes crowd at 7.00 pm Sunday

The location is the main reason that deters people from frequent visits, especially for friends who don’t drive. If I’m coming back, I will definitely visit during a non meal time and I’m sure this meal will be much more enjoyable experience.

They ran out of Kailan, Nai Bai so i ordered the French Beans instead and it was surprisingly good.