I’ve always liked Singaporean food. Liked it enough that I used to plan day long stopovers in Singapore just to eat at hawker centers. The Malay ingredients, the Chinese methods and the Indian spices that make up Singaporean cuisine go to show that Asian fusion is not something Western chefs invented recently.
Recently, two Singaporean places opened up. Prima, probably the only Singapore-based food company mentioned in an act of parliament, opened a branch of its Prima Taste chain at its office building in Rajagiriya. And Trans Asia, recently purchased by a purveyor of processed, precooked meat products (Keells!), also changed their Chinese restaurant, Long Feng, into a Singaporean one.
We found out about Prima first so we went there. As befits a chain restaurant, the ambience is McDonalds taken upmarket with really bright lighting. The service, being new we supposed, was also rather slow.
However, the food should theoretically be the determinant of a restaurant. Prima Taste, being both Singaporean and a food company, should have hit on all cylinders. We, in our excitement, ordered 8 dishes, about half of the signature dishes section, for 4 people. Now, usually, this is overkill. 3 or 4 would’ve been fine for 4 people. The only reason I can give is that we’re pigs.
With Laksa, Singapore Crab, Haianese Chicken Rice, some kind of pork dish and many more, our table ranneth over. And probably our stomachs. But not, unfortunately, our palates. The Laksa lacked the expected kick (not chilli, mind you, but je ne sais quoi) and the rest of the whole experience could have been summed up in a giant blah.
The bill came to around LKR6,000 which wasn’t bad for the amount of food we ate. But we wouldn’t go back there. I have always found kadai pang to be preferable to Prima bread. That processed bread blandness is something Prima Taste seems to share.
Restaurant: Prima Taste
Address: 50 Sri Jayawardenapura Mawatha, Rajagiriya
Phone: (add 011 if calling from a mobile) 288 3311
See also: Long Feng which was a better experience all around