Not a new name to the local fast food scene, Arnold’s is a local born and bred fast food outlet that specialises in fried chicken. Established in 1984 with its first outlet located at City Plaza, it has since opened an outlet in Hougang Green, and the latest one in Yishun 10 just less than half a year ago. Unlike the other existing outlets, the Yishun 10 outlet seems to be haphazardly renovated and not really tastefully decorated with a splash of colours, plain walls and unmatching furnishings.
(Two Person Combo Meal)
A quick decision was made when we ordered the two person combo meal. It came with 5 pieces of chicken (usually two breast, two thigh and one wing), fries, coleslaw, two buns and two soft drinks.
Firstly, I must admit that I am quite a fan of Arnold’s so much that I actually was a convert after having my first taste at the Hougang Green outlet. What’s not to like about a fried chicken with a crispy and tasty skin and a succulent, tender and juicy meat that comes off the bone so easily? The fried batter was similar to KFC’s spicy batter less the overwhelming saltiness and spiciness, and significantly less oily; a rare breed for fast food in recent years.
The fries are thickly cut and crispy and contains much potato in them. It also carried a light garlicky flavour in it, hence eliminating the need of salt to make it come to taste.
We love our coleslaw fresh and cold and this one is sufficiently so. It carried a milky flavour much like KFC’s but slightly lighter on it, which we thought was more well-balanced.
(Soup of the Day – Cream of Mushroom)
On top of the meal, we added the Soup Of The Day which happened to be Cream of Mushroom. It was decent for a fast-food restaurant as it was not too liquid and seemed fairly rich. A generous amount of mushrooms were added for texture and enhancement of taste.
(Fish & Chips)
Since we were curious on how would their seafood dishes fare, we also ordered a Fish & Chips. The batter was crispy and the fish was flaky and fresh without any odour. Tartar sauce was also fresh and tart, which somewhat eliminates the need of lemon.
Ever since my first visit to Arnold’s, I have found myself loving their food, although the City Plaza outlet seemed to be slightly different with a varying standard in food quality. The new Yishun 10 outlet is everything I liked about Arnold’s; consistent taste and quality as well as portion size. This is also possibly the reason why Arnold’s is able to keep its loyal customers and gain new patrons at the same time. This is a must-visit for western-styled fried chicken lovers, and definitely a brand Singaporeans should be proud of.
Yishun 10 Cinema Cineplex
51 Yishun Central 1
Telephone: +65 6757 7732