The Carving Board – Blk 252 Jurong East Street 24

The Carving Board is a new western stall in the neighbourhood of Yuhua Village that operates for dinner, taking over the premises of a coffeeshop that seems to run in the day.

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Think The Carving Board as your typical western stall with a bit of bistro infusion; the menu includes dishes like Chicken Chop and Steak, Pastas and Burgers all the way to bar bites and sides complete with a beverage menu that includes alcohol, soft drinks and homemade iced lemon tea.

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(Battered Calamari Rings with Curry Mayo dip)

After having a steamboat with my friends earlier on, I decided to have a side all to myself which I initially chose the Currywurst which was not available. Was recommended the Battered Calamari Rings with Curry Mayo dip, and it was actually decent. What could go wrong with crisp calamari rings anyway; the battered hugged onto each calamari ring tightly, and that the calamari was not rubbery. Curry Mayo dip was well-spiced; despite having a taste similar to McDonald’s curry sauce it has a short hint of numbness that the former lacks. It was thick; adding flavour to the fried Calamari Rings and makes for a good bite to go along with some drinks at the table.

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(Barbecued Pork Chop)

My dining partner had the Barbecued Pork Chop. Unlike most Pork Chops, this one came with bone-off. Barbecued sauce seemed to have some brown sauce mixed in so it lacks that sharp tang that some may dislike about BBQ sauce, though it still carries the smoked flavour to the meat pretty effectively. Pork Chop was tender, easy to chew and juicy, and there was a hint of pepper that did not choke in its marination. Coming standard with Caramalised Onions cooked with Potatoes and Garden Salad at sides, the former was decent with sweetness of the onions with finely-sliced potatoes though it quite reminded me of a similar rendition that we get at cai png stalls less the gravy. The Garden Salad was fresh but its overly sour dressing was not really well-received by my taste buds though.

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(Homebrewed Iced Lemon Tea)

Their Iced Lemon Tea is homebrewed, and though the brewed tea was not particularly strong it was well-balanced with the sourness coming from the lemon. Helps quench the thirst and refreshes the appetite when the meal gets too heavy from the meat.

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To be really honest, its hard to come to a conclusion given the limited dishes we had, but whatever we ordered were generally decent but seemed to have been rather predictable; the usual sort of modern Western fare that we can get at food courts these days. There are things to improve on though; one thing being the inefficient queueing system where we waited for 30mins standing because they took only a few orders at each time, allowing the kitchen to roll out dishes first before piling up on the orders yet again. While its a coffeeshop stall, it could possibly work on something so as to minimise unnecessary queueing that seemed to have drove a few groups away from dining. Despite the few misses, The Carving Board definitely adds as an interesting late-night hangout spot for the neighbourhood that is worth trying out if in the area.

The Carving Board
Blk 252 Jurong East St 24
Singapore 600252

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Qiuuing says:

    Would you recommend it? Cos it seem so so from your review

    1. jiaksimipng says:

      I would say if you live in the west it would probably be worth the visit. Or it could be that I ordered the wrong items too …

      1. Qiuuing says:

        Ah I see. Thanks!

  2. mau says:

    The Carving Board actually owed by Tiong Bahru Pau. That’s why they convert to western food by night at their entire Sam Yat Coffeeshop. Their paus are good and there are some interesting menus on the board like the curry burgers which cannot be found elsewhere. Worth giving it a try. I’m sure they will make some improvements in their system in time to come.

    1. jiaksimipng says:

      From what I understood though The Carving Board is owned by the same people who ran The Soup Bar that used to operate in Tanjong Pagar Food Centre. I admit their curry seems to be rather good judging from the Curry Mayo Dip I had with the Calamari Rings. Probably I just had the wrong items that night bah 🙂

  3. Mau says:

    Yes, they did run the now-defunct soup bar at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre. Their Tiong Bahru Pau business is very well established. Therefore starting The Soup Bar and The Carving Board shows their creativity in F&B sector. Ya, maybe you should try other creative items on their menu next time. (:

  4. Steven says:

    Thesoupbar and Thecarvingboard originates from the same chef name Gary. It is a different entity entirely to Tiong Bahru Pau. The soupbar will be back very soon.

    1. jiaksimipng says:

      Ahhhh I see I see; thanks for clearing it up! Looking forward to the soup bar to make a comeback too 🙂

  5. Mau says:

    The chef owner Gary is actually related to Tiong Bahru Pau, that is why he can convert the whole coffeeshop (which belongs to the Tiong Bahru Pau) to just sell western food at night. Even though it’s a different entity to Tiong Bahru Pau, by relationship, they still related. :p

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