Buddy Hoagies Review

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I’m rather cynical about dining out – which is why I cook so often. However, I don’t make all the decisions at home, so on this fine sunny Sunday morning, we decided to give Buddy Hoagies (probably some franchise) at Waterway Point a try. At about 12.20pm, we ordered a grilled chicken, a seafood platter and a Hawaiian pizza.

The chicken and seafood platter came at about 12.45pm. The chicken was quite good. The seafood platter was mediocre. There were about 4 pieces of shrimp, 2 slices of dory and a few rings of calamari. The prices appear reasonable, but not exactly great value for money.

We finished our food in about 15 mins – half the waiting time and nothing was heard about the pizza. The staff asked if they could clear our table and when we didn’t leave, they asked us if we were waiting for any other order. Yes, the pizza. They said they’d check. The senior waitress said that the pizza would normally take 15 mins.

Yao mo gao chor ah? The non-pizza dishes already took almost 30 mins. All in all, we’ve waited for more than 45 mins. She must have thought we had just ordered and already demanding to see the foetal pizza. Two complimentary ice creams appeared. The pizza soon arrived and we regretted ordering it. Yes, it was awful. Even my younger son, a pizza fanatic, couldn’t finish it.

Will I go back again? I don’t think so. But anybody from Buddy Hoagies reading this should not get too worried. First of all, there’s probably nothing wrong with the brand. It’s just that in Singapore, the terribly unglamourous F&B sector is infamous for taking in the inept rejects from other industries. There is so little pride in the field that educated people actually get insulted if you ask them if they’re hawkers. Secondly, I’m hardly an influencer like Xiaxue. People trust her advertorials a lot more than they trust my reviews done without any payment. The makan places I’ve panned still attract the crowds. When I last checked, Buddy Hoagies gets 4 star-reviews (out of a max. of 5). I guess I’ll just go back to my kitchen and leave the rest of you to enjoy yourselves.

Californian Red

I’ve not had a lot of good experience with American wines. That’s why I hesitated to open this bottle which was presented to me by a friend and former colleague.

Carlo Rossi

Carlo Rossi

It’s easy to see what it looks like, but the taste and aroma are most important. This being a red wine, I’m looking for tannins and I must say there is not too much of it. The aroma is not particular strong, perhaps mildly citrus. It is definitely light bodied, fruity, slightly on the sweet side and reminds me of cabernet sauvignon.

Carlo Rossi

Carlo Rossi

Unfortunately there is little aftertaste. Still, a very easy wine to drink. I recommend you have it with cashew nuts.

客家盐焗鸡

As you can see, this is not a dish that I can easily cook in my own kitchen. Still, I love salt-baked chicken and I’ll find a way to do it one day.