Named after a popular shopping street in Singapore, Bugis Street serves pan-Asian cuisine as well as some classic American dishes. Located in the Millennium Hotel in Times Square, it was our destination as we were looking for a restaurant not to far from Port Authority.
Big with a nice painting in the back of the dining room, it is the kind of place that is overlooked easily: we passed by this area many times without noticing it, and it had the feel that f the restaurant of a hotel that is not always enticing. The service was not that great, our waiter being more interested in talking to the hostess than attending to the patrons, and the food being just ok, not delivering what the concept made us expect. Here is what we had:
While Jodi had a ginger ale, I had a Singapore Sling, that is a fruit punch made with different kinds of citrus juice, gin and brandy. The dark pink color reflected well the sweetness of this drink, too sweet for my taste and quite strong. I never had a Singapore sling so I cannot tell you if it tastes authentic.
For our appetizer, we shared vegetarian spring rolls that came with a sweet chili sauce. It started well: it was nice and crispy, soft in the center.
For her entree, Jodi ordered the braised tofu casserole that was ok, the tofu being tasty, but not enough of it. They asked if she wanted rice with it and she did. Little we realized that this steamed rice would cost $5! A ridiculous price for rice or at least make it coconut or sticky.
On my side, I was excited to try their crispy duck that was served with buns and hoisin sauce. I made a little sandwich, struggling first to open the buns and then to keep the small pieces of duck in it. Yes, the duck was cut too small...It was good otherwise but did not have enough meat vs the crispy skin.
Last was dessert. Ice cream, chocolate lava cake and Junior’s cheesecake. No Asian dessert? So we went for the cheesecake that was ridiculously small for the $12 they charge. We should have gone to Junior’s for a bigger slice at the same price.
So, no, Bugis street is not a place I would recommend. I know that this is Times Square but few feet away you have Café 123 or BXL Café that serves much better food.
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Bugis Street - 145 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036