The Gurney Drive @ Compass One is part of the chain of Gurney Drive Signatures. Named after the famed, food street in Penang, Malaysia, this branch is located at 1 Sengkang Square, Compass One #03-13, Singapore, and is sandwiched between the Soup Restaurant and the Canton Paradise Restaurant. We ate lunch here ordering a dish each and sharing two side dishes: Rojak and Ice Kacang.
Service was prompt and the food came rather quickly. The waitress was friendly and polite and she repeated our orders. The ambiance I found was a mix of modern and old. Small white topped tables, dark brown upholstery for the chairs, with bright lighting. The piped music was very soft, drowned by the noises from the shopping pedestrians along the corridor. There are black and white photographs of old Penang on two sides of the restaurant walls creating a bit of nostalgia. The restaurant is wheel chair friendly, and you could still get the free WiFi courtesy of Compass One. Toilets are those of the shopping complex.
Upon sitting down to a table, we were presented with a small basket of Emping Blinjo which we declined, as we didn’t fancy nibbling and not because it would cost us $2.00 more.
The Fried Kuay Teow was served hot. It had a delicious aroma and a couple of large prawns and plenty of bean sprouts. The taste was authentic. Assam Laksa had a generous amount of fish, the stock was delicious but there was very little mint leaves! My Prawn Noodle came with bee hoon as I requested, and had generous slices of pork meat. It included a sliced hard boiled egg, two large unpeeled prawns and very, very little Kang Kong. The stock was a little too diluted and I wished it was richer.
The Rojak came with on a plate with a thick, sticky sweet black sauce, which had the consistency of glue! There were various fruits in it with a scattering of sliced cuttle fish. We tasted cucumber, apple, guava, mango, pineapple and turnip. The thinly sliced dough fritters were dry, hard and tasteless. We didn’t like this dish.
For dessert, the Ice Kacang was nice with thinly sliced nutmeg liquorice and chopped peanuts. The ice itself was finely shaved. Delicious flavours enhanced by the nutmeg and corn syrup.
On sale in bottles, next to the cashier’s counter are Oyster Sauce, Emping Blinjo, Bali Peanut, and Prawn rolls. They also sell the Nutmeg Liquorice. We noticed that they provide take-aways and deliveries.
A pleasant restaurant with authentic Penang hawker food. Prices are around $8.00 to $10.00 for the single dishes that we had. In total our bill came to $45.30 including gst and service charge. Lot’s more on the menu to try and we will certainly be back. Prices are fair considering the location. If you stayed in the area, it’s convenient. If not, you can easily gain access with an MRT station that opens in the building on the ground floor.
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