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Alishan Restaurant, Upper Serangoon Road

My mother likes to buy a certain food for Sunday breakfast for an extended period of time. Once it was pork soup for weeks, then pratas for weeks, then Mcdonald’s for weeks and these days, she will buy beef noodles.
The beef noodles is so good. The braised beef melts in the mouth, and the sauce soaks into the noodles completely.
So that day, my friends and I went down to the place. The food was still good but WOW! I didn’t know it was so expensive. $7 for a bowl of beef noodles – that’s twice as much as elsewhere, and this is not a “restaurant” despite the name. It’s a coffeeshop.
The waitress mixed up our orders: I wanted mixed beef kuay tiao and my sister wanted beef ligaments yellow noodles, but the waitress gave us mixed beef yellow noodles and beef ligament kuay tiao. Since we siblings eat everything, we didn’t mind the mix-up.
Then the boss was too much. She calculated the cost and we paid for it before eating. Later, our white peppered pork soup came and she came to scold us, seriously, SCOLD us, “Why didn’t you tell me you still have a soup?” PLEASE, you should communicate with your staff?! How were we to know you didn’t include the soup, when the bill was already so high?
We didn’t even order drinks and the bill was really ridiculous, coming up to $27.10, when there were 3 bowls of beef noodles, 1 bowl of beef BALL noodles (with only 3 balls when NTUC sells an entire packet for $2!), and a small white peppered pork soup, at a coffeeshop. We were going to Malaysia that day, and when we were in the coffeeshop, we said, “I feel like I’m already in Malaysia.”
I will never go back there again, given the blur and rude service and high price. Yes, the food is good but good food is everywhere in Singapore. Don’t be proud.
Alishan Restaurant
1008/1006 Upper Serangoon Rd
Singapore 534736
T: 6283 2577
Rating: 4.312/5 (food alone); 2.895/5 stars (including service and worth-it-ness)

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