Location: Jurong West, Singapore
Passing by this small and cramped area in Jurong Point shopping mall, I always wondered what it was to dine within such a confined area, with crowds able to see what it was which you ordered, as well as the look on your face when you sampled a bite off the steak you sawed through.
The catchy name of Ambush was quite intriguing, as well as the range of choices it offered off its menu. The dining joint had a well-deserved boast of offering a taste from Europe, as it was one of the few restaurants which offered truly something from different corners of the continent at a price affordable to us poor middle-class workers. Its slogan said it all - A piece of Europe on your plates.
|Behind this counter lies an open kitchen partially visible from the walkway opposite. The counter itself had a colorful array of bottled sauce - wasn't sure whether those were for sale or only placed there for decoration purposes.|
|The queue outside Ambush was horribly long. Fortunately, a menu was handed to us while waiting, and passer-by could take a look at the same menu off a signboard just at the entrance.|
I was not particularly thrilled to sit in an open area right in the middle of a mall's plaza, with the possibility of people dropping something from the walkway above. The cramped dining area need diners to be seated practically elbow to elbow with occupants of the next table. Even walking to your table after settling nature's call seemed like a challenge with those narrow aisle between tables. And the queue is always horribly long. Sigh...
Even with these downsides listed at the beginning, this is still a place worthy of recommendation, and I got an impression why it is named as Ambush. Maybe it was related to how you could be ambushed by something dropped from above, though I sincerely doubt that this is the reason. However, dining here could really be a pleasant surprise, especially with the choice of food being offered here. Surprised enough, to overlook all the previous negative points.
If I were to give my two cents worth (which I am giving here anyway), I would choose two words to describe Ambush - creative and chic. Nothing is more evident than its menu's design to reflect my first choice word. A newspaper design which unfolded into a 4-page long menu offering dishes from around the Mediterranean as well as the North Sea, diners holding up the menu while waiting in the queue gave passer-by an impression of them patiently reading a paper to kill time.
The chic design is reflected off the way the restaurant was portrayed, from curly hand-drawn cartoon and motifs decorating panes of transparent glass to the choice of wooden furniture, showing themselves in sync with the fashion of modern younger generation.
There are not many drinks to choose from, with mainly fizzies of different flavor and coffees gracing the section. The salad section is quite interesting though, with 3 out of its 5 selections containing flesh. There goes the thought of ordering salads for vegetarians. The main entrees are of course the real eye-openers, with choices offered from Germany, Spain, Italy and Belgium.
The Germans offered the meatier meals, from their wurst (sausage in German) to their meat loaves to the famous pork knuckle. The Spanish conquered their section with their paella, a counterpart of our fried rice but with rice of larger grain. No western menu could be complete without Italian pastas, and the all-time favorites of spaghetti, linguine, penne and fusilli are all available for matching with the contents of the dish. The Belgium joined the fray with pots of seafood, which we did not get to try it. Maybe next time.
For anyone craving to visit Europe but hadn't save enough money for the trip, getting to Ambush for a taste of Europe before the trip is my best advise. There exists another 2 branches in Bishan and Orchard for diners in Northern and Central region to dine in. Who needs to go to Europe when we had 3 Ambush(es) right here?
Cost: Occasional; not exactly cheap, and not exactly enough to fill the rumbling stomach of a constantly hungry man (that's me...)
Address: 1, Jurong West Central 2, #02-24, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886
Operating hours: Sun - Thu (11.00a.m. - 9.30p.m.)
Fri - Sat (11.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.)
Fri - Sat (11.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.)