We are pleased to inform you that our famed Changi Village has a new kid on the block. Seemed like the stretch was never satisfied with the rows and rows of eateries; made available to commuters who took the time to travel into the “east-est” corner of Singapore.
The new kid is not relatively new in the industry but a force to be reckoned with. And with that force, we would like to introduce you to ANDES by Astons.
Astons have successfully launched their latest ANDES brand in Changi Village in June 2017. With a floor size to brag and a premium location to boast about, they have definitely created a buzz with adding new items on their menu. These items are specific only to the outlet in Changi Village.
Located on the same stretch as the famous 89.7 Supperclub hawker and just opposite of Changi Village food market, you can never miss the place, even with an ultimatum of blinks.
To get there, you may take a quick bus near White Sands shopping mall. Pasir Ris MRT would be the closest public landmark to start your journey from. And of course, if you wish to ride/drive or be chauffeured, it will set you off about 15 minutes journey from Pasir Ris MRT.
We do not however, recommend you to take a cab down, as it will cost you almost $10 on a smooth and off-peak period. (Please spend that $10 bucks on ANDES; you shall not regret that choice).
We were there around 4-ish in the evening and the restaurant was empty (though it gets filled up soon after).
Don’t be surprised if you are not being ushered in during off-peak period, as the concept for all ANDES restaurants are as follows:
- Find a vacant table.
- Proceed to the cashier to place your order and make payment.
- Collect your drinks and soup (if any) once you paid.
- Return to your table and wait like royalty to be served.
If you wish to have any add-ons, just repeat those steps.
ANDES Changi did have a smart way to incorporate Singaporeans’ “kiasu-ism” in table servicing. You most definitely are not welcomed to “chopp” or reserve the tables with tissue/umbrella/phones/keys. But you can ensure that no one steals your table when you are at the cashier, with a swift turn of the laminated manuals on the table that will boldly proclaims that your table is OCCUPIED. (We are not sure if this is going to be permanent fixture in their service flow, but we do agree that this is very Singaporean and we let out a chuckle to that.)
So, we were there specifically for their NEW menu items that are currently only available at ANDES Changi Village outlet. We had 3 out of 9 of their new items, based on recommendations from their friendly staffs.
We skipped their starters, and went straight to the mains. We were, ironically, tempted by the affordable price points, which ANDES are well-known for.
First up, we had the “Surf & Turf”. Priced at $20.90, it consists of 180grams of prime ribeye steak, 3 pieces of prawns, brown mushroom sauce and your choice of 2 separate side-dishes. We chose baked potato and house salad as our sides.
The baked potato is served, centered with butter. After a while, the butter melts inside the potato and tends to be a tad salty. Preferably, to evenly spread the butter in the potato first, if you wish to chomp on the steak or prawns before it.
The house salad consisted of shredded red cabbage and carrot, romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Something refreshing to wash off your appetite after that heavy steak.
As you can see, everything is served in one dining plate, so be sure to ask for side plates. It did looked a bit weird of a combination for steak and prawns to be served on the same plate. It may get you a little confused at where to start from. So what we did, we decided to slice and dip the steak AND prawn simultaneously into the sauce and eat them in one bite. Interestingly, the prawn compliments the chewiness of the steak and made it easier to slaver in your mouth. Call us tacky, but try it and thank us later.
Next up, we had the “ANDES Classic” cheeseburger, valued at $14.90. It is, by default, served with a side of house salad.
The cheeseburger overall has too much sweetness in it. It is highly recommended to have the burger with chili sauce as your condiment. But if you craved for a sweet slab of burger, this will be tantalizing in your taste buds.
The beef patty is sandwiched in between cornmeal burger buns. It is topped up with onion marmalade and a slice of cheddar cheese. You would agree by now why we termed this signature burger as a bit sweet if you have it by its own.
The beef patty however did salvage our experience in dining, as it was well seasoned and tender.
Finally to conclude our gastronomical indulgence, we ordered the “Super Combo: All Day Special” ($16.90). This dish is good to be served for 2 (for the price of 1!).
The combo includes grilled chicken, scrambled eggs and smoked chicken sausages. On top of that, you can choose 2 more side dishes for the meal. We picked French Fries as well as Mac & Cheese for these. It is unquestionably one of the biggest bargains in the market for this amount of food per serving size.
The chicken was really succulent and piping hot upon serving. You can choose from a list of flavors for the chicken.
- Crispy Fried
- Hickory BBQ
- Lemon Lime
- Fiery Chicken (this is really spicy)
ANDES French fries are seasoned with mesqueit powder. This attributed the fries with a smokey and nutty taste; which was another intriguing coalition, as masqueit mixes are normally used to season meat. But we have nothing to complain about, it was superb.
We called it a day with great icing from the impressive service we received from the ANDES team on shift during our patronization.
You can visit ANDES’ website for their other locations island wide. The ANDES brand is Halal certified, while its Changi Village outlet is still in process in obtaining one (at the time of this writing).
Do make a visit down to their Changi Village restaurant. They are open for business DAILY from 1130am to 1000pm (last order).
P.S: All fellow eligible NSFs and NSmen, you can use your NS50 vouchers here.
Let us know your own insights and personal recommendations from ANDES.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.