Billy Bombers decided to set up another eatery that's less expensive and more in tune with the youth (read: HIP diner) and voila you've got Hip Diner. Daphne wanted to try this for quite some time, and it did look alright to me. Staying away from the downtown crowd, we went to the outlet at Bugis instead.
The decor is quite retro and is clearly an attempt to make this place look like your ordinary American cafe-diner with the bright red pvc seats. Service was outstanding, the staff were all smiling and obliging, which in itself is like a good appetiser.
Mixed Grill: 6.7/10
I wanted to get the Mixed Grill because of some good reviews by foodies on the Net, but the portion of this dish was quite small. While it has almost everything - fish, egg, sausage, turkey bacon strips and veg, I realised it could do better with a good slice of beef. The sausage was quite tough and cold, but the strips were good. I still prefer my Mixed Grill at Jack's Place.
Grilled Chicken Leg: 8/10
The grilled chicken came sizzling in the pan and looked promising. The sauce was good and sweet and Daphne liked the mashed potatoes too.
Great, with attentive staff. Very polite and I could see some of them were really trying to be fluent. Good effort.
Around $20 per person inclusive of service charge and gst.
Bugis Junction Basement
Also: Cathay Cineleisure Level One
No pork, no lard.