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As a food writer, I’d like to think that my job is to separate the sheep from the goats, to find an eatery that stands knife and chopstick above standard. I’m like a(n) (overweight) wolf seeking a place worth sinking his teeth into. The newly-opened Counting Sheep Corner proves to be quite a good bite. Decor-wise, the restaurant has a laid-back, cosy and rustic feel as if you’ve walked into a friend’s house who’s an eclectic collector. For example, country-style dining chairs, metal bar stools and wooden stools usually found at noodle shophouses are in the indoor area while waiting chairs can be found in front of the shop. We went to the place when it was just 15 days old and the customers mostly consisted of Japanese and Western expats from nearby fancy residences along with some Thais.
Morning wrap (B185+) with a side of simple salad is worth waking up for. Sleeping inside the blanket of lightly grilled tortilla is a hearty harmony of scrambled egg, cheddar, bacon and avocado. Beetroot salad (B220) puts veggies before dressing but still comes out tasty. The dressing is sprinkled over various crisp greens, adding mild acidity. With roasted walnut and caramelised beetroot in the mix, the salad is fairly substantial. I almost wolfed down Spicy chorizo (B260). Al dente penne is soaked in an aromatic and mildly spicy sauce while chorizo adds just enough saltiness. Pork loin escallop with mashed potato and mushroom gravy (B390) may cause a howl of disappointment. While gooey cheese and aromatic gravy on top of the meat work like icing on the cake, the pork — which is supposed to be the star — is too lean and chewy for my liking. Drink-wise, there is coffee, tea, beer, wine and more to choose from.
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