Shiok is a colloquial term for something that tastes so good it has a kick in it. It is usually used with food though at times, it can also be used in relation to a good game or an enjoyable event. Shokudo, on the other hand, means dining or cafeteria or eating place. The title is a play on words.
The outlet at Heartland Mall has been opened for about three weeks at the time of posting. We came here for lunch.
I had their lunch special which I was quite happy with. There was a mix up in their orders which I did not notice at first. We were served tako balls which we clearly did not order and we told them so. Then I was mistakenly served cappucino which I did not realise was a mistake until I noticed that the coffee was rather cold. I thought it was a little odd that the milk in the coffee was barely warm. I mentioned this to a staff who proceeded to warm up the remainder and served it back to me again! By now I was quite shocked. For a cup of coffee that cost $5.80, I thought the least they could do was to replace it. So I asked them for a new cup, explaining to them that milk that goes into cafe latte has to be a certain temperature but not boiling hot. It turned out the tip was not necessary and the result was my corrected original order. It was then that I realised that I had been given the wrong order before. But they made good and that was important.
My friend had the Mt Fuji Curry Omu Rice and it was not a good choice. The patty was of poor quality and too salty. The curry was also too oily. She didn’t finish her meal.
The Sliced Teriyaki Beef Omu Rice was clearly the better value and tasting of the two. Oishikatta deshita! I’ll be back for that.
Being as new as it was, the cafe was still trying to cope with its running during the busy times. There was a nice, smiley uncle who enthusiastically refilled the tea and he made everyone feel welcomed – never underestimate the power of a genuine smile.
Shokudo, #02-00, Heartland Mall, 205 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530205.