Any eateries along Upper Thomson Road is ulu to me. It is so inaccessible that I am eagerly waiting for more MRT lines to be actualized by LTA. Anyhow, let me try and make this as painless, wordless and picture-ful as possible. Quick background: Old School Delights is a lot about evoking the nostalgia in you with its items around you, and possibly the food as well. Mainly targeting the baby boomers and around, one would be especially thrilled to find some of the old school toys and displays still existent in this technologically evolving country.
Menu can be viewed as a ‘workbook’ or on a chalkboard, whichever floats your boat!
On each table, a Toy Box is placed by the side for your entertainment. Many a time, diners would be distracted by the toy box, ignoring their growling stomachs, or the fact that ordering of food is actually required. Don’t make the same mistake, (1) Order (2) Play. That is the right order. Even as a 90s baby, I have played Five Stones, the Country Erasers, Snakes & Ladders, and Donkey before. If it was already nostalgic enough for me, imagine my parents when they were at the table..
Barley ($3.50+) :: Even though it’s pricey, it is probably the best Barley drink I’ve had. I just love that the pandan taste is infused in, it excites my palate and sense of smell at the same time.
Mee Siam ($5.50+) :: Not spectacularly good for me, but I guess I have to consult the experts on this – my father acknowledged its authenticity. At least that.
Laksa D’Lite ($6.50+) :: Likewise, I’ve tasted better renditions of Laksa. However, it seems reasonable enough for the folks. They love both their Mee Siam and the Laksa.
Nasi Lemak Besar ($6.90+) :: I’ve had more Nasi Lemaks in my life than the previous two dishes. I was disappointed that the chili did not quite meet my expectation. It wasn’t spicy enough. The rice wasn’t fragrant enough. And the wings was very ordinary as well. I’d rather you take the gamble on the Laksa / Mee Siam.
Chicken Macaroni ($5.90+) :: Bland, it’s for the sick. Nuh uh.
Lemon Cake ($3.80+) :: Just by looking at it, I am already re-drooling. I love its sponginess, its not-too-overwhelming lemon taste, and the adequately airy texture. Even for a person who is usually skeptical about Lemon Cakes, I say they have perfected it.
Chewy Chocolate Cake ($5.50+ ) :: Yet another dessert they have had bull’s eye. Thick, and one might complain its overload of chocolates, though definitely not me. I love that somehow, it does not get cloying easily.
Chendol ($3.80+ ) :: I thought the coconut was a little too overpowering. That is just me, but pretty acceptable in general.
The food, in general, are edible and can-eat, though they do not commonly contain the wow-factor. I say it’s a must to head there at least once, just to relive the childhood moments and memories. Go with your family, that would appear more priceless it seems. Grab some photos, and admire it some years down the road again. Pictures speak a thousand words, here are a few more.
Service is commendable. Their job is not only to wait the tables, but to make sure you have the time of your
life day, they know what their restaurants can offer.
—> Note #1: No GST. Only service charge.
—> Note #2: Restaurant is not halal-certified, but their poultry supplier is. No pork, no lard.
Address: 215M Upper Thomson Road
Telephone: 6458 4518
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Tue – Fri); 11am – 10.30pm (Sat – Sun); Closed on Mondays.
Photos by Kathleen.