One of my favourite franchise Chinese food restaurant (that isn’t so overpriced like DTF) is AOne.
Yes, it has a very cheesy name, but it does serve up some tasty fare.
My first experience was with the outlet at Tampines 1, which I assume was their first. The outlet was always empty and they always touted at anybody who walked past their store. I ultimately went in and ordered some claypot food (that was their signature, eh?) and found that the food was good, albeit a little pricey.
I didn’t really think of returning until a few years later, when N and I decided to pop by its Chinatown Point outlet. We ordered some Chinese food (not claypot based) and thought that despite the change in outlet, the food quality maintained quite well, which was quite a feat. Despite the pricey food, they are still much cheaper than Paradise Inn or DTF, imho.
The last time I ate at AOne, I ordered their caramelised chicken. Basically, it was fried chicken with glazed honey. It was crispy, not hard, juicy inside, and sweet with a hint of wok-hey. Yes, it may sound like some fried chicken option at one of those Korean restaurants, but the output is waaaayyy… better than the latter.
Other favourites included Minced Pork Omelette and Hot Plate Chicken Noodles.
The seating at Chinatown Point was cramp compared to that of Tampines 1; the latter had proper booth seats, while the former’s seating was very much like Ya Kun, perhaps due to the location.
Perhaps AOne can be considered a high-class tze-char, but hey, isn’t all Chinese restaurants high class tze char?
It’s not like Paradise or DTF, because it does not serve dim sum. It’s not like No Signboard, because it does not serve seafood. It serves food local Chinese eats, but cooked it better and served them in an aircon environment. I mean, who wants to eat piping hot tze char alfresco in Singapore’s sweltering hot climate?
Price range wise, yes, it is pricier than when you buy such food from kopitiams at void decks, but hey! There’s aircon, you know. It does not cost an arm or leg like DTF. But oh, AOne is covered under Foodpanda, so one can enjoy AOne food in the comfort of their home 🙂
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