Last Updated: May 21, 2019
Those who know me will agree that I have a pretty huge appetite. Hence, any cheap food with generous, delicious servings is a win for me. However, it is no easy feat to tick off all three boxes on this checklist.
When my parents told me that they walked past Triio’s Corner and it looked promising, I had to take a trip down to check it out. Located at a coffee shop in Toa Payoh, it was pretty well-ventilated and brightly lit which I appreciated.
I placed my order, and the food arrived quickly to my delight. The first dish that arrived was the Mixed Grill (S$13.50). Served on a sizzling hot plate, it had smoky fumes emerging and the fragrance of black pepper wafted into my nose.
I was indeed impressed by the portion of this, served with four different kinds of meat! It even came with an egg too for added protein.
Each portion of meat was a huge slab stacked atop one another, drenched in the black pepper sauce. I tried the chicken first, and the flesh was succulent and flavourful.
The lamb was pretty good too, as I appreciated how it wasn’t too gamey. It was fattier in comparison to the chicken, with a firmer bite to the meat.
The beef was slightly tough amongst all the other meats, but I felt that the black pepper sauce complemented this the best. Although the sauce was a lil’ too diluted for my liking, it allowed the natural taste of the meat to shine.
The pork was surprisingly my favourite of them all. It was tender and juicy, with a good ratio of fat-to-lean meat. However, I did feel that it was lacking in flavour which made it kinda one-dimensional. I found myself dousing it in the sauce to amplify the taste.
With a generously buttered whole baked potato for carbs, this would satisfy any hungry tummy. The addition of the caramelised onions at the base of the hotplate also gave a nice touch of smoky sweetness to the entire dish.
The second dish I got was the Grilled Fish With Garlic (S$8). Spoiler: this was the best dish of the day, being one of the best Western dishes I’ve had at this price point.
But first, I would like to commend their generosity. Each main came with four different sides; fries, baked beans, coleslaw and garlic bread. The coleslaw was fresh and crunchy, a refreshing touch although I felt it was a tad too sweet for my liking. On the other hand, the fries were crisp and well-seasoned.
What I really enjoyed was the garlic bread. It was freshly toasted and was still warm although I left it for awhile taking my pictures. It had a nice crusty edge, soft and fluffy in the centre which was slathered in garlic butter.
The highlight was still the fish. It did not remind me of grilled fish to be honest, as it had a thin layer of batter over it. However, it came in four substantially-sized pieces, and they were all equally fleshy and flakey. The fish itself was smooth with a subtly sweet aftertaste.
I loved the fried pieces of garlic that were scattered on top. It helped to greatly elevate the flavour profile of this dish. Every bite was fragrant and delightful, with a crunch for varying texture.
We also got the Chicken Cutlet With Tartar Sauce (S$6.50). At its price point, this was the most worth it dish. The cutlet was so huge it covered the entire plate and all its side dishes at the bottom.
This was huge, but they did not compromise on the taste. I liked how the breading wasn’t overly thick, well-seasoned and crisp. It was tasty even on its own. The chicken meat was succulent, similar to the one in the mixed grill.
If I had to choose, this was even better. They also nailed the ratio of breading to meat, so every mouthful was a play on the crunchy coating and the juicy chicken.
We also decided to try out their Triio’s Pork Burger (S$6.50 for single, S$10 for double). This was well-plated on a pretty wooden board. If I didn’t know any better, it could have passed off as something that was sold in a cafe.
The buns were soft and nicely buttered, layered with just the right amount of sauce, melted cheese and lettuce.
The patty itself was very substantial, tender with a nice bite. My only gripe was that it was bland even with the sauces, facing the same issue as the pork in the mixed grill. Perhaps the chicken or fish burger would have been a better choice.
The last item we got was the Ribeye Steak With Homemade Brown Sauce (S$11). I was slightly surprised when they asked me what doneness I would like it to be. Usually, steaks served at stalls such as these would be cooked to a default medium.
I asked for my usual medium-rare, and I was pleased that it had a pinky hue, especially towards the centre. It was pretty well-executed in my opinion and the steak itself was flavourful too. As ribeye tends to be meatier and fattier, it was relatively chewy at some parts though.
As you would have realised, all their mains are very reasonably priced, especially considering their humongous portion sizes. Triio’s Corner definitely surpassed my expectations and I would be back for their grilled fish and chicken cutlets for sure.
If you are looking for affordable and tasty western food with huge portions, do give Triio’s Corner a try! I can attest that you will not be disappointed.
Expected damage: S$6.50 – S$13.50 per pax
Our Rating: 4 / 5
19 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, #01-264, Singapore 310019
19 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, #01-264, Singapore 310019