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Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits – It’s Not the Sailorman

By , September 1, 2008


#B2-LF1 Changi Airport T3 Tel: 6247 5521

To look for Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, we have to go the distance, literally.

If you need a quick bite before you fly off to a foreign land, try this fried chicken fast food restaurant (since it’s located at Terminal One and Three). I first fell in love with Popeyes at a foreign country a decade back, and wondered when it would arrive to our shores.

The Ambience
This is the airport right? So I kind of expected some kind of vibrancy and service, because this is what we need to show the tourists (must at least wayang a bit). Apparently, it’s no difference from the heartlands and even felt a tad cold.

The signage screams the 5 ‘F’s: Food, Flavour and Fun for Family and Friends. Although said to be n New Orleans style, it seemed to be lacking in friendliness and fun.

The Food
Other than Sandwich and Seafood Combos, the must-tries are the Chicken Combos.  They come in other spicy or mild version, along with signature sides of Cajun Fries, Mash Potatoes, Cole Slaw or Red Beans & Rice.

The 3-piece chicken combo with a biscuit, side and drink is $8.90. Add another side, and it will be more than 10 bucks. The country’s inflation has certainly hit a new high.

Unlike some other places with supremely oily or flakey chicken skin, Popeyes had crisp, firm and crunchy exterior that can give a ‘cracking’ sound on first bite. The meal was so-so without the succulent and freshness I expected. I tried my friend’s mild version, and there really wasn’t much difference with my spicy chicken. But yes, it still taste better than ‘the other’ chicken.

The Mashed Potato ($1.80 on its own) has a rich potato taste with bits of spices and potato pieces, and not overly blended and synthetic.

As for the other highlight- the Biscuit, it is similar to a cold and tasteless scone which needs more buttlemilk and jam for a richer flavour. A pity.

The Good To Know
The chain was initially named after detective Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle in the movie The French Connection, and NOT Popeye the Sailorman.
 
The Verdict
Yes to Food and Flavour, No to Fun. 2.25*

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