Delicious Gainesville Finds On a College Budget

If you are tired of going to the same restaurants where the food is overpriced and not spectacular, this is the blog for you. I will visit a different restaurant that may not necessarily be well-known but might have amazing food for a reasonable price. I love food and hope to find a few new favorite restaurants. Eating on a budget, without having to splurge on Ramen noodles every day, is always a plus!

Sep 8, 2009

Merlion Singapore Cuisine

The letters missing from the sign and lack of cars in the parking lot at Merlion truly were not good representations of the elaborate, maticulously decorated restaurant inside. The gold Buddha, koi pond, large screen television, vibrant paintings and flowing curtain-like material tha separated each booth, set the scene for a relaxing lunch.
The lunch menu offered several tantalizing meal combinations, all of which came with a spring roll, crab rangoon and rice, all starting at $5.95. The truly exciting element that the restaurant boasted was their British and Asian-inspired tea time. With over 20 hot teas being offered, all of which are served in a teapot which is kept warm by a candle. Specialty teas included the gator Tea and the jasmine flower petal tea.
I truly enjoyed my garlic chicken meal which went well with my jasmine tea and was evident by the lack of leftovers found on my plate. Merlion is definitely an excellent restaurant under the guise of being a hole in the wall. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a healthy, tasty meal that will not weigh heavily on their pockets.

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