For fast casual European dining, Ambush serves a wide range of pastas, rostis, side dishes and beverages.
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Budget Western food
Ambush serves typical Western food such as mushroom soup, pasta, burgers and baked rice. I have visited their outlets at Junction 8 and Orchard and my experiences were rather pleasant! I went to the j8 outlet during lunch hour after school as they offer an affordable student meal - includes a main course, drink and soup, for $8.80!
While it is cheap, the quality of food is not bad. Their pasta noodles have the right consistency while their sauces are rich with flavours. The poultry main courses served are also worth a try - the chicken and steak are grilled to perfection, slightly charred on the top but soft and juicy in the middle.
Overall, I enjoy my dining experiences at Ambush and would recommend people to dine there! I would recommend the j8 outlet to students who are sick of canteen food and want to indulge in mid-range restaurant food.
Not bad for a quick fix
Ambush has recently expanded their menu and now serves a wider variety of food - sausage platters, paella, rosti, risotto and spaghetti. This made me happy as previously I didn't have much to choose from besides the sausages. I've since tried their soft-shell crab squid ink risotto, and the crab was really good!
The risotto on the other hand, was mediocre. I'm not sure if it's because I'm used to having mushroom risotto, but I felt the risotto was just more like normal rice and did not have the thick wet consistency of risotto that I was used to.
I do feel like the tables are too close together for diners to make a graceful exit/hold a proper conversation without feeling like patrons on either side could chime in at any time.
All in all, my experience there was not a memorable one.
'Atas' feel but average food
When I first walked into Ambush at JEM, the first thought that struck me was how the interior exudes this whole 'atas' feeling. It makes you wonder if the prices are really expensive or not but it turns out, they're average restaurant prices, much like what you'd find at Swensens.
I had the salmon fillet pasta and the taste of the thai basil sauce was so overwhelming that I couldn't finish the dish in the end. Even so, the salmon fillet was perfectly cooked and I really liked it.
The atmosphere at ambush was really peaceful and service was up to par. We didn't even have to wait long to call for the bill because the waitress was already getting it for us.
great european food!
My friends and I have visited Ambush numerous times, and we always go back for the same dish - their Rosti. A German dish of pan-fried shredded potato served with sour cream, the rosti served here is delectable, in my opinion even better than the one served in Marche!
The rest of the dishes we've tried were decent. The sausages were decent, although portions were not very generous, while the paella was an interesting mix of strong flavours, but is not something I would order again. My favourite was the salmon pasta - the pasta was cooked just right, al dente, and the sauce and salmon steak delicious!
I'm not too happy with the service provided, though. The waiter seemed rather snobby and unfriendly, and the food takes quite long to be served even if the restaurant isn't crowded.
But oh well, I'll still be looking forward to my next visit for more of their rosti.
Great for a quick bite
Whenever I'm in town and craving for a quick meal, Ambush at Takashimaya would always be one of the choices I'd consider.
One set meal with a main dish, a side of fries or salad and a drink average about $10-15, which I find pretty reasonable, especially for a place in town. The food is pretty delicious too. Even the salad was surprisingly good. The portions are satisfactory, and the variety of choices for the main dish is decent.
Perhaps the only limitation is the ambience - since Ambush is based on a quick dining concept, it does not stand as a sole restaurant but occupies a small corner of the Takashimaya food basement. Basically, this means that there might be a long queue for the limited seating, and noise levels during meal times can be quite deafening. But if you're just looking for a quick, satisfying meal, consider Ambush.
value for money.
Visited Ambush this afternoon and took advantage of their lunch promotion today! For 11.90++, I had a bowl of soup, Salmon Pasta with Thai Basil Sauce, and a cup of Sprite. Forgot what soup it was - it was terribly under-whelming! The soup didn't taste of anything in particular, except cream, and there were a few lumps. By now, I wasn't expecting much for my pasta, but it turned out to be al dente, with a just-right, slightly spicy sauce and a wonderfully tasty salmon steak.
Ambience at Ambush is quite decent, but ultimately Ambush is what it markets itself as - fast, casual, European dining. It's not a place that I'd go for a romantic dinner, or a first date, but what it is, is comfortable, tasteful, and pleasant. Service staff were professional, efficient, and polite. As a whole, despite the disappointing soup, it's still a great place to stop by for European food that doesn't break the bank.
Be prepared for puns in ill taste.
What can I say.
Many, many things.
Me and my friends were exploring JEM (I never knew there were so many westsiders till this mall) and we decided to try Ambush since it looked pretty classy.
As it turned out, decor is overcompensation.
We each ordered an item from their set lunch. It was a bad day because their soft drink dispenses were down and we had no beverage choice. But that was fine, their (only choice of) ice lemon tea was decent.
We chose the mushroom soup for our meal set and proceeded to wait nothing less than 20 minutes for the main dish of a pasta. On a thursday. At 3pm. In a semi-empty restaurant. 20 minutes is enough for me to go to cold storage, dump the pasta in a pot, steal some sauce from pastamania, and I'd still have 5 minutes left to watch grass grow.
But fine, maybe I'm a brat and 20 minutes is reasonable. So fine, I gave their soup a chance.
Do you know what is Ambush's idea of mushroom soup? Do not be fooled by the exterior! It is simply a raw mushroom thrown into a bowl of water then magically colored to look mushroomy.
My main course (salmon atop tomata based linguine) was subpar.
My experience was subpar.
I felt subpar.
It's safe to say I'll never be ambushed by Ambush's ill taste again.
Great value lunch set
Ambush pride themselves at serving affordable European food and there is no doubt about that. They serve a great variety of European cuisine which are nicely illustrated and described on their creatively laid out menu. My friend and I chose to have the lunch set which includes a main, a drink and a soup of the day (do ask what they have to offer if it is not stated). I ordered the paella while my friend ordered a pasta. It did not take too long to arrive due to the weekday post-lunch hours. The paella that I had was tasty and chewy! The bacon bits gave the paella a nice smoked flavor. I just found the tomatoes a little too overwhelming. The mushroom soup was nice and chunky! Portion was really big as well.
Service was exceptionally great. The manager came to us and asked how we felt about the food and if there were any improvements to be made about it. Thumbs up for such a great service! The waitresses were all smiles as well. The only thing I didn't like about the place was its open concept dining area. People who walked past could see us having our meals and I didn't really like how that felt. The place felt a little cramped with too many tables and chairs around. I would think it could get really cramped during lunch or dinner times. Overall, a place that I would recommend everyone to visit for a variety of affordable European cuisine with great service.
Quick, Casual European Dining
Been a while since I dined at Ambush (Cafe), and I'm pleased that they still offer the same great tasting, good quality, fresh food, at inexpensive and reasonable prices. Do note that the menu for Ambush (Cafe) differs from outlet to outlet, with the newer outlets having a much wider range of options.
Ambush (Cafe) promises fast, casual European dining, and they do a fine job living up to that promise. Ambience is bright with clean lines, and minimalist decor. Furniture is comfortable and inviting, and you wouldn't feel out of place even if you're dressed down.
Staff at Ambush (Cafe) are polite and professional. They'll repeat your orders, a small thing which is often overlooked, and are willing to accomodate changes to your order, like special requests. Living up to its theme, food is served very quickly, typically within 10 minutes.
Their menu has expanded since my last visit, and is heavily influenced by cuisines from England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Russia and Spain. This gives Ambush (Cafe) a wide range of options on their menu, but I find that they still manage to pull off great tasting and flavourful dishes. Prices are more affordable than elsewhere, making Ambush (Cafe) one of the cheapest places in Singapore to get a European meal.
The word Ambush always give me good vibes cos I know I'll be in for a good meal. For the price ,it is totally worth it, worth it I say! Ever since the first time I sat down and had a meal there, I have eaten one and only one dish even after going back repeatedly because it is just that awesome. Introducing Salmon Pasta with Thai Basil Sauce!!!
I love how the dish is a little spicy and sour because of the chili and tomato, and how the salmon and spaghetti and everything is just nicely cooked and served.
Service at Ambush is also awesome, I've been there recently with a bunch of friends and the waiters/waitresses didn't try to chase us away even long after we'd finish our food and were busy catching up. They were also kind enough to keep refilling our water even after we had paid and were still chatting. I suppose it was because the place wasn't very full, but it left a really good impression on me anyway :)