Heard the one about the ice-cream and the Japanese and Vietnamese cafe? Ok, don’t worry, I’m not going to attempt to tell you a joke. I was just trying to find a suitable intro to this little round-up of some places we’ve found and think are worth going back to again. Three of these are “quick eats” type of places, while the last one is more of a “going out” place (with prices to match).
Pheel like Pho?
21 Tanjong Pagar Road
Little MC Junior has a soft spot for Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), and was very pleased when Mr. Kitchen Hand found this place near his office. They do a small selection of Vietnamese dishes, but I can’t really tell you about the rest of the menu because we always get the Pho. It’s pretty authentic and the cafe space is bright and modern. Big plus that they do proper Vietnamese coffee too. I wish they would serve dinner as well but at night, the space turns into a bar. One small thing to watch out for is that the service can be a little slow during the lunch crush. But they do try their best and that makes up for a lot.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
100 Tras Street,
If Vietnamese noodles don’t do it for you, how about Ramen? After our trip, I swore I wouldn’t eat any Japanese food outside of Japan because it would all pale in comparison. However, I have been tempted back to Tori King for the ramen. It’s apparently “concept ramen” and uses chicken instead of the usual pork for the broth. If the queue is anything to go by, lots of people already know about this place, so be prepared to wait. Is it worth it? Not too bad at all, and certainly cheaper than a plane ticket to Japan :). You can read up a little bit more about the chef behind this place over at Time Out .
Grind your own sesame seeds
Haato & Co
The Central @ Clarke Quay
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Unit 01-74
Speaking of Japan, I didn’t realise this ice-cream place originated there. But I probably should have guessed with flavours like black sesame and green tea on the menu. We’ve only been to the outlet at Clarke Quay. At first we were apprehensive that it would be a “tourist trap” but our trepidation gave way to surprise. The ice-cream here is rather delectable and the seating arrangements are great for people watching and soaking up the buzzy atmosphere at the Quay.
What’s in a name? The Metric system?
Kilo @ Pact
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central
Still keeping with the Japan theme, although this time with an Italian twist, we went to check out a cafe called Kilo @ Pact based on a friend’s recommendation. Word of warning, if you are allergic to hipster stuff, enter at your own risk. The cafe shares a space with a menswear retailer and it’s all concrete and cactusses. Too cool for school but I’m a sucker for that sort of thing.
The food is pretty solid with flashes of excitement, for example, this basil ice-cream. MC Senior wanted to try it and announced that it tasted like frozen pesto.
After our fun experience at the cafe, we decided to try our luck at the “mother ship”, called Kilo Kitchen. Again, another excruciatingly vibey place albeit one tucked in the middle of nowhere. (It’s about a ten minute walk from the closest MRT station, and slightly shorter walk from the nearest bus stop). It sits in the funky old Rivergreen building by the banks of the Kallang River (if the wind turns, it can get a little whiffy, but otherwise it’s fine). I’d love to know more about the history of this building, which now houses some interesting shops/ businesses, including one that specialises in ukeleles!
If you take the lift, you actually pop out directly into the restaurant which is a little disorientating at first. The fitout is interesting, with wide open windows and fans, and no air conditioning. Again, the food is solid and we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. The only minor issue I had was that a couple of the sauces on the main dishes veered too much to the sweet side, but hey, we still polished them off.
Salmon and crispy chicken skin sushi. Mmmm..
To finish, MC Senior ordered the strangest ice-cream flavour she could find. Again.
Red apple and carrot ice-cream. Tastes exactly like what it's supposed to, but I'm not quite sure about it yet...
66 Kampong Bugis, 2nd Floor
Singapore, 6467 3987