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Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 22:00
Fri: 12:00 - 00:00
Sat: 10:00 - 00:00
Sun: 10:00 - 22:00
Tucked away at a two-storey shophouse along River Valley Road, Five & Dime Eatery serves non pretentious comfort food, coffee and a range of original cocktails.
Five and Dime Eatery has to be one of the earlier hipster cafes launched. Located near Mohammed Sultan, this is a popular venture for those in the late 20s.
At a recent visit, I started with theCreamy Crab Croquettes ($12), two pieces of milky mashed potato with large chunks of crab meat and a slight sour finish. Well executed.
Not so good was the Koro Koro Steak ($32), which I felt was over marinated , too strong in tastes and the garlic and ponzu sauce overpowered the natural flavours of the slightly overdone beef.
Recommended is the Mentaiko Pasta ($18). The noodles were mixed well with the mayo based fusion dish and there was enough cod roe to produce tha crunch with each bite.
For dessert I had the Lava Cake ($12). In addition to the oozing chocolate from the cake, it was topped with egg yolk and I felt the salt and sweet combination was a treat.
Overall, I must say that I was rather impressed by the food. Service was generally efficient.
The cafe was located just next to the bus stop, in the middle of a row of old looking houses. With huge plain window, it offers a bright looking clean look to the place. Although it was weekday just past lunch time, the place was packed with people, especially young people. Just the couple of young of gals who sat next whose main purpose were to have free wifi and power supply for their laptop. Menu was a simple clip board type.
MAC & CHEESE ($15++)
With creamy lobster sauce under melted cheddar, mozarella & parmesan
Wait 20 minutes
The mac and cheese was rich and creamy, with crunchy prawn roes in it. Lots of bits of the lobster meat. But it was quite oily at the bottom of the bowl.
Golden Custard Lava Cake ($12)
Molten chocolate lava cake with a salted egg yolk custard center
*limited portions available*
Served in a big dim sum basket. The motlen filling flowed out easily and smooth. The cake was pipping and moist. It tasted chocolaty and salty with bits of the salted egg yolk.
Overall food was not bad and served quite fast too. Iced water was served to the table.
Recently, the current craze is over japanese cod roe, aka 'mentai'. I am personally a fan of mentai too & upon hearing that five & dime offers mentai pasta, i knew that i had to try it. Pulling my partner along, we patronized Five & Dime on a quiet Monday evening and settled down for dinner. The ambience was so comfortable and cosy, the servers were welcoming & helpful. We ordered the grilled chicken, cod roe pasta & a side dish of truffle fries. Our dishes were serves promptly. I love how the truffle fries was unique in the sense that they use truffle mayo instead of usual truffle shavings/oil. It was a unique sour taste with a hint of truffle. My partner had the grilled chicken. It was served with a cup of butter corn and garden salad. I took a bite of the chicken but I found it pretty ordinary for a grilled chicken & it was nothing out of the world. I enjoyed the corn though, it was buttery enough, just the way I like it. The finale was the purpose of my visit.. mentai pasta! It was so good I slowly savoured it in small portions because I didnt want the dish to ever finish. There was a tinge of spiciness and the pasta was infused with creamy cod roe. Thumbs up! My overall experience at Five & Dime was amazing. On a side note, they even provide car lots at the back of the restaurant for convenient parking! Definitely a recommended restaurant to dine in, be it for couples or gatherings!