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.
Location: Alexandra, Singapore
I never was familiar with IKEA, nor was I familiar with Swedish meal, until I was introduced to both in an IKEA restaurant. Yes, that's right - if you are as unfamiliar with IKEA as I was, they have a restaurant within the boundary of the furniture giant and it is operated under their name.
The one that I visited in Alexandra was packed full of people in the weekend, greeting you with a long queue and throngs of crowd. From what I understand, it is as such on weekdays as well, showing how popular it is with the locals. Then again, where else can one sample Swedish food while shopping in a furniture concept store?
Welcome to IKEA! The restaurant itself jutted out from the large container-like furniture giant. Seated by the windows will offer diners an unobstructed view of the hustle and bustle of traffic and pedestrian beyond the transparent glass.
The concept of a Swedish restaurant operating within a furniture store is not without its business logic. IKEA meticulously lays out its store with concept rooms available for its customers' reference so that the consumer is happy with buying the suitable product instead of just fishing for furniture that he thought is suitable for his abode. So why not extend the idea and let them use the furniture in an environment that they most likely will encounter?
Even though limited in choices, the meal they served is unlimited in taste.
From the decorations to the furniture, items within the restaurant are furnished mainly from IKEA's own product. Diners seated within the restaurant gain experience and insight from using those furniture and may be urged to seek the item out from the store due to the pleasant experience. If one is not sure of whether the ergonomics or feel of certain dining furniture, then dining in this place will aid one in making up his mind.
Even some of the offered food are on sale in its supermarket selling Swedish food, so that one may try to purchase some and prepare a Swedish meal at home.
Be always on the lookout for seats within this throng of people.
Although they claim themselves a restaurant, the fact remains that the dining place is more of a cafeteria than its namesake. Throng of people queuing up for food is a common sight, and while the seated tables are almost always full, that does not stop visitors from waiting patiently for one to avail itself. Food is ordered through the counters and paid at the cashier when it is...
Originally posted at: draftsfromcoffeetable.blogspot.com/2012/02/ikea-restaurant-alexandra.html
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!
Went there during one of the Sunday evening dinner with a huge group of 13 pax. The service is fast and great. They remembered what each of us ordered and didnt have to ask who to serve the food to! If you love salted egg yolk like I do, you need to try out this restaurant.