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.
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.