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
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.
This place has a really good matcha latte, it's a must order! Ambience wise, I think it can do better as it was really noisy with other people talking so conversations and catching up were quite difficult. Food wise, the matcha latte, and I had the mentaiko pasta which was delicious. A little disappointed that the lava cake ran out, so we ordered the milo panna cotta instead, which was pretty good too! A surprise, since I'm not a fan of panna cotta. The price is a little steep, so I will recommend this place for special occasions, especially since the place is a bit small.
This review is way overdue but I owe it to the fantastic staff of this fabulous establishment! The food here is great, the staff is friendly. They forgot the cake for my fiancee's birthday, but more than made up with it with their enthusiastic service.
I recommend the pasta for sure, as well as the steak. Definitely a place I'll return to soon.
I have been trying to eat brunch at Five & Dime Eatery for a while, but after three failed attempts (once no reservation, once I didnt take their 3 seatings on Sundays seriously, etc), I decided to forgo brunch here and take dinner with the Beau instead.
Located at 297 River Valley Road, Singapore 238338, one could say that Five & Dime Eatery is located at the end of a row of shophouses - but its pretty exterior gives it a quaint, standalone appearance, doesnt it? I like the pretty, white, European-looking outlook that makes it stand out from the rest of the shops in the same row.
The interior somewhat belies its quasi-elegant exterior, but exudes a warm, cosy ambience complete with chalkboard menus and colorful artwork adorning the walls. They have a cute clipboard menu, but their drinks menu is more adorable - resembling a passport.
Then they served my Salmon Rocket Salad (SGD$15.00) - flame torched salmon sashimi wrapped with arugula leaves, with wasabi mirin dressing. It was a combination of two of my favorite things - salmon sashimi and arugula leaves! The salmon sashimi was saccharine and rather fresh, made all the more tasty with overtures of smokiness because it was torched on the underside.
Next, our shared main course of Mentaiko Pasta (SGD$18.00) came - spaghetti tossed in creamy mentaiko topped with cod fish roe - the pasta was rather springy but dry - there was no sauce detected, much less creamy. The palatable spicy cod roe made up for the lack of gravy though.
We also shared a side of Spicy Miso Wings (SGD$7.00) - 6 pieces of half wings tossed in spicy miso sauce - juicy, spicy and sapid in flavor. It tasted like tomato-paste chicken with a heavy burst of saltiness, so after the first few impressive bites, we both agreed that the taste was a little overwhelming. You have to eat it with bread, rice or pasta to neutralise the flavors.
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Located along river valley road which is a little out of the way for a Eastie. However, it was worth the trip as food was delectable, company with friends was good and service was prompt and hospitable.
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