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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.
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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