Mon - Sun: 10:30 - 00:00
Last order for food: 22:00
Tucked away at a former barracks in Changi Beach, The Coastal Settlement is the sister restaurant of CM-PB in Dempsey Hill. Surrounded by vintage furniture and nostalgic architecture, diners can experience a casual dining experience in the 300-seater restaurant that offers local and western cuisine.
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A hidden gem settled near to the eastern border of our island, The Coastal Settlement is a recently established casual dining restaurant that is motivated to offer savoury Western and Asian dishes in her one-of-its-kind village home-like environment, infused with a contemporary touch. Surrounded by greenery and situated relatively close to the sea, The Coastal Settlement encourages her customers to be dressed comfortably so as to expect nothing more than a casual dining experience.
Melody explained to us how a few unique aspects of the former army barrack-warehouse’s architecture were retained and she divulged one of the venue’s hidden secrets to me as well. In line with one of the co-owners’ passion for antiques and old knick- knacks, the interior of The Coastal Settlement is furnished with an extensive variety of collectors’ treasures and vintage items that contributes to the restaurant’s vision of reliving the old days and for the customers to be immersed in a nostalgic experience. A vastly spacious single-storey eatery that can accommodate a capacity of 200- odd patrons, The Coastal Settlement is definitely an ideal dining location for any large gatherings. There are also a few private corners for any couples or small groups who seek for a more intimate affair.
The lightly crisped shoestring fries were gently lifted by just the right amount of white truffle oil that caused them to taste finger-licking good. Matched by a small dip of tangy home-made ketchup that concocted of freshly-diced tomato bits, the Truffle Fries were definitely a simple yet satisfying starter that is indeed worthy of one’s order.
The Char-grilled Wagyu Beef and Mushroom Pizza was introduced as one of the restaurant’s best-sellers, one that would usually be spotted at almost every table during dinner time. The milder White Wine Reduction tempered the strong flavours of the Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese so that one would still be able to taste the smoky savour of the gratifyingly chewy Char-grilled Wagyu Beef and the delightful mix of Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions. In addition, I thought that the use of the appropriately large cracker-like crust had actually brought about a whole new excitement to the different layers of texture in this pizza.
An Asian classic that is well-known to be tough to leave a significant enough impression; The Coastal Settlement’s Nasi Lemak was a hearty assembly of rice that was well-perfumed with the aroma of coconuts/ pandan, a pair of juicy Fried Chicken drumstick and wing that were not too greasy, two superbly succulent Tiger Prawns, served with a middling Sunny Side Up Egg and lastly, perfectly accompanied by crispy scrumptious Ikan Bilis and not too spicy (more of sweet) Sambal Chilli. Although the culinary team could have been more generous with the portions of Coconut Rice and Sambal Chilli, I had still found it to be quite a distinctive rendition of Nasi Lemak that would definitely beat the ones offered at some other franchise outlet or chain restaurant elsewhere.
One of their Festival Specials, the superbly tender and fragrant Kurobuta Pork Cheeks were served wonderfully warm on a bed of silky Mashed Potato that spelled delicious comfort at its best. The gastronomical pleasure of the show-stopping chunks of mouthwatering meat was further elevated by the inclusion of braised red wine. A lip-smackingly yummy dish that was the meal’s winner for me
The only disappointing number from The Coastal Settlement, the Sea Salt Caramel Cheese Cake was just too salty for one’s taste buds. The sweet elements were largely overwhelmed, so much so that I could hardly derive any toothsome pleasure from the dessert. However, I do believe that it was just not the right day to have their Sea Salt Caramel Cheese Cake (since it couldn’t possibly go that wrong).
Quite an artful creation that might possibly cause the fairer s** to stare at the plate for a long while before bringing themselves to dig in, the fragrant and slightly crisped Waffles was brilliantly accompanied by a pleasurable assortment of fresh strawberries, banana, maple syrup, whipped cream and a sizeable scoop of dark chocolate ice cream topped with a crunchy nutty wafer biscuit.
Treating us with unfailing hospitality, the service team was warm, patient and courteous. It was easy to engage in a conversation with a few of them and some took the initiative to drop by our table to question if we were satisfied with out food. Our request for an additional serving of their home-made Tomato Sauce (for our Truffle Fries) were acceded to almost immediately. Knowing that we were sharing our main dishes, additional plates and utensils were brought to our table, even without us asking. This was also carried out before we started on our desserts.
I must admit that The Coastal Settlement is indeed quite inaccessible, especially to those who might be more reliant on public transport. However, I do strongly believe that The Coastal Settlement is more than worthy of one’s visit- for anyone who favours a remarkable dining ambience, excellent service and a hearty fare of well-executed dishes. Definitely one of the best options for anyone who requires a decent venue for a large gathering in the East, The Coastal Settlement is also an ideal choice for families and friends to enjoy a meal together throughout the week.
Ambience was great. Service was show. The beef ribs was an absolute waste of money at $38. Small serving, 3/4 of the beef was fat. Veg was salty. Truffle fries was unique but also salty. The service was rather slow and its probably due to the large area that they need to cover.
Went with the boyfriend for a belated Valentine's dinner on a Saturday night. We reached at about 815 pm and it was busy, but not packed. Overall, was really amazed by the decoration and the overall ambience. Loved the liberal use of fairy lights (my favourite!) and the swings in the outdoor area.
Service, however, is very poor considering the high cost of a meal here. Walked into the entrance and wasn't shown a seat. In fact, we were ignored. Had to walk up to cashier to ask for seating. When we were placing orders, waiter was curt, unsmilingly. He didn't repeat our orders carefully, merely muttering general words such as 'pizza' and 'linguine'. My food took 25 minutes to arrive wheres boyfriend's food only took 5 minutes, and while waiting for mine, his pizza went cold. Staff definitely noticed (because they were staring) that only one of us had food on our plate but didn't bother to walk up to clarify. It was only until we asked again was my food then served in 2 minutes. Staff offered an insincere sorry. All the staff seemed untrained as they were all unsmiling, unattentive, and unhelpful.
Food was great. We ordered a half-half pizza, the truffle and mushroom linguine, and the lava cake. They were delicious and we have no complaints, however, 17 dollars for a small lava cake with a scoop of mint ice cream? It wasn't exquisite, flavour was balanced, and food was well plated. Better dessert places have offered better food for less. Same goes for the mains.
Overall, I would recommend this place, but go with lower expectations than you would usually have. This is my first time writing a review, by the way, because I feel it seems such a shame that a beautiful restaurant with good food and a high price tag would ruin a potential great experience with horrible service.
Nice place for gathering after work. I would say the food is ok, not fantastic.
- Rosti Sauage which comes with salad and smoked salmon-rosti was too oily.
- the pasta with hei bi hiam, which the cream sauce kind of spoilt the taste
- chendol pudding is quite nice
- churos a little too over fried.
place which you can't expect service