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The Coastal Settlement @ Netheravon Road

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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.

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30 Oct 2014 • 12 reviews • 3 followers

Above average food; For the price, not worth the drive.

We had the Wagyu Beef and Mushroom pizza that turned out quite well. And the fish taco, which was effective a piece of fried fish, something like the fish in fish and chips, wrapped in a taco shell and topped with sauce. In all honestly, the food was above average.

However, for the distance thast you have to drive, and the prices you are paying. You could easily take your money else where.
28 Sep 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Service that left a bad taste in your mouth

To wait more than half an hour for four $8/9 milkshakes and almost an hour for a waffle stack at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon was incredulous. 

With the exception of Ramon the waiter who, to his credit, actually did try his best, the rest of the service staff were too preoccupied or flustered to serve us who were seated right smack in the middle of the restaurant. 

For a simple afternoon snack of truffle tries, waffles and 4 milkshakes and a coffee, which cost a jolly $81,  we waited till the cows got lost and never came home. 

Honestly, I do feel for the bosses of this place, who had really created such a lovely ambience in the oasis of the far flung end of Singapore, only to be undermined by the non-existent service. 


Will I ever return to this place? No.
Not when you said there is no banana for milkshakes but a banana turned up in our overcooked waffles. Wouldn't it be lovely if you were to just serve us for waffles than to separate our waffles from us, only to let it overcook itself? What a pity.

While it is not like we are bananas for bananas, but I find it frankly a mouth-gaping moment when one has to ration bananas. Incredulous.

A reputable 300-seater restuarant who could have been so much better. 

What. a. pity. 
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13 Sep 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

A bit of nostalgia

Took a day off with hubby and decided to drive to the other end of Singapore from where we stay. The Coastal Settlement came into our minds. Nested amongst lush greenery and vintage collectibles, the restaurant was inviting enough for us on a rainy day. I ordered the tom yam pasta while my other half ordered the mushroom cream pasta. We shared an appetiser of wagyu beef salad. 

The wagyu beef was just the right texture. Tender, juicy, well-marinated and melted in our mouths. There were about 15 pcs among the salad. The tom yum pasta was creamy and flavorful without having an overpowering tom yum taste. The mushroom pasta was just nice on the cream. Not too dry like some we've had but enough sauce to be able to enjoy the taste. Dessert was lava cake with vanilla ice cream. We couldn't fault the dessert at all. 

Service was average not over the top. No complaints coz I guess the service staff could give us more attention on a weekday when the restaurant is half full. Ambience was nostalgic and relaxing. We were surrounded by vintage furniture and collectibles. 80s music playing in the background. So relaxing we almost dozed off after the meal...:)