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Coq & Balls

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Coq & Balls is vibrant gastrobar and considered to be one of the most sought-after chill-out spot here in Tiong Bahru area.  The place is a great place to stop during happy hour or hang out all night. They have extensive menu of international beer and hard cider list to enjoy drinking while listening to an amazing music playlist. 

Mon - Fri: 16:00 - 00:00

Sat, Sun & PH: 12:00 - 00:00

+65 62766609
$33 based on 10 submissions
After Work (6 votes), Boys Night Out (4 votes), Birthdays (3 votes)
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Pleasantly Surprised by good food

Have been hearing alot about this place especially because the name is so distinct, I was definitely curious to find out what they had to offer. Went down last friday after work as the colleagues and myself had just finished a meeting around tiong bahru area, so we decided to give it a shot. first impressions were that the place had a really nice openness to it, the big rooster on the wall is definitely the highlight of the whole interior.
We settled for a seat for 4 at the outdoor sitting area as it was quite packed indoors. Since it was TGIF, we decided to start with drinks first while looking through the food menu. They offer a wide selection of beer and ciders, we were spoilt for choice, but settled four our usual Hoegardens and Stellas which are on draft. Food wise we ordered The coq & Balls Burger (as recommended by the staff), fish n chips, crispy garlic chicken with mash and Guinness Beef Pie. We ordered a side of Wings as well just to share. The food was good and reasonably priced with okay portions. The burger was definitely worth the money. Felt that the portion of the fish n chips was too small, but overall it was simple and yummy. I fell in love with the mash that came with the Crispy Garlic Chicken. This is the first time i've been to a place that serves mash that has a mixture of bacon and eggs and herbs. It was simply divine.
We spent about $30/person inclusive of drinks and food and overall a great place to chill and unwind.
Definitely going back for the food again!

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01 Sep 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Pleasantly Surprised by good food

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Have been hearing alot about this place especially because the name is so distinct, I was definitely curious to find out what they had to offer. Went down last friday after work as the colleagues and myself had just finished a meeting around tiong bahru area, so we decided to give it a shot. first impressions were that the place had a really nice openness to it, the big rooster on the wall is definitely the highlight of the whole interior.
We settled for a seat for 4 at the outdoor sitting area as it was quite packed indoors. Since it was TGIF, we decided to start with drinks first while looking through the food menu. They offer a wide selection of beer and ciders, we were spoilt for choice, but settled four our usual Hoegardens and Stellas which are on draft. Food wise we ordered The coq & Balls Burger (as recommended by the staff), fish n chips, crispy garlic chicken with mash and Guinness Beef Pie. We ordered a side of Wings as well just to share. The food was good and reasonably priced with okay portions. The burger was definitely worth the money. Felt that the portion of the fish n chips was too small, but overall it was simple and yummy. I fell in love with the mash that came with the Crispy Garlic Chicken. This is the first time i've been to a place that serves mash that has a mixture of bacon and eggs and herbs. It was simply divine.
We spent about $30/person inclusive of drinks and food and overall a great place to chill and unwind.
Definitely going back for the food again!
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06 Aug 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Awesome Craftbeer hangout

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I stumbled on this gem last sunday while exploring tiong bahru with a few mates of mine. First thing it reminded me of was the street bars in melbourne with worn brick walls and industrial interior.

Excellent choice of many international craftbeers and ciders. Very impressed actually at the beer selection. Had a westons vintage that day from the UK which reminded me of old farm ciders. Offers a variery of tapas but i hear they will be open for brunch soon so definitely going to check that out.

Overall good experience with extremely friendly and fun loving staff. A must try when in Tiong Bahru.
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28 Jul 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Hidden Gem in Tiong Bahru

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I've hit many popular areas across Singapore and I find most to be pretentious and frankly boring.. While checking out the many new spots in the hip neighbourhood in Tipng bahru, my friends and I fell in love with Coq &  Balls..
it has it all! Laid back, unpretentious and friendly staff, even though it was packed with patrons!
great mix of nationalities every time I return and the selection of tapas and esp their beers and ciders are phenomenal!
i felt the need to write this review after seeing the horrid one written previously.. Honestly, this is a bar and not fine dining so if you're an anal person who is also a cheapskate, this place ain't for you! 
It's for REAL people who loves a laugh and Gd night out!
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21 Jul 2013 • 10 reviews • 4 followers

Atrocious service, patronise at your own risk!

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Decided to dine here w my friends on a Mon night.

Upon entering the restaurant, no one attended to me even though 2 staffs made eye contacts with me and I had to approach one of them to tell them that I had made reservations online thru the website. I was given the choice to choose my own table.
  Service & food was good & ambience was nice. I already had thoughts about returning to the restaurant again until my 3 friends who came over to join in later had difficulty asking for ice water from the female waitress who had a rather consistent grumpy look on her face.
 
It seems like the place was packed and there was only 1 staff manning the floor. My poor friends were thirsty & had to remind the same staff repeatedly for their iced water to be served. It took at least about 15-20 minutes before the iced water for my 3 friends was finally served- their main courses arrived first before their iced water.
 
After quite some time, my friends asked for their iced water to be refilled. Similarly, this time round. It also took quite a few attempts in reminding that same waitress. Difference is that the refill NEVER came. In fact, the bill came even before I could asked for it. The staff couldn't wait for us to leave yeah?
 
Meanwhile when she was waiting for my bill to process, she wanted to clean our table even when there was no space for her to do so. My poor friend was sitting on the high bar chair & had to adjust his seat twice in order to make way for her to clean our table. When she was cleaning, she threw the forks so hard on the dessert plate with leftover melted ice cream that it splattered over my arm and dress. The waitress was still engrossed in cleaning table, I had to point to her my dirtied arm, she had no response(!!!!!) and I asked her for serviettes for me to clean & guess what she gave me? She handed me the serviette that she had been using to clean the table with over to me & expected me to wipe my arm with it. We were utterly disgusted. I had to get her to give me NEW serviettes and she did, in a very rude manner. Not a single apology was made for dirtying my arm, fabulous, appalling kind of service. She couldn't be bothered to attend to our simple needs like refilling of iced water and yet, she was cleaning the table without us requesting? Not to mention that my friends mentioned that they had to think twice before requesting something from her with her "grumpy looks" always on.
 
When we left, we walked past her and she looked elsewhere when basic courtesy was to thank customers and bid them goodbye. When we walked out of the restaurant to the outdoor dining area, it was another waitress with shoulder-length hair who sweetly thanked us for visiting, that was the kind of service I was looking out for.
 
Emailed my feedback to the mgmt & they offered me to return, with drinks on the house, after I replied, no more news from them. That shows so much about their sincerity. Thanks but no thanks, my friends and I are definitely not returning back.
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09 Jul 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Go only if you happen to be in / stay near the area - good ONLY for beers and chillout

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Food / Drinks - 1 star

I had the Tempura Fish and Chips. I'm a big fan of Fish and Chips but unfortunately this is the first plate of Fish and Chips that I didnt finish. 

The tempura batter was bland and mushy. I'm no expert in Tempura - maybe Tempura doesnt fit well with Fish'N'Chips.... Saving grace was the Wasabi Mayo (this costs $1 ala carte but I got it free off my wife's steak). Fries were hot / decent but nothing to shout about.

My wife had the steak. Presentation was underwhelming (or should I say simple-looking). Our 1st impression was that even Ashton look better than this. Meat portion not a lot but was surprisingly good. 

Felt that our two mains didnt justify the price tags. They could have given more fries to create the illusion of "value" especially when fries doesnt cost as much as meat.

Drinks - My wife had a classic martini - it felt weak / lack punch / watered down. Her campari (2nd drink) was much better. I had Stella Artois draught. 

Value - 1 star

We did a quick calculation - realised the tapas didnt offer as much value as the mains hence we went for the mains. The quality and quantity of the food/drinks could not justify its price tag. Martini at $18..... I rather go for Jigger and Pony's at $20.

Service - 3 stars

Service staff was very friendly and you could tell they are genuinely friendly (and not friendly cos you are the customers). Kudos for management in finding a solid team of outgoing extroverts! However, felt that service is quite raw and needs some polishing.

When my wife informed the service staff about her choice of dips for our steak, we were told we are unable to choose and it was going to be chilli sauce....till my wife pointed out its "homemade dips of our choice".....

The staff who took the drinks order - thought that my wife was having the beer instead when they were serving us.

We had to remind them of our two glasses of water - and only one came.... It was not refilled for the remainder of our time there.

My fish and chips came without the tar tar sauce (which the staff mentioned) but I was kept happy by the wasabi Mayo so I didnt ask.

The staff who took my credit card when settling the bill, return the card to my wife instead for signature....

Ambience - 4 stars

Quiet in the funky/retro Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. Great place for chill out.....just make sure you have your dinner somewhere else first....

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They have a solid selection of funky bottled beers thought draught selection are only limited to San Miguel, Stella and Hoegaarden.


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