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Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill (313@Somerset)

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Hot Tomato Café & Grill is a lifestyle family restaurant, with the concept of fusing the charm of the Parisian sidewalk café and the tastiness of a specialized grill house with the best cuts and seafood catch.

Daily: 11:00 - 22:00

+65 68846631
$16 based on 26 submissions
After Work (3 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (3 votes), Lunch (3 votes)
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Casual, Decent Grills

Full Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/02/hot-tomato-cafe-grill.html


Styled as a casual Western dining cafe, the main draw at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is their incredible value for money prices, moreso if you're a student. Founded in January 2006, Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill oftern draws crowds, and not just students, but those looking for a decent meal. Their grills, especially their steak, is on par with, and sometimes better, than several other high end steakhouses!

Ambience at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is simple, with colours of white and orange red against wood panelling. Tomato decor abounds, and the overall feel is loud and garish, like a cheap diner. For me, ambience here is a low point, like a visual assualt when sitting within. Overall cleanliness is also a minor point, you tend to get fast food style cleaning, which leaves little specks on the table or floor.

Service at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill varies from decent, to poor. Staff are welcoming and friendly, but as they're mostly young part timers, the manner in which they speak to you tends to be rather to the point. On 1 occasion, I even had staff asking me to settle the bill before I was even served my main course! When all goes well though, service is rather average, and though orders are served to your table, payment is self-service at the cashier.

Food at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is Western style, mostly combining pasta (spaghetti aglio olio), with grilled meat or seafood. And their grilled items do stand out, seared / grill to perfection nearly every time. I particularly like their beef steaks, and their salmon. Portions are large, and for the price you pay, about SGD $15 per person for 1 main course, it's more value for money than many other places.

The Ribeye Steak With Spaghetti Aglio Olio (SGD $14.90) features a 200gm beef ribeye steak, grilled to your liking. I got mine medium rare, and it was grilled perfectly, with a nice sear and char marks outside, yet moist and pink inside. Good beefy meaty taste, and the cut is also quite thick. The pasta is fragrant with the use of garlic, but a little too oily, and I wish they would have added some chili for heat. I loved the lettuce on the side, dressed in a tangy, sharp, bright citrus vinaigrette. Good value for money, highly recommended!


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• 21 Feb 2015 • 379 reviews • 55 followers

Casual, Decent Grills

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Full Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill review: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/02/hot-tomato-cafe-grill.html


Styled as a casual Western dining cafe, the main draw at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is their incredible value for money prices, moreso if you're a student. Founded in January 2006, Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill oftern draws crowds, and not just students, but those looking for a decent meal. Their grills, especially their steak, is on par with, and sometimes better, than several other high end steakhouses!

Ambience at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is simple, with colours of white and orange red against wood panelling. Tomato decor abounds, and the overall feel is loud and garish, like a cheap diner. For me, ambience here is a low point, like a visual assualt when sitting within. Overall cleanliness is also a minor point, you tend to get fast food style cleaning, which leaves little specks on the table or floor.

Service at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill varies from decent, to poor. Staff are welcoming and friendly, but as they're mostly young part timers, the manner in which they speak to you tends to be rather to the point. On 1 occasion, I even had staff asking me to settle the bill before I was even served my main course! When all goes well though, service is rather average, and though orders are served to your table, payment is self-service at the cashier.

Food at Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill is Western style, mostly combining pasta (spaghetti aglio olio), with grilled meat or seafood. And their grilled items do stand out, seared / grill to perfection nearly every time. I particularly like their beef steaks, and their salmon. Portions are large, and for the price you pay, about SGD $15 per person for 1 main course, it's more value for money than many other places.

The Ribeye Steak With Spaghetti Aglio Olio (SGD $14.90) features a 200gm beef ribeye steak, grilled to your liking. I got mine medium rare, and it was grilled perfectly, with a nice sear and char marks outside, yet moist and pink inside. Good beefy meaty taste, and the cut is also quite thick. The pasta is fragrant with the use of garlic, but a little too oily, and I wish they would have added some chili for heat. I loved the lettuce on the side, dressed in a tangy, sharp, bright citrus vinaigrette. Good value for money, highly recommended!


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  • Ribeye Steak With Spaghetti Aglio Olio
• 23 Jan 2015 • 10 reviews • 0 follower

value for money for Western food!

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First time visit to Hot Tomato at Somerset 313. Service was quick; we were seated and made our orders within 10 minutes, and the soup and drinks came within the next 5 minutes. Main courses came about 5 minutes later. Within 20 minutes from the time we stepped into the restaurant, we had piping hot soup and main courses set in front of us! Main courses ordered were Carbonara ($9.90) and Sirloin Steak (160gms) ($11.90), both topped up with drink and soup sets ($2.50 only between 11AM-2PM). Carbonara came as a big portion, with generous helping of ham and bacon pieces. Cream base was smooth and well-flavored. Sirloin steak came with garden salad and a helping of aglio olio pasta. (Tomato for the garden salad a bit too green.) Value for money for a big piece of steak! Sadly, the steak was a bit charred on one side. Pasta is great, too! Oh. Soup of the day was Tomato soup. Not the usual bland and thin kind that you may get at similar restaurant. Tomato soup is thick and strong. As for the lime juices that we had, no complaints either. Definitely had a better experience at this outlet, compared to my previous visit at NEX. Extra note on promotions:
11AM to 2PM will be $2.50 for drink + soup set top up for main course. Happy Hours 3PM to 530PM will get you 20% off main course. Both promotions are for weekdays only.
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  • Sirloin Steak ($11.90)
• 29 Nov 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Tells their customers to finish quickly

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I went to Hot Tomato with two of my friends at around 6pm, so there wasn't a queue yet. My friends and I ordered our food and drinks which were served promptly. The food was pretty good and during our meal a queue formed outside. A waiter came to take our plates away but also said "There's a long queue outside so can you finish soon?" then he brought us the bill. Not only did I not ask for the bill, I hadn't even finished my drink. How rude! At that point I was thinking, "What about the three women sitting across us? They finished eating as we were seated, and I'm a slow eater so they were there for really long." Perhaps it was because they thought it would be easier to chase out 3 teenage girls than 3 adult women. I didn't push it because it wasn't such a big deal but for a cafe that charges 10% service charge, their service is ridiculous!
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