Mon - Thu: 15:00 - 01:00
Fri: 15:00 - 02:00
Sat: 18:00 - 02:00
KPO opened its doors in 2010 after a dramatic makeover of the iconic Killiney Post Office. This impressive urban landmark was created to seamlessly house a post office and a spacious café bar. With spacious indoor seating and several outdoor terraces, KPO has become a bar staple on Orchard Road. KPO is accessible without the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road and can accommodate up to 500 people.
By day, KPO resembles a greenhouse with streaming skylight and greeneries in and around the building -- a perfect setting for events. At night, the energy changes dramatically with the city's most popular bands playing during Happy Hour and DJs spinning their tunes for after hour parties.
KPO is a place for friends to hang out and have drinks and finger food over the weekends or after work. It also offers a range of main courses and dishes if you plan to have a meal there as well. While having a drink with your associates, you might also want to try a cigar or two as they have them on sale as well. Despite its really large area and extensive seating place, this place is really crowded and packed, especially during weekends and it would do good for you to make a reservation or come earlier before the peak periods to get a sit first. They do play some ok music now and then. However, the service level of their staff could be better.
It has been 5 years since my last visit to KPO. We visited KPO on a Wednesday night at 6.45pm, and to our surprise, the place was quite packed. We ordered 2 signature cocktails, a smoked duck pizza and steak & eggs.
Firstly, the drinks were very diluted. Secondly, the smoked duck pizza was just mediocre. It did not have much flavour, and I could not see if there was any sauce used as a base. Thirldly, the steak was extremely tough to chew.
Next, when we ordered our drinks, we were told that we would enjoy a 50% discount since it was Ladies Night. When our bill arrived, it did not reflect the discount. It took a long time for the service staff to change the bill and bring it back to us. This was unacceptable, given that the female staff at the cashier was free and lazy to bring the bill to us. The service at KPO is slow, the place is cramped and the music is way too loud for my liking. There are better places in Singapore for drinkning.
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KPO Cafe Bar is a landmark Cafe Bar located in the middle of Orchard Road which intersect with Killeney Road. KPO is a abbreviation of Killiney Post Office, the Cafe Bar located beside a full functioning Singapore Post Office.
A must-try dish here is KPO Hokkien Mee ($16). Cooked in traditional way, KPO Hokkien Mee distinguish itself by using premium ingredients. The stock are robust and well absorbed by the springy yellow noodle and thick bee hoon. The wok hei (breath of the wok) brought out the aroma in this dish, that made you salivate when it reach the table. The prawns, cuttlefish and pork lard are fresh, crunchy and light. I did not try the chilli, but the other bloggers gave it a thumbs-up so it must be good.
Combining the bakery expertise from their sister restaurant, Nassim Hill, Wagyu Capsule ($25) made everyone go gaga during in the evening. Who can say NO to crispy Fresh baguette, stuffed with “melt in your mouth” grilled Wagyu Beef Cubes. To bind the wagyu beef and baguette, KPO combine dijon mustard, mayo, roasted garlic and jalapeños. All the ingredients work harmoniously and you will be in sandwich heaven when you bit into this Wagyu capsule.
For a good tapas size version of protein, you should try Wagyu Beef Cubes ($32). Wagyu Beef Cubes was simply grilled to perfection and served with sea salt. It allow the quality Wagyu to speak for itself, where you can enjoy the marbling of the beef as it melts away in your mouth. I just wish if there are some lemon wedges, where a bit of acidity will elevate this dish further.
However, my pick for the pork dish here will be Sliced Yorkshire Pork ($18). It was charbroiled to perfection, simple seasoning and allow the quality of the ingredient to shine. The sliced pork has a good balance between marbling and meat, resulting in a succulent sliced pork. I called it a Porkgasm!!!
For the sweet ending, I suggest that we tried Chips 'n' Cream ($14). The chips are fresh house made, topped with Vanilla Bean ice cream and salted caramel sauce. The sweet and salty combination was simply yummy. The chips was crispy and remain crispy till the end, the salted caramel and ice cream was just so addictive, you can't really stop. I did consider asking for second serving, but I decided otherwise, so I have something to look forward to when I return in the future. Definitely a must have dessert here, apparently it is also Sam's Favourite (the owner).
Overall, the food in KPO is definitely good, most of the food items we tried are a hit. Considering the quality of the food, I think the price is reasonable. Though I will not suggest you come here for romantic dinner, however it is definitely a place to chill out during the night. I sure look forward to my next visit here. Cheers!!
Thank you very much to HungryGoWhere and KPO team for the tasting invitation.
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KPO (café bar), a nice cozy watering hole in the middle of the Orchard Road precinct, offering a good variety of liquid diets for grown-ups, as well as a host of notable snacks and food to satiate palates. Here are some special mentions...
Pork Cubes (with in-house special sauce) – Once I sank my teeth into the first cube, the rest is history. And as for the special sauce, I refused for it to be cleared from the table, so I could use it later for other bites.
KPO Hokkien Mee – lives up to its name for being among their signatures. The squid is juicy tender with a good bounce, never rubberlike. The prawn is big and succulent, not flakey. The noodles exudes the natural sweetness of the seafood, and most importantly, they don’t clump. Generous topping of crispy pork lard cubes holds weight for what this dish is worth.
Wagyu Capsule – medium rare wagyu cubes, stuffed into a baguette from Nassim Hill Bakery. Now, I have rediscovered reasons to indulge in bread, apart from being complemented with curry. I’d urge all meat lovers to give this a shot, and I’ve a good feeling that you’d be back for lots more.
Wagyu Beef Cubes – if I had a ring, I’d put a ring on it. Bite sized wagyu, medium rare, I could really go all night munching on this. Love at first bite.
And I’m resolute about continued revisits, because I find the quality to be worth every penny, and I believe many like me, would too.