Having lived in Trinidad & Tobago for a few years prior to coming to Singapore, I am delighted that Lime House has opened so I can get my regular Caribbean fix! I love the relaxed and super friendly ambience. The menu is great - I've been a few times now and tried quite a few dishes. A big thumbs up for the curry goat, as well as Trini favourites, doubles and crab & callaloo!! The rum punch cocktails are addictive. I'm very impressed with the hands-on approach taken by the owner (Chris) and Head Chef (Hasan) - these guys are always on the scene and are clearly passionate about all things Lime House. Joseph, the Manager, is wonderfully attentive and friendly.
poor service with attitude manager. Buffet catered, request for label and was told that they don't provide label for their food.
Service by unpleasant manager attitude throughout the Company event.
Unprofessional ways of handling customer.
Poor quality of red wine serve
food was average but NOT worth the price.
Full Lime House review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/06/lime-house.html
Lime House has gained quite a following since opening in June 2013. Owner Chris Morris, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, wanted to introduce the concept of 'liming' - a term which refers to hanging out in a casual atmosphere. With this Caribbean tradition of 'liming', the Lime House offers a buzzing social calender of music & dance events, almost like a carnival of sorts. And with the friendly service and great tasting Caribbean food at Lime House, a visit here is definitely an experience!
Ambience at Lime House calls to mind the beach atmosphere of the Caribbean. Vibrant coloured wooden furnishings, Caribbean inspired paintings of traditional costumes and dancing, urban world music playing over the background speakers, old rum bottles along the rafters of the dimly lit interior. The heritage building Lime House is in still retains its original wooden carvings and tiles, with rather high ceilings lending a sense of space. And with 3 floors to accomodate different occasions, the vibe at Lime House is casual and friendly.
Service at Lime House is casual and friendly, with staff offering greetings and seating diners quickly. I find them to be knowledgeable on the menu, able to provide basic descriptions of the more exotic dishes. I note that Lime House staff are also pretty hardworking, assisting to prepare / clean up the place for events, including moving sofas around! They're also able to engage in friendly conversation, especially the bartender in the Lime Yard, their backyard tropical garden themed lounge.
Food at Lime House is influenced by Caribbean cuisine. Chef Hasan Defour, who hails from Trinidad & Tobago, has created an eclectic menu, a mix of African, European, Indian, Chinese, South American, and North American cuisine. This celebrity chef has introduced tasty, traditional Caribbean dishes, alongside exciting modern house creations. Generally, I find dishes to be packed with flavour, served in large portions. Prices are slightly high, budget about SGD $40 per person for a 2-course meal here.
The Classic Rum Punch (SGD $18) at Lime House features a refreshing, fruity mix of house rum, bitters, orange juice, pineapple juice, and lime juice. Cooling and thirst quenching, perfect for warm evenings!
The classic dish of Fried Plantains (SGD $5) originates from African cuisine. Made by pan frying ripe plantains till the exterior turns golden brown and slightly crisp because of caramelisation, then dipping the thin slices quickly in a salt water dip to make the interior soft and creamy. Fried Plantains can be served as a snack, a dessert, or as a staple item.
The Sweet Potato Gratin (SGD $24) is a casserole baked dish of layered sweet potato slices, coconut cream, and garlic crumb, garnished with arugula leaves. Tasty and fragrant, you get the layers of sweet, tangy, sour, and floral garlic flavours. However, I did feel the portion is slightly small for me.
We ordered rum and mixers; that should be easy to come by, right? Not so much at Lime House. One person behind the bar on a Saturday night, in a place that serves mostly cocktails? That means you will have to wait. A long time.
For the second round, after a 30 minute wait (and two follow-ups with the waiting staff), we called the person who took our order (the manager I believe) and her answer was out of this world. An apology would have been appropriate but instead, she scolded me, explaining that other persons were waiting for their drinks and that I was being impatient (30 minutes in?) Worse, our drinks would come at some point in the evening but she could not foresee when. We had to keep quiet and smile.
I don’t enjoy being lectured and talked to like one talks to a little boy, even less so when I am a paying customer. We settled the (hefty) food bill and left never to return.
Food was tasty (albeit pricey) but for politeness, look into your local hawker or McDonalds.
I haven't had the chance to try this restaurant but I get a taste of their hospitality. A friend of mine book a pre X'mas dinner for a group of friends. 2 days before the reservation, Lime called her and have to cancel her bookings.
The reason is that they have an event going. So you left a poor person to scramble to get a venue for the group when the reservation has been confirmed. Well done. Guess our money wasn't good enough compared to the event.
Really? 2 days before then you guys knew you have an event and cancel reservations? Well done!!
If you are looking for a place for a nice meal and good conversation, forget about this place. Food was so-so as BBQ sauce seemed to be the only sauce they knew. Despite repeat requests to turn down the volume, which a kind waitress did, it went back up within a minute! It was impossible to have a chat without screaming at each other. Whatsapp would have been a better option if you wanted to chat. We wouldn't have minded if they played Caribbean music (isn't that the theme?!) but they were playing c***! There are many other nice restaurants in SG. Give this a miss. So not worth it!