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The Garden Slug

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Address: #01-59/60/61, Bright Centre, 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, 425500
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The Garden Slug's relaxed casual atmosphere and friendly, attentive service, makes it the perfect place to share a family-style meal, meet for happy hour with friends, host a private event, or sit in a quiet corner with a good book. Whether you're craving a hearty meal or a healthy snack, our menu features gourmet burgers, rustic pastas, gigantic sharing platters and fit-food options. Down-to-earth food with a twist, made from scratch daily in our kitchen. Come as you are and feel at home right away.

Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 22:30

Fri: 11:00 - 22:30

Sat, Sun & PH: 09:00 - 20:30

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My home restaurant in Singapore, food avant garde at friendly diner

I'm a frequent traveller and I tend to find a few places that feel like coming home. The Garden Slug is my Singapore home restaurant. 

I have been to enough fancy places in remarkable settings and never quite had a food experience like this any place else. It knocks your socks off from your mundane existence and into some other place. Not everything on the menu will do that but some of the items do pull the rug from under you, land you on your bottom wondering "what just hit me"? "Delicious" doesn't do it, this stuff doesn't make you "feel good", forget all that. This is Food Science Fiction, served by understated, composed yet excruciatingly talented young people.

 While the food is all that, the setting is an ordinary but cosy, cute place where you can eat and talk and relax, no blaring music or noisy sports commentators. It's an unassuming little place in residential Siglap. That too throws you off - you're experiencing Food Nirvana and all around you, everything just looks normal. Couples on a date, families celebrating some birthday, college kids working on a project.

I first had the Spicy Sausage Gumbo in 2008 and was disappointed to return years later to learn that it was no longer on the menu. I'd never forgotten it. This time around, I was flying in from -6 degrees in poorly-insulated China and dammit I wanted that gumbo. I'd written in and asked Aaron, one of the two owners if they would make me the gumbo so they knew I was coming. I'd sat down about 10 minutes looking through the menu before it arrived. Now, I'm no big fan of tomato-based food but this one had such a natural-tasting tomato base, balanced across fiery, earthy and a tiny bit tangy. It was healthy, a just-right portion for my diet, had the Bratwurst sausages for protein, a mix of veggies, plenty of garlic for the immunity, little grains of rice worked in for minimal carbs and Caribbean spice (so good I'd snuck out my little notebook and tried to steal the recipe). After the initial kick had worn off, I was warm, hearing "cheek-cheekaboom cheek cheekaboom" playing in my head.

Now this gumbo came accompanied by another startling piece of work. I'd been battling between wanting something with lemongrass and their homemade ginger beer while wanting a shot of something. Aaron came back with a cocktail made by Wan Yi that smelled simply fresh with the basil leaf and lemongrass stalks and the slightest hint of alcohol to get me going. I'd been chatting when I'd reached out and taken a generous sip, that stopped me in my tracks. My mind took a giant step onto some high ledge and was admiring the view in some parallel universe. Ensuing sips were balanced, flavourful, not too sweet, just elegant...

Dessert was flaxseed pancakes with cinnamon, strawberries, maple caramel, walnuts and a shot of Cointreau with toffee sauce on the side. Beautiful texture that felt healthy and wholesome. 

Thumbs up, Slug. You guys are terrific at "underpromise and over-deliver". I will be back.
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• 01 Feb 2016 • 1 review • 0 follower

My home restaurant in Singapore, food avant garde at friendly diner

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I'm a frequent traveller and I tend to find a few places that feel like coming home. The Garden Slug is my Singapore home restaurant. 

I have been to enough fancy places in remarkable settings and never quite had a food experience like this any place else. It knocks your socks off from your mundane existence and into some other place. Not everything on the menu will do that but some of the items do pull the rug from under you, land you on your bottom wondering "what just hit me"? "Delicious" doesn't do it, this stuff doesn't make you "feel good", forget all that. This is Food Science Fiction, served by understated, composed yet excruciatingly talented young people.

 While the food is all that, the setting is an ordinary but cosy, cute place where you can eat and talk and relax, no blaring music or noisy sports commentators. It's an unassuming little place in residential Siglap. That too throws you off - you're experiencing Food Nirvana and all around you, everything just looks normal. Couples on a date, families celebrating some birthday, college kids working on a project.

I first had the Spicy Sausage Gumbo in 2008 and was disappointed to return years later to learn that it was no longer on the menu. I'd never forgotten it. This time around, I was flying in from -6 degrees in poorly-insulated China and dammit I wanted that gumbo. I'd written in and asked Aaron, one of the two owners if they would make me the gumbo so they knew I was coming. I'd sat down about 10 minutes looking through the menu before it arrived. Now, I'm no big fan of tomato-based food but this one had such a natural-tasting tomato base, balanced across fiery, earthy and a tiny bit tangy. It was healthy, a just-right portion for my diet, had the Bratwurst sausages for protein, a mix of veggies, plenty of garlic for the immunity, little grains of rice worked in for minimal carbs and Caribbean spice (so good I'd snuck out my little notebook and tried to steal the recipe). After the initial kick had worn off, I was warm, hearing "cheek-cheekaboom cheek cheekaboom" playing in my head.

Now this gumbo came accompanied by another startling piece of work. I'd been battling between wanting something with lemongrass and their homemade ginger beer while wanting a shot of something. Aaron came back with a cocktail made by Wan Yi that smelled simply fresh with the basil leaf and lemongrass stalks and the slightest hint of alcohol to get me going. I'd been chatting when I'd reached out and taken a generous sip, that stopped me in my tracks. My mind took a giant step onto some high ledge and was admiring the view in some parallel universe. Ensuing sips were balanced, flavourful, not too sweet, just elegant...

Dessert was flaxseed pancakes with cinnamon, strawberries, maple caramel, walnuts and a shot of Cointreau with toffee sauce on the side. Beautiful texture that felt healthy and wholesome. 

Thumbs up, Slug. You guys are terrific at "underpromise and over-deliver". I will be back.
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• 18 Jan 2016 • 8 reviews • 0 follower

One of the best hidden cafes in Singapore. Ridiculous playlist!!!

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i used to prefer efficient, silent service, the kind where they're not too talky.... but now i really appreciate it when the crew make an effort to be polite, friendly, checking on our table, asking if our food is alright.. little things like that can make me into a regular. the garden slug is definitely one of those rare places that have succeeded.
 
 the food, the service, the ambience, harks back to my years spent in melbourne. staff here are warm, genuine, they don't just give you those 'protocol service smile'.
 
 my absolute favourite is the duck breast pasta. it has turned into a ridiculous craving of late. i'm also sooooo, so happy they do delivery now. cravings curbed in just a few clicks.
 
 i also highly recommend the bork bork chicken burger (make sure you're very hungry, in preparation), cowboy burger, portobello salad, thai ice tea latte, marmite pasta (ask to add veggies), creamy salmon pasta, ribeye beef noodle soup, meatball melt, and all of the breakfast dishes because i love eggs. especially the three little pigs.
 
 the food is well thought-out, great balance of flavours and textures. presentation is not overly fussy, rustic yet presentable. i love how much attention is paid even to the small things like the sides.. proper grilled vegetables and sauteed mushrooms instead of just lazy coleslaw. really good salads and hand-churned mashed potatoes. portions are american/ australian sized portions, so if you're a small eater, bring someone along to help you out!!
 
 one thing i've been dying to say, garden slug... you have a SUBLIME MUSIC PLAYLIST!!! i know i'm weird ha ha ha. one long lunch, i was surprised and delighted to hear the weepies, fur patrol, joni mitchell, soundtracks from my fav tv shows... srsly omg these are things i never really hear anywhere else! the bestie and i were there 3 hours one time, and did not hear a single song repeating (haha yes i notice these things..) WHO PUT TOGETHER THIS MIND-BLOWING PLAYLIST WILL YOU PLS MARRY ME!!! xoxo
 
 my biggest regret is not discovering the garden slug sooner. i am constantly torn between wanting to selfishly keep this discovery to myself, and telling the whole world about it. guess which side won, yoda.
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• 21 Oct 2015 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

My favourite chillax place in all of Singapore

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I have been coming here for years. From the time I was an undergraduate, to my first job, and my bf and I even had our first date here! (: I've brought my family here numerous times, both local and from overseas. This place holds so many memories for me! Above everything else, the best thing is we can bring Rocco our baby chihuahua to eat with us! (:

The food always brings a warmth to my heart. Good portions, beverages always creative, and the menu changes from time to time. They also have weekly and daily specials. No two visits are ever the same, which is why I keep coming back!

It's hard for me to describe the taste of the food, except that I love it and sometimes -you can ask my bf- I actually have dreams about the food hahaaa! All I can say is that they have mastered the art of producing home-cooked tasting food, without all the commercialized taste. Even the premises feels like someone's home. That someone being my grandpa. While some of my friends call it "run-down" (rude!!) , I rather say it's "derelict chic". 

I had the pleasure of speaking to (I think) one of the owners last weekend and learned they are soon celebrating their 9th anniversary. Wahh, I commend their resilience! The Garden Slug is what I call a first-wave cafe, before all the hipster places sprouted up. And to be able to survive this long - they must be doing something right! Most places close down within a year of opening.

I also love the witty banter on their social media like twitter and facebook. They sometimes run little competitions and giveaways. In the years I've been following, I've actually won two contests! :P

The Garden Slug constantly evolves and I am not only stoked but also honoured to be able to witness this evolution. Times are a little hard for all retail these days, not just with world market but also haze!!! I just hope my favourite chillax place will continue to stay strong through these trying times.

My favourite dish is the aglio olio and I always ask to add lots of veggeis and shrimp! My favourite drink used to be the peach soda but now I cannot get enough of the Red Velvet juice.

Recently they have launched some new loose leaf teas, where I can sniff and try to blend my own. I only learned of it after I had ended my meal last time. That's the next I'm going to try the next visit!

Just only one thing for the Slug - I really do wish you would do delivery! (:
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