There’s not much privacy to be had at this mid-range eatery, but the food is good, the vibe non-phony and the service largely upbeat. The menu offers starters, mains, snacks and desserts imbued with a local flavor and a slight Les Amis touch (la mian in truffle oil, anyone?). Dishes like the X.O. lo shi fun; laksa udon; and goreng pisang katsu (banana fritters) are great bets.
The Canteen makes the best out of its limited space with clean décor, stylized photographs of street food and a long aisle. There’s not a lot of privacy to be had here, but the food was good, the vibe non-phony and the service largely upbeat—so we didn’t mind. The menu offers starters, mains, snacks, desserts and drinks imbued with a local flavor and the Les Amis touch (la mian in truffle oil, anyone?). Their signature X.O. sauce lo shi fun was a flavorful, slightly spicy mix of lo shi fun, minced pork, century egg and X.O. sauce. We liked it—but the serving could have been larger. The bak kut teh with white pepper was tasty and not too peppery; while the Canteen crab mee pok was a smooth, sinful bowl of mee pok with crab oil, crab meat and a piece of soft shell crab (more crab would be nice). Lastly, the lychee jelly made a refreshing dessert. This is a nice place to have a meal, but not to linger. However, for the relatively steep prices (for local food), The Canteen needs more interesting dishes and great service to justify the pricing.
|Address:||The Canteen, #01-01A1/A2 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., Singapore, 228208 Singapore|
|Open since:||July, 2008|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 9am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available: at Shaw Centre, Takeaway available|
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