SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Shoebox Canteen

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

If the name hasn’t already given the game away, this eatery—colocated with bespoke cocktail bar Bitters & Love—is nice and cozy, seating only 30 diners. They’ve got a compact, rotating menu featuring hearty burgers and expertly cooked Western mains like fish and chips. With so many other dinner options in the area, it’s easy to pass on Shoebox Canteen’s prettied-up fast food items. But if you’ve got a hankering for a simple comforting lunch, this is hard to beat.

If the name hasn’t already given the game away, this eatery—co-located with bespoke cocktail bar Bitters & Love—is real cozy, seating only 30 diners, mainly along canteen-style communal tables. Those who don’t work around the CBD and can never make it down for their lunch service will be happy to note that they’ve recently started serving dinner, too.

The compact, rotating menu features hearty standards such as their signature homemade beef burger ($19), which—though still relatively juicy—is a touch overdone and overwhelmed by a too-heavy egg bun. You’d do better to order the Weihenstephaner beer-battered snapper and chips ($18), which is technically faultless with a light crisp shell encasing some incredibly tender fish.

We also like their more sophisticated off-the-menu specials, like the crisp-skinned duck confit ($24), which goes great with homey sides (from $5) including a bread basket and mash potatoes.

With so many other dinner options in the area, it’s easy to pass on Shoebox Canteen’s prettied-up fast food items in favor of something more exotic (think Latin grub at SUR or Japanese robatayaki at Tamashii Robataya). But if you’ve got a hankering for a simple comforting lunch or crave a bite with your drinks (Bitters and Love’s bar snacks are quite insubstantial, even if delicious), this is just the ticket.

Venue Details
Address: Shoebox Canteen, 36 North Canal Rd., Singapore, 059292 Singapore
Phone: 9296-4836
Website: www.facebook.com/ShoeboxCanteen
Area: Boat Quay
Cuisine: Western
Price Range: $
Open since: January, 2013
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 6-9pm
Nearest trainClarke Quay
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