Good news for all NUS friends! This is probably the fastest post I’ve written, because I am nice and I love to share. Here comes a new challenger at our favorite stretch of supper places.
This little space along the stretch of Al Amaan, has changed a number of hands from an Ice Cream Parlor to a cafe, Brew and Bake, and now comes Cheng’s Gourment Food Bar. Would Cheng’s be able to break the case of.. what it seems like.. bad fengshui?
Exactly what the owners of Cheng’s were going for. The Ikea feel. One of the owners of Cheng’s happens to be a fresh grad from NUS, and was previously from Sheares Hall. Wow, MY NEIGHBOR. I forgot to get his name, but I guess you, Sheares people should recognize him. Being a real insider into the student market, he definitely knows what he’s doing. Why?
1) Living in hall means endless times of eating out, because. Hall food.
2) Everyone loves food from Ikea. It is a universal happy food.
3) But Ikea is too far. Probably a 20+ minute bus ride away. We are too lazy to travel. That’s why we stay in hall, right?
4) Eating clean is in trend now. So he got us some relatively clean food.
Since we refuse to go to Ikea, he brought Ikea to us. Great idea. But how did the food exactly fare?
Here’s the menu. They provide a number of mains, ranging from wraps, to a variety of proteins, like fish, beef and chicken.
So, you can choose your main, and it comes with 2 sides which you can choose from a variety of 6 to 9. The sides include mushrooms, mixed rocket leaves, pasta, potato salad and the likes.
We ordered 2 mains, Salmon ($12.90) and Homemade Meatballs ($9.50?). Sorry, didn’t notice the prices, but will edit after I check the next time I’m there. I thought the food was pretty affordable especially since the salmon was the most costly dish in this eatery, priced at $12.90.
My salmon with mixed rocket leaves and mushrooms! Pretty yummy, and the salmon was moist and well seasoned. I loved how soft it is, just like the ones I make at home. Yeah, I’m trying to boast about my culinary poweress here. The mushrooms were also pretty well-seasoned, but I thought my boy made better ones. STILL. It’s good. It’s rare for a place to offer mushrooms as a side since they are considerably expensive, and you can’t really leave them for long. So.. This was pretty awesome. I liked how my salad came with grapes too!
On to the meat balls. Did you know? The meat balls are actually made in house! I thought it was pretty good. It comes with a choice of black pepper or mushrooms sauce. We obviously went with the mushroom sauce. I thought these meatballs could put up a decent fight with the ones made with horse meat. Pretty impressed! The boy didn’t exactly liked how the potato salad tasted though!
We were pretty impressed with the mains that we’ve ordered today. Considering that it’s a rather new establishment of just about 2 weeks old, they have done a good job in sorting out the flavors in their food. The food is no doubt pretty simple, but it feels homely enough.
A gripe I had about the place is that their bakes are from a commercial bakery which most school cafes cater from. Thumbs down. And coffee wise, I wasn’t too keen on trying after looking at the display of pastries. I thought it would be good if they served up better quality bakes and coffee to draw the students from school during the down times of most cafes, that is, from about 3pm to 5pm. Coupled with the free wifi, I would definitely pay to hang around in that comfy, quiet space to get some work done, and then proceed to have dinner there after. I’m pretty sure most students would do so as well, with its affordable pricing.
Cheng’s definitely has potential to counter the bad fengshui, but it needs some tweaking to make things work in their favor.
How to get there?
28 Clementi Road
11am to 11pm, daily.
Last orders: 10.30pm