Friday, May 28, 2010
Hot Box Bistro - Restaurant-style Western Fare in a Coffeeshop
This plate of Creamy Mix Spaghetti - garlic, bacon and shiitake mushrooms in cream sauce - was much better than I'd hoped for. Served piping hot, the pasta was of a good firmness. The bacon and mushrooms were juicy and generously given. Portion was just right too - I felt satisfied without the cream getting to me. All in all, a well-executed dish for S$7.
Thanks to a reader of mine who wrote in, I discovered this coffeeshop stall named Hot Box Bistro. The only problem was I live in the East and it was so far away in the West. Jurong West Avenue 1, to be precise. But as luck would have it, I was at the Science Centre yesterday for the Pixar exhibition, so I hopped onto a feeder bus after that to suss out this place. After all, how can you not be curious about an eatery with a name like that?
Turns out they serve quite a few things besides pasta. It all looks so tempting, too bad I only had one stomach.
Here's their menu. Click for bigger version to see details.
What also surprised me was the line-up of condiments they presented. Salt and black pepper (in Cole & Mason grinders no less), Parmesan cheese, chili flakes and tabasco sauce (not in photo). I also got my cutlery with paper napkin in a separate tray. This may just be a coffeeshop, but Hot Box Bistro wants to replicate the restaurant experience. Head chef and co-owner Jesmond Lim used to work in restaurants and food courts before branching out on his own here, in late April.
Service here is also exceptionally good. Look for the server who has tattoos covering both arms. He is very prompt, proactive and polite. I watched him serve an older lady with respectful deference.
I'm glad this turned out to be a nice find (thanks, Vicky/Rui Yun). Despite the distance, I'm actually tempted to go back to try some other stuff. I also hope Jesmond manages to find premises in the East (they are scouting for a bigger place). You can join their Facebook page for updates.
HOT BOX BISTRO
Block 503 Jurong West Avenue 1
Tel: +65 6560-3880
Open 11.30am - 10pm (closed Tuesdays)
Here's a map, if you need help finding the location. Nearest MRT is Lakeside.
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