Different Taste Cafe And Restaurant Hot
A small cozy laid-back restaurant where you can taste delicious zi char favourites at a very affordable rate! Two thumbs up for their penang kway teow and honey pork ribs!
- Penang Kway Teow
- Honey Pork Spare Ribs
- Prawn Paste Chicken Wings
No. 9 Jalan Mas Puteh (along West Coast Road) Singapore 128613
111 Frankel Avenue Singapore 458229
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 3 user(s)
Distinctly local, homely, and affordable.
I've been patronising Different Taste for as long as I can remember - starting from when they were a quaint little restaurant at the bowling alley at Pasir Ris that is now the multi-storey carpark beside Ehub. The reason is simple: their food is consistent, tasty, and very affordable.
I have a rule when it comes to eating zichar food - order one dish for every person. Hence, when my family of 6 goes, we usually end up ordering 6 dishes - or more. Some of my favorite dishes include their Sambal Kangkong, their Hotplate Tofu, and their Prawn Paste Chicken. Each is done very well - their sambal kangkong is crispy and has just the right amount of sambal, their hotplate tofu is just like any other, except with a layer of egg at the bottom which makes it extra tasty while their prawn paste chicken is simply put, crispy and delicious.
The clincher for me is their belachan chilli, which one may be hard pressed to find in Singapore nowadays. It's extremely spicy, so beware for those who have weak stomachs or don't like spice. If you are a fan of spice, however, do ask the servers for their belachan, which goes well with their Prawn Paste Chicken, Omelettes, and even Vegetables. If you're extremely adventurous, you might even try pairing it with the Sambal Kangkong.
All in all, their service staff is friendly and the ambience and food homely. The restaurant is often packed on weekends, however, so do make reservations if you intend to go - or go early. They also don't have GST and Service Charge - arguably a trendsetter in this case. Highly recommended if you ever want to have zichar in an air-conditioned setting.
A family restaurant
I have been frequenting their branch at Downtown East since I was young, the food is good, prices affordable and the ideal family restaurant. It is a family restaurant in 2 ways, firstly, it is a good place to have a meal with the family and secondly, the restaurant seems to be a family business with family members of the owner being waiters and other jobs hence giving the place a very homely feel.
This actually feels more like a tze char stall than a restaurant especially seeing how the ambience is closer to that of a bistro than that of a restaurant and the dishes on the menu are also very similar to that of a tze char stall. The food here can be described as comfort food and very local, something I would crave if I were to be overseas.
Good food at reasonable price
Great place with local hawker delights. You will not regret trying their penang kway teow and honey pork ribs. My absolute favourites whenever I frequent the restaurant. The penang kway teow dish gives it a homecooked feel and the honey pork ribs are well-flavoured and definitely blends in well with the noodle dish. And just writing about it now makes it tempting to head out and order those.
So far, I have only visited their branch at Frankel Avenue, and I am relatively pleased with their level of service too. What I love about the place is that diners can choose between the indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor seating. And this makes it convenient for pet-owners who might just drop by with their pets.