There are around 20 Ananas Cafes in Singapore, strategically located at or nearby MRTs. Ananas cafe specializes in providing food that is fast, cheap and convenient. Their meals are sold at extremely cheap prices, with a $2 for a Nasi Lemak and $2 for a plate of Chicken Rice - these two dishes being their 2 most popular ones.
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One of the cheapest food in Singapore
Ananas Cafe is located mostly in the basement level of MRT stations, such as Paya Lebar and Aljunied. It is famous for its cheap food, which is increasingly harder to find in Singapore - $2 for a plate of Nasi Lemak and $2.50 for Chicken rice. While cheap, the food tastes pretty decent
As a student, I’d always visit Ananas cafe for lunch as it’s within my budget. Therefore, Ananas was really my savior when I needed to save up for tickets to the Taylor Swift concert or whatnot. However, the food at Ananas is largely deep fried and not exactly the healthiest meal option.
On the whole, i would highly recommend Ananas to students and even working adults who are saving money and do not mind having deep fried food. If not, Cai Fan at hawker centres may be a healthier option!
$2 for a reason (but still pretty good)
There was a period of time two years ago where I was really severely broke. I can't remember the reason why (I should, really, to prevent it from happening again) but I was really so broke I couldn't even buy a meal at the food court. Ananas brings back memories of such a tough period of time but it's really been a saviour for me.
I think they raised the prices but they used to sell their chicken rice and nasi lemak at $2 only. It was actually pretty good for $2 and I've even seen other stalls that are of lower quality even though they sell at such extravagant prices. I really liked their Lemon Chicken rice, but the memory of eating it wasn't really enjoyable since I sat outside on a dirty ledge that rounded a tree and ate in front of a large passing crowd (I was really broke, you see). Still, it tastes pretty good even though the rice is quite dry and the chicken is a bit bland.
All in all, Ananas is really the place to go when you're on a very tight budget. Fills your stomach without breaking your already broken wallet!
Fast, Good and Cheap
As a student of Jurong Junior College, the Ananas Cafe located at Boon Lay MRT has been a convenient eatery for a quick bite. After a long day of lessons followed by co-curricular activities, I would usually be famished after my rugby practices. Coupled with my desire to get home as quick as possible, my craving for a quick meal could be easily satisfied with a trip to the MRT station.
The food comes quick, tasty and fulfilling. I'm a big fan of the Nasi Lemak stall, and it's always my number one choice when I'm there. The Ananas branch is often located at convenient places, where hungry customers can easily fill their stomachs before embarking on their journey.
Ideal Eatery For The Budget
Ananas Cafe is famous for its budget menu. Located nearby MRT stations, commuters going home or travelling to places can patronize this stall easily. They also do have a dining area for certain outlets.
Some of the hot orders include their $2 to $2.20 Chicken Rice and also their $1.90 to $2.00 Nasi Lemak. (I just found out that the Bukit Batok Branch sells their Chicken Rice at only $1.80!). Of course, these prices varies from outlets to outlets. The portion they give isn't much, so you might want to add some sides to go with it.
Even though Ananas Cafe offers variety of dishes at budget prices, some of their food can be quite expensive. I bought white vermicelli with 1 vegetable and 1 meat at the Tiong Bahru branch at one time and they charge me $3.50. Both my sister and I felt that it was expensive. I never went back.
However, other branches seem fine. I remember buying Nasi Lemak with 1 extra meat from the Redhill branch and it cost only about $3.00. The rice isn't a lot but it is enough to make you full.
In conclusion, I find that the Ananas Cafe is a convenient place for consumers to go. But we need to be careful in certain outlets and to beware that we don't get ripped off.
Good enough to fill 70% of my stomach
I do patronize ananas regularly due to its economical value so let me give some updates. At some mrt, you do not find $2 nasi lemak or chicken rice anymore. They have been increased to $2.20 now.
I have taken their chicken rice at quite a few places so let me give some comparison. As i stay in the east, so i wouldnt go to ananas in the west just to eat their chicken rice. I mainly take the chicken rice instead of nasi lemak.
I have taken chicken rice at Pasir Ris MRT, Kembangan MRT, Aljunied MRT, Outram MRT and Tiong Bahru. The portion are the same. Reasonable amount of rice and few chicken pieces and the person serving would deliberately slapped the chicken pieces flatter so that they look more "wholesome". At Outram Mrt, you have the option to request for $3 chicken rice.
Taste is about the same. However the chilli is not. My sense is that cooking of the chicken rice they may have used the same seasoning package but as for the chilli, they probably would have to make their own. Depending on your tastebud whether you like it spicy or more watery or more garlic taste, each of these cafes have a different chilli taste.
I find the chilli at outram less watery; the chilli at aljunied abit too hot and the chilli at kembangan & Tiong Bahru too watery. IMHO, i like the chilli best at Pasir Ris MRT. It is alittle watery though but it has a good amunt or garlic taste which i personally like.
For chicken rice, the rice though should be fragrant, but the chilli is important too. Hence my personal preference is the cafe at Pasir Ris. And yes, they are still selling at $2 instead of $2.20
Hygiene is a problem.
Let me say the good things first. Ananas cafe is one of those cheapest economic eateries you can find all around Singapore. It's very convenient and relatively short queue according to my experience. It is definitely one of the place to grab a quick bite if you trying to save. 2 dollars for a plate of chicken rice is reasonable for its portion and some even provide skinless chicken which is a healthier choice! My personal favourite will still be the chicken wing Nasi Lemak set . The Sambal was just right for me, it's a perfect combination with the rice.
One thing I cannot stand is the hygiene. I remember the some of them aren’t wearing gloves and apron. I noticed flies are everywhere especially at the seats. The seats are covered by this thin layer of oil which makes me feels a little uncomfortable when having my meals. Plates are not cleared results in birds claiming all the leftovers. It is best to ask for takeaway.
Economic and delicious
One of the best places to grab a quick bite in my opinion.
The portions are reasonable, chicken wings are both crispy and tender (something we don't find very often in 'roadside' stalls), not to mention the various add-on you can mix and match from.
My personal favorite would be the chicken wing nasi lemak set with added hashbrown.
Can't go wrong with that.
As Singaporeans, most of us love chili. Can't eat without chili. 'Die die must have'.
So fret not, the chili at Ananas Cafe does not disappoint. Spicy and with a tinge of sweetness.
The perfect compliment to the fragrant rice.
However, if you're having the munchies during lunch hour then be mentally prepared to wait.
Though it is indeed worth the wait.
Strapped for cash? Step right here!
You'd be lying if you told me that you're a Singaporean who's never eaten here. Who hasn't? At least just to try if food costing $2 is palatable, right?
Honestly, despite the chicken rice portions being measly, and the fact that the amount of chicken strips being given can be counted with the fingers on one hand, with oil that can be detected on the rice, the chicken meat, the chicken's skin itself... you can't deny that it really does have the essence of chicken rice. But where's the soup? I love slurping on chicken rice soup after I'm done with the meal! Oh there isn't any soup? Okay.
I typically dislike eating nasi lemak from convenience stalls such as this because being of Malay descent, we sure have pride in our nasi lemak. If the rice isn't fragrant and fluffy, if the sambal isn't to our liking - even if the side dishes are awesome, you'd see us shaking our heads in disdain with an expression akin to McKayla's. I've only eaten the nasi lemak from Ananas once, and honestly? Please don't. How can it be 'fatty rice' when the rice is just, well, normal rice which seems as though it's been left out for quite a while, what with it being hard and separated.
The echo the overview above, you're most definitely paying for 'fast, cheap and convenient' food when you dine at any Ananas. Considering that there are many stalls now, and more to come, I'd have to say there must be something about the establishment that works with Singaporeans.
You get what you pay for.
Ananas Cafe - A quick-stop eatery for those on the go. I never expect anything much when I visit the outlets at Boon Lay MRT and at Potong Pasir MRT. I usually order their chicken rice, which seems to be a crowd favourite. Although the portions of chicken are small, I usually order the boiled egg to go along to make up for it.
At a price of $2.00, it is a steal. They serve it with quite alot of rice, and prepare it on the spot. The garlic chilli is good, not too watery and actually spicy. Together with a canned drink which costs $1, it's actually possible to have a decently good meal for $3, which is quite rare today. Although their service leaves alot to be desired with their sullen faces and unsmiling service, I appreciate their efforts in keeping their meals affordable and simple.
Cheapest food in MRT, Shopping Mall !!!
Don't know where to find cheap food ? Ananas is definitely a wise choice. Although the portion is abit little, but the food there is delicious. Personally, I love the chicken ricet he most. Although it may not be the most delicious chicken rice in Singapore, but its cheap and really convenient.
For students like me and has no working income, I do not wish to spend a 5 dollar meal just on dinner in a shopping mall. Ananas will be an ideal choice for mainly students or people who want to have their stomach filled.
However, my personal advice is not to eat Ananas like regularly. The food I agree, is abit unhealthy. Maybe once or twice a week will be ideal. Overall, 3.5 / 5.