Prince Coffee House's cutlery are the same priceless Pyrex from the old days. They sell good Oxtail Stew, Pork Chops and steak served on Ox-shaped hotplates.
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A Nostalgic Coffee House Perfect for Families and Friends
Dinner at Prince Coffee House with my family was always a highlight since my childhood days.
With its orange lamps, red-and-white checkered placemats, antique cash register and music from the 60s playing in the background, the restaurant seemed to be a place frozen in time. From what I'd heard, the restaurant supposedly had very early beginnings serving Hainanese and Western food to our British colonial masters - which probably explains the restaurant owner's desire to preserve its vintage atmosphere.
An all time favourite of my sister and I were the affordably priced student meals, particularly the chicken chop set. The lightly salted dark sauce, tender chicken meat, thick creamy soup always left memorable after-tastes in our mouths, which kept us coming back for more.
Our parents, on the other hand, just loved the restaurant's yam cakes, which we would occasionally order as a takeaway, and their signature Hainanese beef hor fun sets. According to them, the beef and sauce went very well together, unlike in many other restaurants, where the sauce would often be too thick or peppery.
Even with its move to Haji Lane a few years ago, the coffee house has still not lost its original ambience and the food still tastes just as good. Though sometimes crowded, especially on weekends, it definitely makes a perfect dining place for families and small get-togethers with friends.