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Kombi Rocks Diner

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66 Yio Chu Kang Road Singapore 545568
 
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Listing created by Leigh on April 26, 2012    

The first and only kombi diner offering dishes with over 40 years tradition in a retro automotive setting. Their kombi rides can also be rented out for weddings and other occasions.

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A step back into the past

Kombi Rocks diner is uniquely decorated with lots of vintage accessories and Beatles memorabilia, which makes customers feel as if they're dining in a vintage era. What makes this place stand out is probably the row of Kombi cars parked outside the diner.

I thought the place would only sell snacks, but it turns out that they sell a lot of proper food, zi-char style. The mee goreng is pretty good for its price. We ordered a few other dishes to share too, but nothing really stood out. Also, we ordered two jugs of honey green tea, but they were awfully tasteless, it just felt like we were drinking tea-flavoured water.

Kombi Rocks is a good place to chill at, especially for car lovers who want to look at the vintage cars, but the food isn't really that fantastic. Overall, it's a pretty cool retro dining experience.

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Vintage diner experience

Kombi Rocks screams vintage. The entire restaurant is filled with old toys, 60s coca cola posters and signs. And oh yeah, they have an actual Volkswagen Kombi parked right outside. Kombi Rocks gets its name from the famous VW model that appears in numerous vintage posters,

What's cool about it is that you can actually go on a joy ride on the Kombi! Cool concept aside, the food is alright. With a combination of Thai and local cuisine, dishes that I ordered - mee goreng, kailan with taukee and fish maw soup - were a little too heavy on the MSG.

With the owner no longer at the helm of the kitchen, the revamped decor comes at the price of food quality taking a bit of a dip. Thankfully, it's a positive net result, so Kombi Rocks is still worth the trip.

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Cute, unique dining place!

Kombi Rocks really rocked my socks!!! This place is named after a famous Volkswagen vehicle design which is really cute. Google "Volkswagen kombi" and you will see why this cafe is named as such. The whole place feels really vintage and like an old American diner place. It feels so American! But I had a surprise later on. Read on to find out :p

I was really impressed with the whole decor and the little details that the owner had included in the whole design of the place. It is also a really fresh concept considering that it is the first of its kind in Singapore. A cafe with a vintage Volkswagen theme? Bring me back to the 80s! The cafe not only serves food but also has the Kombis for hire if you are looking for one to use as a prop for your photoshoot. Famous photographer Bobby Kiran Yeo often takes his pictures here!

Inside the cafe, the interior is really unique as well. It makes the whole ambience feel so good and nostalgic. The tiles, the tables and chairs... I can say that Kombi's interior is one of the most cosy ones. The menu is really cute as well - made of yellowed paper!

The food served here is of Thai fusion dishes and not classic american dishes if you are wondering. Yes, that's the surprise! Thai food at a Volkswagen themed diner? Makes everything more quirky don't you think so? I had the basil chicken rice and my friend had a tom yum soup noodle dish. I really liked my food (maybe because I was in a really good mood). The basil and chicken were really fragrant, then again, anything with basil has a strong standing in my heart. My friend said she wished that her tom yum was more spicy. Overall, great place with a cool automobile concept. I will be here again despite this place being sooo far from where I stay. Highly recommended!

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Where were the Volkswagen vans?

Kombi Rocks Diner is such a kitschy and quirky place to be at. Clearly, the owner has put in a lot of thought and effort into preserving history here, which makes for a nostalgic and heartwarming visit. I especially love the paintings on the walls.

The menu boosts of a hearty mix of local and breakfast dishes. The fried rice I had was out of this world, and I highly recommend it. The mee goring was pretty well done too, but I got sick of it after awhile. Pancakes were so-so and hardly worth the price you’re paying for. In fact, everything here is rather overpriced, but I suppose you’re paying for the novelty factor.

Unfortunately I hardly saw any Volkswagen vans, so I left disappointed as those were my main purpose for visiting the diner.

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Great efforts put into the theme

I haven’t tried Kombi rocks food before, but I last went there for a friend’s birthday party. I’m really amazed at the efforts put into Kombi rocks to bring out the vintage feel.

Every little detail is taken care of. Their glass bottles, vintage framed photos, clocks of different sizes and year, marble desks and wooden chairs all bring out the nostalgic feeling of the old days. For people who love to camwhore, the few Volkswagen vehicles certainly make your best partner! The only disappointing fact might be the small area which makes it rather crowded when you are hosting a party.

I was really excited when I searched online about Kombi rocks the day before I went there. And being there certainly did not disappoint me and I will certainly go there again to try out their food!

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For vintage lovers

The decor of the entire cafe was very well done, I must say. The Kombi vans outside, the vintage clocks, furniture, utensils added a great touch to the ambience of the cafe. I am sure people who were born in the 1950s/1960s will be able to appreciate it more.

Food wise, it was just passable. Not too fantastic. I was recommended to have the fish maw soup, which was alright. It tasted similar to shark's fin soup, just that it is without the shark's fin. We also ordered a fish hor fun. The fish slices weren't fresh and there was too much vegetables and too little fish slices.

I probably would not go back for a meal but the great decor and ambience did not make this trip a wasted one.

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(Updated: November 25, 2012)

Acceptable food, great decor and ambiance!

The first thing which struck me was all the vintage vehicles lined up outside the restaurant. Other than giving the place a touch of classiness, it also helps people to easily find it as it is located rather inconveniently. For drivers, parking is rather challenging, though if you don't mind walking, there is a carpark just across the road.

On to the food. The food they serve are more towards oriental food. The hor fun was great, and so was the crab-paste chicken, and the red wind chicken. However, there is not much variety to choose from, slightly less than average. Also, it is rather expensive, and based on the food itself, I would say there are better choices for value.

That said, the value with this cafe/restaurant lies in its ambiance. On the inside, there are simple but classy decorations such as a vintage guitar hanging on the wall and some classy signboards. There are also sofas on the outside for those who just want to take a break and have a drink. Don't forget to try their watermelon juice!

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(Updated: September 24, 2012)

Quirky Decor & Great Hor Fun

Located opposite Serangoon Stadium is this cozy café called Kombi Rocks. When you enter the diner, you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time, with the Beatles posters plastered all over the wall, and the cute little Volkswagen parked outside. The ambience is great, and so is the food.

I had the seafood hor fun, and it was really fragrant and packed full of flavour. It has what locals call “wok hei”, which is really difficult to find these days. The portion is bigger than normal, making it value for money. Another item I enjoyed was the crab cakes. They weren’t too oily, and they were tasty as well.

Overall, this place is great for its hor fun, and quirky décor. A great place to have a nice, reasonably priced meal with a friend or loved one.

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Dining at Kombi Rocks is simply that, fuss free and homely.

Kombi rocks certainly stands out from the shops along its street with the vintage cars parked outside it and the eclectic collection of all things old-school inside. It’s a great place to dine with the family especially for parents or even grandparents for whom some of the trinkets bring back fond memories of their childhoods, and sure is a more interesting way to pass the time while waiting for the food.

The best dishes here for me would be their Hor Fun and Red Wine Chicken. I love how the Hor Fun has the slightly “burnt” taste to it, well not really burnt, but has a sort of crisp edge after being stir-fried in the wok. The chicken is nothing fancy, just simple, juicy and flavourful. Dining at Kombi Rocks is simply that, fuss free and homely.

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Tugged at the heartstrings

Kombi Rocks... Rocks. It is truly a rare jewel amidst a overfilled chest of commonplace restaurants and eateries in Singapore. Kombi Rocks is a diner emanating an old-school allure and saccharine nostalgia. At Kombi Rocks, the food served is old-school traditional, thoughtfully cooked and prepared. You can expect your local dishes but doused with tender old-school lovingness.

Upon arriving at Kombi Rocks, your eyes will be peeled, interest piqued and heartstrings tugged. Boys will also secretly squeal on the inside with display of two or three old-school rare volkswagen vans and a vintage motorbike outside. Stepping into the quaint restaurant, there are streamers and well-curated racks and chests of kitschy, quirky and rare trinkets or objects dated to the past. Dining at Kombi Rocks is an adventure in itself that should not be missed.

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