A cosy, humble little diner located at Lorong L Telok Kurau, The Garden Slug offers comfortable food – steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups and such. They also cater to parties of all sizes, they’re a speed-dating venue, as well as a unique location for exclusive product launches. The diner can be serve as exhibition space, and ideal for events.
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Good food, friendly staff
The Garden Slug is one of the most relaxing cafes I have been to, as the atmosphere there is great and the staff are really nice and friendly! Of course the food something which I personally love as well.
Mindy's Chicken Pasta is apparently a dish named after someone who repeatedly orders this on her every visit, and I would probably order this pasta dish every time I returned too. It is simply an unforgettable pasta dish with the combination of herbed garlic better and cherry tomatoes, so it does not leave an overpowering taste and is rather refreshing to eat. I would also recommend the signature Brownie Popsicles, with its chocolate-ly goodness that is hard to resist. I got mine on the house, after a funny incident between the staff there and I.
Not an easy place to find, as it is hidden amongst some private housing and the bus stops are some distance away. Finding parking lots here would be a challenge as well.
Not coming here again
The garden slug is another brunch place that has been all over our little island recently. My friend was staying nearby and she said that this brunch place is rather cute (because of its name) and suggested that we check it out. I wished we didn't ate here because the food quality was so bad. The only plus point here is that there is no 17% surcharge of service and GST. We ordered calamari rings and grilled chicken pasta. Both of which were a waste of money AND calories. *disgruntled face*
The calamari rings were rubbery and not piping hot. Portion was quite small. I hate hate hate squid rings that are rubbery and it just didn't taste fresh and appetizing like how calamari should have been. I would rate this 2/10. 2 for the okay tasting sauce that came with it. Moving on, the grilled chicken pasta was so poorly done. The pasta was on the hard side and it was quite dry. The grilled chicken was thin, dry and lacked seasoning. I wasn't enjoying it. I could make better pasta than this. :( The service was sluggish even during a weekday afternoon. I totally understand why this place is called The Garden Slug. The place isn't really accessible as well. Will never come back to visit The Garden Slug again. I believe the grass at the other side of the garden would be much greener!
Slug it out
Yippee for home style cooking. Kudos for the large meals, reasonably well cooked meats, interesting and wide range. Brickbats for the occasional microwave heated macaroni cheese plate… It aspires to taste like home cooking and almost makes it.
Garden Slug is great for good, almost home cooked food, served in a rather noisy and always busy barn of a place in Telok Kurau. Don’t go when there is a kids’ party: the acoustics make you feel that you are sitting in a sound tunnel while they are testing jet engine decibels.
A word of advice: avoid the desserts, unless you love drizzled chocolate sauce, crispy amaretti cookies trying (unsuccessfully) to contain a huge dollop of ice cream, and so on and so on.
Then push your chair back, stand up carefully in case you overbalance, pay the bill and stagger home.
A fun place. Friendly staff. Food? It almost gets there..
Pity about the noise.
Not bad but not great.
I'd read a review on The Garden Slug and decided to have a mini post-birthday celebration for a friend there. Situated in a concentration of private houses, the cosy little diner may easily be missed. The vibrant and well-lit interior of The Garden Slug made me feel like I had just entered a beautiful garden. (You will find no slugs there)
I ordered their pan-seared dory fillet ($17.90) for myself and shared their 'Let's Dig in Platter' ($19.50) with my friends. The pan-seared dory fillet was too salty. The mashed potatoes was a tad bit bland, with the over-salted dory fillet masking the mild taste of the mashed potatoes. Generally, it was a very boring dish and I had a hard time finishing it. I was surprised to know that their 'Let's Dig in Platter' was a recommended dish on their menu, because I thought I was better off without it. Another boring dish that was difficult to finish.
The Garden Slug's food wasn't awful but I did not enjoy the food there. I was hoping for a pleasant surprise (even if it was comfort food) but my anticipation was not reciprocated. Also, the service crew tried their best to be attentive, but I noticed that they struggled as the dining crowd grew.
A little off the topic: I was extremely bothered by the stressed out african grey parrot that belonged to one of the pet shops next to The Garden Slug. To me, it was like bad music playing outside a restaurant and driving their customers away (but less dramatic).
Not for birthday parties
My best friend had her 21st birthday party held at the garden slug. The cafe is quite inaccessible as it is situated in the middle of rows of private houses. Nevertheless, I thought that the cafe was pretty cosy, though small. The food that was served at the birthday party was surprisingly good! Most of the birthday parties I have attended catered food and it was mostly chinese/Asian cuisine. At the garden slug, they served Western food like spaghetti, sausages, fries, etc. It was a nice change!
I enjoyed the food very much. However, according to my friend, she ordered food for 30 pax and she invited about 25 guests but there wasn't enough food for everyone. That made her rather embarrassed as some of her guests who came late did not have anything to eat and the kitchen refused to replenish the food. In the end, the guests who came late either had no food to eat, or had to order from the ala carte menu.
I don't think I would recommend the garden slug as a venue to celebrate birthdays. Otherwise, I heard from some friends that their ala carte menu serves pretty yummy food.
Warm and cosy.
I spent quite a bit of time searching for the perfect place to hold my 21st birthday party when I stumbled across The Garden Slug. It's set in a quiet, secluded place, and for an animal lover like me, the fact that it is surrounded by pet shops is definitely an added bonus! The staff was extremely warm and accommodating, and were more than willing to help with the party planning and organizing. Although for the most part the food was not as delicious as I expected it to be, I'd recommend their salmon cakes, as well as their fruit sodas, served with slices of juicy fruit.
Red Painted Walls.
A restaurant named The Garden Slug does not mean eating garden slugs. Neither does it mean eating in a garden filled with slugs nor eating in a garden. But it sure is a peculiar name for a restaurant.
The place is somewhat hard to find but it is a stone throw away from Eunos MRT. Taking a cab down sets you back to just $7 for the ride. A small, modest restaurant that is located near the private housing, this restaurant is big on cozy atmosphere. Simple furnishing and soft lighting gives off a homely feeling. Outside the restaurant, white furniture line the walkway for customers who prefers to dine outdoors.
Been here thrice so far and each time i was not disappointed with the service and food. Smoked Salmon in old-fashioned cream sauce was the first dish i tried there. The salmon was grilled lightly to maintain its raw colour minus the fishy smell. Mixed with the smooth, creamy sauce, i was convinced that i would come back here again. And i did
The food here is customizable for vegans' needs as well, which is sensitive of the restaurant to take note of the vegans. The Village Tiramisu was light yet creamy without overpowering the mouth. Not only that, one should try Runny Salmon Scramble Up or any of the All Day Breakfast Items. Here is my added value points to end off: No service charge.
Away from the ECP crowd!
Great food, especially for brunch. Big portions & delicious food. i love their scrambled eggs. salmon salad with generous portions of salmon. sandwich was also done right with the bread not overly toasted and eating it was not very messy. food price is also very reasonable. laid back place, unpretentious and it's a great place to spend the weekends. especially after a run or cycling work out at nearby east coast park for those who dislike the weekend crowds at ECP, this is a place to go to!
located away from the main road, it might be hard to find this place or even pass by this place! Hence, it is only via word of mouth or through food blogs. It is about a few minutes walk from the bus stop and parking might be a problem during peak hours even though during peak hours, this place never gets overly crowded. it is also a place that prides itself as 'gay' friendly by welcoming and opening its doors to the LGBT community here.
service staffs are friendly, helpful and attentive. i will definitely return to this place again. for animal lovers, just opposite this place has a pet shop that have many cute kittens. be sure to check them out before or after your meal!