The Coastal Settlement
The Coastal Settlement - a casual dining restaurant, cafe and bar, provides you the one of its kind village home-like environment, with a view of Mother Nature’s plantation of greens and a peek of the sea. Take a break and extricate yourself from your hectic metropolitan lifestyle and allow yourself to enter an aura of relaxation in a halcyon atmosphere.
The more memorable dish I had there were the Truffle Fries, and I loved how they were very generous with the Truffle oil and had that oh-so-crispy crunch. In fact, my friends and I were literally competing for the fries because it was that delectable. The calamari we had was less impressive though, as it tasted quite ordinary. We had the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza as well, and I was sold at the texture of the thin crust and the savoury taste of the prosciutto coupled with the thinly shredded cheese and tomatoes.
The place is relatively accessible as the bus stop is only a short distance away from the entrance, but only one bus service plies this route, so do take note. There is a car park right beside TCS and it is free parking with sufficient lots, so that is one major plus point.
I practically squealed at the sight of the cute vintage cars outside and it became a shriek when I saw the interior decoration. Vintage motorcyles and bicycles lined the walls and 60's furniture adorned the the corners and walls. Accompanied by soft lighting, this is the type of place where you'd clasp hands with your lover across the table and spoon-feed each other desert.
I can't really remember what my family and I ordered except the truffle fries and the waffles and let me just say one thing - THE WAFFLES ARE TO DIE FOR. However, I shall bravely hold in my excitement and talk about the truffle fries first.
Quite expensive for the portion given, and slightly too oily. I don't know if it's just me, but the I had to eat a few fries before I could actually taste any truffle. That aside, the fries are fried to that perfect, rarely achieve crisp and salted ever so slightly. Just smelling it made my mouth water. Literally. I swear I drooled a teensy bit. They come in a rectangular metal tin which I thought was pretty unique compared to that common wicker basket.
Now... the waffles.
I have honestly never tasted waffles so crispy, yet soft and spongey at the same time. The amount of syrup drizzled on top is just right, not too much and not too little. The bananas arranged neatly beside it were sweet and ripe. The strawberries were a tad too sour for my liking, though. The ice cream is your average chocolate ice cream but put them all together and BAM! Perfection on a plate.
The only thing that made me pout was it's location. It is really out of the way. hiding in a small, obscure corner. I quickly realised that only had I a car would bringing my friends and loved ones here be a breeze.
For some odd reason I decided to try the Toasty sandwich. And I do not regret. The sandwich was absolutely, positively divine. Just layers and layers and layers of thinly sliced ham and melted cheese encased in the most deliciously toasted bread- warm and crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside. Just so good.
In fact it was so good, I had to try another. And so I ordered the Reuben sandwich. To all meat lovers, this is the sandwich to die for. It has layers of beef covered in cracked black pepper, with crunchy pickles, and gosh, it was just heaven in my mouth. Maybe it was just that crunchiness of the toast and the pickles, or maybe it was just that mountain of beef in my mouth that sent me on cloud nine. I can't even begin to describe it.
The best part is even if you can't stand vegetables, like me, you'll still love these sandwiches because you can't even taste the vegetables. You might not even know it's there.
Simply the best sandwich experience ever.
Another dish that they serve that I absolutely adore are the Portobello Fries. I had heard that they tasted delicious and I decided to give it a shot. Definitely something you can't afford to miss.
It's served hot and fresh to your table together with a side of mayonnaise. The mayonnaise is just so good with a slight hint of truffles, and it goes really well with the Portobello Fries. The fries itself are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Extremely tasty and delectable especially for the mushroom lovers.
Not only is the food great, but the ambience of the restaurant is just simply magical. It has a rather vintage theme with warm yellow lights, beautifully crafted wooden frame mirrors, pictures on the walls, old telephones at the entrance, and even chairs hanging from the ceiling.
Although the food is pricey, I feel that this is one place that's worth your money.
I shared the weekend brunch with my friend. It came with a half chicken, and a bowl of truffle fries. The truffle fries were delish! One bite into it and the flavour bursts into your mouth! Yums. The chicken was slightly too salty, but tender and juicy enough on the whole. My other friends had the breaakfast combo and rosti. The rosti is nothing like marches'. Much nicer, in my opinion, and much more filling. There were no complains for the breakfast combo either.
The ambience is picture perfect, vespas lining the walls, and you sit on mismatched furniture. Since it is such an ulu place, there is the 'out of the world' feeling too, like you can just sit and relax and think about life. We even caught sight of these two toucans on our way out. They were a beauty! Pity my fingers werent fast enough to snap a picture.
We had the must-try truffle fries, which was delicious! The fries were crispy and not too oily. The fragrance of the truffle oil fills my mouth with each bite I took. Their truffle fries was almost as good as the one at PS cafe, which is one of the best truffle fries I have ever tasted. We also ordered a wagyu beef and mushroom pizza which was absolutely delicious! The bite size wagyu beef was juicy, tender yet flavorful. The mushroom complemented the entire cheesy goodness.
Lastly, we ordered a dessert to share. The sea salt caramel cheesecake was not bad! The caramel sauce wasn't too sweet but I felt that the base could have been thicker and crispier.
Overall, a very enjoyable meal albeit slightly pricey. Though the location is abit out of the way, I would definitely head back for more wagyu beef and mushroom pizza!
Putting the location aside, this café is a great place for you to slack your weekend away. When I first stepped in, I was awed by the vintage and retro feel this place gives. On your right, you will see a vintage old car surrounded by many other small items. That particular corner seems messy though, so you will probably need a good 5-10 minutes to explore. Other than that, there are also a few motorbikes placed on top of the shelves.
I am totally in love with their Portobello fries, it’s simply unique and awesome! Remember to order this if you ever visit this café, as I have never seen this dish anywhere else so far.
You can also choose to sit indoor or outdoor. Since the café is tucked away from the city, the surrounding is quiet and peaceful enough for you to do some alfresco dining. And I have to say that their toilet is well-maintained too. Only thing is, I find the prices a little too steep. Overall, it’s a great place to chillax!
The menu was quite extensive, and I was surprised to see that they serve rosti, since not many places have them. I ordered the rosti with sausages and am satisfied with the taste of it. However, the portion was a bit small for it’s price.
Do note that this cafe is really secluded and is best reached by personal transport. It might be inconvenient, but I guess that's the beauty of it; It allows you to escape from the fast paced life of the city for awhile.
I reached this place on a weekday around 7pm and it was only 1/5 full. However, later in the night, around 8plus, it was almost 3/4 full! Mostly big families and big groups. Most of the seating in this place also seem to cater more for large groups. My date and I were seated on the sofa couch near the glass panel and it was nice as we can peer out into the lush greenery before it got too dark.
Food was a little disappointing. Mushroom Portobello starter was average even though I have read good reviews of it and was pretty much looking forward to it. Their shoestring truffle fries were alright, and their wings were the worst of all the 3 starters we ordered. All priced around $15. We ordered the Bangers & Mash which took really long to be served. So much so that my usually patient date actually complained to me about it.
Our waitress was friendly and paid a lot of attention to us until the place got too crowded. We had to wait for more than 15 minutes for our bill! We gave up waiting, went to their cashier counter and had to wait for another 5 minutes. They are seriously under-staffed.
Overall, i would come here with my buddies for a couple of drinks or two but definitely will not be having their food anytime soon.
The ambience at the coastal settlement was great, very laid-back and chill. Once I entered i felt very much like I was on holiday or at a beach resort. There's the option of alfresco dining and also the option to sit indoors. We chose to sit indoors at first but later shifted outdoors as the air conditioning was quite chilly.
The decor indoors was refreshing, very different from any other food establishment i've been to in Singapore. The decor struck me as something between vintage and rustic and it we spent a good ten to fifteen minutes just taking in the interesting pieces of furniture that they had on display.
When we shifted outdoors, the tables overlooked a playground. It was actually more of a place to take photos rather than a playground. There was a swing set (the one you find in gardens where 2 people can fit on each side facing each other) and various other structures.
The service was good and so was the food. The food is mostly western and there were some interesting starters and mains on the menu. But the highlight of the place is definitely the ambience and the decor.
Prices for the food is pretty expensive. expect to spend at least $20-$30 per person.
The Coastal Settlement, albeit being difficult to locate, is a quaint restaurant with nicely done decorations that create a cottage feel to it. Vintage cars are placed outside the restaurant and they were so cute! The ambience was quite cosy and yet the restaurant seems classy at the same time. My friends and I sat indoors as there was a large group of us. I think the alfresco dining would be perfect in the afternoon! The food was a huge disappointment though and we were all quite upset as the prices can go quite steep. I had the ribeye rosti. The ribeye was very salty and the rosti was super oily. Few of my friends had the spaghetti- Prawn Aglio Olio and Black Pepper Crab Spaghetti I think. But they all tasted mediocre or even worse than mediocre. We had the portobello fried mushrooms and that was delicious. Truffle fries was a disappointment too. My bill summed up to around $46 and I felt that it was really not worth it as I can have better steak elsewhere at a much more reasonable price too.
I guess this restaurant might be more suited for tea time desserts and some drinks while chilling out with your friends, provided you have cars. If not, I do not really recommend going this restaurant for the food or be prepared to be disappointed.