This hip 32-seat River Valley gastrobar is part-owned by Teng Ei Liang, the chef behind the magical chocolate house of Truffs – so we entered the bright wood-and-brick space with high expectations.
Five & Dime Eatery
Hot 5620 8 0
Located along River Valley road, Five & Dime is pretty inaccessible unless you take a bus or car. It is walkable from Somerset station however, be prepared to walk at least 10 minutes. To prevent being disappointed, make a reservation if you’re planning to go there for dinner. The cafe is well lit in the day because of the position of the cafe that allows sunlight to stream in.
The mentaiko pasta at Five & Dime is one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time. If you’re not a fan of the fishy taste, then you probably wouldn’t like it. I love how the pasta is served tossed in mentaiko sauce with an additional scoop of it on the top. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, but I wished that it could be served slightly warmer. Their mac & cheese didn’t work for me, it got too “jelat” after a while and it was pretty dry.
I’ve yet to try their desserts because I’m always left too full after my main course, but I’ll definitely be back to try their Liu Sha Lava Cake!
Five and Dime is one hard cafe to get to. It is along River Valley Road and only accessible by car or bus. You could try walking there from Clarke Quay or Somerset, but the distance is long and you have to go up a hill most of the way.
Despite the remote location the place is still packed. Maybe some people come twice, because their brunch, lunch and dinner menu all look equally delicious. Their mentaiko pasta is available any time of the day though, and it is crowd-pleaser. The spaghetti is mixed with herbs and covered in a satisfyingly creamy mentaiko sauce. I wish they would use salmon roe instead of cod fish roe though.
If you walked here on a hot day don’t miss the Five and Dime Chocolate, which can comes either iced and hot. All their coffees can be iced too. There are also a variety of smoothies and even cocktails, which you don’t often see at cafes.
I had to share my wholesome goodness after savouring the Golden Custard Lava Cake! Thanks to the enthusiastic recommendation of my friend who also happens to work there, I tried this dessert ($12). It sets the conventional Lava cake apart because the flowy filling is made from custard instead of chocolate. If you're a fan of Liu Sha Bao (Custard Pau), you will love this! It's not on the menu as it's the chef's special, so be sure to specially request for it!
Apart from that, I ordered their signature Mentaiko Spaghetti. The smell hit my senes first, followed by the taste of the cod fish roe and creamy sauce. Was definitely tasty, but the dish would have appealed to me more, for the price of $18, if there was more ingredients than just the roe.
It might be helpful to note that they charge GST & service charge too!
I visited Five & Dime on a weekday afternoon and upon entering the shop, I noticed how all the tables were already reserved!! So remember to make a reservation to prevent yourself from getting disappointed. The whole eatery is bright and well-lit, which I really like! Their brunch menu serves the usual things that other cafes serve - mainly egg dishes, pancakes, big breakfast and the likes BUT they have mentaiko spaghetti here! Something which you can't easily find on brunch menus elsewhere.
The mentaiko spaghetti here is super shiok. I loveee mentaiko and not many places in Singapore serve mentaiko on spaghetti!! The spaghetti is served with a generous topping of mentaiko and once you stir everything in, the mentaiko will coat every spaghetti strand nicely. It's simple fare, just mentaiko and pasta but it hits the right spot. :) My friend had the pancakes and I wouldn't recommend that too. It tasted very thick, dry and heavy :-( I tried soaking it in lots of syrup but a bad pancake is still a bad pancake. I will choose Macdonald's hotcakes over the ones at Five & Dime any day hahaha. Haven't tried the rest of the brunch items but if you're into mentaiko, definitely try the mentaiko spaghetti here!
I was here on a weekday afternoon after a somewhat arduous trek from Somerset to River valley road which they were situated at. When we were there for brunch, the place wasn't very packed and we were greeted with a fabulously decorated interior complete with christmas hang ups and all.
We ordered from their simple brunch-lunch menu of Matcha milkshake, banana tart, big brekkie and a mentaiko pasta. The mentaiko pasta was too salty for my tastebuds unfortunately, but the banana tart with its ice cream topped was brilliant for my sweet tooth. However both drink and dessert was a tad too expensive at 12 bucks each. We weren't aware of the price as both of these dishes were blackboard specials so do keep a lookout in future if you're ordering from their blackboard!
The big brekkie at 22 bucks fare okay for me.. But i loved their thick toasts which was such fun to eat. Would come back here for the ambience itself!
I was having serious pancake withdrawal symptoms and decided to look around the mighty internet for brunch spots in Singapore. Lo and behold, we found this little gem: Five and Dime.
We made a phone reservation a day before, but the little cafe only had seating at 1.45pm on a Saturday. Splendid. Who wants to eat at normal hours anyway.
I arrived 10 minutes early and ordered a latte first. My date was known for being chronologically impaired. Sipping my latte, I looked around the place to find interesting details, other than the cute waitress. Each patron also looked like they drove here in a BMW. Before I side-track, the coffee was definitely to my taste, not acidic yet robust and finished with a simple leaf latte art. Now the concept of Five and Dime on the onset looks clean and simple, but that's not all. It's a homage to local heritage with a modern look. The coffee comes in a smaller redesigned glass mug used in Kopitiams of past, resting on top of a plastic red saucer, yet another traditional kopi cup companion. On the shelves, you can also see jars of snacks eaten in the 80s and 90s, like Ding Dang, Mami noodles and Hiro cake. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you probably aren't of legal drinking age.
My date finally graces me with her presence and we get down to business- Food. If I'm not mistaken, Five and Dime changes their menu pretty often, but we ordered the Big Brekki and Buttermilk pancakes with a side of scrambled eggs because I love scrambled eggs from the bottom of my heart.
The Big Brekki was an orgy of bacon, chipolata, eggs, mushrooms, beans and thick toast. The breakfast of champions no doubt. I especially loved the creamy scrambled eggs, which probably used a heart attack worth of whipping cream and scrambled with a lot of attention to temperature to avoid over-cooking. Bacon was good too, slightly crisp and not tough like jerky. The challenge to such a big breakfast combination is always getting all the food out at the same time so no component is cold, which Five and Dime have done well. My buttermilk pancakes, which came with maple syrup, however, were a little too heavy and it got 'jelat' after a while from all the flour I was ingesting. Not enough air beaten into the pancake batter for lightness I prefer. But hey, bacon. Bacon makes everything good again.
While having more caffeine after the meal, 'I will follow you into the dark' by Deathcab plays on the speakers. Really well mixed store playlist they have, mostly acoustic covers that gently soften the mood. Adding on attention to the auditory senses, sound proof acoustic panels are installed on the wall so noise doesn't bounce around like a screaming asylum even with all the chatting. These people really know what they're doing, definitely worth a check.
Five and Dime can be quite crowded during weekends. Hence my friends and I decided to visit five and dime on a weekday for brunch. Their menu changes quite frequently so as to attract more customers to try out new food. When I was there, I ordered a Breakfast set which consists of scrambled eggs, toasts, mushrooms, bacon strips, and a sausage. It was pretty alright and satisfied my cravings for eggs and bacon.
However, what caught my attention was the pasta that my friend ordered. If I am not wrong, it is a fish roe pasta. It is slightly spicy and salty. Definitely not the usual kind of pasta that you have outside. It was so delicious that I took quite a few spoons from my friend.
We also had coffee and hot chocolate as well as a slice of cake to share. It is a nice cosy place to hangout. Though the heavy traffic in front of the shop can get quite distracting.
Such a cute place, laid back and great chill out place in the afternoon! Heard this place gets really crowded during dinner hours but when I was there in the mid afternoon around 3-4pm, the place was so empty which makes me fancy it more as I'm not a fan of crowds or queues.
Food was good! Especially their mushroom soup! It is made from real mushrooms and unlike those canned mushroom soup that some places actually have the guts to serve. Their latte was a little disappointing as I'm a huge fan of coffee art. The foam wasn't smooth and had a lot of bubbles meaning the milk wasn't steamed right. Taste of coffee was still pretty alright though. Their egg sandwich was average. Cafe ambience is prefect for spending a lazy afternoon with a cup of coffee.
Service staff was a little blur and unsure of ongoing in-house promotions. She had to apologise, went away to clarify with her manager before getting back to us. However, she saved herself by never ceasing to smile at us.
Easily accessible by public buses as its only less than a minute walk from the nearest bus stop. Free parking for those who are lucky enough to find a slot behind the cafe building.