Working in the Clarke Quay area has its perks. I can either walk to Hong Lim for cheap and good stuff or head over to the bars side for value-for-money $15nett set lunches. Also, cafes pop up here and there to serve the lunch crowd, one of them being Shoebox Canteen.
Occupying one of the shophouses along North Canal Road, the fuss-free eatery has a westernised menu catering to office warriors who wants something more than just your usual chicken cutlet. With a small dine-in area, what spiked my interest was Bitters & Love, the bar hidden behind that opens up only at night. Seems like a pretty good place to chill out after work.
Pretty generous with the sprinkling of truffled oil, these shoestring fries made pretty good munches as we waited for our main courses.
Coated with a thin layer of crispy batter, the red snapper was definitely a class above the usual frozen dory, served with a handful of refreshing greens and fries. The other one, essentially an angmo version of chicken rice, did well in the fragrance of rice but the tough chicken breast meat was not to my liking.
Touted as its signature, I was honestly a tad disappointed as it was too watery in my opinion while the linguine itself was rather bland. The topping of chunky scallops scrapped back some points but that was about it.
Bill for four was about $60 odd and considering that we shared only three mains, it is much pricier than the usual lunch options. Still tempted to come back for drinks though!
36 North Canal Road
Tel: 9296 4836
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