When I first saw Five & Dime at the start of the year I was really excited to try it, even if it was mainly driven by my first-hand knowledge of the eatery from my eyes and not from any form of media. I miss discovering things on my own! The pretty white-washed shophouse set in quiet River Valley helped too but didn’t get the chance to visit it till recently.
Pretty bar counter
Standing out against the whole row of old shophouses with stone steps, I must say they did up the place really nicely. Wooden beams, tiled bar counter, textured grey walls and wide glass panels to allow in plenty of natural light, with just a pop of color from green overhead lamps and mint chairs. It was smaller than I expected, since they have the whole unit, they apparently left the second level untouched. Better make reservations people! I was turned down rather rudely at 2pm because I didn’t make a reservation but got a table after they rearranged some tables.
They have a one pager menu, featuring both brunch and mains so there isn’t really a lot of choices. Ice water is served for free but it’s a lengthy process getting the attention of service staff when half of them are more interested in talking to their visiting friends.
Eggs Benny, $16, was good stuff. Compared to other Eggs Benedict that usually have just 2 muffins and salad, this is a substantial portion that comes with hashed potatoes and side of cut fruits! 2 poached eggs with slightly sourish hollandise atop seared beef on brioche, first time I see a combination with beef but while the beef lovers rejoice they are also restricting some customers? I like their brioche, and its good for soaking the runny yolks. The beef was thankfully not tough to chew, lending a juicy meaty edge that is usually not present in Eggs Benedict. Their potatoes were nicely fried and fluffy too, so I enjoyed everything on the plate!
Mentaiko Pasta with Chicken Yakitori, $22. This was a bit of a let down after Eggs Benny. The yakitori was cold and for the price, maybe it could have came with one or two more sticks? Personally felt that Tori-Q does a better job with the chicken skewers. The mentaiko sauce was decently creamy and dotted with roe though the dish was a little dry and pasta a tad overcooked.
Fish & Chips, $23. 10 points for serving it on a wooden platform thingy and fries in a cup. These were alright, the batter wasn’t too oily or bland but the layer on those batter-coated fries were a little too thick, and very sinful.
Five & Dime’s Iced Chocolate, $6? Their iced chocolate is the thinner type, wished it was colder!
Latte, $4.50? Coffee content was right, had my now mandatory shot of caffeine.
Can’t completely agree with the bag I’m afraid. I wanted to like Five & Dime so bad but my experience was somewhat marred by spotty service, average food and high prices (except Eggs Benny). I can’t really see myself returning sadly, other than for their Eggs Benny or some coffee to enjoy the interior space. Parking is available free at the side of the shophouse and a bus stop right outside so it’s not that hard to get to if you want to check this place out, it’s still beautiful.
Five & Dime
297 River Valley Road S(238338)
Mon–Thur: 12pm – 12am
Fri-Sun: 10am – 12am
Lunch (Mon-Thurs): 12-5pm
Brunch (Fri-Sun): 10am-3pm
9236 5002 for reservations