Five & Dime

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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.

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Pretty bar counter

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Five & Dime’s Iced Chocolate, $6? Their iced chocolate is the thinner type, wished it was colder!

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Latte, $4.50? Coffee content was right, had my now mandatory shot of caffeine.

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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

Dinner: 6-930pm

Supper: 10-1130pm

9236 5002 for reservations

http://www.fiveanddime.com.sg/

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