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Food Review: Lime Deli | Exotic Caribbean delights in Telok Ayer

The Place If you fancy Lime House restaurant at Keong Saik Road, there is a high chance you will want to check out its sister restaurant Lime Deli. Located along Telok Ayer Street, the relatively open concept of Lime Deli makes it a pretty casual setting, which is quite apt for the CBD folks who desperately need a chill-lax space to unwind from the office. To Lime actually means “to hang out with friends or family” in Caribbean term, so the concept is really to have a hearty gathering with people over at this space. This is my first time trying Caribbean food, so I really do not know what to expect. After a sneak peak of the menu and some introduction by the chef, I come to realise that the cuisine is really all about fusion, as I can easily spot so many types of different influences on the menu, be it western or oriental.

Another noteworthy point, Lime Deli is one of the many restaurants on The Entertainer 2015, where holders of the app or book get to enjoy 1-for-1 for Hot Beverage, Piece of Cake and Sandwich. Tempting!

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The Food Helmed by Caribbean Chef Hasan Defour (who has been featured in various media such as Channel News Asia and The Straits Times), the menu features mainly sandwiches, breads and salads, and of course, various types of meat to showcase the most authentic of Caribbean cuisine. There is a grab-and-go counter for the fuss-free diners who just want a sandwich or salad, or if you have the luxury of time, I will recommend you to grab a table and soak into the chill-lax Caribbean culture!
IMG_6735eThe mains here includes the likes of the Chicken Curry ($13), Jerk Chicken ($13), Jerk Beef Burger ($14), Curry Goat ($15) and the Catch of the Caribbean ($14).

And you get to choose any two side dishes to go along with them: Caribbean Hand Cut Chips ($4.50), Rice & Peas ($3.50), Macaroni Pie ($4.50) and Side Salad ($4), just to name a few.

The Chicken Curry ($13) is marinated in Trini ‘green seasoning’, which is not at all spicy by the average Singaporean’s palate I will confidently say. That aside, it still is flavourful due to the curry element, and pairing it with the Rice & Peas work wonders.
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One of my favourites of the dishes I tried is definitely the Jerk Chicken ($13), which is so addictive that I had multiple servings. The chicken is marinated overnight in Jamaican Jerk seasoning, chargrilled and then served with the special Jerk BBQ sauce, which goes with the chicken meat seamlessly like a match made in heaven. Okay I am probably exaggerating a little here, but there is much truth in it.
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For something light, go for the Rasta Pasta Salad ($7). The dressing is on the light side, so it does not taste too heavy or greasy like some salad dressings.
IMG_6748eOr how about some sandwiches? Choose from three flavours – Jerk Chicken ($6.50), Smoke Salmon & Guacamole ($6.50) or the Fillet Steak Sandwich ($11).
IMG_6808eThere are so much more I want to try but did not get a chance this time, such as the Jerk Beef Burger ($14).
IMG_6766eThe Jamaican Patty is apparently a must try as well, which comes in Beef ($5) or Chicken ($4.50) flavours.
IMG_6797eAnd presenting the Doubles ($8), don’t doubt it, you are seeing double. The vegetarian dish consists of curried chick peas on Indian flat bread, topped with tamarind, mango chutney and scotch bonnet pepper sauce. Sides are not included for this dish.
IMG_6817eI also spotted promotions for various times of the day, don’t say I never share. Another excuse to skive from work I guess.
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More on The Entertainer Singapore:

  • One for one dining deals at awesome places like Club Meatballs, Fat Cow, The Lokal and more
  • Includes lifestyle related deals such as hotel stays and spas across the region, which includes the likes of Banyan Tree
  • An additional 10% off for readers of theRantingPanda when you quote “2015TRP” before checkout, valid till end of Apr 2015 (more time to enjoy the app discounts the earlier the purchase, duh!)
  • Current early bird price of $60 (usual $75) for The Entertainer Singapore APP, $75 (usual $80) for The Entertainer Singapore Book

Once on The Entertainer Singapore page, remember to enter “2015TRP” under Promo Code for an additional 10% off.
2015TRPFor the ones who want but are wary, The Entertainer offers deals from restaurants, spas, hotel stays, beauty, fitness, and leisure destinations., with monthly special deals as well.
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Rants We foresee a packed crowd during lunch time considering the massive CBD crowd in this area, so getting a table might be difficult. Also, note that it is not opened on weekends.

Will I return again? The prices at Lime Deli are surprisingly reasonable for a restaurant in CBD, which is definitely a draw to check it out if you are working in the vicinity. For now, I can gladly proclaim #WELIMIN, which means I have LIME-ed.
IMG_6824eTheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud:
3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5

Lime Deli
51 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65 9192 5232

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am – 9pm

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2 Comments on Food Review: Lime Deli | Exotic Caribbean delights in Telok Ayer

  1. Great review, I thought SG needed more Caribbean cuisine, and this little deli certainly is on my radar now!

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