The Place Located within Kam Leng Hotel in Jalan Besar, Enjoy Eating House and Bar is quite a hidden gem which opened a few months ago. It is located along the same stretch as Subrosa and Char. The casual dining restaurant serves Singapore style dishes, and takes on a retro interior reminiscent of old coffee shop fashion. The space is not huge, and the team really maximises the seating capacity within the space constraints.
The owner Chef Joel used to run the now-defunct Rochor Thai in Novena, but chose to focus on serving Singaporean dishes. The chef seeks to keep his late grandma’s legacy alive by virtue of her recipes in some of his signature dishes here.
The Food The menu is pretty extensive, and one noteworthy observation is the use of local ingredients like fresh seabass. Prices are fairly reasonable too, with most dishes below S$20. I started with Chef Joel’s Brandy White Fish Soup (S$11.80), a decent size of fish soup which is prepared for many hours. It is not the thick and white texture like most versions as no milk is added, so the flavour comes mainly from the fish bones. This is quite comforting, although not as luscious as I imagine it to be. The brandy element is interesting and subtle.
The next dish I had was Chef Joel’s BBQ Pork Cheek (S$14.80), which reminds me of the Thai style dish. Regardless, the pork cheek goes especially well with the chef’s secret sauce. A must-order here, in my opinion.
Another notable dish for sharing here is the Singapore Style Chilli Prawns (S$17.80). This dish is inspired by chilli crab, less the hassle of eating crabs and is definitely a more affordable dish. The prawns are cooked in chilli crab sauce, where the gravy here is rich and not too spicy. It is also obligatory to add on the fried mantous (4 mini mantous for S$2) to dip into the chilli crab sauce.
This is my last savoury dish, and surprisingly my favourite here. The Grandma’s “Te Kah” Bee Hoon (S$12.80) is, simply put, delicious. The braised pork leg is wok-fried with vermicelli, and the star ingredient is definitely the vermicelli for me. It has a moist texture and filled with ‘wok hei’ such that it outshines the tender pork leg. One plate is probably not enough for a big group.
Dessert wise, I only had the Chendol Panna Cotta (S$6.80), where most components are home made. The green pandan noodles here is paired with coconut cream pudding and Gula Melaka sauce. The flavour is not too sweet but not a highlight for me.
Rants The dishes took some time to be served, a function of the space constraint in the kitchen.
Will I Return Again? The dishes I had at Enjoy Eating House & Bar are enjoyable to say the least. Prices are reasonable and this is ideal for a family Zi Char meal in an air conditioned environment.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Enjoy Eating House and Bar
383 Jalan Besar Road
Kam Leng Hotel
Tel: +65 9299 1601
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 1am
Ranted by The Ranter