The Place Caribbean cuisine is something less familiar to most Singaporeans (myself included) and Lime House East Coast seems like a perfect second location of the brand in the hip and diverse Katong enclave. Lime House first opened in Jiak Chuan Road, and its name is as such where “liming” is a Caribbean lingo for chilling with friends. The East Coast outlet took over the space of the now-defunct Rabbit Carrot Gun recently, and you can’t miss the bright cherry lime green painted on its walls along one of the most iconic stretches of shop houses in Singapore.
The interior space is casual and homely, and there are also outdoor sheltered tables along the corridor if you want to soak in more of the Katong vibes.
The Food The menu at Lime House East Coast is largely the same Jiak Chuan, except that it is also opened during lunch hours on weekdays.
We love the Bajan Fish Tacos (S$18) which is essentially a Trinidad roti with fried snapper topped with homemade mango chutney and spices. It is mildly spicy, where the fried fish is delicious.
Doubles is a popular and common street snack on Trinidad, a dish unfamiliar to me. I tried the Doubles (S$14) here, which is essentially flat bread topped with ingredients. The version at Lime gave curried chickpeas and tamarind with mango chutney on homemade barra bread. Texture wise, it is like a variation of naan, just that it is thicker. Alternatively, there is also the Chicken Doubles (S$16) with the addition of curried chicken.
You also can’t go wrong with the Sofrito Beef Sirloin Steak (S$19) which is marinated with their homemade sofrito in oxtail au jus. A dish great for sharing, the beef is sliced up for ease of eating and spots a flavourful profile along with the sofrito sauce.
And a different type of nachos to have? Count me in for the Caribbean Nachos (S$14) which is crispy plantain chips topped with avocado and tomato salsa!
The Dhal Mushrooms (S$16) should delight any mushroom lover (myself included), where you get four breaded mushrooms topped with cauliflower and chickpeas in a curry paste.
For mains, I had the Baby Back Ribs (S$30) which taste very much like char siew in a familiar sense.
There is also the Tribajam Curry Goat (S$32) where the mutton curry is soaked in Caribbean spices and served with vegetables. The mutton is quite tender, and the spices help to mask the gaminess of the mutton.
Desserts wise, I will recommend the Signature Banana Cake (S$14) for sharing as the portion is quite big. Good texture on the banana cake with a slight crisp at the edges, along with some caramel, honey and an accompanying ice cream.
Rants I thought that it will be great if the menu includes some images of the dishes for diners who are not that familiar with Caribbean dishes, which will give them a better idea of what to expect.
Will I Return Again? Prices are relatively wallet- friendly at Lime House East Coast for the Katong enclave. As much as Caribbean cuisine is not my typical go to food, it is welcoming to have another exotic option in the east. Give it a try, and you might be surprised by the flavours.
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
Lime House East Coast
47-49 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6304 5328
Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 12am
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter