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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

North South East West Vegetarian Cuisine - Marine Parade

No MRT station anywhere close to this place really, due to this area being built on reclaimed land. But, if you're a Sengkanger like me, you can get the free coach on the weekends and public holidays. I believe there are other locations in Singapore that have free coaches to Marine Parade also. This is a mid-range eatery located inside a food court (but separate from the stalls). There is also a vegetarian Indian stall located in this food court, which i was tempted to try.

North South East West Vegetarian Cuisine
200 Tanjong Katong Road
Contact: 81000049
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Closed Mondays)

As well as having a vast selection of different foods to try, this place also had a few interesting drinks that we couldn't resist. First up, this is the Peach Vinegar Drink. Quite a reasonable price, and i really adored this taste! The sharpness of the vinegar is certainly present, but it's combated well with the delicate and sweet peach taste! Great!

Price: $1.80. 8/10

This eatery sells two malt drinks, black and white. I was tempted and decided to sample the White Malt Drink. This drink tastes identical to beer. With myself not being a big beer fan at all, i didn't really like this. You can rest assured there is no actual alcohol in this drink, but i don't think anyone really drinks beer because they like the taste, so a drink like this is a little pointless i feel. Perhaps this is just not suited to my taste, and maybe other people will be able to appreciate it more!

Price: $3.50. 5/10

I love these type of snack foods. This is the Mustard Cheezy Balls. In total, there are five pieces, which maybe is a little unjust for the price. But these are quite delicious! The cheese is very gooey inside, and explodes out upon the first bite! The outer shell is delicious and chewy. This snack is just the sort of thing i adore! Mayonnaise is poured on top for extra flavour.

Price: $3.00. 8/10

We wanted to sample a Chinese dish also, to get an even perspective of this eatery, therefore we opted to try the Hainanese Beef Noodle. The radish inside this dish is beautifully stewed, leaving it juicy and fragrant. The beef texture (mushroom stems) is really nice, and the soup base had great flavour, but perhaps a little too oily. One thing i can never accept is hair in dishes, it's happen to everyone i'm sure, but it gives me a very poor reflection of the eatery when that happens to me, and indeed, it happened in this dish. But i will not be too harsh on them. It's still a really good dish.

Price: $5.50. 7/10

Finally, to sample their Western food i tried the Mexican Cheezy Pork Chop. Quite a typical Western dish really, the trite meat patties, cold beans, fries, and salad made up this dish. With the sweet corn being a welcome inclusion. The texture and taste of the pork 'chops' was good, but just a typical patty really. Good dish, but it's a steep price tag for a dish, which is very archetypal of Singaporean Western food.

Price: $6.80. 7/10

Conclusion - Being a mid-range eatery, with prompt service one thing i must applaud them on is having no GST or service charge at all here! This is always something that scores high points with me, mainly because i see so many eateries that charge service without actually providing much of a service. The food at this establishment is definitely above average. The hair in the food did taint my perception of this place a little, but overall there are a lot of positives from this place, and i would definitely recommend someone to go and try it out! The cheese balls are a must! But this menu is really vast, and you would need to come back 4-5 more times in order to sample a majority of the dishes on offer here.

Overall Rating
Food - 8/10
Ambiance- 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 7/10


  1. Thanks for your post, now I finally know how this place look like :)

    In Singapore, we don't having tipping system, so the service charge replaces that portion. Some eateries factor in service charge in their food price, so we don't see it. On the whole, there is a pricing mechanism - and to compare, there are various factors we should look into, I think.

    I heard from a friend who use to work in a chinese restaurant in US while studying few decades ago, he said there is a unknown practice the wet towel and the finger food is present whether you want it or not, so they can earn a little from there to pay their waitress, as their pay is not high.

    Like here, the pay package for the waitress and Chefs in an established restaurant or a normal restaurant or those little eateries are all different. The allowances and benefits etc are of course better in a restaurant compare to those little eateries. Therefore, it does affect the price we pay for our food, as this adds up to the operating cost.

    Cheers : )

  2. Thanks for your comment, and i'm glad you could get a better understanding of North South East West, i would definitely recommend that you go and check the place out!

    In regards to the service charge system. I guess, being from the UK, i prefer the tipping system, as the customer decides if the service they have received warrents tipping. For example, a waitress in Singapore could openly spit in my food, and generally give me appauling service, yet i must still contribute this fee.

    Moreover, many establishments still charge 'service' when it's the customer who is collecting his food, and going to the counter to order and pay. This is the job of the waitress, and if the customer is fulfilling this role, then i am confused what service i am paying for? haha.

    It's all subjective i guess, but it's an issue that really irks me! I'll try to moan about it less in my reviews though, haha.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Yup :) remember having a plate of Egg Fried Rice (rice + egg) cost 8 British Pounds at the Chinatown in London - a very small Chinese Eatery.

    That was in 2000 or 2001. Luckily, I can charged that under company meal allowances which gives a much bigger allowance for us compare going on working trip to other countries. If not, I sure dead broke with the price plus tips.

    Thanks :)


  4. Hi, I work in Marine Parade and patronize this shop quite often. This comment is to share that the shop has moved. Will come back and share the new address... stay tuned...

  5. Hey anonymous,

    Thanks for your comment!

    Yeah, I am quite sad that it is now moving, as getting to Marine Parade from where I live is very easy, now I will have to take two buses :(.

    The new address is:-

    200 Tanjong Katong Road

    I will be updating it on my blog later!

    Thanks for that! :)



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