North South East West quickly emerged as one of my favourite vegetarian eateries in Singapore, after visiting it numerous times (review 1 & review 2) I was overwhelmingly impressed by the consistent quality of all the dishes I tried. Admittedly, I was a little frustrated when I heard they had shifted their restaurant to further away from Parkway Parade, as it is a little more tricky for me to get to. Nevertheless, Tanjong Katong can be reached within a few bus stops from Parkway. Alternatively, the new Dakota station is also not too far away. So did the change of location result in a change in food quality? There is only one way to find out...
North South East West Vegetarian Cuisine
Location: 200 Tanjong Katong Road
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Closed Mondays)
I was pleased to see that the location change did not effect the menu. North South East West has probably one of the most vast and detailed menus that you're likely to find in Singapore. Subsequently, customers can often be spoilt for choice, with there being simply too much to choose from. Of course, this is a good problem to have! One thing that has changed, however, is seemingly more dishes on the menu have a white sticker over them saying 'not available'. The interior design of the restaurant follows a similar theme to the old location.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights from my previous visits to North South East West was the Mustard Cheezy Balls. Although some people may feel a little aggrieved by only receiving five balls, I do find that the quality of this snack makes it worth it. I have received feedback on my site from people stating that they don't find these balls too appetising - So perhaps they would be categorised as an acquired taste. They are best eaten when freshly arrived to the table, so that the mustard filling will ooze out when you take that precious first bite.
Price: $3.00. 8/10
The signature dish of North South East West is without question the Hainanese Beef Noodle. When first visiting this restaurant, it was this dish which really blew me away. I am pleased to say that the quality has still remained the same after the location change. Portion size wise I find it to be a good size, and the thick brown broth is absolutely delicious - I could probably just drink the broth by itself. The turnips do a great job in absorbing the broth, so they taste great when you bite into one. The 'beef' is derived from mushroom stems, which again goes well with the rest of the ingredients.
Price: $5.50. 8/10
My past impression of North South East West was that they possess probably some of the best Western dishes in Singapore. Their hotdog set is particularly yummy. However, when receiving the Choppy Chicken Meal, I did feel a little underwhelmed. For me, the mock chicken patties are a little dry, and thus lets down the dish a little. With that being said, the batter tasted really fantastic, and overall I didn't have any problem greedily finishing the lot. Certainly the components on this dish were all credible. Yet, nothing really leaped out as being extraordinary. I recommend ordering the other Western dishes on the menu instead.
Price: $6.80. 6/10
Conclusion - I breathed a heavy sigh of relief, when I discovered that the menu quality, and the food quality were the same as the previous location. North South East West is a restaurant which I truly cherish in Singapore. For those who have not experienced the food from here, I urge you all to do so, as it is undoubtedly, in my mind, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Don't let the more awkward new location put you off from visiting!
Food - 9/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10