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Saturday, October 22, 2011

North South East West Vegetarian Cuisine - Marine Parade

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
200 Tanjong Katong Road
Contact: 81000049
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!

Overall Rating
Food - 9/10
Ambiance- 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10


  1. seeing your photos, im so hungry!

  2. Hey Kimmy,

    Sorry for making you so hungry! Hopefully you get to try North South East West soon, I am sure you will like it!


  3. Hihi,
    the beef noddles is still my mum's fav, though throughout her life.. she's never tasted beef before! We've been following them since the Marine Parade days too! Hope to go there again someday. Love their olive fried rice, satay. btw, have u tried the vegetarian corner stall at the basement of Suntec city foodcourt (behind the yang tow foo stall?).Their western is quite good, cant remember the dish name, but it has three ' meaty''sandwiches'in one serving and is on their sign board...

  4. Hey anonymous,

    Me and your Mum are like two peas in a pod then! it is also by far my most beloved dish from NSEW!

    I don't think I have tried the stall that you're referring to. So I will note it down and visit it next time I am in that area! Thanks for letting me know about it!


  5. hi luke, saw ur review on the suntec place I recommended, thanks so much! yes I am the one writing about the waiting time too! and i actually forgot about the long waiting time cos my pa who's non-vegetarian thought it was good value and a huge serving! tasty too! so happily i forgot.. oops!

  6. Hey Lilian,

    I should be thanking you for recommending it to me, I really appreciate that. And sorry it took me so long to get down there and review it! :)

    I have edited the Suntec post to include your name, to show full appreciation.


  7. Hi Luke,
    I love this place too!I discovered it in Marine Parade and was devastated when they moved,as I did not know that the new location of their restaurant!Check out Lau Di Fang at Park Mall.It is a bit more pricey but the food is good!:)In fact I am going to NSEW now to eat!:)

    1. Hey Vindhya,

      Thanks for the comment. I was equally sad when they moved. I used to have a direct (free) bus on the weekends from my place (Sengkang) to Marine Parade. So I used to gleefully visit there all the time. This new location is not as accessible for me, so I've only been there once since.

      Lau Di Fang I found not too bad, you can see my full review of it under the 'Dhoby Ghaut' section of my blog, I reviewed it back in March, 2011.


  8. I was rather disappointed with the current(Tanjong Katong Road) North South East West. The quality of the food has slipped, albeit marginally, but the real deal breaker was the exorbitant prices.

    The pricing used to be good-reasonable in my books when it operated in Marine Parade and now they're downright ridiculous especially since it isn't operating in Orchard road. I regretfully won't be visiting this establishment any more and will certainly not recommend it.

    There are much better places around with much more sensible pricing. Nonetheless, I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate all your effort. :) Keep at it mate.

    1. Hey Rodney,

      Thanks for the comment! It has been a few years since I have gone back to NSEW, so definitely when I get back to Singapore I will go and check it out again for myself. Thanks for the heads up!



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