Salute Coffee Shop
Featured image: Grilled Mackerel by Seasalt.
We found Solute Coffee Shop by incident. It look like a normal kopitiam (coffee shop in Hokkien language) from far but in fact it is a whole different version of kopitiam. MyPaper called it as Kopitiam version 2. The whole place has been converted to a western restaurant like Marche (where it consists of a number of different stalls selling western food and world cuisine) in kopitiam style. But it has added some twists to make it different.
- The typical kopitiam table are cleverly covered in blue-and-white chequered tablecloths.
- Each stalls have their own menu (beautifully printed), their own Facebook site, their own character and design. See this link by Komory.
- Lively Singapore Class 95FM music playing in the background
- The stalls are run by young energetic entrepreneur
- Big range of customer from young, family, ang mo, hippies and etc
- Wide range of German beer is available here. The atmosphere is very relax and casual. At one point I thought I am in a Singapore version of Oktoberfest.
- Wide range of menu from German pork knuckle, French pork belly in potato foam and the duck rillettes, fried chicken updated from old family’s recipe, to fusion seafood laksa linguine and etc.
Johorkaki mentioned about the Two Wings stall – “Jeremy the owner, fine tuned and updated his family’s recipe to create one of the best fried chicken wings that I’ve had anywhere (not just Singapore)”.
- Each stall have their background and stories behind.
Immanuel, the stall specialize in French cuisine. Immanuel is the name of the owner himself. He is a 27-year-old chef who has got his culinary diploma from At-Sunrice, spent several years working for Andre Chiang at Jaan and Restaurant Andre, as well as now-defunct Guy Savoy at the Marina Bay Sands, before clinching a stage at two-Michelin-star Pastorale in Belgium. See this article in MyPaper.
Stew Kuche, with the head chef Mani, from Hyatt Hotel and several fine-dining establishments in the past. Specialising in German Pork Knuckles and Stewed Meat dishes. See the link of Foodiepink.com.
How the kopitiam came about? See the link from Makansutra – “Chua Teck Ming, 63 and his son Kiat Tat, 25, who took over the lease of this coffee shop 2 years ago after 9 other landlords before him failed to make it profitable. The business is nothing better after they took over since there are a couple of popular seafood restaurant, old kopitiams and a well known hawker centre around. “They went on a hawker stall acquisition and unintentionally, some modern western style hawkers took up his offer and it generated a warm response from a new crowd of makan lifestyle hunters. You find a new breed of Singaporeans and foreign professionals drawn to this new statement in kopitiam culture”.
- Everything is under $20. No GST and service charge (That’s why it is better than Marche and there are more other reasons why it is better). It is good to have another place in Singapore where you can enjoy food without worrying too much of additional charges.
Salute Kopitiam is definitely another unique invention by Singapore (although it was invented unintentionally) and another reason to feel happy to be in Singapore. Next time when you visit Ikea at Alexandra Road, shop at Queenway shopping centre, enjoy food at Alexandra Hawker Centre, do remember to drop by this new version of kopitiam. Singapore is not as boring or expensive as you always think.
GPS: N 1.17.180, E 103.48.289
Google: 1.286340, 103.804817
Address: BLK 119, Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40, Singapore 151119
Each stalls have their own opening hours. Please refer to the respective website for more info.
Stew Skuche –
Tue – Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 12pm
Every Monday closed (Except public holiday)
Immanuel French Kitchen –
Tuesday to Sunday –
Lunch 12 noon – 2:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 9pm