From Laksa and Nasi Padang to Burgers and Jazz
East Coast Road or Katong, as many would call the area, has been known for their Laksa for decades. The Laksa served originated from the Janggut Laksa, Roxy Laksa and Katong Laksa. People who lives in the area, aside from the Laksa, also grew up with Nadi Padang, local Kuih and Nonya food.
In a blink of an eye, 2014 has seen a huge transformation in Katong . Gone with all the local food fare along 19 – 49 East Coast Road, and along came a string of modern and creative dining concept restaurants. From bistros, gourmet burgers chain, French and Mexican cuisine, wine bars to muffins and many more. You can even enjoy live jazz music as you dine.
Beginning from 19 East coast Road, Lower East Side tagueria offers Mexican cuisine at an alfresco dining set up. Next to them, we have an interesting dining concept with 5 restaurants combined into one huge outlet consisting of the Burger Office , La Pizza , Ruby Thai Kitchen, Two Pigs Fly and La Kitchenette .
Further down the road, we have a cluster of western style cafes and restaurants such as Modern European Mis En Place which offers full course meal including a wide selection of wines. Bergs Burgers also opened their 4th newest outlet here, making gourmet burger enthusiasts really happy. The most prominent cafe is probably Rabbit Carrot Gun that took over the most popular Katong Laksa and another unit combined.
From a charming and modest area, Katong has quickly developed into a hip and sophisticated neighbourhood. Then, when your budget was $3 for Laksa, now you have walk further away. A meal now starts from $12.
Text & Images by: Paul Khor
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