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Arbite @ Serangoon Garden
Arbite is located on the second storey of the shophouse and there is no elevator access from the ground floor, so you will need to climb the staircase (19 steps) to get to the dining hall. Not too accessible for the elderly or wheelchair-bound customers.
Arbite does not have a big dining area, however, the layout does provide the diners sufficient rooms to manoeuvre comfortably without feeling squeezed.
Arbite is one of the few cafes opens for business as early as 9am, which is definitely a welcoming move for the early folks like us. However, it may not easy to get a table at Arbite with its popularity amongst the fans. It was only on our second visit that we managed to secure a table, our first visit was put off with the long waiting time even when it was only 11am!
Arbite Breakfast $15
Pandan infused Ngoh Hiang, soft boiled eggs, bacon, kaya and toast, Pommes noisettes, sauteed mushrooms, fresh greens and roasted compressed tomatoes. Wow…plenty of stuff on the plate and quite a value meal for the price. It was an ‘East meets West’ breakfast dish, an interesting combination which delivered well in both the taste and flavour.
The kaya and toast were the most loved when we dipped the soft and chewy bread into the small jar of Kaya and Butter spread. The house-made kaya was fragrant and not too sweet, together with the butter made a lovely bite for this Asian traditional breakfast. In fact, we wanted to buy the kaya back but unfortunately it was out of stock on the day.
Arbite is not too heavy handed with sodium in all their dishes, so you will need to get cosy with the healthier taste and perhaps learn to appreciate natural flavours. The sauteed mushroom, Ngoh Hiang or even the bacon were not loaded with sodium. (3.8/5.0)
Ayam Buah Keluak Kueh Pie Ti $8
Chicken braised with buah keluak topped with coriander, sambal blachan, bilimbi chutney in Kueh pie ti shells
One of the signatures on the menu, the Buah Keluak may be the main catalyst to provide the flavour but it was not distinct enough to create the excitement on the taste buds. (2.5/5.0)
Stuffed Breaded Mushrooms $8
Deep fried mushrooms stuffed with trio of cheese and fresh greens served with a curry and lime mayonnaise
The portobello mushroom was fresh and juicy and the breaded coating was crispy, but the cheese flavour was a little too tame. It needs the curry and lime mayonnaise to help to elevate the taste and perk up the overall flavour. (3.0/5.0)
Spaghetti Carbonara $14
Hard cut bacon, parmesan cheese, egg yolks and touch of cream
The cheesy flavour was underwhelming and that made the carbonara a little flat in taste, even the hard cut bacon was not able to lift up the zest of the dish. (2.5/5.0)
Grilled Truffle Chicken $15
Grilled Chicken breast with mushroom sauce and fresh green.
The grilled chicken breast was tender and moist, however, truffle flavour was mild and insignificant. It needed a helping hand from the sauce to lift up the overall flavour. (3.0/5.0)
Truffle Fries $7
The potatoes strips seem to cut in-house than off-the-shelf with their irregular shapes and sizes. There was no seasoning or perhaps way too mild to be noticed, it may be crispy to the bite but we need a pinch of salt to add a layer of salty flavour to the fries for a more savory taste. It may be adhering to the Arbite’s tradition of less salt is better but some may not think so. (2.7/5.0)
We may have a penchant for strong acquired taste food and Arbite may go against our preference with its tame seasoning. However, it does not meant Arbite failed our expectations and in reality, we kind of appreciated the food served in Arbite for its freshness, quality and value for money grub.
GST and 10% service charge applicable
Good initiative to support sustainable food source and protect green environment on reducing waste.
A: 66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962
H: 9am to 10pm daily