After having some light snacks and desserts the previous time, we decided to go back to this charming place in Changi called The Coastal Settlement to try out their mains and find out if they are indeed worth coming back for a 3rd time.
Started off with Seafood Tom Yum (S$16) - Personally, we find it not spicy and sour enough. Not exactly the authentic kind of Tom Yum. But not really lousy taste, just that there is no punch and ultimately lacking spices especially lemongrass etc. Saving grace is that it is value for money good for 3 pax sharing with decent sized prawn (fresh), mussels, squid, mushroom and bread. Comes in enamel coated iron pot which is rather interesting and nostalgic.
Fresh Greens (S$12) - Fresh and simple with a nice dressing of olive oil, balsamic, basil paste and shaved Parmesan.
Tried local fare. Nasi Lemak (S$16). Rice is soft and fragrant with coconut milk. Deep fried chicken drumlets and prawns. Sunny side up egg. Ikan billis, peanuts and cucumber. Downside is the all important sambal chilli. No kick to it as it was rather mild.
Rib Eye Rosti (S$32) - Taste ok. But doneness of the steak was totally wrong. Asked for medium but served almost well done.
Gula Melaka Panna Cotta (S$12) served with red bean. Taste rather ordinary. Rather average and there is nothing commendable.
Fruit Salad (S$10) with a bit of cereal and yogurt.
This second visit was during lunch. Very crowded after the publicity in magazines and mass media. We were seated outdoor but then it rained. Fortunately, the friendly waitress moved us inside when a new table was available.
Our conclusion is that is not the usual urban setting. Nice atmosphere with sense of nostalgia. Interesting display of furniture and deco pieces. Friendly services but kitchen was a bit slow in preparing the food. Still, it was forgivable as most diners here were rather relaxed and laid back. The food not really great but Coastal Settlement scores points over ambience. Price relatively friendly too.
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road,
Opposite of Hendon Camp