The very homely and welcoming vibe here at Lime House sets up a bustling atmosphere for a casual dinner with family or friends.
Lime, a native carribean term meaning hanging out with friends (much like the Singaporean slang: lepak), hits home at Lime House, where the friendly vibe exuded by the staff and patrons alike allow guests to just chill over their great comfort food and some cocktails.
We were kindly invited to try this unique Caribbean restaurant, managed by owners who are of authentic heritage – who else knows the local food better than a local?
Starting off with the Jerk Carpaccio ($17), a beef carpaccio seasoned with pickled onions, chilli, jerk seasoning and micro greens. The beef was sufficiently thinly sliced, and each slice was flavourful at the least, with a citrusy zest that brought out the juicy tenderness of the beef.
Sides included the Fried Plantains ($5), which tastes like a less-sweet Goreng Pisang. It reminded me very much of a drier, yet oilier version of the banana (although much larger), tasting a little more like a potato-banana hybrid than that of the original fruit.
But hey, if you’re a fan of the big brother of the much loved tropical fruit, why not give it a try. This is a very common snack in the Caribbean islands.
Red Snapper Escovitch ($28), sauteed okra and spinach in coconut cream with pickled veggies. The coconut cream went pleasantly well with the red snapper, not overpowering but subtly complimentary.
The snapper was pretty fresh, but a tad on the drier side. However, when paired with the zesty citrus soaked veggies, it made for a pleasant dish that left me satiated.
The Curry Goat ($28). Sourced locally, this is a classic Caribbean dish with strong influence from its native roots, the North Indians. With a loadful of spices, the thick and robust coconut base of the curry renders it a hot favourite amongst regulars here at Lime House.
I fancied the flavourful curry, and when paired with their famous Macaroni Pie ($6) as a side (like bread filled with Macaroni), it was literally melt in your mouth creamy goodness. Try the Scotch Bonnet chilli sauce served on the side for an extra punch as well.
The Jerk Chicken ($28). Chargrilled to tantalise the Singaporean palate, the Jerk chicken held the marinade of spices well, and was tender through to the bone, yet juicy and flavourful at the same time. Even though the BBQ sauce atop the chicken was nothing out of this world, it still made for a homely and comforting dish altogether.
To end off, we had the Deconstructed Pina Colada ($12). Using a coconut cream base as pudding, topped off with a citrus sauce and coconut shredded bits, it tasted well- exactly like a pina colada cocktail, albeit a more creamy, pudding, dessert option.
Overall, Lime House food was pretty decent, and matched with the laid-back and relaxed atmosphere it exudes, primes up for an ideal family casual dining spot. Not to mention, they host carnivals occasionally, to keep up with the convivial spirit of the Carribeans. So check out their website for more information of such events.
Oh, the cocktails are pretty good too with a tropical theme. A bit on the pricey side, Lime House might be a little expensive for its more exotic fare – you really can’t find any other similar concept in Singapore though. However, if you’re a fan of fun vibes and a relaxed atmosphere, Lime House would most certainly be the place for you.
Expected Damage: $40 – $60/pax
Lime House is available on the The Entertainer App, which offers 1-for-1 main courses when you dine at Lime House as well as many other Singapore restaurants!