Located at Bukit Merah, Salute Coffeeshop is right beside Alexandra Village Food Centre. Its blue checked tablecloths and colourful signs set it apart as more than just a typical coffeeshop.
With six stalls that all serve food from different parts of the world, this is truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Head over to Stew Kuche for beers on tap and German food.
I highly recommend the Pork Knuckle ($18 for half knuckle, $29 for whole knuckle). It had extremely crispy skin, with a good amount of meat that tore apart easily.
The brown sauce that was served on the side was delicious, with a prominent taste of beer.
Garde Manger serves French food, I was a little confused because we were served quesadillas, but I’m willing to close an eye because they were great.
The Chicken Quesadillas ($8.90) were warm and soft, with a generous serving of meat. The onions and olives gave the dish a nice salty crunch, and the guacamole added creaminess to the filling.
If you’re in the mood for burgers and milkshakes, Jack Ripper is the store to head to. Seen with a chalkboard signage, it looks like an old school burger stall.
The Ripper’s Classic ($16) had a savoury sauce, along with a thick, juicy patty that was absolutely delightful. The fries were a little lackluster; the skin wasn’t crisp and the interior was a little too dense for my liking.
The Milkshake ($9.10) was good though, with the sweetness from the bananas shining through. It’s certainly a decadent drink, thick and creamy with blueberries atop it.
Granted, the Barbershop doesn’t sound Spanish, but give it a try and you’ll be pretty surprised.
The Seafood Paella ($20) is a beast, with plenty of rice topped off with mussels, clams, prawns, bamboo clams, scallops and octopus. The seafood was fresh and the prawns were sweet and juicy, but I felt that the rice were a let down to the dish due to it being more mushy than a paella should.
We tricked our mind into thinking we were on a touring the world, so we happily hopped on over to “Italy” for PASTA.
The Smoked Duck Pasta ($18.90) was good, with the duck being tender and not too gamey. The pasta was al dente and was tossed in a cream sauce that resembled a carbonara. If you see black brush strokes on the plate, don’t freak out, that’s just charcoal brushed onto the plate.
Naan Wali is the final stop, with plenty of Indian-inspired dishes.
This was probably my favourite dish of the day. The Godavari Meen ($14) had a slab of tender seabass that was pan seared to perfection with a crisp skin, and the curry was rich with the heat kicking in at the back of my throat before subsiding to a slight sweetness.
If you’re with a big group of friends who can’t decide what they want to eat, Salute Coffeeshop is the perfect place, with so many different cuisines and dishes, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Expected damage: $10 – $30