Luxe Singapore – Keong Saik Road [Gourmet Greens Week]

It’s time for vegetarians in Singapore to celebrate as the Gourmet Greens festival has begun. Running from 23rd – 29th Nov, this festival showcases some of Singapore’s best restaurants taking on an all-vegetarian menu. Priced at $30+(+) for lunch and $45+(+) for dinner, the variety of cuisines that can be tried as part of this week is commendable. After scanning through all the menus, we decided to try Luxe which is situated along the bustling Keong Saik Road. Luxe is a Sydney based cafe that has launched its first outlet in Singapore a few months ago. As we entered the restaurant, we noticed the long bar counter decorated with colorful bottles, Nordic stools, wooden chairs and warm lighting. Its nice to come here for special occasions or date nights. On weekdays, you can definitely enjoy a quiet meal here in peace.

Luxe decor

Luxe decor

The Orders
The orders were based on the Luxe ‘Gourmet Greens’ menu. It was a five-course meal with interesting options which would be served to you along with a bottle of Fiji water. Reservations are to be made via Chope and ‘Gourmet Greens’ option needs to mentioned during reservation.

Luxe dinner menu

Luxe dinner menu at $45+


Our first course was the ‘Parmesan doughnuts’ which came dusted with Parmesan shavings and Parmesan cream. This savoury finger food is as cheesy as it sounds. The cream acted as a good dip and the trademark taste of parmesan hits you in the end. This is a good starter and would pair perfectly with a cocktail.

Parmesan doughnuts

Parmesan doughnuts with parmesan cream


There is a growing trend to make vegetarian food fun and the next dish is a perfect example of delicious food. As soon as the ‘Quinoa and Beetroot Falafels’ were served, the things I noticed immediately about the dish were the pearls of quinoa and the deep red colour of the falafels. The under-salted asparagus along with the minted yogurt lent great balance to the dish. The slightly dry but perfectly crisped falafels when dipped into the thick yogurt made a wholesome bite in the mouth. Full points to this dish, it was perfection!

Quinoa and beetroot falafel

Quinoa and beetroot falafel


It is tough to get good quality burrata cheese. Burrata is similar to mozzarella cheese but much more enriched in the center. This was an unique combination – ‘Burrata with Grilled Broccoli’ along with pickled cabbage. The broccoli was extremely fresh and green and suited the theme of Gourmet Greens. The cheese drizzled with olive oil was easy to spread and paired well with the veggies. Recommended.

Burrata with broccoli

Burrata with grilled broccoli and pickled cabbage


Since I am neither a fan of mushrooms nor eggs, I asked for ‘Miso Mushroom rice’ without those ingredients. Since miso is quite polarizing in nature, the taste was quite alien to me and I could not enjoy it much. The sprinkled fried shallots and bokchoy were decent but the whole dish did not combine well for me.This could also be due to the fact that I am not used to having miso regularly.

Miso mushroom rice

Miso mushroom rice


The dessert course was very interesting. On the menu, were the ‘Pandan Madeleines’ served with kaya and coconut cream. Since the madeleines were not green in colour, I think there must have been some amount of pandan infused in it. The kaya mixes well with coconut cream and acts as a perfect base for the madeleines to be dipped in it before taking a bite. Not overly sweet, the madeleines were soft and nicely done.

Pandan madeleines

Pandan madeleines with kaya and coconut cream


It is absolutely encouraging to see a week focusing on vegetarian food and exploring variety of ingredients that deserve a mention. The entire list of participating restaurants can be found here http://www.chope.co/singapore-restaurants/pages/gourmetgreens
As far as Luxe is concerned – if you are looking for quality ingredients, good food, calm ambiance, good service and for the heart that is put into the food which is visible in the plate, do pay them a visit! And if you are a vegetarian or a foodie, go pay any of these restaurants a visit and celebrate good food!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Modern Australian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Outram Park
Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-04 The Working Capitol, Singapore 089109
Timings: Tue-Fri: 11am – late; Sat: 9.30am – late; Sun: 9.30am – 4pm
Website: http://luxesydney.sg/

Indline.Sg – Keong Saik Road

The bustling street of Keong Saik Road is filled with restaurants and cafes. It was a pleasant change to see a quick service Indian restaurant called Indline.Sg open their doors on this food street. They dish out lunch sets, takeaways and timed food delivery (via Foodpanda). It helps immensely that the head chef is an Indian as it lends authenticity to the food. The decor was colorful and interesting sketches are painted across the walls giving it a cool vibe. The music on their website might just surprise you – it took me back to 80’s – 90’s Hindi film music era.

Indline decor

Indline decor


It is always interesting to see the variety of dishes in an Indian food menu. Indline did not disappoint in this respect. The dishes are neatly priced making it a total value for money.
Indline menu

Indline menu

The Orders
Pakodas and Bhajis typically are the most liked Indian food starters. Though we were tempted to try it, we ordered the ‘Masala Potato Wedges’ to tantalize our taste buds. The Indian spices hit the right note in this snack and it was an enjoyable starter.

Masala potato wedges

Masala potato wedges at $4


Since we went for dinner, there were no set meals. We had to individually choose the items and make our own quick meal. Cottage cheese/ Paneer curries are generally worth a try in a new restaurant. We ordered ‘Paneer Makhani’ which is basically cottage cheese cubes cooked in a creamy gravy. The gravy was very tasty and the dish is worth ordering. The Kachumbar (salad) was fresh and the vegetables were finely chopped. The Tandoori Rotis reinforced the Indian feel of the dish. Personally, it reminded me of being closer to a ‘dhaba’ version. The quantity was sufficient for 2 pax.

Paneer Makhani with Garlic Naan, Tandoori Roti and Kachumbar

Paneer Makhani with Garlic Naan, Tandoori Roti and Kachumbar


The next combination that we customized as a meal consisted of ‘Pudina Lachcha Paratha’ which is a shallow fried layered bread with chopped mint. In a Lachcha Paratha, you should be able to see the layers neatly stacked and rolled which was visible here. To pair along with this, ‘Dal Tadka’ and ‘Aloo Methi’ were ordered. The Dal was wholesome and delicious to have just on its own. The Aloo Methi could have been better as the potatoes were a bit under-cooked.
Pudina Lachcha Paratha with Aloo Methi Dry and Dal Tadka

Pudina Lachcha Paratha with Aloo Methi Dry and Dal Tadka


For desserts, don’t miss the ‘Kulfi’ which was sweet joy on a stick. As it melts fast, it is better to focus on eating it than clicking a pic which is what happened with me 🙂 They are also launching ‘Rabdi’ as part of their Deepavali dessert dishes which should be interesting as well. I definitely plan to visit them again to try their rice dishes and desserts. For their wallet-friendly prices, authentic and good Indian cuisine, hassle-free service, Indline.Sg is definitely worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Indian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Outram Park
Address: 28 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089135
Timings: Mon-Sat: 11.30am – 11pm
Website: http://indline.sg/