The first thing I like about this (in their own words) “quirky little indie diner” is the genuinely cheery staff who yell, “Welcome!” as you enter.
The next thing I like is their mission. No, their mission isn’t milking the money out of customers, but rather, giving back to the community. A business with a heart. I like!
Another thing I like is they charge you S$0 for plain water. Indeed, one of their philosophies is “We don’t like being told to pay for plain water”. How refreshing in an increasingly “sorry we don’t serve water” trend!
Great first impressions, but what about the food? At first glance, it’s a small selection of Western sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts, but upon closer inspection, there’s a lot of local influences like the braised pork belly sandwich, obviously inspired by the Hokkien kong bak pau.
A less sinful alternative would be the pulled pork sandwich (picture above). Lovely torn slivers of tender pork shoulder dressed in sweet-savoury barbeque sauce. The menu says it comes with “slices of sweet potato”, but there were only two small knobs of it. The baby spinach leaves were also missing. Could it be that the 1/2 portioned sandwich in the combo set is a watered-down version?
The soup of the day, onion potato chowder (I think), was scrumptious to the last drop. Lovely balance between chunky and smooth, it was naturally sweet-tasting with bits of crumbly potato. Loved every bit of it! Also saw a huge pile of freshly sliced shitake mushrooms being prepped for the house soup. I’m making a mental note to try that next time.
More Asian elements in the Caesar salad, like the soy-sauce braised soft boiled egg, fried ikan bilis (anchovies) and peanuts, and sesame soy sauce dressing. Loved the quivery center of the eggs, but the dressing didn’t quite work for me.
The chicken sandwich was also a bit of a hit and miss. The grilled aubergine and chicken slices were rather bland, but the basil pesto pleasantly fragrant.
Many of Food For Thought’s cakes are supplied by talented home bakers, such as the dense durian cake. Indeed, it tasted very homey. No artificial smell of durian essence, just a naturally light whiff of fragrance from the durian pulp. The sponge was delightfully light. Just wished the layers of durian fresh cream had been thicker.
Though not outstanding, the food we had was creative, fresh-tasting, and reasonably priced. There’s also a great vibe here, no doubt from the happy, smiling staff. If I’m in the area, I’ll drop in to show my support for this charming, little diner.
Food For Thought
420 North Bridge Road
North Bridge Centre
Tel: (65) 6338 8724