Behind the famous Golden Mile Food Centre aka army market at Beach Road is this coffee shop in an HDB block. The main attraction is a highly popular nasi briyani stall. Unfortunately, I was there after 1.30pm that day, and they were already sold out.
Luckily, I remembered reading this forum thread that its neighboring nasi padang stall — a split from the popular Nasi Bawean at Desker Road — is also worth checking out.
Likewise, many dishes were already sold out. No more fried chicken. No more bergedil. Boo hoo.
From the limited selection left, I picked:
- Ikan assam pedas (tangy & spicy fish): The fish steak was fresh and rather thick. The chunky sauce — a blend of freshly ground chilli and aromatics — tasted vibrant and lively. It delivered a strong, spicy punch, but stopped short of overwhelming the tastebuds. But I thought the assam (tangy) part could have been bolder.
- Opor ayam (?): Not sure if it’s opor ayam, but it was a very mild chicken curry. The gravy was pleasantly smooth and fragrant. I like!
- Stir-fried beansprout: Lightly stir-fried, the beansprouts were tasty and still crunchy. A refreshing accompaniment to the spicy dishes.
Total damage: S$4.00. Very reasonable pricing by nasi padang standards. Portions were generous, too.
Will certainly swing by again if I’m in the area. The only problem is that seating here is very limited, and it gets very crowded at lunchtime. Forgot to ask for their operating hours, but it seems their main business is lunch, with most of the good stuff unavailable by around 2pm.
Nasi Padang Boyan Beach Road Power
Blk 17 Beach Road
Ground floor coffee shop, facing back of Golden Mile Food Centre