Movie goers of Shaw Lido would have noticed a huge change not only in their cinemas, but F&B outlets. Gone are the fast food outlets like McDonalds, KFC, Long John Silvers and local chain Glory, but replaced by classier looking Canelé, Cine Café and Cine Bar.
All are opened by Les Amis. To some, it could mean being able to try that brand for a lower price. To others, it may mean no more cheap food if you need a bite before the movies.
Cine Café is a cosy semi-self serve cafe with an Asian and Western menu, said to boost great food at ‘economical’ prices. ‘Economical’ is subjective.
Food is grouped under 4 sections of lightbites, forks & knives, chopsticks and thirst quenchers. The forks & knives should appeal to most, with Western delights such as Bangers & Mash ($13.00), Terikayi Chicken Burger ($12.00) and Seafood Marinara ($14.50) that seems to go well with movie-watching.
The more surprising fact is the range of Asian items such as Ayam Panggang ($12.50), Bah Kut Teh ($10.50), Grilled Unagi Don ($17.00) and XO Sauce Lo Shi Fun ($12.50).
The Ayam Panggang came looking more like western-style chicken chop than Sulawesi grilled coconut chicken. Nevertheless, the fusion dish with delicious sayor lodeh (vegetable in coconut milk curry) and sunny side up made a rather satisfying meal.
The Thai Red Curry Chicken ($12.50) looked neither fiery nor spicy, but the gravy was still appetizing and went very well with the fragrant jasmine rice. If you are not looking for authenticity, this would still work.
On a weekday evening, the Cine Café was well-presented on the outside, though sad looking within with some old movie posters as décor and no music. I do not know about you, but I like fries, pizzas and milkshakes before a blockbuster. And I miss my Glory curry puff.
Cine Café, 350 Orchard Road, #05-21 Shaw House, Tel: +65 6735 8858
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm