One Night Only – American Style Diner In Singapore, Serving Comfort Food At River Valley
Pantang (superstitious) friends who thought calling a restaurant “One Night Only” can be quite inauspicious.
After all, this shop space at the junction of River Valley Road and Zion Road has seen quite a few change of hands in a few years, from zhi char to pizzas.
The team behind Muchachos and The Daily Cut is considered ‘brave’ then, but they did consult a fengshui master who advised them to shift the location of the main entrance. Which they did.
So you are heading there, enter by the ‘side’.
One Night Only is an American diner serving all-day breakfast, diner classics and comfort food.
The name may remind people of Broadway musical or movie Dreamgirls (by Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson) but co-owner Jonathan said he didn’t even watch that flick.
He thought it fitted the intended brand personality of the place, which is to be rather irreverent and tongue-in-cheek.
The signature items include Chicken-fried steak ($27), Nashville hot chicken ($21), and Maple Bacon Pancakes ($16.50).
There is a Build Your Own Breakfast (BYOB) option where you can choose components of eggs, bacon, sausage, corned beef hash and brioche toast from between $3 to $6 per item.
Jonathan added, I’m kinda tired of paying good money for “big breakfast plates” that contain a lot of stuff that nobody really wants, like mesclun salad, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms.
Haha. Kind of true.
I had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($19.50) which came with 2 side dishes.
Choose from a selection of French Fries, Onion Rings, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Biscuit and Gravy, Mac and Cheese, Boston Baked Beans and Creamed Corn.
When the plate arrived, I thought it looked sad for $19.50. The dish somewhat reminded me of a 2-piece set from a fast-food restaurant. Nevermind which one.
Thankfully, the taste won me over. Deliciously marinated and juicy. While this might have looked harmful to the expanding waistline, the chicken wasn’t oily at all.
The Charlotte’s Steak Sandwich ($18.00) turned out to be not too bad a choice, with many slices of seared tender steak strips sandwiched between toasted ciabatta. The accompanying onion rings were too oily though.
I liked the ambience of the setting – cosy, personable service and different from the run-of-the-mill hipster cafes. It almost felt out of this country, though I must admit the diner did attract quite a number of expats in the area.
The thing not too ‘American’ about One Night Only would be the portion – are they considering that Asians eat less? I think they can work on making some of the plates fuller and more substantial to suit the theme.
One Night Only
397 River Valley Road, Singapore 248292
Tel: +65 6235 1248
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Closed Mon
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