Five &2 – Bistro At Punggol Park With Amazing View. Social Enterprise That Employs Marginalised And Donates Food To Underprivileged
Perhaps you have not heard about this place. Five &2 is a bistro nestled within Punggol Park (at Hougang Avenue 8) with an amazing view overlooking the lake.
Ah… the location, greenery and peaceful ambience make it an ideal place to wind down after a long day at work. There is also ample parking space available at the storefront.
The name Five &2 may remind some of the biblical story of “Five Loaves and Two Fishes” – the miracle of feeding of the multiple.
Five &2 is set up with 2 social missions.
The first: They believe in hiring the marginalised by redesigning job scope in which technology is used to create a more inclusive work environment.
For example, ordering is done through a touch-and-pay system, customers are encouraged to return their own trays (and get back a $1 deposit Timbre+ style), while mocktails and cocktails are prepared using a special cocktail machine.
The bistro also believes in giving back to the society. With every 5 meals sold at Five &2, 1 nutritional meal will be donated to a child from a resource-poor background.
This was previously the space occupied by Wild Oats, and interestingly previous-owner Chef Willin Low is now consultant for Five &2. I would describe the food as mainly Asian and local, with a modern touch.
Offerings include Sarawak Curry Chicken ($12.80), Singapore Laksa ($8.80), Gaeng Kiaw Wan – Thai green beef curry ($10.80), Herbal Chicken Soup ($10.80), Mee Siam ($7.80), Bulgogi Korean Beef Stew with Onions ($9.80) and pasta dishes of Beef Bolognaise ($16.80), Mushroom Pasta ($14.80) and Seafood Pasta ($18.80).
I tried the Sarawak Curry Chicken ($12.80) and Mee Siam ($7.80) – both are considered safe choices.
You would find that the Mee Siam had stronger assam and tau cheo (fermented soy bean paste) flavours, more towards the sweet and sour side rather than spicy.
The Curry Chicken is based on a recipe from the Sous Chef’s family in Sarawak, which incorporates cinnamon and star anise. Best paired with some multi-grain rice (additional $2.50).
While I liked the tenderness of the chicken, I thought the dish overall could do with more gravy as it was quickly absorbed in minutes.
The vongole was well sautéed and pasta infused with flavours of the clams and wine.
If I were to nit-pick, there were too many small bits of loose shells, so I had to be more much careful in eating before a tooth accident would occur.
Other than the fact that mocktails and cocktails are prepared using a special cocktail machine (you can check out the machine at the bar), you will not be able to find any straws at Five &2.
This is so as to be environmentally-friendlier, and they have specially picked out glasses that are easy for customer to sip from.
While the area is called “Punggol Park”, the bistro is technically nearer Hougang and only 2 stops away from Hougang MRT. (Why not call it Hougang Park? I wonder if there are political implications. Anyway…)
Punggol Park, 97 Hougang Avenue 8, Singapore 538792
Tel: +65 6282 8801
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12mn (Sun – Thurs), 5pm – 1am (Fri & Sat)
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