This corner shop space at Killiney Road changed hands from House of Rice Roll and Porridge, Sun Coffee Planet, Ding Ji Café to the present BigBank Café in about a year. A case of bad ‘feng shui’ or poor business model?
BigBank Café, a Western food eatery which serves special wines, beers and ciders, land itself along an food-enlivening road already occupied with Killiney Kopitiam, Orange Lantern, Domino Pizza, Warung M. Nasir, Song Huat Bak Kut Teh, Suan Thai Restaurant – literally food from East to the West.
The menu, which calls itself “The Legendary Book of BigBank’s Appetite”, comes in a form of a yellow clear folder with printed A4 pages inside. Some of the signature mains include the Chicken Cutlet ($12.90), Pork Cutlet ($12.90), BBQ Pork Ribs ($17.90), Ocean Platter ($20.90), Black Pepper Lamb Loin Chop Hotplate ($24.90) and Tenderloin Steak on Hotplate ($28.90).
I was recommended the Juicy Beef Patty Cheese Burger ($12.90), which was sadly, at most slightly juicy. I would not say to the extent that it was bad-tasting, but this burger served with thick-cut fries and sauté vegetables was ordinary ‘Singapore-Chinese-style’ Western food fare.
The Sausage & Ham with Tomato Sauce ($12.90), came looking disappointedly ‘cheap’ like those coffeeshop-standard Western foods. The taste furthermore reminded me of what my hostel mates would whip up during night supper at the uni pantry. From the appearance to the taste, this feels like something we can prepare at home in a jiffty.
Its Special Stuffed Wings ($8.50 for 4 pieces) was its saving grace, thankfully, crisp and not too oily.
What BigBank Café need would be a strong branding (like why it is called BigBank again?) and more distinctive-tasting Western dishes, especially at this price point, and at this location. I wish them all the best.
75 Killiney Road Singapore 239529 (Somerset MRT), Tel: +65 6737 8515
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 12:00am Daily