Big Street is another one of those café-restaurants going under the radar, located in a conservation shophouse along Jalan Besar.
There are some promising elements – local and fusion food, comfortable-enough interior, with free wifi.
It is also accredited by the Ministry of Social & Family Development as a pro-family and handicapped friendly F&B establishment, and welcomes children, the elderly and guide dogs.
On paper, that ticks almost all the boxes.
However, what about that ‘hipster’ element, whatever that word means. It needs to be ‘cool’ to hang out, and is perhaps demonstration that any new F&B businesses in Singapore need more than just the token Facebook and Instagram pages to stand out.
There are actually some possible ‘instagram-worthy’ dishes, namely its Chilli Crab or Prata Bag In Prata Bag ($80 – $128 per kg).
The price point though, may not be a correct fit for its target customers.
So I had the Chunky Crab Meat wrapped in Prata ($12.80) instead to get a feel of their signature dish.
It was actually not that bad, except that the presentation looked awkward.
One question we had, “How to eat?” without creating a mess (slightly tough to tear the prata apart with the spreaded vegetables ‘blocking’ the way.)
When we ‘undressed’ the prata, there were generous portions of crab meat in a sweetish gooey garlic chilli sauce. Personal preference, this would have been a bingo if it was slightly spicier.
The Prata Coins were also fun to have, coming with mutton ($13.80), chicken ($12.80), or crab sauces ($28.80) AND a cup of Teh or Kopi Tarik.
Among Big Street’s offerings are some of Singapore’s local favourite dishes such as Hokkien Mee ($16.80), Char Kway Teow ($16.80), Pepper Crabs (Seasonal Price), Red Snapper Fish Head Curry ($28.80), Satay ($9.80 for half a dozen), Nasi Briyani ($15.80) and Roti Prata ($6.80).
You know – local diners want it delicious, cheap and good. Well, the price is higher than what many are willing to pay, but at least it is in an air-conditioned environment with service. My humble suggestion is to up its ‘coolness’ factor – it has the potential.
Opened till 3am during weekends, can try to woo some of Swee Choon’s crowd.
104/106 Jalan Besar Singapore 208828 (short walk from Swee Choon, near Jalan Besar Food Centre)
Tel: +65 61002661
Opening Hours: 11am – 1am (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 3am (Fri – Sat)