[Updated Feb 2018] Coo Bistro has been converted into Iron Supper Club.
Tiong Bahru has been touted as one of Singapore’s coolest neighbourhood, so it is not surprising to have NEW cafes and bistros sprout up which get diners noticing.
Why is nobody talking about COO Bistro YET? At least within my circles of foodie friends or on social media.
Maybe it is the slightly ‘off’ location at Outram Road, not THAT accessible by MRT.
COO is branded as Singapore’s first “Sociatel” in the heart of Tiong Bahru – it provides accommodation (think hipster-hostel with 11 rooms with bunk beds), meals and other services.
Quite a chic-hangout space, designed by award-winning Ministry of Design.
If I am a foreigner back-packing to Singapore, well… I may consider staying here.
Coo Bistro is the dining outlet of the hostel, which serves up European style dishes which have local influence.
Think Tiong Bahru Platter ($28), a medley of Roasted Pork Belly, Grilled Chicken Satay, Salt & Pepper Barramundi, and Mackerel Keropok with a serve of house made sambal chilli.
One of the highlights is the Tiong Bahru ‘Chwee Kueh’ ($9), a dessert of Panna Cotta with Candied Walnut and Balsamic Strawberries assembled to look like the traditional ‘chwee kueh’ dish complete with ‘chai po’ (preserved turnip) and chilli.
I am glad that this foreign-local ‘Mod-Sin’ thing is not just for show or for branding purposes. They really mean what they say.
During a dinner, I wanted to have something light, perhaps healthy and asked for a salad.
The owner (I think – he looked like it) recommended their house-special Gado Gado ($15). You must be wondering how-on-earth can Indonesian-style Gado Gado be considered a salad?
The entire combination which had a good portion of greens somehow worked. The peanut sauce tasted almost like the real deal, and the deep fried beancurd wasn’t oily.
It is like having your favourite hawker food with less of the guilt.
I had a Pork Cheek Capellini ($18) which was promising. The flavours were indeed stronger and more robust than a typical pasta dish. The base sauce reminded me of Asian-style cooking, sans the wok hei.
The COO’s Prawn Noodles ($18) almost reminded me of zhi char, and is a hearty dish of fettuccine spiced with house-made chilli sauce and grilled tiger prawns.
Local diners should have a sense of familiarity with this dish, though I suspect flavours may be on the heavier side for Western counterparts.
Actually, Coo Bistro, is quite cool what.
259 Outram Road, Singapore 169056
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun), Closed Tues