Once in a while, a nostalgic café will open and bring us back to the good old days, appealing to people of a certain generation and above. I guess that’s me.
Good Old Days Bistro is a Western-fusion cafe located along the row of shop houses at Beach Road. Note: This is not to be confused with Good Old Days Restaurant at Sentosa.
The interior is made up of a mish-mash of things that all seemed to work together, from old radios, photos of Singapore in the 1960s and 70s (I recognise some of the buildings!), toys and F&N glass cups.
The owner probably picked up many decorative items from the former Sungei Road Flea Market.
Even the furniture is “re-used” as I recognised them from different restaurants, from a swing in the middle of the bistro, repurposed Harley-Davidson seats, and those cushy deep pink sofa and chairs from Henri Charpentier from Dempsey Hill (that is when I realised it has closed.)
The menu was rather wide-ranging for a small place like this, serving up All Day Breakfast with offerings of Brioche French Toast ($11.90), Fluffy Pancake Stacks ($11.90), Eggs Fungo ($14.50) – poached eggs with Portobello mushroom; Pasta and Risotto dishes such as Creamy Carbonara ($12.90), Crabbie Feast ($16.90); Sandwiches and Burgers; and Main Dishes of St Louis Pork Ribs ($17.90), and Duck Leg Confit ($17.90).
Its Portobello Fritters ($7.50) which were mildly crispy outside and still steamy soft inside, signalled good things to come.
I was intrigued with the Crispy Oatmeal Chicken Burger ($13.90), with buns freshly baked with fruit or vegetable powders for its colour and flavour, with no added preservatives or colourings.
It came interestingly / gimmicky served in a Vintage Box – which I have seen overseas but not quite here in Singapore (my friend was worried about hygiene though due to the inside material.)
While the burger was harder to cut and eat due to the container, I liked its generous portion of chunky chicken contrasted with the soft bun.
There was still that “home-cooked” element though, and I reckon it could be because of the cheese used. I wished the burger could hold together better.
The Truffle Infused Mushroom Pasta ($12.90) could be the weakest link though, lacking in the truffle aroma and creaminess. And thus, the noodles got somewhat clumpy halfway.
Perhaps this is because it is the starting days and they have yet to fine-tune the dishes in such as wide menu, but I can imagine this to be a homely place to chill and catch up with some old friends.
Good Old Days Bistro
Kampong Glam Conservation Area, 337 Beach Road Singapore 199565
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Closed Sun
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