From the team which founded South Union Park (Kembangan), Elevens Strands is their latest Italian and French dining concept which have found themselves a home in Serangoon.
Despite being slightly secluded, this “Hidden Gem of Kembangan” has been one of my personal favourite dining spots which I would make an effort to travel for.
Taking over the defunct Kombi Rocks Diner, Eleven Strands has revitalized the space with simple yet elegant touches, from lapis blue signage, golden molecular chandelier to nautical inspired decors.
Leveraging on their former strength, they serve up 13 different kinds of pasta offerings – from garlicky Bacon Aglio Olio ($19), tomato-based Beef Bolognese ($21) to dairy-based Bacon Cream Pasta.
Contrary to South Union Park) in which they are famed for speciality pastas, Eleven Strands’s offerings were more of ‘classic choices’.
Probably to cater to preference of general masses.
Fans of their handmade tagliatelle would be pleased to hear that it is also available at Eleven Strands, however with a nominal top up of $4.
I had the Crab Meat Pasta ($25) that came tossed in tangy red tomato sauce and crab meat woven in between, which can be tasted with every mouthful.
The Vongole Pasta ($22) also left an impression with its plump juicy clams simmered in light aromatic white wine sauce and further scented with garlic & herb fragrance.
While the ingredients used are generally simple, I believe it was the skilful cooking techniques and preparation methods which allows them to bring out the flavours in every different pasta.
Non-pasta mains such as Wagyu Beef Burger ($26), Grilled Pork Chop ($24) & BBQ Baby Pork Ribs ($24) are also available.
I would recommend the Braised Beef Cheeks ($26) which were braised till tender soft and melts in your mouth.
Drizzled with red wine sauce and served with sautéed bacon, mushrooms and mashed potatoes for the extra flavour.
To complete the meal, starters and small bites options such as French Onion Soup ($11), Truffle Konbu Fries ($15) and Oven Baked Escargot ($13) would probably do the trick.
Spotted a familiar dish, Chicken Liver Pate ($14) from SUP and dived straight for it.
Even though not a fan of innards, I had previously taken a liking to their spread due to its concoction with pickled red onions which neutralizes the usual bloody, metallic flavour of chicken liver.
I was secretly hoping to see their SUP Brownie on menu. But nope, I was recommended to the French Apple Tart ($13) instead.
Made using caramelized apples stuffed in baked Feuille de Brick pastry, I like how the thin pastry wrapping provided a light crisp to the sweet dessert.
Think apple pie fillings wrapped with popiah skin for the nearest taste reference.
Talking about “ulu-ness”, Eleven Strands is located a stone throw away from The Plain Jane, and the nearest landmark would be Serangoon Stadium
More than welcome to have good old F&B establishments serving affordable quality food in the neighbourhood.
66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Tel: +65 9487 1398
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Tue – Fri), 10am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.