Lucky uni students. There seems to be a number of new cafés and kiosks opening up at SMU Boyle’s Coffee x Love Bites, Onalu which focuses on Acai bowls, and Canteen Bistro.
On the west side of things, NTU has Connect 71; while NUS has SG Maxx Coffee which also opened up within their campuses.
Canteen Bistro is a casual western styled restaurant right in the heart of the university.
Besides a simple lunch menu, the restaurant is also a pub at night which opens until 1am.
Great for students who looking for a place to chill and need a break from all those projects and tutorials.
I visited Canteen Bistro during lunch where they had a limited lunch menu.
The dinner menu has more variety featuring items such as the Pulled Pork Burger ($16), Fish & Chips ($13) and Creamy Salmon Linguine ($15).
The Lunch Menu is basically an Omurice as a base, with a choice of main such as crispy chicken, crispy fish, meatball, mushroom or beef stroganoff. Also offered is a soup of the day.
You can also choose from either cream, marinara or demi-glace sauce to be drizzled over your Omurice.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Crispy Chicken Omurice ($8) served with a generous portion of chicken.
While the chicken was juicy and lightly battered (and decent-tasting), it didn’t have that “wow” effect. But I can’t complain for this price.
I preferred the Crispy Fish Omurice ($8) but immediately regretted pairing it with the cream sauce.
The demi-glace sauce was a better choice as the cream sauce got on the heavy side towards the end of the meal.
I was expecting normal white rice beneath the layer of egg, but to my surprise it was fried rice.
There was a faint tomato fragrance, though I felt that tangy-sweetness could have been more pronounced.
Canteen Bistro is a great place for SMU students to organize gatherings over lunch or dinner, maybe even have a drink or two at night.
The lunch sets aren’t too expensive and with the amount of food you’re getting, it is not too bad of a deal.
In addition, SMU students/staff can get a $1 discount off the daily lunch sets, while alumni can get a discount $1.50 off the daily lunch sets.
80 Stamford Road, #B1-61, Singapore 178902
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm Last orders 2:30pm, 5pm – 1am Last Order 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.