Now, who says Yishun is boring for café goers?
There are now more choices, and this include Craze Kitchen – a café at Yishun Junction 9 offering large servings at not-so-large prices.
For the Easties, you can find another outlet at 201D Tampines Street 21.
With no GST and no service charge, you get to pocket those extra savings. For example, a Chicken or Fish Fillet pasta is priced at $10 nett. Good portion too.
Here you can find mostly Western dishes from Italian pastas, burgers, mussels, Spanish paella rice, to family platters and everything comforting in between.
You can spot a few fusion creations, blending in the flavours of the East to add a local touch, such as Laksa Mussels, Prawn Laksa Pasta, and Sambal Fish Paella.
Here’s how the Italian pasta section works. There are choices including Aglio Olio, Cream Carbonara, Arriabiata, Neapolitan starting with $10, and seasonal choices of Lobster Bisque (+$2) and Salted Egg Infused Pasta.
With 10 choices of meat available, from chicken, fish fillet, lamb chop, beef, prawn, seafood, salmon, ribeye, to even lobster & clams (additional cost applies for more premium seafood and meats), feel free to customise your pasta to your liking.
For pasta, the best-selling Chicken Aglio Olio ($10) is a must-try with its juicy portion of grilled chicken steak.
If you are looking for a creamy-type pasta, order the Cream Carbonara ($10) and try it with a battered fish fillet for a lighter-kind-of-meat.
Here are some of the recommended food and desserts from Craze Kitchen at Yishun and Tampines:
Lobster Bisque Pasta (starting from $12)
Leading the pack of seasonal items available for a limited period is Lobster Bisque Pasta, a chef-recommended dish you must try at Craze Kitchen.
The soft yet firm linguine are cooked with a bisque of lobster, a rich flavourful sauce enhanced with sliced red kraut (cabbage) and chopped parsley.
The lobster bisque sauce is prepared using lobster shells across two days of cooking, that results in something sweet, succulent, moderately rich in seafood taste.
Make it spicy with a kick with some fresh chili (optional).
You can customise for an affordably-priced Grilled Chicken Lobster Bisque Pasta ($12), Prawn Lobster Bisque Pasta ($15.50) and more, or go for the Lobster and Clams for something more indulgent ($21 for half lobster, $37 for full lobster) and the ultimate seafood feast.
Salted Egg Infused Pasta (starting from $10)
Also new in the seasonal specials is Salted Egg Infused Pasta, prepared with al dente linguine and your choice of meat (price ranges from $10 to $37).
Whether you like Fried Fish Fillet ($10), Seafood ($14) or Ribeye Salted Egg Infused Pasta ($24.50), your selected meat is cooked and tossed with a rich and creamy salted egg sauce, red kraut, and fresh chili.
The sauce is house-prepared, using salted egg, butter and their own mixed vegetable stock to bring out the flavours. Finished off with curry leaves for added fragrance and fresh chopped parsley.
Margherita Grill Cheese Chicken ($13.50)
Make it a cheesy main dish when you order Margherita Grill Cheese Chicken. This is tender, boneless grilled chicken steak is served smothered with cheese on tomato basil sauce.
Accompanied with thick cut potato fries and side greens.
The cheese is torched just before serving, so that the cheesy flavour spreads across the meat and combines well with the tangy tomato sauce.
Sambal Chicken Paella ($9.50)
A fusion of flavours from East and West, this dish features the Spanish-original paella made sweet with raisins. You also find some salmon bits in the rice which adds more seafood flavours.
Flanking the fried egg-topped rice is a sambal-topped chicken steak with some greens. A savoury spicy way to enjoy succulent grilled chicken.
Customisation and mix-and-match are key at Craze Kitchen, so you also find options including Harissa Chilli Chicken Paella ($9.50), Craze Double Chicken Paella ($13.50) and Sambal Striploin Bef Paella ($18).
For larger, meatier appetites, try it with beef instead. You get a hefty chunk of char-grilled striploin beef with a spread of sambal on top. Also served with raisin paella rice, fried egg, and greens.
Craze Firebird ($13.50 with burger buns or $15.50 with waffles)
There are a couple of burger choices here such as The Hawaiian ($9), Classic Wagyu ($18), Two On The Hook ($13) which has double pieces of fried halibut fish, Chicken Rice ($9) with fried chicken, to Barbeque Time ($9) with BBQ sauce chicken topped with torched cheese.
I was more intrigued by their house-special Craze Firebird, a hunger-crushing burger that stacks with not one but two crunchy fried chicken pieces, smothered with melty cheese and homemade harissa chili sauce.
All that heat is balanced out with fresh lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes.
Enjoy it as a burger or with waffles for an extra $2. Either way, both go well with crisp golden curly fries on the side.
Butter Cream Mussels ($18)
It’s all about mussel power. Taste these black mussels sauteed with aromatic garlic and onions, made rich with fresh Danish butter and cream sauce.
They add some fresh parsley and watercress to impart some peppery flavours, mellowed down by a splash of olive oil.
This is served with some buttery toast which you can dip into the cream sauce. If cream is not your thing, there are two other choices of Tomato Basil Mussels ($18) and Laksa Mussels ($18).
Butterscotch Banana Crepe & Ice Cream ($8.50)
This paper-thin crepe is filled with slices of sweet bananas and served with a scoop of ice cream (your choice of flavour – vanilla, rocky road chocolate or strawberry).
Adding crunch to the smooth and creamy ice cream is a sprinkling of toasted almond slivers and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce.
On the side, mixed berries coulis with chocolate completes this tantalising dessert.
Molten Lava Fondant with Ice Cream ($12.50)
This chef-recommended dessert features a rich and soft chocolate fondant filled with melted chocolate that oozes out once broken with a fork.
Served a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sexy swirl of chocolate syrup.
Craze Kitchen – Yishun
18 Yishun Avenue 9, #01-02, Junction Nine, Singapore 768897
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Craze Kitchen – Tampines
201D Tampines St. 21, N2 Shopping Street #01-1171, Singapore 524201
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 1am (Fri – Sat)
* This post is brought to you in partnership with Craze Kitchen.