We visited this café along River Valley Road purely by accident. On our first visit there, we had gotten some exercise done at a yoga studio nearby (The Yoga Co), and came across this café as we were heading to the bus stop haha. The food, drinks and desserts pictured in this post were taken over 2 visits. We can’t eat that much at one seating y’know! :p
To get here, you can either walk from Somerset MRT, which would take about 10-15min, or take bus 54 from Newton MRT. You could also take buses 32 or 195 from City Hall MRT (opp Peninsula Plaza). 🙂
Upon entering the café, we were greeted cheerily by the waitress on duty, and shown to our seats. The pic above was taken on a weekday afternoon (2pm), so it was less crowded compared to the first time that we were there on a weekend. The café can probably seat about 30-40 people. We learned that they take reservations, so be sure to reserve a table in advance! 🙂
These little reindeer were cute, and if you’re wondering why I took a pic of their butts, well, it’s because the doors and windows are actually tinted, so you can’t really see inside the café! Which is great btw, if you happen to be sitting next to the windows. :p Or you’ll be putting on a show to people outside hahaha.
Five & Dime Eatery’s food menu is on their website, although the drinks menu is not. The next few pics are of the drinks menu, in case you want a better idea of the type of drinks they serve. 🙂
They have a selection of coffees and teas available. I tried the iced matcha latte (S$7++) but wasn’t very impressed. The iced matcha latte was not ‘strong’ enough, and it felt as though I were drinking milk with some matcha flavor rather than matcha with some milk. Yep I prefer my matcha drinks with a strong matcha flavor, and this didn’t really measure up to my standard. For those who like their matcha lattes milder, I believe you’ll be satisfied with Five & Dime’s version. 🙂
They also have milkshakes! We tried Nutella Fields Forever & Nutty Monkey, Hidden Banana, and boy did we love them! 🙂 Thick, gooey, chunky, and simply great! Skip the calorie count on this, or you’ll probably never have it. :p They are really quite generous with the ice cream, and I saw the counter staff scooping out 3 big scoops of ice cream for the Nutty Monkey, Hidden Banana milkshake.
The above pic shows the Nutella Fields Forever (S$12++), which was sooo chocolatey I absolutely loved it! 😀
Pretty gf, Nutty Monkey Hidden Banana milkshake, Big Brekkie, Matcha Latte, and Mentaiko Pasta
The Big Brekkie (S$22++) was average, but the Mentaiko Pasta (S$18++) was really delicious! It reminded me somewhat of Saveur’s Pasta, but creamier (no surprise there, since they gave a generous topping of mentaiko sauce).
The iced chocolate (S$6++) was perhaps slightly above average in my opinion. I prefer my iced/hot chocolate to be sweet, but this one left a slight bitter aftertaste. The chocolate flavour is also not very strong, similar to the matcha in the matcha latte. If you’re a fan of drinks with a stronger flavour (like me), then I’d suggest you forego their iced/hot chocolate and matcha latte, and get their milkshakes instead.
The above pic shows the Truffs’ Earl Grey Chocolate Tart (S$9++), which I absolutely loved! 🙂 There is a hint of earl grey flavour as you bite into the tart, which went well with the crumbly topping and the praline base mmmm. Perhaps they could plate the strawberry better though, as it was so difficult to eat it with a dessert spoon. I kept banging my spoon on the plate as I tried to cut the strawberry before eating. I could have simply shoved the strawberry in my mouth, but that would be so unglam haha, so nope.
The Golden Custard Lava Cake (S$12++) was an interesting dessert, and it came in a dimsum basket, which was cool, and totally made sense. Why did it make sense? Oh because of the salty custard that oozed out of the lava cake, which made it look as though we were eating Liu Sha Baos (custard buns) at a dimsum restaurant haha. The lava cake itself was great, and I liked the slightly crispy outer layer. I’ve mixed feelings about this dessert though, as I personally found the taste combination slightly weird. Perhaps you should try it yourself and decide! 🙂
*We did not pay for the desserts shown here, as I had won an Instagram contest (@fiveanddimesg) a few weeks back, which entitled us to claim two free desserts. The opinions however, are completely my own, and I was not obliged to write them a good review in order to claim the two free desserts. I paid for the drinks and the food with my own money, and did not receive any discount at all.
Nice little café, with big serving portions that are sure to fill (almost) anyone up. It does get crowded during lunch & dinner hours, as well as over the weekend, so it is best if you make a reservation, or be prepared to wait. I wasn’t too impressed by their iced chocolate and matcha latte, but I really liked their milkshakes, so give those a shot! Their mentaiko pasta is great, and their desserts and milkshakes are good too. It’s definitely a good place to chill out with your friends, family, and loved ones. 🙂
Five & Dime Eatery will be ceasing operations on the 29th of Apr 2016. 😦
Five & Dime Eatery
297 River Valley Road (Nearest MRT: Somerset)
+65 9236 5002
Mon-Thu (12pm-10pm), Fri (12pm-12am), Sat (10am-12am) & Sun (10am-10pm)
Check out their website here.