Sunday, September 30, 2012

Abe's Diner ... a Cosy Japanese Diner and also serving European cuisine with a Japanese twist

I used to like words like quaint, quiet to be used on the little diners or cafes that emerge out of nowhere into the streets of Tiong Bahru. But no longer. There are so many that commercial spaces will soon out run residential spaces. At 42 Eng Hoon Street, right opposite Ting Heng, a popular fish head steam boat and seafood restaurant, a cosy diner joined the fray. Abe's Diner serve Japanese cuisine and also some European food with Japanese touches. I love small diners as service wouldn't suffer that much even if there's limited wait staff. While HY, Jane and I arrived, we were skeptical about Abe serving good enough food as we were the only ones around. Soon, the diner started to fill up. Service was good. Our tea was filled up as soon as we empty the teapot.

We thought we made a good choice with the Fried Chicken with Tartar sauce. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It's important that the chicken didn't appear to be greasy.

Cabonara with Japanese Udon was recommended by the folks from Abe's. This is an Italian pasta dish with a Japanese twist. Pasta was replaced by Japanese Udon. We know the texture of udon. It's smooth, springy and do not soak up much sauces. The sauce that coat the udon was eggy and cheesy. Udon didn't soak up sauce like the Italian pasta. Different but tasty!. 

Grilled Pork Belly with Mustard Cream Sauce. This is definitely not an authentic Japanese dish. The pork belly was tasty and went well with the mustard cream sauce. It would have been better if the pork belly was more tender and juicier.

Yaki Udon is Japanese Fried Udon. I liked it that there wasn't that strong flavor of yakisoba sauce like the kind served in Botejyu. Don't know how Japanese describe good "wok hei" because that's what this is. 

42 Eng Hoon Street
Singapore 169785
Tel  +65 6222 1719
Abe's Diner Facebook Page

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