Food Review: Lime House East Coast
The place Caribbean cuisine is something less familiar to most Singaporeans (myself included) and Lime House East Coast seems like a perfect second brand location in the hip and diverse enclave of Katong. Lime House first opened in Jiak Chuan Road, and its name is such that “liming” is Caribbean jargon for relaxing with friends. The east coast outlet recently took over space from the now defunct Rabbit Carrot Gun, and you can’t miss the bright cherry green painted on its walls along one of Singapore’s most iconic stretches of shops. .
The indoor space is relaxed and warm, and there are also sheltered outdoor tables along the hallway if you want to soak up more of the Katong vibe.
The food Lime House East Coast’s menu is largely the same as Jiak Chuan, except it’s also open during weekday lunch hours.
We like it Bajan Fish Tacos (S$18) which is basically a Trinidad roti with fried snapper topped with homemade mango chutney and spices. It is slightly spicy, where fried fish is delicious.
Doubles is a popular and common street snack in Trinidad, an unfamiliar dish to me. I tried the Double (S$14) here, which is basically flatbread topped with ingredients. The version at Lime had curried chickpeas and tamarind with mango chutney on homemade barra bread. In terms of texture, it’s like a variant of naan, just that it’s thicker. Alternatively, there is also the Chicken doubles (S$16) with the addition of chicken curry.
You also can’t go wrong with the Sofrito Beef Sirloin Steak (S$19) which is marinated with their homemade sofrito in au jus oxtail. An ideal dish to share, the beef is sliced for ease of tasting and gives off a savory profile with the sofrito sauce.
And another type of nachos to have? Count on me for Caribbean Nachos (S$14) which are crispy plantain chips topped with avocado and tomato salsa!
The Dal Mushrooms (S$16) should delight any mushroom lover (myself included), where you get four breaded mushrooms topped with cauliflower and chickpeas in a curry paste.
For the sector, I had the Baby back ribs (S$30) which taste very similar to Arctic char in a colloquial sense.
There is also the Goat cheese with Tribajam curry (S$32) where mutton curry is dipped in Caribbean spices and served with vegetables. The mutton is quite tender and the spices help mask the mutton’s game.
As for desserts, I would recommend the Signature banana cake (S$14) for sharing as the portion is quite large. Good texture on the banana cake with a slight crisp on the edges, accompanied by caramel, honey and an accompanying ice cream.
Getting mad I thought it would be great if the menu included pictures of the dishes for diners who are unfamiliar with Caribbean dishes, giving them a better idea of what to expect.
Will I come back? Prices are relatively affordable at Lime House East Coast for the Katong enclave. Even though Caribbean cuisine isn’t my typical dish, it’s nice to have another exotic option in the east. Try it and you might be surprised by the flavors.
This was an invitational tasting, although all opinions expressed are our own.
taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall experience: 4/5
Lime House East Coast
47-49 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6304 5328
Sunday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
Rated by The Ranter