The Little Diner is a restaurant along Bukit Timah Road, just before the junction with Sixth Avenue. It is a very small restaurant with a big message. We have been to hundreds of eating places. Many have been indifferent to us. At best, some have expressed appreciation for our custom. But as far as we can recall, none had expressed any affection for their customers. Until now.
The message written on the blackboard at the Little Diner made us think. As customers, we have been full of appreciation of the restaurants (assuming they are deserving). We thank them. We even blog about them to say how much we like them. Occasionally, the chef emerges from his kitchen and we praise him and applaud him for his work. Just like the innocent words from a child can have the most profound impact. The words expressed at this little diner made us wonder – have dining establishments been taking us for granted?
The Little Diner is a small eatery along the major Bukit Timah thoroughfare. It has a neat and simple appearance from the road. Inside, the diner has a mildly industrial type of decor with bare concrete on some of the walls and the floor. The double-height ceiling gave the place a spacious feel. An interesting full height glass wine cellar is located right inside, the many bare shelves suggest that wine may not be the main attraction here. Rather, many kinds of craft beers are highlighted on the blackboards lining the walls. Styled as an American diner, there is a large selection of burgers, a few types of pasta, fish and chips etc on the menu.
We ordered the Lafayette Crabcakes ($12.50) and tenderloin wrapped with bacon ($29). The crabcakes were crispy and golden with a good consistency of crabmeat inside. The tenderloin came in a generous portion. Together with the ribbon of bacon which encircled the meat, this dish would be a carnivore’s delight. With a chunk of butter and a blob of truffle mash, this was delicious but is a weight-watcher’s nightmare. The food was certainly above average. What stood out at The Little Diner was the service. Smiling helpful staff were attentive and it was so easy to catch their attention. Only one of us was having dinner, but they helpfully set up two settings in case the non-eater should want to share (which he did). It would have been all too easy for the message on the blackboard to be just a marketing slogan. But we came to the conclusion that they seem to mean it. Finally, a restaurant that loves us back!
We look forward to coming back to try their burgers and craft beer, preferably on a Tuesday evening when all burgers (usual price from $18 to $22) are priced at $15.
The Little Diner
789 Bukit Timah Road