Hidden within the many institutes of higher learning in the Kent Ridge area is a nice little cafe which we just discovered where you can find something to eat in a cosy environment within a stone’s throw from the National University of Singapore.
Late Plate is a cafe located on the ground floor of the Shaw Foundation Alumni House which is next to the NUSS Guild House at Kent Ridge. It is a place that we like because it has the three negatives – no service charge, no GST and no corkage charge! So we can BYO our own wines here without any fuss. They happily chill your bottle of vino and provide the glasses when you dine here. Then there are the woman’s magazines – not a lot but enough to keep you occupied while waiting or to entertain you should you eat alone. My favourite radio station KISS 92 FM is played over the system at a healthy volume to give the place a nice bouncy feel. So there you have it – a perfect wine and woman and song place!
It is not a place which is known to people who are not working in the vicinity because it has only a small sign which is visible only when you are almost in the premises. It also has rather short operating hours, maybe because its target customers are the office folks and academia working here.
Late Plate serves an interesting mix of Western food and you order at the counter by referring to the menu which is written on the chalkboard wall. The choices range from an interesting sounding tom yum seafood pasta ($9.90) to the Chef Fry Up at $19.90. We decided on the baby back pork ribs ($16.90) and the fish and chips ($12.90).
As you can see, the food was well presented and the portions were large. The pork ribs were well prepared with just the right amount of the burnt taste. The meat was soft and peeled off the bones easily. The fish certainly came in a generous portion. Taste-wise, the fish was quite bland. Other than the taste of the batter, the fish itself had no taste nor any real texture. Two kinds of sauces were made available – a tartar sauce and a chilli sauce. The potato wedges that came with both dishes were really good. Cooked just right and flavourful such that you can eat them on their own without dipping in any sauce. They were great with the bottle of German riesling that we had brought along.
We can imagine that this restaurant will be quite crowded during lunch. So the best place to be here is during the off-peak times either in the afternoon or on Saturday. Late Plate is a simple place but therein lies its attraction. No frills – only the things that you need to keep you company on a lazy afternoon – a good bottle of wine, woman’s magazines and songs blasting from your favourite radio station and reasonably priced food. The restaurant is open to the public but NUS alumni members get a 15% discount.
11 Kent Ridge Drive
#01-‐03 Shaw Foundation Alumni House
Reservation Hotline : +65 83283127 | Fax: +65 67730988
Opening Hours : Mondays to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.