Purvis Street and Seah Street are like the chicken rice capital of Singapore. Yet Con and Chin Chin Eating House are at Purvis Street; Zheng Swee Kee and Sin Swee Kee are at Seah Street. Each of these restaurants will have their supporters who will say that their favourite outlet serves the best chicken rice in Singapore. We are not going to get into that debate. We went to Sin Swee Kee Restaurant for lunch simply because we were hungry and looking for a pleasant affordable restaurant.
Sin Swee Kee Restaurant at Seah Street is a simple eating house. They do put in some effort in terms of the interior decor but on the whole the place looks fairly basic and is unlikely to be featured in any design magazine. However, it is quite spacious and the tables are fairly well spaced out. We went there for lunch and felt cool and comfortable inside the restaurant.
Sin Swee Kee is known for its chicken rice but like many affordable Singapore restaurants it also serves a variety of dishes, noodles and fried rice. They have dishes like pork chops, salt and pepper prawns, ngoh hiang, spring rolls and fried noodles.
We ordered a chicken rice set ($7, plus $1 if you want chicken drumstick) and a hor fun with ginger and onions ($5). Coffee was $1.30. The set menu really represents good value for money. You get chicken, rice, soup, a plate of stir-fried vegetables and a glass of barley drink.
So we had a fulfilling and enjoyable lunch with drinks for a total of $14.30, less than half the price of a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel across the street. We would say to those doing research for the EIU, stay at the Raffles Hotel if you must but do check out the many affordable Singapore restaurants – like Sin Swee Kee restaurant at Seah Street, a simple local restaurant that serves good food at very reasonable prices.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 4
Atmosphere : 2
Overall Rating : 3 TOP
Sin Swee Kee restaurant
34-35 Seah Street
Tel: +54 6337 7180
Opening Hours : 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Nearby Stations : Esplanade, City Hall
#Street Fact – Seah Street is named after Seah Eu Chin, who also has Eu Chin Street named after him. He is the father of Seah Liang Seah and his gambier plantation stretched for eight to ten miles, from tf River Valley Road to Bukit Timah Road and Thomson Road.