If you are heading to Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Paya Lebar you will be happy to know that a new bistro has opened there. If you have never heard of the Lifelong Learning Institute, it is the Continuing Education and Training campus (CET) by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and it is quite a fascinating place. Reluctantly, we share with you a little known fact – inside the LLI at Paya Lebar, there is a beautiful public library which is currently under utilised. It is a lovely space to browse reading materials and books or just to relax and meditate.
On the ground level of LLI, there is a new Ninety Nine Bistro & Kitchen. It is a casual dining cafe with plenty of food and drinks on display for take-away. There is a small dining hall with more dining space on a mezzanine loft. The decor is fairly simple and functional – not unattractive but fairly typical of a contemporary cafe.
They have cafeteria style counters. You go up to the counters to order. There are two sections – one for Western food and the other for nasi padang. They offer affordable set meals.
It is interesting to find that they sell non-alcoholic wine or dealcoholized wine – which is supposed to be wine prepared with the alcoholic content removed just before bottling.
There is a Nasi Padang Set which starts from $4.50. A Western set starts from $8.90 which includes fruit juice. You get a choice of mains like chicken, beef and fish plus vegetables and pasta.
We ordered a Nasi Padang Set with beef rendang, sayur lodeh and egg ($5.50), a 3 course Western set lunch ($8.90) and Roti John ($6). A mug of house blend coffee was $1.60.
The nasi padang was of good quality. The beef rendang was tender and tasty. The curry gravy they put over the rice was also delicious.
The roti John looked quite attractive but the taste was ordinary.
The Western Set allows you to choose a main and 2 side items. We opted for the chicken, pasta and vegetables. The set came with soup and either coffee or tea. The set meal did not look very nice but it was quite an enjoyable meal. The chicken was tender and quite delicious.
Ninety Nine Bistro at Lifelong Learning Institute is not a place for gourmet dining. It is essentially a cafeteria where you go to when you need to eat. It serves that function well by offering decent set meals at affordable prices. There are many other food options at the nearby Paya Lebar Square. However, even in the food court of Paya Lebar Square it may be hard to find a better value proposition than what is offered at the bistro at Lifelong Learning Institute. Further, between the nasi padang in the food court and the nasi padang at Ninety Nine Bistro we would choose Ninety Nine Bistro any day.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Ninety Nine Bistro & Kitchen
11 Eunos Road 8 #01-02
Nearby Station : Paya Lebar