Cafe Mondo (which was operating in Orchard Central) has re-branded itself as FLAVA Asia Bistro and Grill and moved to Siglap. The new FLAVA restaurant in Siglap still serves New Zealand Kapiti ice cream and offers all day dining. The food menu has renditions of popular dishes with Asian flavours like Curry Chicken Pie, Peking Duck Pizza, Seafood Laksa Pesto, Balinese Beef Stew and Chilli Crab Linguine.
FLAVA Asia Bistro and Grill is located in Springvale along East Coast Road. There are a few surface parking lots in Springvale and there is a big public car park across the road.
The new contemporary casual restaurant has a small non-air conditioned area. The air-conditioned dining area inside has a simple modern decor.
FLAVA restaurant in Siglap has a menu for brunch & lunch and a separate menu for dinner. On Fridays and Saturdays, it offers a late night menu with items like roti prata, kimchi la mian and nyonya laksa. It also has a kids menu.
Cafe Mondo’s Six Packs or Mini Twelve Putts ice cream palette, OMG Lava Cake and Chocolate Indulgence Waffle are available at FLAVA. Pisang Goreng Melaka, Mango Creme Brulee and Honey Toast with Ice Cram are other items on the Deserts Menu.
We went to the new FLAVA restaurant in Siglap for lunch and ordered their Crayfish Laksa ($16) and Ayam Pencik Kelantan ($16). For pastas or mains like the Ayam Pencik you could pay $6 more to make it a set meal; and you would get soup of the day, a drink and a scoop of Kapiti ice cream. We opted to upgrade the Ayam Pencik Kelantan to a set meal and ordered an extra cup of Americano ($4). GST and service charge would be added to the bill. Ice water was served on request.
The coffee came very nicely presented on wooden trays. A piece of macaroon was served with the Americano. The coffee was rich and full bodied and had an enjoyable intense flavour.
The Crayfish Laksa looked attractive and was full of ingredients. Besides the crayfish, there were prawns, squids, mussels and other seafood in the bowl. The curry gravy was rather watery but very spicy. We were a little disappointed with the dish as we thought the gravy lacked richness and complexity. The laksa of FLAVA restaurant was hot and spicy but not very tasty.
The soup of the day was tomato soup. The soup dish was very shallow so the amount of soup served was really quite little. Perhaps the scarcity made the soup more desirable. There were bits of tomatoes in the soup and it was not too tangy and quite delicious.
The Ayam Pencik Kelantan was very interesting. A grilled chicken leg was served with archar, begedil and nasi biru. The marinated chicken was topped with a sweetish sauce which we thought was similar to satay peanut sauce. Nasi biru is traditional Malay steamed rice tinted blue from petals of flowers called bunga telang (blue pea flower). It was fragrant and went very well with the tasty succulent chicken. We enjoyed the Ayam Pencik Kelantan and would order the dish again.
To complete the set meal we got to choose a scoop of Kapiti ice cream. There were 12 flavours to choose from and we opted for the Lemongrasss with Ginger. It was very good. The taste of lemongrass was clearly discernible but not overpowering. Bits of ginger were embedded in the ice cream adding texture and flavour.
Overall, we are happy with our experience at FLAVA Asia Bistro and Grill. The menu was interesting. The laksa aside, the food and coffee were good. The young staff members were friendly, cheerful and efficient. The new FLAVA restaurant in Siglap is one we would visit again.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
FLAVA Asia Bistro and Grill
907 East Coast Road
Tel : +65 6702 0302
Mon-Thu: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm