Hideout by The Local Box at The Hereen (Closed)

Hideout by The Local Box is located in the basement level of Robinsons department store at The Heeren, Orchard Road. The cafe, opened in late 2018, serves local food and beverages. We have seen beautiful photos of the cafe and its food and decided to see if the photos on social media do justice to the place or if they flatter the new cafe.

Hideout by The Local Box
Hideout by The Local Box

Hideout cafe in the corner of the basement of Hereen is quite spacious. The decor is simple but the white walls and black and white floor tiles give the place a casual elegant touch. A single cosy sofa may seem a bit out of place but it is popular with those who just want a drink at the cafe.

Hideout at The Hereen

The Local Box in Enggor Street caters to the office crowd in Tanjong Pagar by serving local dishes in takeout boxes. Items on its menu include chee cheong fun and soon kueh as well as local dishes like nasi lemak, kong bak baos and laksa. Hideout at Hereen essentially serves what The Local Box has been offering. However, the prices at Hideout are slightly higher since it uses proper tableware and the dining space in Orchard Road is a fair bit nicer than the small space occupied by The Local Box in Tanjong Pagar.

Hideout at Hereen
Lunch Sets Hideout at Hereen

On weekdays, Hideout has a lunch set attractively priced at $12.50, comprising a main, dessert and iced lemon tea. Below are pictures of the menu of Hideout by the Local Box.

Menu of Hideout at Hereen
Hideout Menu
Nasi Lemak of Hideout at Hereen

We visited Hideout on a recent weekend and ordered Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang ($10), Dry Mee Tai Mak Laksa ($9.50), Coffee (2.40) and Teh O ($2.10). Order and payment were done at the counter. The food and drinks were served to our table. No GST or service charge was added to the bill.

Nasi Lemak of Hideout at Hereen

The Nasi Lemak came with the usual ingredients and rendang chicken. The tender chicken simmered with a spicy rendang sauce was flavourful. The rice was proper lemak rice – fragrant with a light taste of coconut milk.

The Dry Laksa was not bad. It did taste like a nice bowl of laksa without soup.

We were tempted by the Chendol poster and ordered a bowl ($4.50). When the chendol was served, it did not look as good as the photo in the poster, which was not unexpected. However, we also found the taste to be quite average – definitely not quite as rich and sweet as the photo had led us to anticipate.

On the whole, we thought Hideout by The Local Box was a pleasant place. The photos we had seen of the place did not flatter the cafe. The food did not look as good as the nice food pics on social media and on the cafe’s website. Taste-wise, the food was not bad but not something we would go out of our way to have. However, if we are shopping in Robinsons or its vicinity, Hideout by The Local Box would certainly be a nice spot for a coffee break or a simple meal.

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 5
Atmosphere: 2
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs

Hideout by The Local Box
260 Orchard Road
Robinsons The Heeren, #B1-2C
Singapore 238855

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8am – 9.30pm
​​Sat – Sun: 9.30am – 9.30pm

Nearby MRT Station: Somerset

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an independent Singapore food blog

Heeren Building was named after Melaka’s Heeren Street, with heeren being Dutch for “gentlemen”. The original Heeren Building was demolished in 1990 and replaced by The Heeren, which was completed in 1997.

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