Ice Edge Cafe & Bar: Outlet At Downtown East Sorely Disappoints!

ice edge cafe and bar

After that fantastic meal at Ice Edge Cafe in Kovan not too long ago, I was SO excited we were going to dine at Ice Edge Cafe & Bar in Downtown East today! Alas! It was a major disappointment. Service was slightly better overall, and the decor really made the place look and feel very homely. But the food needs to be better, seriously. And I’m glad I have all the pictures to show you the difference between Ice Edge Cafe & Bar in Downtown East and Ice Edge Cafe in Kovan…

First up,

Tom Yam Seafood Linguine… this ‘soupy’ version is from Downtown East:

ice edge cafe and bar review

Compare that with this absolutely gorgeous presentation at the outlet in Kovan:

ice edge cafe pasta

Same dish! Entirely different presentation and taste! The one in Pasir Ris is a disaster. No other way to describe it. A soupy mess that not only doesn’t look palatable, but simply tastes oily, and little else. The version from Kovan looks delightful and tastes amazing. Ridiculous how different they can be, ya?

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Now for the Prawn Mentaiko Pizza. This one is what we had today at Downtown East:

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Don’t see anything weird about it? How about if I tell you to take a closer look at the prawn toppings, and see how little there is?

Here’s the version at Kovan…

ice edge cafe pizza

I’ll probably need to illustrate so you get a clearer picture. Compare these two slices of pizza from the Downtown East outlet. One slice has FIVE pieces of prawn. The other has ONE miserable piece. Imagine if you’re sharing this pizza with friends, and you suay suay kena that one slice with one tiny piece of prawn. I’d probably want to speak with the manager…

ice edge cafe and bar downtown east

And there’s way more mentaiko in that pizza from Kovan. I’m not sure what’s up with the chef(s) at Downtown East.

The lamb shank penne was O…K. Nothing to shout about. And I won’t order this again either.

ice edge cafe and bar pasir ris

So, long story short: I’m not returning to this outlet at Downtown East. My goodness. There are so many other F&B establishments there that I should spend my money at. My meal here was devastating. Thankfully, no one came by to ask “How’s the food? Did you enjoy the meal?” or I’d have given the person an entire lecture. Haha!

I have to say, though, that their Indian staff (I think his name is Randeep?) was an absolute sweetheart. Very cheery, polite, and friendly. The female wait staff just kept asking us to get a beer. And after clearing my plate when I was done with the linguine, she asked if I wanted dessert. And I had to tell her I’m still waiting for the pizza. Hello? (We were there around 4.30pm so the place wasn’t crowded, and yet she didn’t pay attention to what was and wasn’t served to us).

The gelato selection is also smaller over at Pasir Ris.

To avoid disappointment, just take my advice and visit Ice Edge in Kovan. The outlet at Downtown East is not worth the time and money, unless you want to watch football there – they have 2 screens which, in my humble opinion, are way too small.

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