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

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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:

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

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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?


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…

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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…

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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.

Ice Edge Cafe: One Of The BEST In Kovan / Hougang Area

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It was drizzling a little yesterday in the Kovan area when we made our way to Simon Plaza where Ice Edge Cafe is located. Just a short walk from the Kovan MRT station. I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest. How good can the food be if I’ve never even heard of this place before despite staying nearby in Punggol for more than a decade? Well, that’s why people say there are “hidden gems”. Ice Edge Cafe was just a gem waiting to be discovered by us oblivious folk. Of course, no place is perfect, but here’s what was outstanding…

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The Pizza Prawn Mentaiko ($18.80) was delicious. Super thin crust pizza that even girlfriends on a diet will be able to enjoy. There’s mentaiko under the toppings and drizzled around the edge, and apparently some Japanese mayonnaise which if you don’t already know, is the secret sauce which makes so many Japanese food items so yummy.

And of course, there’s the Tom Yam Seafood Linguine (also $18.80) which you saw in the first picture above. SO GOOD! Gosh, I can eat this every single day, really!

As for the gelato, I tried their chocolate flavors and even the lychee martini and found that my favorite was their Brownie Chocolate gelato. 🙂 There’s Mao Shan Wang and all, which you can try when you visit.

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This was exactly how the gelato looked when it was served to us. Kind of a dripping mess. But because it tasted ok (see how important sampling is?), all was forgiven. 😀

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Gelato: Brownie Chocolate (my pick), Rum n Raisin (his pick)


I really liked their staff, Angie. I think she’s Filipino based on the accent. But I might be wrong. She’s so very polite and when you smile at her, she gives you the most brilliant smile back.

There was this other taller lady who had the “you owe me money” face. When I wanted to sample the gelato before deciding on a flavor for my brownie, she just handed over the sampling spoon with the most icy of attitudes. After the second flavor, she simply WALKED OFF without a word! No “Miss, would you like to try anything else?” or “How does that taste?” She simply… WALKED AWAY. My goodness. If not for Angie’s awesome service attitude, I’d have asked Ice Edge Cafe for a refund of the service charge. Gosh. Can the boss please review the CCTV footage and find out who I’m referring to? 😛

ice edge cafe lunch menu

There’s a 1-for-1 promotion when you drop by for lunch. I’d try their Seafood Spaghetti and Oven Baked Salmon. Haha! I’ve already decided what I want to eat when I next pop by (for lunch). 😀

Also, I think what’s really lovely is that there’s this water dispenser where you can help yourself to free water refills. SO MANY restaurants and cafes don’t have this, and others even want to CHARGE you for plain water. In Japan, just about every place provided a full jug of water for each table. So we didn’t even have to order any sweet beverages. I’d totally wean myself off sweetened drinks if I had stayed there any longer.

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Go check out Ice Edge Cafe! 😀


2 Kovan Road, #01-10 Simon Plaza, S548008

Tel: 6858 5729