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

ice edge cafe pasta

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…

ice edge cafe pizza

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.

ice edge cafe gelato

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. 😀

ice edge cafe kovan

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

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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.

ice edge cafe singapore

Go check out Ice Edge Cafe! 😀

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

Tel: 6858 5729

Hussain Muslim Food: Cheap and Good Nasi Padang in Kovan

Hussain Muslim Food review

If you’re looking for good nasi padang at a very affordable price, definitely pop by Hussain Muslim Food at the Kovan hawker centre. When we went by for lunch today, there was a pretty long queue, and it’s no wonder why. Those two plates of food you see above cost a total of just S$5. And with a cup of sugarcane juice we shared, this lunch-for-two cost under $7. Food in Singapore really can be as inexpensive or as pricey as you’d like.

And as the lady ahead of me in the queue shared, online reviews may not be accurate, and queues could be deceptive. I agreed with her. There’s this nasi lemak place that’s very famous and not too far from where I stay – the food was so bland and boring that I couldn’t believe we’d queued for so long. As for her point about online reviews, hmm, I’m so brutally honest especially with food reviews that if you don’t trust what I say, you shouldn’t even be reading this! 😀

Anyway, here’s a picture of the queue + the stall (the one with the red signboard). It’s near impossible to miss.

Hussain Muslim Food

It’s time to tighten our belts, really. The electricity bills are going up soon, right after water. And *cough* GST?

So, lots of thanks and love for stallholders like the folks at Hussain Muslim Food who keep prices low for all of us. *Truth be told, the quality of the bergedil can make or break my experience of nasi padang from any stall. And the ones here are soft enough for my liking. So… to quote someone famous, I’ll be back! 😀