Recently opened at City Cross Shopping Centre's food court, Kopi & Kitchen offers a good range of Singaporean street food. Kopi means coffee in the Malay language but for some reason or other the term has been adopted by the common Chinese dialect groups (Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese) in Singapore. Kopi is a very popular beverage in Singapore, so much so that neighbourhood shops that sell beverages, drinks and meals are called kopitiams (coffee shops). A lot of kopitiams roast their own coffee beans, giving kopi in Singapore its unique taste. Apart from lunch and dinner dishes, Kopi & Kitchen offers the typical Singaporean breakfast items – kopi, kaya toast, tea and milo drinks. Kaya is a smooth bread spread made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar. Kopi and kaya toast is a staple breakfast for many Singaporeans, with kopi replaced by milo for young children.
We went to Kopi & Kitchen on a Friday evening for dinner and ordered Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang, Katong Laksa and Roti with Chicken Curry. You have the option of having the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Curry if beef is not your preferred meat. In addition to the chilli sambal, roasted peanuts, fried ikan billis (dried anchovies), boiled egg and cucumber slices that are usually served with Nasi Lemak, the Nasi Lemak at Kopi & Kitchen also comes with a serving of acar. Acar is an Asian vegetable pickle made by pickling cucumber, carrot and cabbage with Indian spices, vinegar and chilli. The Beef Rendang was tender and the coconut rice had the right degree of coconut flavour. The various accompaniments complemented the dish nicely.
My mother noted that their Katong Laksa uses the thick rice noodle that is considered to be a traditional ingredient of laksa. Most places use either Hokkien noodles or rice vermicelli. The rice noodles were cooked to perfection and the spicy soup helped to lift the flavour of the dish with a hint of sourness. We have no idea if the Katong Laksa is authentic because we haven't tasted the original version. However we prefer our laksa soup to be richer, creamier and spicier than what was served. We added sambal chilli (available on request) to the soup to enhance its flavour.
The Chicken Curry that accompanied the Roti was very delicious and tasted like the curries we had in Singapore. This curry was our favourite dish of the day. The chicken meat fell easily off the bone and the firmer texture of the potatoes acted as a good contrast to the tender chicken. The curry gravy was flavoursome and had just the right amount of heat for those not used to spicy foods.
Meal deals comprising a main meal and a drink of your choice are available; the drinks on offer include a good range of drinks found at kopitiams. Ambience is not what you would expect from a food court but Kopi & Kitchen has a nice little private area next to the serving counter. The seating in the private area is limited so most patrons will probably have to enjoy their meals in the general food court area during peak hours.
Have had the chicken curry a few times now and they give you a good serving and flavour is good. I prefer it with more potato and less chicken,The chicken satay with rice and onion skewer is tasty as well,but you need to ask for some of the chicken curry gravy on the rice,as otherwise,the rice is too dry and without flavour.The kopi has it's own distinct falvour...I think a tiny amount of milk may be preferable for some.Either way,I think most people would enjoy it.It is nice addition to the foodcourt and service is pleasant with a smile.