Review: Five & Dime @ River Valley

Review: Five & Dime @ River Valley

It was one of those periods where Five & Dime seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue – it was the latest craze before Draw Something. As a food writer, my natural curiosity dictated by the job hazard led me down to River Valley to check out what the hype was all about.

Situated along River Valley road, Five & Dime is small café eatery housed in an old white colonial themed house. The interior is a mix of the overused white brick wall with pastel toned furniture that was bought from a childcare centre that recently renovated. The staffs were of a genial disposition, which is always a warm welcome to the start of the meal.

As my dinner guest was running late, I decided upon a cup of Americano to tide through the wait. Five & Dime gets 5 points for serving the coffee with adorable Khong Guan biscuits, and a deduction of 10 for originality. The coffee was served at a disappointingly lukewarm temperature; it went cold after 5 minutes. Even the kopi-o from my local coffee shop stays hot for a good 20 minutes.

We decided to have a starter to share – Flamed smoked duck ($15). The restaurant must have been unaware, but us patrons do go grocery shopping too; I recognized the duck slices from Cold Storage at half the cost. The sesame dressing, which was only to be found on the duck, in no way complemented the bed of vegetables it sat on. The two elements were so conflicting, and yet served on the same platter, that it felt like Germany during the cold war.

The Mentaiko pasta ($24) thankfully was not such a huge let down; then again, when you reach rock bottom the only way is up. The pasta was cooked to al dente, and the mentaiko sauce was both light and refreshing. The chicken skewers were tender, but it looked oddly placed beside the pasta. Plating is a problem here, and it seemed the chicken only served as a reason for Five & Dime to charge a higher premium for the dish.

The Cajun chicken ($22) faired at best average. The apparent “tangy tomato sauce” served was more of a concentrated barbeque sauce. That being said, the chicken was grilled to a nice tender consistency. The bed of mash was rather light and not too creamy. The salad on the other hand, reminded me of the $15 I threw at the Cold Storage produced salad.

The food did not impress me one bit, and perhaps if I had listened to everyone’s gossip clearer, they might have been lamenting over their meals there. The décor may be quaint and cozy, but Five & Dime is not a national park for us to enjoy; if you do not mind the subpar food and paying for an hour at Playhouse Disney, I can pass you my shrink’s number.

Five & Dime

297 River Valley Road
Singapore 238338

Tel: 9236 5002 | Website

Mon – Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri – Sun: 10am – 12am


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Raised by a family of food lovers, Saunders developed his acute palate taste at a very young age. Armed with his camera, he is always on the hunt for new dining places. Saunders is adventurous in trying new food, and believes the waistline is a good reflection of prosperity. When asked, he describes a respectable restaurant as a place that not only serves good food, but also complemented with good ambience and service. “When it comes to food, it’s all in the packaging”

There are 4 comments
  1. dave

    yup yup….it’s overhype i had my brunch there.

    portions are primary 2 …prices just couldnt justify why do i have to pay so much for so so food.
    places like these once and last.

  2. Agree with Saundysan and Dave. I live near there and thought it looked oh so cool and have been disappointed each time I visit. But I’ve been here over 2 years now and it’s still going!! It surprises me, prime location, must be high rent and always packed – who the hell is eating there??!!

  3. Anonymous

    was looking at the reviews for Five and Dime’s cajun chicken and i saw the exact same word review and a little for the mentaiko pasta..


    no ill intention, just that i like the way you write these reviews, so i thought the person should at least give some credits?

    • Jazpster

      Thank you for pointing it out!

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