Stumbled upon a new restaurant tucked somewhere in Joo Chiat/Haig Road area called British Hainan. While it may be a wee difficult to locate, you can’t miss the pair of wooden lions flanking the entrance of this antique store cum eatery at the corner of Carpmael and Crane Roads.
The restaurant itself isn’t very large, with just a handful of tables inside. There are plenty of outdoor seating though, and definitely lots of knick knacks and collectibles from yesteryears peppered all over the place. It’s like stepping into a time capsule and there are so many retro objects to feast your eyes on.
Speaking of feast, despite the restaurant’s name, if you’re looking for Hainanese fare, you will be disappointed as the food is primarily British-inspired food. Hazel, Daniel and I decided to try out the Sambal Chicken Wings as appetizer, and then shared the Braised Lamb Shank and Fish ‘n Chips. Prices were affordable, portions were generous and between the three of us, we polished everything off the plates. Drink-wise, I highly recommend the Lemongrass drink which tasted like it had a bit of barley water in it and that was very refreshing.
As the occasion was a belated birthday lunch for yours truly, Hazel got cakes and tart to share before we proceeded to goof off in British Hainan while food coma set in. The food was decent and I don’t mind going back again to try the other food as they are reasonably priced and the portions are generous. Drove past over the weekend during dinner time and place was packed! It was much quieter during lunch time, but to be safe, probably best to call and make a reservation in order to secure a table – especially if you’re planning to go with a large group.