British Hainan

20 Apr 2014




British Hainan Exterior

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.

British Hainan Interior

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.

British Hainan Interior

British Hainan Interior

British Hainan Interior

British Hainan Interior

British Hainan Interior

British Hainan Interior

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British Hainan Interior

British Hainan

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.

British Hainan Menu

British Hainan

British Hainan

British Hainan

Birthday Lunch

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.

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British Hainan
75 Carpmael Road
Tel: (+65) 6336 8122




One Response to British Hainan

  1. Linda Haden says:

    Just to add that the owners are trying to recreate the food that the Hainanese used to cook for the British in SIngapore’s colonial days. The food is Western in nature, but they use some Asian ingredients such as soya sauce in the cooking process I believe. It is not ttrue blue British food – but a good ol’ Hainanese interpretation of it. Just wanted to clarify to the younger gen of Singaporeans who have not gone to the Hainanese coffee houses of old. We have to thank the Hainanese for some many Singapore food inventions – most noteworthy of course being Chicken Rice, Kaya Toast and of course Hainanese Pork Chops – all of which are uniquely Singaporean and you cannot find outside of our little isle (maybe with the exception of Malaysia).

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