I'm happy to say that finally (you don't know how long we've been looking) we have found a place that pretty much hits the mark in terms of quality food, a nice space, friendly service, nice atmosphere and excellent value for money. The place was opened up by chef and owner Madam Tan (an ex Maxwell hawker) and serves up her popular Nasi Lemak along with other classic bistro dishes, all with strong Singaporean hawker flavours. The staff were welcoming, helpful with the menu and very friendly, the meals and desserts were delicious, and for once, we found a nice place to eat out where we left feeling satisfied and without feeling ripped off.
The popular Nasi Lemak was pretty damn tasty. We ordered two sides of it and being a huge rice fan, I could have just eaten plates of it on it's own. And the Shendol Delights dessert, a creamy coconut pannacotta served with gula melaka and red bean ice cream. Also, really tasty! The rest of the dishes in between I didn't get photos of (woops - I don't think I'd make a very good food blogger) but you can see them all on their facebook page.
I think bistros are totally the way to go - quick, simple meals at really reasonable prices that are filling and the food is just pretty much what it is. We ordered the chicken curry, crispy pork, omelette, two lots of nasi lemak, Guiness chocolate cake, coconut pannacotta with red bean ice cream and drinks for both, and the bill came to $56.90. And it's no wonder this place was full when we left! All in all, it was nice to experience that for a change and we will hopefully make it back there before we leave Singapore! And if you're around the Duxton area, they're at 13 Duxton Hill, open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.