We’d almost given this place up as a lost cause, because it seemed as though every time we tried to come, it was closed. We tried our luck today, because we figured they would probably be open on a Sunday. They were, and it turns out that coincidentally, we always came on a Tuesday, because they close on alternate Tuesdays.
Provided they’re open, this is a good place for a simple meal. It only cost us $12 for everything that we ordered – pork chop, cabbage, eggplant, omelette, taupok and two plates of rice. What sets this place apart from other curry rice joints is the unique blend of gravy that they ladle over the rice. Instead of just curry or soya sauce or a mixture of both, they use about 5 to 6 different sauces to create quite an addictive combination. You could probably just have the rice on its own, if carbs weren’t the devil.
The selection isn’t as extensive or varied as the curry rice joint at Bukit Merah, but that place doesn’t open at night so it’s not really a viable option for us. They’ve got a few things that I’d like to try the next time we’re here, particularly an almost neon orange char siew that looks almost fluorescent.
It’s okay but I think since they cleaned up the place, the standard of food has dropped a bit. It’s good but definitely not as good as my usual Maxwell place. The guy doing the serving was amazingly friendly and articulate though. No worries about not knowing how to order in English anymore here.
Tian Tian Hainanese Curry Rice
Block 116 Bukit Merah View
Opening hours: 8 am to 9.30 pm (Closed alternate Tuesdays)