2 Jiak Chuan Road
Lime House restaurant, Singapore’s only Caribbean eatery, is fantastically placed in the buzzy heart of Keong Saik. The restaurant is on the first floor of a restored shophouse, the bar is on the second, and alfresco areas are both in the front and at the back, meaning plenty of space for “liming” (the Caribbean expression for kicking back and hanging out with friends).
With the lilt of Caribbean music in the background, a soft breeze flowing through the restaurant and rum cocktails in hand, my lunch partner and I could almost feel the sand beneath our feet and hear the waves crashing on the shore.
For starters, the Paradise Salad ($12) was a light, sweet and tangy mix of greens, cherry tomatoes, mango, roasted coconut and rum orange dressing. Main courses of jerk chicken ($24) and goat curry ($26) followed. The chicken was prettily plated, with a sweet and sticky jerk barbecue sauce and sweet potato puree. The sauce lifted the taste of the beautiful spices on the chicken, which chef informed us were cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; he also told us that jerk chicken is traditionally cooked on a bed of pimento wood leaves and sticks. The suitably spicy goat curry tasted like tender mutton and was accompanied by the Caribbean staples of coconut rice and peas, topped with plantain batons.
Our shared dessert, a deconstructed piña colada ($12), was, quite simply, delicious. A mousse-like coconut custard base topped with pineapple compote and a refreshing lime sherbet, it seemed to be missing just one thing: a shot of rum. There was, however, a fair amount of that in the Lime House Classic Punch ($16), with dark rum, tropical fruit juices and bitters; and the Air Mail($18), with dark rum, honey, lime juice and Champagne.
The menu at Lime House is not extensive, and that’s a good thing. We perused the different options and agred that, if we came back, we would try pretty much anything on the menu. Then we spotted the blackboard special of jerk-rubbed rib-eye steak, which sealed the deal and turned that “if” into a “when”.
Must-try dish: Deconstructed piña colada dessert ($12)