(The Laneway Market had since ceased operations; the folks behind The Laneway Market still run BRINE within Hotel Clover at North Bridge Road.)
The Tanjong Katong had always been a place booming with new and old players in the F&B industry, and the influx of both old names in the local food scene blends in well with the new hipster cafés to create a good mix of both to offer more variety in this interesting neighbourhood.
The Laneway Market is particularly hidden away from the main road, located at the turn from Tanjong Katong Road to Boscombe Road. Having opened for soft launch on 27th December 2014, it is now opened and serving an Opening Menu from 1st January 2015, though much of the items in the menu still remains largely unavailable. Currently operating on tip-basis, patrons are asked to pay any amount they wish for both food and drinks, though do pay them reasonably for what the food is worth.
(Beer-Battered Fish & Chips)
My dining partner decided to have the Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, which comes with a side of both salad and fries. Despite being beer-battered, we found the fried batter of the fish not thick enough, hence lacking the crust that makes the fish crispy on the outside. The fish however lacks fishiness in flavour, and was actually quite decent. Sides though seemed pretty average; not really impressive. I quite love the tartar sauce; it does not carry any aftertaste, and was rather thick too.
We also had the Gambas, which fortunately or unfortunately reminded us of Gambas Avenue; a road stretching from Woodlands to Sembawang rather than what it was. Described in the menu as Soba with Prawn Jus and Roasted Sesame-infused minced shrimp, this was an incredibly unique creation that employs the cooking techniques of western cuisine with Japanese ingredients. The soba noodles, soaked with the dry sauce exhibited a savoury; or if I may add, a certain Umami-ness that makes it addictive with every slurp.
The Laneway Market offers two blends for their coffee; they served us with a blend that is 50% Ethopian, 50% Brazilian for the Flat White. It was a medium-bodied cuppa with a strong roast, and the nutty flavour profile could be easily detected with a sip.
The Laneway Market seems to add yet another interesting addition to this neighbourhood full of eateries. The decor is pretty chill, while despite having some hits and misses with the food, we thought they were pretty sincere in what they serve out of the kitchen and to the way they serve their customers. While most of the menu is currently unavailable, they seem to have an edge in their noodle dishes. A spot worthy to check out at least once.
The Laneway Market
266 Tanjong Katong Rd
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/thelanewaymarket