Friday, March 16, 2012

Retrolicious at Kombi Rocks Diner

After a fulfilling tete-a-tete session, the eight hungry coffee aficionados decided to head for dinner for more fun and sharing. On the recommendation of Mr Husky, the much-admired walking hawker guide, we made our way to the north for what he promised would be a unique but value-for-money meal. Sounds good! With our interest piqued, we finally stepped into Kombi Rocks Diner.

A retro-looking diner housed in a shophouse along Yio Chu Kang Road, Kombi Rocks is the old Koon Kee Restaurant. The establishment is indeed very proud of its heritage with menus extolling the virtues of recipes handed down 3 generations since 1971.

It was a blast to the past! The gang took some time admiring the old memorabilia, vintage collectibles, Beatles posters, bikes and vintage kombis parked at the front.

The diner is purportedly well-known for their signature wok-hei horfun and mee goreng on top of other Chinese and Thai fusion dishes. Mr Husky did the ordering and all of us chuckled in amusement when the first dish appeared. It seemed like something out from the first course of a wedding dinner. When the fish maw soup came out next, there was a roar of laughter.

Fish Maw Soup
Stir fried brinjal

Chicken in Red Wine
Gigantic Root Beer Float in old school jar
Overall, it was a good meal with great company. The only disappointment was the much-hyped wok-hei horfun. It wasn't the best that we had and the wok-hei flavour wasn't really pronounced or strong enough.

Couples getting hitched might want to rent one of the cute kombis and vintage beetles here. It would definitely be quite a show-stopper.

Kombi Rocks Diner
66 Yio Chu Kang Road, 
Serangoon, Singapore 545568
Tel: 62881206

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