Tucked away in the heartlands of Jurong East, Next Stop Cafe is a humble hole-in-a-wall that serves up anything from pastas, pizza, burgers, baked rice to even hearty mains such as a sirloin steak or fish & chips—all at a pretty reasonable price point.
Most of their dishes fall below S$10 with the exception of their signature salted egg yolk dishes and a handful of mains. This humble eatery is helmed by Chef Choo, a veteran with several years of experience working at hotels and American-chained restaurants and where portions are concerned, this man is not one to skimp.
If you happen to be a student, simply flash your student card or don your school’s uniform and you’ll immediately entitle yourself to an additional 15% discount on weekdays between 1pm to 5pm. Oh and did we mention that Wi-fi’s free, too?
The cafe comfortably sits 30 and orders are placed at the counter. You will find no shortage of pictures of their food adorning the walls although we must admit that the poor photo quality really doesn’t do the food much justice at all.
Their pastas come highly recommended here and with more than 10 varieties to choose from, choosing an ideal one to suit your palate won’t be much of a challenge. We opted for the Seafood Delight (S$9.90) and it comes served with a medley of seafood items comprising prawns, squid and mussels as well as other aromatics.
The pasta was cooked al dente and the tomato sauce was well emulsified to the point where it coated each individual strand beautifully. It was not overly heavy on the sharp tomato flavour which we appreciated and the subtle hint of spice did well to give the dish a subtle lift.
Topped with slivers of streaky bacon, mozzarella cheese and their house-made barbecue sauce, the Texas BBQ Boneless Chicken Thigh (S$9.90) might seem like a try-hard dish—especially with so many things going on—but to our surprise, the combination really does work.
Essentially a bacon cheese burger without the buns, this dish is very well-rounded and is one that is bound to have you stuffed. Their fries were a tad salty but it did balance out the intense sweetness of the barbecue sauce pretty well.
Next Stop Cafe
352 Jurong East Street 31
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Chinese Garden