Restaurant Review: Honest And Comforting Café Food At .Elia

Savour succinctly named dishes such as Octopus and Potatoes

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Located along Jiak Chuan Road mere steps away from its trendier neighbour Keong Saik, .elia lures with not only a charming setting of wooden-chic decor, but also its curated menu of comforting, cafe food.

During the day, natural sunlight fills the 30-seater bistro that occupies the lower floor of a beautiful Peranakan-inspired shophouse, before transforming into a casual restaurant by night with its lunch and brunch offerings swapped out for a refined dinner menu.

While most of the dishes here are not entirely new to the culinary realm, owner-chef Clint Seah has placed his own unique twist that reflects his travels, inspiration and personal journey.

Another thing to note is that all the breads and pasta are freshly made. How's that for honest cafe grub?

Here are five dishes that we recommend:

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2. Wagyu Beef Shortrib, $39

Sous-vided and seared to a perfect medium-rare, the Wagyu Beef Shortrib, a staple on their dinner menu, is glazed with an immensely flavourful secret recipe conceived by Chef Clint. It also hinted the familiar taste of a charred Char Siew, found at hawker stalls, but elevated in its culinary preparation.

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