Being born in the 80s, Steam Sia, a modern bistro bar which promises to be a blast from the 60s to the 90s, sounded like such a cute concept that I had to try it.
On entering the eatery, I didn’t quite get the sense of being transported back to the past. Yes, there were old-school paraphernalia on display (some of which were for sale), the tables were of the coffee-shop grey/white marble-topped and wooden-legged variety, and the food served in traditional metal crockery. But it felt like a random hodgepodge of items put together in a dimly-lit room, with nothing to unify them or draw one’s attention. The theme certainly could have come up stronger.
While customers can help themselves to childhood games and free-flow kachang puteh snacks, the waiters did not encourage us to do so. If I had not learned about it from blog reviews I’d read, I would have thought those were just another of the exhibited mementoes (for seeing, and not for touching).
The food had its hits and misses.
Our starter of seafood stuffed ‘sailing boats’ (i.e. oven-baked potatoes topped with seafood) (SGD 8.90) was creamy and delish but the deep-fried calamari with herb mayo dip (SGD 9.90) ordinary.
For the mains, the asian offerings (aka Asian Harvest) fared better than the western ones (aka Western Delight). For example, the nonya chicken curry (SGD 12.90) was quite a delight as it was tasty and thick and served with soft bread, but the signature grilled salmon with fruit salsa (SGD 18.90), while well-presented, was too dry.
A note: Steam Sia charges service charge but not GST. Also, water is not served free.
This was one of those places I think people may want to try for the novelty, but I don’t think there are strong reasons to visit again as the food was just okay and the ambience not fantastic.
5 Hindoo Road
Open 12pm – 12am daily