Laksa at Singapore Restaurant
Laksa at Singapore Restaurant
Singapore Restaurant
Singapore Restaurant
Foods from Singapore Restaurant

May 6
Been here for lunch a few times over the couple of months. I live in the area and consider myself very fortunate to have the Singapore, Do Good Food, Little India and Shawarma palace close to me.

I'd highly reccomend the Laksa, it's an interesting flavour I haven't really had before. It's also a great bargain in the same way that pho is. Plus it's healthy (ish)! Give it a try if you're in the area, like Do Good Food it's easy to miss but worth trying and great value. Plus as mentioned by others the service is very nice!

2011 Feb 22
Here's the coconut chicken curry. Very good!

2011 Feb 22
This little gem tucked away off of Carling Avenue is still the same! We haven't been to this restaurant since 1993! I am amazed to say that the food tasted exactly the same (which is to say, great!). Same waiter and all. Eating here always reminds me of having dinner in a good friend's home. Everyone seems familiar - they have lots of regulars.

This time we enjoyed the satay beef skewers with the peanut dipping sauce - creamy and divine, served with fresh slices of cucumber on the side. We also had the spring rolls. Not outstanding, but still tasty.

We had the Singapore noodles - spaghetti type noodles fried with egg, chicken, shrimp, vegetables and peanut sauce. It wasn't fancy but it was sooo good. The leftovers that were intended for Monday's lunch...didn't make it that long...

We also had the coconut chicken curry. Just the right amount of spice, lots of chicken, tender pieces of vegetables all simmered in that delicious coconut sauce.

I'm not quite sure why we stopped going to The Singapore, but we'll be back!

2010 Aug 1
JaneDodgson, I can confirm that Singapore Restaurant has NOT closed! I drove by tonight and there were customers inside, eating. It's possible the rumour was started by someone who glimpsed the big sign in the window that reads:


The word "closed" is much larger on the sign than the time. I'll be sure to mention the potential confusion whenever I visit next.

2010 May 16
I heard a rumour that Singapore had closed! Can anyone confirm? Singapore has been a favourite in my family since it first opened.

2009 Jul 27
We ordered Singapore laksa, Beef satay and a Coconut curry dish. I have to say that the Singapore laksa was different from the other Laksas that I've tried before in other cities. They used a rice vermicelli noodle (instead of the laksa noodle) and there wasn't enough soup in the small bowl that it came in. I went with my bf who's actually from Singapore and he said that it wasnt the same authentic one that they serve back home... but I still thought that the curry-based soup with the vermicelli was yummy nonetheless. Not bad, but not worth the long drive to the other end of the city...

The beef satay was nice since one could 'grill' their own satay sticks so they end up having a nice charred grill taste to it... very nice indeed. I liked the ability to interact with my food!

The coconut curry chicken dish was also decent, although it came with random pieces of chicken. I actually really enjoyed the sauce. It wasn't too spicy and one could choose the level of spicy too.

I would definitely want to try Malay restaurants in town with other special dishes on their menu!

2009 Jan 7
HHH, you mention wishing for another Malay restaurant in town. Have you tried Chahaya? Chahaya Malaysia

Its been a while since i've been to either, but I too was less wowed by Singapore Rest. in comparison w/ Chahaya.

2009 Jan 6
My colleagues love the laksa from this restaurant and get it brought in weekly. Me, meh. The taste is nice, but I find their laksa quite greasy. I wish I knew of another Malay restaurant in town to compare against.

Today, at lunch, I branched out and had the Satay Mee (singapore noodles with satay sauce). I won't dare stray on their menu again. This dish was terrible. The noodles were mushy and the satay sauce was gummy. Imagine wet crushed saltines mixed with peanut butter and pepper flakes. Yuck. After two bites I was hoping I would be able to fish enough chicken out to hold me until quittin' time, but alas, 5 measily teaspoon sized bites of chicken barely sustained until the end of the lunch meeting.

Many people rave about this hidden gem on Carling. After 4 attempts, it has yet to impress me.

2007 Sep 14
I really enjoy this place. It's tucked away in an odd location and is always very quiet but it has been around for several years so you know they have something going for them. The food is fresh and homemade although admittedly a little greasy it is quite tasty. They also accomodate customers who cannot eat wheat or gluten by having the option of preparing certain dishes (like lemon chicken) with rice flour. Just ask and they are happy to do it. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and accomodating. Definitely will return!


2015 Jul 19
Three years later, I was overdue for another laksa! It's still tasty and satisfying. I had a Singapore salad to start, which turned out to be an enjoyable individual portion of lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber, dressed in a sweet and slightly spicy peanut sauce.

The warm and affable server, Andrew, is one of the main draws of this place. Several years ago, I used to share a bus with him and had the pleasure of many conversations about Ottawa and global weather patterns. The customers seem to be mostly regulars who know him by name. I honestly believe that if Andrew were to leave, this restaurant would not survive. Which would be a shame, because I wouldn't know where to go for a curry laksa.

2012 Sep 29
Popped in for a Laksa at lunch recently and while it was pretty good, it wasn't the mind-blowing symphony of flavours I remembered. I'm not sure if my tastes have been spoiled by good Thai and Vietnamese food, or if the Laksa offering itself has changed. Anyway, I thought I'd share the photo since Laksa is not very common in Ottawa.

2009 Apr 15
Ooh, I have to put in my two ringgit worth here! Apart from the laksa - which was decent, if dreadfully squished in that tiny bowl - I found this restaurant to be a total disappointment. I really, really wanted to like it, particularly as it's in my neighborhood, but their food is so bad!

On my first visit there I had the laksa and, as I said, I found it decent. I lived in Malaysia for a year and fell in love with laksa; this one was actually a little bit close to the laksas I had there (although called Singapore, it's actually a Malaysian restaurant). On my second visit I had the fried noodles (kway teow, I think they call it). In Malaysia this was another favourite dish of mine, so my mouth was watering as I waited for it. when it came I was a little nervous as it looked really bad - the noodles were all broken up and it was kind of grey. Not only that, it tasted really bad! Salty, greasy, mushy, tasteless. I tried, but I could not eat it, so I sent it back (which I never do!)

I then ordered lemon chicken, which had been lauded on several Ottawa restaurant review websites. I expected tender pieces of chicken bathed in a delicate lemon sauce, with a fragrant fried rice accompaniment. Instead, I got your typical Chinese-Canadian oversalted fried rice and a slab of chicken battered to death and deep fried. Gross! There was no art, no innovation, no taste, and certainly nothing resembling the delicious food of Malaysia.

I regret to say it, but this is a miss. Definitely a miss!

2006 Sep 17
If you like southeast Asian flavours, this Laksa is a symphony in your mouth! At about 10 bucks, it makes a delicious and satisfying one-dish meal.


2006 Sep 17
These things are kind of like pizza hut pizza crust -- you know they aren't authentic but you crave them anyway and once in a while they really hit the spot! At Singapore, they're exceptionally good.

2012 Sep 29
I didn't take a photo, but these tasty little greasy things are satisfying and addictive. They are basically like a flat, triangular samosa filled with curried ground beef. Two for $3.