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Kok Sen Coffee Shop

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30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food outside of a hawker centre

If you want to try something other than a hawker centre, then a cafe like Kok Sen is the next step up. We now eat here on every trip to Singapore and always, always, order way too much! Servings are HUGE even with the smallest size so take this into account. It's easy enough to get a seat if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Linda C
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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you want to try something other than a hawker centre, then a cafe like Kok Sen is the next step up. We now eat here on every trip to Singapore and always, always, order way too much! Servings are HUGE even with the smallest size so take this into account. It's easy enough to get a seat if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If you want a great local meal in Singapore with the true local experience you can't go past Kok Sen, you won't be able to miss it as there will be a queue out the door - don't be shy or you will never get a table!! The "Special" chicken that is only available on Friday and Saturday nights is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Went on a Sat night at about 5.30pm for the 1st time, and half of the seats are taken. Not sure what to order, so asked for signature dish. Many was being recommended but we ordered Hor Fun with egg - delicious and we like the 'wok hae' taste, the fish belly rice noodle with milky soup and lard was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Friends stated the food is nice..So went over and no place to sit..Aunty ask to sit at table at back lane..Then ask aunty if can move table a bit..Told me off with attitude..and say "If want to eat then just sit if got table." What the heck..It's like telling me that I got good business..I don't even give a damn... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Great food. Might not be as chic as the surrounding cafes and designer shops but well worth a visit. The food is why you would come here and the surroundings are basic and unpretentious. Don't expect the waitress to understand you if you only speak English. It's a case of having to point to the pictures on the menu but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great tasting old school singaporean Chinese food made fresh to order. Lines are long but worth the wait. The beef hor fun is the stand out dish but everything else tastes pretty far good as well. Try going just before noon or after 1:30pm to avoid lunch crowds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Kok Sen Restaurant is a tradition coffee shop restaurant, uniquely Singapore. It offers traditional Singapore chinese dishes, like bittergourd fish slices, sweet sour pork chop, fuyong eggs, etc. The restaurant is housed with a traditional coffee shop along Keong Siak Road in the Chinatown vicinity. The food is tasty and the price is reasonable. You should expect to pay $30... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

i like the local zhe char food served and the ambience of the local coffee shop. i like the local coffee taste

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If i could, i wouldn't even rate this place 1 star. Totally negative experience. Made a reservation for my group of 6 friends a week in advance. Got there 15mins before reservation time and was made to wait 45mins and we still weren't seated because we were told to wait for another table of customers to finish eating, then we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Was meeting a friend nearby and decided on local food rather than all the fancy dandy food around the area (potato head, burnt ends et al) This is an unassuming zi char stall but they had a decently produced menu. I ordered the typical fare - claypot Yong tau foo, fried omelette and sweet and sour pork. The latter was... More 

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Address: 30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Chinese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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