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Kok Sen Coffee Shop

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30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food in a no frills cafe

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
David B
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Local cuisine
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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156 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A very decent tze char that serves above average food. Place is a coffeeshop with back alley seating so it does remind one of dining in Malaysia. Be early or else be ready to wait for a table. The signature dishes are the prawn noodles soup, bittergourd fish head, etc. Its worth coming back for simple home cooked meals done... More 

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Singapore
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82 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Remembered my first visit to this "Zi Char" in 1998. At that time the shop was still at the u-shaped corner a few doors away. This shop is known for their fish soup, fish bee hoon soup and fish Fried Kway Teow. Specially loved the fish belly slices, thick sliced and generous. During the most recent trip, did not manage... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This low key restaurant has one of the best Chinese food i have ever had. Their sweet'n'sour pork, beef with ginger and onions, steamed fish tail and all veggies are phenomenal!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Will come back to taste other dishes, overall it is a good experience. I liked the prawn soup but some friends commented it was salty. Fo rong egg was nice. Price is avg, not your most expensive . Worth the trip and please come early for dinner, anything after 630 it will be crowded

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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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