The Usual Place

Neighbourhood cafes sprawling all over Singapore are giving people a hard time deciding where to even start. For me, i am contented that i can take a 5-10 mins stroll down the streets of Jurong East Street 31 to get to nearest cafe - The Usual Place

This cafe stands out from the crowd in the midst of the wet market, coffee shops and supermarkets. I have to say, it can be easily missed given its humble-looking exterior, if not for my Google Maps leading me there.

The food, in the likes of the prices, are really delicious. We had four dishes accompanied with their lemon ginger mint tea and coffee..

1. Salted Egg Prawn Pasta (SGD 12.90)

It was not a difficult decision o make. I knew i wanted to have it the moment i see it on the menu, hence it was the first confirmed order. To my delight, it turns out to be a wise choice. The fat prawns are succulent and crunchy, drowned in the creamy salted egg sauce.

2. 1/2 Usual Wings

The fried wings caught me off guard as it was very well- executed with a batter which tasted close to prawn paste chicken. Not that it is a bad thing, it was just very addictive. Honestly, the wings would be the reason for me to make a comeback.

3. Seafood Spaghetti

A basic staple to have if you are feeling non-adventurous. There is this thing about the tomato based pasta, it never goes wrong. This is served with a mix of fresh seafood such as clam, prawns and salmon. 

4. Full English Breakfast

Since we were there for brunch, we decided to go for their full english breakfast. The key factor i always based my critic on a breakfast dish is their scrambled eggs. It will determine if this is a pass or a fail and the conclusion for this? Definitely a pass. Even though the eggs were not completely runny, it is not the crumbly kind which i dislike of my eggs. The mushrooms however could be better if it wasn't sliced so thinly and if button mushrooms were used instead.


Since it is just a stone's throw away from Chinese Garden MRT, i will surely be back again to try the other dishes or just for a chilling session. The aircon could be cooler though, we were feeling stuffy as the crowd streams into the cafe towards lunch time. Otherwise, an affordable place for cafe food? I am satisfied.  


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