The Clef – The Family Café & Bistro
Good news to vegetarians and vegans who are staying in the west. There is a relatively new Jurong vegetarian café (at least to me) located within Nanyang Community Club called “The Clef” that started late last year (2017) and I had the privilege of trying their wonderful food. The ambiance of the place is quite cosy and well suited for a meal with family and friends.
Style: Western Vegetarian + Asian food
Price Range: $5 – $12
Ambience: Café Bistro
Target Group: Modern Dinners & Family
I’m not frequent to the western part of Singapore, but according to my limited knowledge, for the longest of time I have not heard about a good vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the western part of Singapore. But the presence of The Clef has certainly came at the right time to serve plug this “food gap” in the west and liven up the area.
Address: Nanyang Community Club, 60 Jurong West St 91 #01-09 S(649040)
Opening Hours: Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.
How To Get There
Driving: From PIE, exit 38 for Pioneer Road North, keep left and turn into Jurong West St 91. Park 962A Multi-storey carpark and walk over.
MRT/Bus: The Clef is conveniently located 3 bus stops away Pioneer MRT. The bus to take is Bus 241 from Blk 651A Jurong West St 91 near Pioneer MRT for 3 stops and alight near Nanyang Community Club.
Map Credit: Google Map
6 Items To Try In The Clef Vegetarian:
1) Vegan Mushroom Soup
The Clef’s vegan mushroom soup is surprisingly good even though they do not use cream or milk. Being a vegetarian (non-vegan), I was impressed that their mushroom soup can still have a nice flavour without the creaminess, which was something I was more familiar with. The peppers added to the soup adds flavour to the taste buds and warms the stomach to prepare for more good food later! I would recommend my vegan friends to try this yummy soup.
2) Stuffed Mushroom
This dish really “wow-ed” us, pardon me, I know it’s mushroom again.. haha. What can I say…I really like mushrooms. The savoury stuffing in the portobello mushroom creates a different texture at the first bite, which makes it really interesting and tasty. This dish kind of reminds me of something that we would come across at yong tau foo stalls but with a twist. A must try snack or side dish to add on to your mains, for sure!
Personally, I prefer Asian cuisines as they contain more flavors and spices and having traveled Europe frequently I usually would refrain from ordering pizza when I’m back in Singapore. But I must say, the pizza dish here is quite nice. The thin crust pizza with freshly chopped veggies is pretty good and a good start for a main dish after having so much of the irresistible starters.
4) Signature Duck Congee
Recommended by the chef as one of their best sellers. The thick savoury braised duck on top of the congee makes this dish really delectable. It’s suitable for rainy days when you need something to warm the tummy and also on a hot days when you crave for comfort food. It’s really wonderful when it comes piping hot, where the rich aroma fills your senses with fragrance. I must say as vegetarians, we rarely see this dish at other food outlets and so I would definitely recommend my readers to try this dish.
5) Minced Meat and Mushroom noodle
Ok, I know what you are thinking, it’s another mushroom dish… Hahaha. But they are really nice. According to the staff this is another popular item. The good combination of vegetables and mushrooms makes the dish very appetizing and well balanced. I like the thick gravy that makes the noodles slurping good.
6) Vegetarian Bak Kut Teh
Good news for vegetarians, finally the fondness of the famous Cantonese herbal soup can be fulfilled! The vegetarian Bak Kut Teh soup is available in the Clef, and is actually one of my favourites. This soup is customarily prepared through many hours of simmering broth of pepper, vegetables, mushrooms, amongst other herbs. If you are a soup lover, you may like this one too! 🙂
Apart from the mains, there are also plenty of dessert options to choose from. We tried the ice-creams (which came in a variety of flavours) and cheese cake which was decent and a great companion to end of our meal.
If you are living in the western part of Singapore or happen to be in the area looking for a new place to try good vegetarian or vegan food, or a place where you can chill and hang out with your friends, I would recommend you pay the Clef a visit. Who knows, this place might strike the right chord with you. 🙂 (music pun intended…haha)
“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.” – George Bernard Shaw