Review: The Coastal Settlement at Changi

Changi Village has become a Pokemon hunting ground as of late. At its peak, hundreds have clustered outside the Civil Service Club and Village Changi Hotel, both collectively housing 4 pokestops. I too have gone there and caught my fair share of rarer Pokemons like Jynx, Rhyhorn, and Scyther, among others.

There are a few cafes in Changi Village, one of them being The Coastal Settlement, located along Neverathon Road, a walk away from the main hustle and bustle. With a large compound, The Coastal Settlement has both outdoor and indoor seating. Housed in an old colonial building, this Changi cafe has a kitschy charm with its retro furnishing and thrifted trinkets for sale. The menu is extensive and decidedly fusion with Asian items like nasi lemak and the Western fare like pasta dishes. There is something for everyone in the family.

The starters we had set the tone for the rest of the meal. The fried portobello mushroom fries were juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside, a well-cooked dish that makes me want to polish up the plate. The Wagyu Beef Cubes are epitome of umami – juicy and flavourful. A little on the sweet side, but I wished I had bread to soak up the juices.

The pasta dishes were quite run-of-the mill; the mushroom cream pasta delivered what it intends, but I wasn’t terribly impressed. I’m not a fan of cream pastas; as with most creamy dishes, I recommend splitting this.

The main that I utterly enjoyed was the thin-crust pizza that can be done half-and-half style. Here we had the margarita (my favourite) and the spicy shrimp. I appreciate the fresh basil on the margarita and chunks of mozzarella; other cheaper joints might have forgone both. The thin pizza base is light and well-charred for a biscuit-y crunch and taste. If you love Skinny Pizza, you will love this.

Overall, distance and obscure location notwithstanding, the dishes are priced rather high but justified for the quality. It’d be a good place to check out as part of a Changi exploration trail.

The Coastal Settlement
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