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The Lokal

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The Lokal
The LoKal
Photo: Ahmad Iskandar PhotographyThe LoKal lobster roll
The LoKal
Ahmad Iskandar PhotographyRoast beef on wholemeal
The LoKal
Ahmad Iskandar PhotographyLoKal ricotta
The LoKal
Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Time Out says

No office towers throw shadows on The LoKal's shophouse unit in Bukit Pasoh, yet you'll struggle to find a seat among white-collared types deep into lunchtime on a weekday. Modelled after Melbourne’s brunch institution, Pope Joan, The Lokal is staffed by a team headed by Aussie chef Darren Farr, who brings experience from the original Tetsuya in Sydney. 

With blue Peranakan-style tiled walls contrasting against dark timber floors, the rustic, hipster-pleasing interior features quirks like upside-down potted herb plants that teeter precariously from the ceiling, while natural light floods in from the window over the kitchen to put their chefs in the spotlight.

Most dishes sport familiar-to-locals ingredients, but with restaurant-level finesse and more forgiving prices. The blackboards detailing the day's specials are always worth considering before you pick from the menu. For a light lunch, go for options like the Slipper Lobster Roll ($26). Gherkin, coleslaw and lemon mayonnaise elevate curls of slipper lobster, packed in between a hotdog bun. But if it's eggs you're after, the Pimp Your Breakfast beats any morning-after brunch: you have the freedom to assemble your very own plate. And what an assortment The LoKal puts out. Cram your breakfast with eggs done three ways ($5-$6), goopy cauliflower and cheese ($6), as well as your pick of protein – we recommend the  mackerel ($7) smoked in-house over cherry and apple wood chips. 

The chef-y leanings of this more-than-a-café extends into dinner, when a more serious appetiser-mains-dessert programme serves up plates of roasted kampong chicken ($30).



Address: 136 Neil Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 8am-4pm; Wed-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-4pm
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My aunt and I both decided to pick from the wide range of items under the ‘Pimp My Breakfast’ section of the menu. I opted for 2 slices of sourdough toast, 2 poached eggs, homemade ricotta and smoked salmon. Everything I ordered was made in-house except for the bread.

Starting with the sourdough toast, these were 2 very generous slices – cut thick and toasted perfectly. It was extremely crisp when I received it and had a good toasted and brown colour on each slice.

Next, the poached eggs were runny but overcooked ever so slightly for my liking. I thought the yolks could have been a little more runny but they were good nonetheless!

I absolutely loved the smoked salmon, which was cured in-house with applewood, as the owner was telling us. It was also a genuine slice of salmon rather than the thin slices you would get at the supermarket or at other cafés. This made each mouthful substantial and satisfying to eat.

Lastly, the homemade ricotta was also really really good. I’m obviously used to ricotta cheese bought at the supermarket in London, which isn’t very good. I find that too savoury but the ricotta at The Lokal was perfect – it was mild, not too creamy nor heavy. This went well with the strawberry jam that is also made in-house that my aunt ordered.

I thought the service was good – our food arrived pretty quick after we ordered, our waiter was actually the manager, who was really friendly and nice, and the cashier was efficient when we came up to pay the bill. I quite liked the interior decor too, it felt very home-y. We were seated on a table where one seat was a chair and the other was on a couch, with cute cushions/pillows. The table by the entrance had a huge bookshelf behind it filled with cookbooks and other random books, which added to the calm feeling. Overall, it was a lovely morning and both me and my aunt have said that we would come back again to try some of their other dishes.