Sometimes food surprises come in the strangest places. Like next to the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (who knew?) on Waterloo Road where you’ll find Paper Crane. Whilst the physical location is a little hidden they’ve luckily had the good sense to be on social media, which is where I found them. What’s lovely about Paper Crane is that it feels like a local neighbourhood lunch spot. From the moment you walk in you’ll find smiling faces and friendly people who are very much engaged with their cafe and making people feel welcome. And more importantly to ensure they eat well. Paper Crane make the most of their small space in the corner with a few seats inside (with air con) and about half a dozen tables outside.
The daily changing menu offers a range of choices from the famous fried chicken to fish burgers, veg burgers, meat burgers, salads and pasta. The cheapest dishes are $10 and you can also add on to a salad with, say, fish or chicken. The fish is all sourced locally, from Ah Hua Kelong fish so you know your food footprint is treading lightly here.
The fish choices are a definite highlight and have been my choice on each visit. On my first visit I went for the Thai fish burger ($20). The ‘burger’ was a real piece of fish, pan fried to perfectly tender, served with green mango and coriander mayo on a freshly toasted bun. With a side of fries of course. Naughty, I know.
On my next visit I went for the corn and pesto salad served with fresh sea bass on top ($20). Whilst the pesto was a little garlicky it was super tasty, and a lovely accompaniment to the divine fish. The fish here is done just the way I like it. Grilled in a little oil, with minimal herbs and spice, you can taste the sea and the freshness in each mouthful.
When it comes to portion sizes, they’re not huge, but for a medium sized eater they’re perfect. And whilst the food is by no means cheap I’d rather spend $20 on something hearty and home cooked than something from a faceless restaurant up the road.
There’s also a selection of freshly made iced sodas and teas.
Paper Crane has become a popular choice for people working in this artsy area near La Salle College and the National Design Centre. As well as my own colleagues at the Hub in Prinsep Street. There’s a good choice of food, both healthy and hearty, and the service comes with a smile.
- Monday is 1-for-1 deep fried chicken day
- Tuesday is 1-for-1 pasta day
- Specials include fresh mussels with spaghetti in white wine and herb sauce
- Or keep up to date on their Facebook account for other specials
Paper Crane (at the back of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations)
96 Waterloo Street, Singapore
phone +65 6837 0836
Open 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday