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Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Tweak In The Time Machine

The current Kombi Rocks Diner is a revamped version of Koon Kee Restaurant which was all started in 1971and now it is taken over by Mr Lim Koon Kee's youngest son, Chef Hai. He had merged his passion of restoring classic vehicles, guitars and fans into the business with Kombi Rocks offering 2 kinds of service, dinning and rental.

Shop Entrance

Kombi Rocks offers rental of vintage vehicles like Kombi & Bug from Volkswagen. And I came to know this place by words of mouths as my friend had rented one of such vehicles for his wedding day. If not for the recent recommendations and media, this cafe would probably had gone unnoticed when I drove pass the shop houses of Yio Chu Kang Road.

Kombi

Bug

In memory of his late parents, Chef Hai decided to carry on the legacy and continue serving a fusion of Thai and Chinese Dishes in his restaurant.

Ambiance of Kombi Rocks was pretty well setup, unique and filled with lot of vintage items hanging on its wall and in its display cabinets. It somehow had given me the good feelings of stepping into another timezone, the 60s - 70s on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Decors

Come Take A Photo Here

The small menu booklet was given to us by one of the staff which seems polite and friendly. The menu was rather crumpled and old school looking with a brown wooden board as the base.

Menu

Drinks are being stored in glass jars like these.
Left: Root Beer Float, $6
Right: Stewart's Cream Soda, $4

Root Beer Float & Stewart's Cream Soda
 
Thai Fishcake - $4 (3 pieces), Deep fried with crispy crust at the outside and inner, spongy and soft. Goes quite well with the thai chilli.

Thai Fishcake

Koon Kee Mee Goreng - $6, a dish inspired by a Vietnamese pasta, is the signature dish name after Mr Lim Koon Kee the founder of the original Koon Kee Restaurant. This dish is pretty ordinary, prepared and fried in tomato ketup, sweet with hints of spiciness with portions of fried egg.

Koon Kee Mee Goreng
 
Red Wine Fried Chicken - $15. Every piece of it was well coated with sweet red well sauce, feel the tangy taste!


Red Wine Fried Chicken

Wok-hei Seafood Hor Fun - $6
. As the name suggests, a taste of "Wok-Hei" is anticipated and can never be missed here. Freshly prepared, the hor fun is rather soft and smooth.

Seafood Horfun

Have a seat on the old school barber seat over the round marble table top with Singer's sewing machine foot pedal? Oh well, this place is reserved.

Vintage Dining (Reserved)

Overall the ambiance is what most of us come here for. The food is pretty normal, more towards the taste of home cooked food with steep prices and the grand total of the meal is made up of 10% of their service charge. If you are into retro stuff, why not take a chance and travel down Yio Chu Kang and have a good reminisce of the past.

Kombi Rocks
Location: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568