Charming family-run casual dining concept in quaint Joo Chiat neighbourhood serving western-Hainanese cuisine.
The Food: The variety of home-style dishes comprising of British Hainan’s signature fall-off-the-bone tender Traditional Hainanese Oxtail Stew ($27.90), the classic crispy deep-fried breaded Hainanese Pork Chop ($14.90) served with signature piquant Hainanese sauce, as well as British-inspired dishes such as the hearty, slow-cooked Braised Lamb Shank ($28.90), Bangers & Mash ($12.90) and Clams with White Wine Broth ($18). For something light, try the Sambal Wings ($8) or Portobello Mushroom ($7) with baked bacon and melted cheese. Drinks-wise, British Hainan serves an assortment of bottle craft beer, ciders, wine along with coffee brewed using locally roasted beans from Toby’s Estate.
Sep 2017 update: Through a collaboration with Wah Eng Beef Noodles, British Hainan is now serving the famed beef noodles between 11am and 5.30pm.
The Ambience: Tucked away in a quaint, rustic neighbourhood in Joo Chiat, British Hainan’s highly-photogenic space is decorated with owner Frederick Phua’s extensive collection of vintage ornaments, curated antiques, retro keepsakes and local memorabilia, complete with an eclectic set of old-school furniture. From the iconic orange public phones, HMV’s wooden gramophones and antique clocks, to old vinyl records, posters and collectible toys, some of these conversation pieces are for sale too, just check with the friendly Mr. Phua.
What people like: The nostalgic atmosphere that takes you back in time, coupled with hearty western grub and Hainanese influences that the homely family-run restaurant-museum offers at nett prices.