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As neither of us work in the CBD area, K and I are always very excited whenever we have a chance to lunch with the office crowds haha. We decided to give Lime Deli a try primarily because it is opened by the same folks at Lime House, Singapore’s first Caribbean restaurant which has been on my to-go list for ages. Located along Telok Ayer Street, this deli concept serves food freshly prepared daily by the Lime House chefs and available for both dine-in or grab-pay-and-go.

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The only fish/seafood dish on the menu is the “catch of the day” which turned out to be fried parrotfish, my first ever! The texture was firm and a little flaky, very interesting. Every main course comes with two sides and I chose the most exotic ones – ladyfingers and spinach in coconut cream and lemon lime slaw. I prefer the latter for its zesty flavour while the gooey okra in creamy gravy was somewhat of an acquired taste.

Catch of the Caribbean ($12)
battered parrotfish, okra & spinach in coconut cream, lemon lime slaw

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Wiki told me that jerk is a “style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice”. While the jerk chicken was well-marinated and tender enough, it was not spicy at all. The hand cut chips are actually an assortment of yam, potato and sweet potato, a refreshing change from the normal shoestring fries. Skip the macaroni pie as it was too dry and starchy. Oh ya, we also tried the curried pumpkin soup ($4), lovely!

Jerk Chicken ($12)
caribbean hand cut chips, macaroni pie

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Lime Deli
51 Telok Ayer Street
6222 7751

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Dinner at SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen was nothing short of amazing! I went with heightened expectations (since it was full-house the previous two times I tried to reserve a table and I’ve read glowing reviews about this modern Latin American restaurant) and was not disappointed at all. Experiencing a new cuisine is always fun, but to enjoy every single dish is one in a million! Yes yes I know I’m exaggerating haha!

Fret not if you don’t understand the menu (unless you speak the language, you won’t); just be adventurous, take a chance, and order to your heart’s delight! There’s so many different textures and strong flavours; I love the surprise that every dish brings! Torta de Maíz was my favouritest; I imagined the corn soufflé to be light but the real thing actually had an interesting castella-like texture, with moreish mushrooms and a decadent sauce that hinted of chocolate. Sounds fascinating right?!

Our consensus was that desserts were even better than the savouries. Warm chocolate cakes I’ve had plenty, but intensely dark and rich ones are always appreciated. Great pairing with the cool pineapple sorbet too! Flambéed caramel crepes and bittersweet candied orange ice cream was literally a showstopper! Everyone peeked our way when the pan was set ablaze at our table, heh heh. Freaking awesome calories, happy sigh.

Except for the high price point (10 bucks for a palm-sized “cornmeal sandwich” is a little hard to swallow), everything was perfect!

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Arepas ($8++ each)
“Rumbera” – Pork Loin & Gouda Cheese
“Reina Pepiada” – Avocado & Chicken Salad
“Dominó” – Black Beans & White Cheese

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Remolacha ($13++)
Roasted Beets, Baby Spinach, Avocado, Cashews, Palmita Cheese

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Anticucho ($11++)
Grilled Ahi Tuna Satay, Avocado

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Degustación de Ceviches ($29++)
Prawns, Coconut Leche de Tigra, Red Onions, Jalapeños, Cilantro
Snapper, Shaved Red Onion, Cilantro, Sweet Potato, Leche de Tigra
Ahi Tuna, Avocado, Jalapeños, Nikkei Leche de Tigra, Cilantro

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Torta de Maíz ($17++)
Mushroom Ragout, Twice Bake Corn Soufflé, Queso Fresco

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Pabellón ($30++)
Braised Short Rib, Black Bean Tacu-Tacu, Roasted Sweet Plantain

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Pollo a la Brasa ($28++)
Grilled Chicken, Grilled Corn Puree, Mojo de Ajo, Crispy Onions (missing on K’s plate, boo)

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Panqueca de Dulce de Leche ($14++)
Flambé Dulce de Leche filled Crepes, Candied Orange Ice Cream

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Torta de Chocolate ($13++)
Warm Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Sorbet

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SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen
13 North Canal Road
6222 2897

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