A heaven for lovers of craft beer and good food, Nickeldime Drafthouse at Novena on Thompson Road makes for an excellent all week choice. Offering weekday 1-for-1 specials for meals, this casual restaurant bar is a perfect getaway for lunch. However, also at the weekend Nickeldime is a chill hideout with a 1-for-1 offer on selected craft beers during happy hour.
Just two minutes walk from Novena MRT station, Nickelime Drafthouse is a convenient place to get to, but very quiet at the same time. Besides an extensive selection of craft beers on tab, including local brews, one can also buy craft bottles from their shelves.
Beers and Starters
The first thing that had caught my attention during our Nickeldime Drafthouse review was obviously the choice of craft beers. My eyes were instantly fixed on a beer from Crossroads Brewing Company Singapore.
Offering plenty of food that pairs well with beers, such as burgers and pizzas, there are also yummy starters. Our choice fell on the fried calamari, which came in the form of squid rings with cayun spices, Italian parsley, and chilli aioli. The dip was quite strong and moderately spicy, combining well with calamari. The seafood itself was not dry, not too fishy, nor too oily. They were perfectly in the middle. Other highlights include their signature garlic fries, Stout meatballs, and mini jalapeno IPA burgers.
The Beer Flavours
Being a craft beer restaurant bar, Nickeldime makes an effort to incorporate beer into the cooking process as much as possible. The dough of all pizzas on their menu is made with beer, giving them some extra flavour. We ordered The Fun Guys Pizza, which came with roasted garlic cream, mozzarella, white button, shiitake, and golden mushrooms, which were all sautéed in craft beer. With plenty of cheese on top, the pizza was thin and beautifully crispy coming fresh out of the over.
Although I had my eyes set on their IPA Murtabak burger, it was unfortunately sold out at the time of our visit. We will definitely be back to try this one as well. Our second choice was nonetheless excellent. Their 510 Burger is held together with two crispy homemade buns. In between you will find a well-done beef patty, IPA cheese, sunny side egg, craft beer candied bacon as well as iceberg lettuce, tomato slice, and hickory stout BBQ sauce. The beef was not overcooked and still very juicy, combining excellently with the beer.
Besides happy hour, Nickeldime also offers happy endings (desserts). Although we were too satisfied to try some of their desserts, they looked extremely tasty on other tables. On their sweet menu you can find beer waffles, an IPA fuelled coconut cake as well as a beer chocolate cake that comes with berries, caramel, and beer ganache. It is another reason to come back to Nickeldime Drafthouse next week again.
273 Thomson Rd, #01-06 Novena Gardens, 307644
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