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526 Jurong West Street 52
#01-329
Singapore 640526

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Saturday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

Sunday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

Monday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday:
Closed

Wednesday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

Thursday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
04:30pm - 10:00pm

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Day's special. From a HDB Kopitiam at block 526. Previously located at 517 Jurong West.

Prepared fresh, as I was given a peek of the crate of live lobsters. Meat is succulent and enriched by the sweet, tang tomato sauce.

Bowen's give fantastic food, and it seems like their food is always adjusting to consumer tastes. The problem is the location of the place is pretty hard to get to, being 13 mins walk away from Lakeside MRT. If you do visit I do suggest ordering the specials, as they seem to do different things from duck confit to grilled lobsters to wild boar pasta. A hidden gem indeed.

Though a whole lobster looks impressive on the plate, it means that the small morsels of meat from inside the legs and claw knuckles are hard to extract.

Full review: https://justafatboi.com/bowens/

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BBQ Ribs Full Rack ($21)

This is NOT on the regular menu; apparently a special that Bowen's told us about when we were placing our orders. They have half-rack portions as well. Portion-wise, this isn't as substantial as, say, Morganfield's, but it is good value for money.

The ribs themselves were delicious, & the meat is tender & juicy. However, the BBQ sauce tastes very generic; those who don't enjoy slightly sour/vinegary/salty BBQ sauces may not like this. I scraped off some of the sauce & enjoyed the meat with lil' bit of BBQ flavour; I liked it.

💵 Cash only
☀ Alfresco seats only
🚫 No WiFi (it's in a coffeeshop!)

4 Likes

Signature Spaghetti with Wild Boar Sauce ($8.90)

This looks fairly ordinary & even bordering on gross-looking (sorry), but I enjoyed it.

The sauce tastes somewhat like a creamy ragu, if that even makes sense. The standard pasta is spaghetti, but I was offered the Fettuccine option which apparently pairs better with the sauce. I wholeheartedly agree! It scoops up the sauce nicely & with every bite there is a nice portion of pasta with the good ol' sauce dribbling off of it.

I could imagine some folks wanting more meat or ingredients in this dish, but this did not bother me (for some strange reason).

💵 Cash only
☀ Alfresco seats only
🚫 No WiFi (it's in a coffeeshop!)

3 Likes

Mushroom Soup with Garlic Bread ($3.50)

The bowl is really really shallow, so don't expect much soup. This makes me jokingly) sad because the soup was tasty & at a good price point! Garlic Bread was crispy yet not burnt. Would recommend this as a simple add-on to your a la carte dishes.

💵 Cash only
☀ Alfresco seats only
🚫 No WiFi (it's in a coffeeshop!)

2 Likes

Signature Prime Ribeye Steak ($15.90)
I always eat my steaks Medium Rare, but this was more towards a Medium Well. Probably because it's a thin slab (≈1 cm thick?), so it was cooked over the doneness that I asked for. Surprisingly, it wasn't as tough as I thought it would be.

So the texture was alright, but I did not like how it was very salty! It was way over-seasoned, which is such a pity because the sauce it comes with is AMAZING. Not sure what goes into the sauce (Beef Au Jus?) but it was super beefy yet not pungent. Unfortunately, I couldn't bear to pour it over my steak because there was already so much flavour (i.e. salt) on the steak. For this reason, I'm undecided if I'd order this again.

💵 Cash only
☀ Alfresco seats only
🚫 No WiFi (it's in a coffeeshop!)

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Got to know of this pretty hidden spot sometime back via Burpple; located just a short walk from Lakeside MRT Station, Bowen's is a coffeeshop-esque establishment that serves economic bee hoon in the day and Italian fare at night. They seem to be pretty known by the residents around the area; the stall was pretty near maximum capacity when we visited it during dinner hours with most tables occupied by 3 or more pax.

As simple as it seems being just pasta and sauce, it's not everywhere that one would be able to find a pasta tossed in wild boar cream sauce. Though a little gamey, the sauce provides a savoury flavour that is laced with the pasta that provides the al-dente noodles all the flavour it needs. The pasta are pretty affordable here; this costs $8.90 and none of them are priced above $10 — the coffeeshop setting (which also means no aircon here) probably helps to keep the prices low here.

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