Hail up, Singapore, you’re a city of firsts, and now you’re a city with a Caribbean restaurant. But Lime House, down Jiak Chuan Road in the district of Outram Park, is more than just a jerk chicken shack. Jerk chicken they got, but there be bags of other stuff too. Wah gwaan? Well, four storeys of fun await the rude bwoys an’ gyals of Singapore – Lime House is a restaurant, club, lounge bar, and private social club all rolled up into one fat and fragrant venue. Read on for more information about Lime House’s food and good times, and how this institution is the embassy for rum in Singapore.
Stacked up like a swag of frackles in a gorgeous Singaporean heritage building, Lime House runs the road down Jiak Chuan. More emphatically, Lime House’s four Outram Park storeys hab di Jamrock ting lack. That is, this Caribbean restaurant, bar and social club has the Jamaican vibe well and truly under their thumbs and under control. The first floor is where the chillin’ and dinin’ gets started, seating up to 60 in a spacious room that preserves the original shop’s tiled floor. The menu is bursting with specialities of Caribbean cuisine – baby back ribs glazed with a Trinidadian BBQ sauce, the famous Jamaican jerk chicken (Lime House’s most popular dish, this uses the famous Scotch bonnet chilli pepper!), and curried goat dishes. Wash it down with a deconstructed pina colada or another lang and rum-heavy Caribbean concoction and the mood is set for going higher in the Lime House.
Before you head heavenwards, let it be known that besides a forest of boutique rums from all over the Caribbean and Latin America, the house rum here is Mount Gay from Barbados, the world’s first rum company. And a word to the wise: the mixologists here are collaborating with Global Rum Ambassador and RUM JAM host Ian Burrell on a new Jerk Daiquiri, using the same infernal Scotch bonnet chillies that light a fire under the restaurant’s signature jerk chicken. Heat up! The second floor of Lime House’s Outram Park premises down Jiak Chuan road is all about finding a little bass to wind up your waist. Drinks aplenty, plus a good food selection, but most importantly this is where Lime House’s resident selectahs and sound boys mash up the club on selected nights. Selected indeed, you can also join in a quiz night or a live music Jamdown jam. Floor number 3 is ideal for after-work drinks and private hire amongst friends and colleagues, while we gotta say Lime House’s highest level is the true Zion – an open-air, breezy, easy rooftop lounge reserved for members of Lime House’s private social club. A Caribbean palace for Singapore’s don dadas and their empresses!
Our second time eating at Lime House, and once again it didn't disappoint. The spicy shrimp appetizer is excellent, the jerk chicken authentic, and the atmosphere casual. We will come again.
The food was delicious and the drinks were great. The jerk chicken skewers were spicy and beyond what I expected, and our mains were fantastic! We enjoyed our dinner date to Lime House and would recommend it to anyone.
This place is fab. Was my second time there and the food experience it surpassed all my earlier expectations. Food was exceptional. Presented on the plate were what appears to be nothing vastly different from local Singaporean cuisine, but there were distinct elements that dished out the Carrribean flavours and sets it apart from food within the region. Restaurant was fairly packed and the boss Chris took the effort to address diners at every table. Genuine and sincere he also took the extra step to answer additional questions we had.
Second visit. Great food & service, nice ambience. We went early for dinner so there was not much of a crowd and we had quick service. Finished by 7pm. Loved the curry goat, blue steak & chicken skewers.
Lime House has a lively, colourful and inviting ambience in an old shophouse. The service was warm, friendly and knowledgeable, and we were informed that the kitchen is helmed by a Chef from Barbados and the owner is from Trinidad (both places of which I've visited). The Caribbean Set Dinner we tried was authentic and absolutely scrumptious! Even our children who are usually picky eaters loved the unusual flavours of the blackened sea bass and jerk chicken (which was quite spicy). We'll definitely be back!
The restaurant's interior is wonderfully decorated with reggae music playing in the background. Everything you would imagine in a carribean restaurant. I came here to celebrate my husband's birthday and I was a little worried that it would not match his expectations as he is from the carribean but he loved it. I can't recall the names of the dishes we ordered. We got a chickpea dish as a starter. It came with what I can only describe as a fried dough/bread thing. For our main courses we ordered baked sweet potato stuffed with vegetables and jerk chicken. Definitely request for hot sauce if it doesn't come with the dish you order. It packs quite a punch. We loved all the dishes. The only thing that wasn't particularly fantastic was the spiced banana bread. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. But I don't think it's a big deal because you probably wouldn't have much room for dessert anyway. The food portions are pretty generous :) we left very happy with our meal.
After attempting to visit Lime House 3x, we FINALLY had the chance to experience their cuisine. Definitely need to note that lunch is not served at both locations. Outside of that little annoyance, their food was on point! With few items on the menu, they've managed to master most of them. Downsides...VERY loud, I believe one waitress (or maybe the manager), holds the fort down and makes up for the other "challenged servers." As with quite a few singaporean restaurants, service is struggling a bit. Overall, an enjoyable food experience and great location! Pop next door to Cufflink Club for some tasty drinks afterwards!
3rd time here so I've pretty much tried everything on the menu haha. They have revamped the menu so they took out and added some things. Glad that the jerk chicken and curry goat were still on it. They added a new water filtration system so you gotta pay $2 if you get water to cover the costs. You might as well get a drink (maybe that's the marketing strategy haha). 1 for 1 drinks and mains with the entertainer app. Service was not very attentive and a bit slow at times. Gets noisy past 7pm for dinner too. But go there for the food and you won't be disappointed.
Great food and cocktails! We had the jerk chicken and curry curry goat mains. Both were really delicious! Jerk chicken was tender while the curry was full of flavour. Kept eating it even though we had already finished the rice and were quite food! The flavour is addictive! I also had the Francis Drake cocktail. If you love sweet cocktails, then get this! It was love at first sip! Also used the Entertainer app for 1-for-1 mains. Super worth it in the end! Would definitely be back to try more! :)
Got off to a strange start: Platter with 4 items @ $36 won't be cooked because it's too much work so the waitress said. But we could order each item on the platter separately and they would cook it... even though the portions would be bigger! So singaporean LaH! In the end, they decided to cook it for us and found out the real reason is because he wanted to put the price up. Jerk Chicken was really good; soft, succulent and spicy, as was the oxtail, very soft. Mash not great, rice average. MAC and cheese was good. Platter was average, wings weren't amazing