KPO Cafe Bar: Dinner in Orchard

I always dread to have dinner in Orchard, well the place is great for shopping, people-watching, movies, but food? It is always an issue whenever my friends want to meet there and if you ask me, there’s hardly any place that I like in Orchard.

It was a coincidence that both Lingzie and Kenny were in town, so there was a minor crisis in deciding the place for dinner. Initially I wanted to bring them to my favourite place in Orchard, but we ended up at KPO Cafe.

Most people will have thought that KPO stands for Killiney Post office since the cafe is located on the premises of Killiney post office. But the name actually comes about because it’s at the intersection of Killney, Penang, and Orchard road.

We started dinner with the Pizza Yorkshire ($25). The 10 inch thin crust pizza was thoroughly enjoyable; sweet thin slices Yorkshire pork and well-baked crust with mozzarella cheese matched perfectly with the natural crust.

Even though the Grilled juicy mini beef patties were tiny, I love the way they are done – topped with melted Emmental cheese and served in home-made baguette. The Patty Melt ($12) is one of those things that you wish it would come in bigger portions. And oh yes, the home-made chips were great too! But for the kind of price, it’s more like a snack to go along with drinks rather than a main course for dinner.

The KPO Pork Ribs ($23) was the other signature dish of the cafe. A full slab of ribs marinated with the tantalizing sauce, we have to agree that the marination was very done-well. But having tried better pork ribs elsewhere, KPO’s rendition lacked the ultimate melt-in-the-mouth sensation. Still, it was pretty good.

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I have no doubt that KPO, situated right in the middle of town and yet seemingly away from the hustle of the city, will be a success. The location is already a hit, with the chic environment, it is definitely the place-to-be-seen-at. While it’s a great watering-hole, with the food being pretty decent, but they really need to improve on the service.

I got a shock when the first question they asked, was not what I’ll like to order, but whether I’m paying by credit card or cash. No matter how nice the ambience was, or how excellent the food tasted – that was a total turnoff. But oh well, at least there’s no service charge & GST. Anyway, with the good location plus the chill-out atmosphere, I went back again the following Saturday.

KPO @ Killney post office
1 Killiney road
Killney Post Office
Tel: 6733 3648

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Oh i have been to the place a couple of times and did not realise they dont have GST or service charge! No wonder I always wonder why the bill is so low. Great ambience though, although it looks better at night- they serve brunch too, and non-alcoholic drinks are half price before 3pm!!

diva: you are flattering me, i’m so happy! thank you thank you! tee hee

Justin: haha thanks, we only had three dishes, so i thought i better not bored everyone with different shots of the same food.

tim: yep i was quite surprised when I see the bill and realised there’s no service charge or GST. Yea i went back for brunch the following Saturday (that will be another post), and great ambience, they just need to improve the service, and this place will be one of the best new cafe for 2009.

I always thought KPO is more of a bar which give more emphasis on their drinks selection but now I think the food look promising too! Especially the patty melt! THE CHEESE!! mmmm….
Shall give it a try some day! :)

Caramel: yeah actually it is more like a bar than a cafe. Most people go there for drinks than for food anyway. The patty melt is kinda of tiny, otherwise it’s very good. yeah let me know after u try it out!

Camemberu: haha they got very happening crowd there, quite hard to get seats, and they never picked up their phone to take reservations. lol. they serve all day brunch, i had it on my second visit already. nothing fantastic, so stick to the mains. haha

pammiez: NO! i know how u are going to react. haha is da paolo’s better than casa verde?

Chia: thanks! will drop by there when i’m in the mood to pizza! :p

Food looks good, location is perfect, ambience is there. Plus no extra charges. Guess I will be heading there soon too! ;)

wait, i dont get this.
why would they ask about paying in cash or credit cards? do they not accept cards?
or they’re worried if you ordered excessively? :)

i do agree that service has to be good, esp in an outlet when service tax is being charged. though this one doesnt.

J2kfm: i don’t get it either. the second time i went something similar happen. haha hope they will do something about the service, otherwise it’s a shame because it’s a nice place to chill

yay! was waiting for this post of yours because i as usual forgot to take down the details of the place… blur case la me.. (was in holiday mood mah)
ok singapore makan posts coming right up! :)

I love thin pizzas! ( :
Have you tried those thin pizzas at Timbre?
The seafood pizza is marvelous! ( :

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