All these years I have not been a big fan of tapas or small plate concept because I find the portion not only small but overpriced. However with Five Ten entering the dining scene, this has broken the mould with a new concept inspired by Taiwanese street food, putting customers' pockets first without scrimping on quality. What is more attractive is the pricing. Every item on the menu is priced at $5 or $10.
Fried Smashed Potatoes 3.5/5
We started with some light appetizers to kick start the night. We have the Fried Smashed Potatoes ($5). The baby potatoes are deep fried and sprinkled with chilli and white pepper spice to enhance the flavour of the starch. I also like that it has the skin on for that extra texture.
Fried Chicken 4.2/5
The Fried Chicken ($5) marinated with sesame and soy was deep fried to a nice crisp especially with the skin on. Paired the tender and juicy fried chicken morsel with the nori mayonnaise for that extra oomph.
Braised Intestines 3/5
You can tell Five Ten is different from the usual western tapas places when there is Braised Intestines ($10) on the menu. The large pork intestines which is topped with fried ginger and fresh grated garlic comes in a rich and intense braised sauce which was rather heavy on the salt during my visit. While so, it went well with the bowl of rice.
Grilled Squid 4/5
For seafood there is the Grilled Squid ($10). Grilled to a nice smokey aroma, the squid was tender and bouncy. Top with dashi and give the calamansi a squeeze for an elevated enjoyment.
Pork Ribs 3/5
I mentioned that Five Ten puts customers' pockets first without scrimping on quality, as well as quantity too. Compare to a similar dish down the road, 2 pork ribs costs $16 while I can get 3 pieces here. The sous vide Pork Ribs ($10) is glazed with hoisin sauce and topped with sesame. It also comes with some puckled Chinese cabbage to cut through the richness. The pork ribs were really fork tender, falling off the bone with ease. However I thought the hoisin sauce was a bit salty. I needs to be toned down a bit.
Lu Rou 4.8/5
The dinner at Five Ten got even better with the Lu Rou ($10) which is highly recommended by the staff. The pork belly is well braised in a housemade soy sauce. For a mere $10, it comes with 2 huge pieces of melted in the mouth pork belly. This is so good and value for money. It is a must try here.
Nothing fancy but simply showcasing the beautiful piece of Steak ($10) cooked to a beautiful pink. The seared sirloin, slightly charred and bursting with its natural sweetness is another worthy dish to order from the menu.
Fried Milk 3.5/5
I have enjoyed my dinner experience at Five Ten. Eating rice from a porcelain bowl and using chopsticks to share our small plates. The whole experience felt like I am having dinner at home with my friend. As we went to Five Ten during dinner time, we did not get to try the rice bowls which is priced at $10 per bowl, and available for lunch up to 530pm. Definitely will try to drop by if I am in the vicinity for lunch.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
237 South Bridge Road
Tel: +65 69247352
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (DT Line, NE Line)
Tue-Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 230pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk straight down Pagoda Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]