The idea of young entrepreneurs might strike us as someone who could send rockets to mars and reinvent the notion of space travel. But we are keen to explore less drastic, but no less impactful people who love to reinvent the wheel in the food and beverage industry. Let’s have a look at Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar, situated along Jalan Jurong Kechil.
Micah (yes, you guessed right!) is the owner of Mi Casa. And yes, he loves to whip up Italian food. The young chef was previously plying his trade at Bukit Timah Hawker Centre. But he felt that the time is now to expand and establish his ideas for all, which explains the open concept kitchen. Brave move, but a decision that can make Mi Casa stand out from the crowd if cards are played well!
Micah manages to price his creations reasonably, even after shifting to a larger compound. This ensures a constant flow of customers, at least on the day when we visited. We like the quirky concept – you can see what the team is up to while waiting for your order – an organised, neat and clean state of mind is needed when on “display” 24/7, but Micah has aced it!
The Octopus & Dashi (SGD$9.50) tastes as good as it looks. The tender octopus is met with a light, juicy flavour. It might look like gyozas, but Mi Casa gives it an Italian slant that is very refreshing and offbeat. A good appetizer to kick start the mains.
Next up was the seafood Paella (SGD$9.00). It might look small, but it packs a solid punch and can definitely keep you full. The flavour is thick, and the spices dominate the entire experience. You can opt for the medium portion for SGD$15.00, and it will be served in a frying pan. Perfect for sharing.
The chicken pasta, we reckon, is one of the more bang for buck dishes at Mi Casa. It is priced at SGD$7.00. Not over-the-top, and yet you’ll be getting a generous portion of pasta and chunky chicken bites. It might be an Italian dish, but we found it to have a Chinese-inspired slant with the green vegetable toppings (or “cong” in local speak) – those that we commonly enjoy with porridge! A must try if you’re a pasta lover.
We feel that Mi Casa manages to bridge the gap between hawker fare and restaurant food, providing this accessibility for the masses to have a go at Italian food. We’re in favour of this concept and we do not see Micah slowing down anytime in the near future!
Address: 102c Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore.
Opening Hours: 1130hrs -1400hrs, 1800hrs – 2200hrs