Visiting the Original Outlet at 51 East Coast Road
328 makes this traditional dish more widely available with its 6 outlets across Singapore (East Coast, Queensway, Westgate, Novena, Tiong Bahru). We visited the original outlet (51 East Coast Road) to see where it all started.
We love the shophouse set up as it brought up a sense of nostalgia. It is evident from the many pictures decorating the walls that this chain is loved.
The menu (shown below) is really simple, with laksa, nasi lemak, otah as well as dim sum.
Janggut Laksa: No Chopsticks Welcome
We went for small bowls of laksa (just $5.50 each), with an otah ($1.40) on the side. The food was prepared within 5 minutes as the restaurant wasn’t too crowded.
Remember to eat this laksa without chopsticks! You can actually scoop up a perfect mouthful loaded with chopped rice noodles, broth and prawn/fishcake with a spoon alone.
Now, for the moment of truth – does 328 live up to the hype?
Worth The Hype? Probably Not.
Unfortunately, while I really wanted to love this laksa, it tasted pretty average to me. It wouldn’t be something I would travel all the way to Katong for.
The broth was creamy and thick and had a nice depth with the addition of 328 Katong Laksa’s own chili paste. Noodles were not overcooked. The amount of ingredients given (prawns, fish cake) was decent for the price paid.
The saving grace was probably the otah, which was one of the best I’ve had. It went well with the laksa, with a strong charred taste helping to prevent the laksa from becoming too much. It would have been better if it was served fresh/hot.
All-in-all, it could be that expectations got way ahead of me when it came to 328 Katong Laksa given all the accolades. While the laksa was decent, is not anything that amazing.
Food: Laksa was average.
Value-for-Money: $5.50 for a bowl is not bad. Ain’t complaining.
Atmosphere: The shophouse on 51 East Coast road is lovely.
Location: Not convenient. Need to drive or take a bus from the nearest MRT.
Rach Recommends: A famous hawker pick in the same area that DOES live up to the hype is Beach Roach Prawn Noodles.
328 Katong Laksa
Address: 51 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428770
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm every day