I first came across this restaurant since I move within the area. Kopi Tiam is one of four branches of North Park Noodle House (NP). The others are Next Door Noodle House (ND) and Tiananmen Bar (TB). Just to differentiate these branches, ND is a lower version of NP. TB is more of a chillout place with alcoholic bevrerages. Kopi Tiam, admittedly, is a bit confusing because it’s a mix-match of a lot of cuisines from Korean to Singaporean, even Japanese and American (burgers). So for me, if you want to go to a place that serves more than just Chinese cuisine, then you’re at the right place. They even offer coffee so it’s really a diverse place.
I’ve frequent the place, luckily because it’s relatively close to my residence, whether dine-in, take-out or delivery. I must admit that among the other branches, I do love the interior and aesthetics of Kopi Tiam. It’s modern and simple. It’s a place you can really chill out and relax, whether alone with company of friends or family. The food is just ok for me – nothing great and no WOW factor but still it’s good. My favorites, which I call my comfort food, are the Shredded Pork with Century Egg, Crabmeat Sweetcorn Soup, Yang Chow Fried Rice, King Dao Spareribs in Red Sauce, Korean Beef Stew and Sizzling Stuffled Talong in Tausi. Do note though that their California Maki is a bit overrated and pricey.
The first time I ordered through delivery, I was surprised to hear that the minimum order is worth Php300.00. “Are you fu@%ing kidding me?” Considering that I am very close to their restaurant, sometimes those minimum order amount should be reasonable and realistic. I had to question the amount and then after them asking for my delivery address, they changed the amount to just Php200.00 which is just right and acceptable. If they do plan to offer different rates based on the distance, then they should probe first before declaring those amounts. It comes out as a bad shock and I believe it’s more of enhancing their customer service skills.
I remember just recently when I was down with a flu and lost my appetite and thought of ordering soup from them. I ordered the Crabmeat Sweetcorn Soup and it made me feel better despite that I couldn’t taste it at first but it became one of my favorites.
I highly recommend for you to try Kopi Tiam. It’s a good place to go to and it takes you out from the NP and ND concept. If you are looking forward to order the same food from NP or ND then you might be disappointed. Only few of the famous entrées are being served there. I do suggest that when you visit them for the first time, have an open mind on the food and who knows you might like them just as much as the known foods from the NP or ND.