COBA is a new eatery at Blk 156 along Yishun Street 11 opened last month. Timothy was inspired by the food he had at home and the name of the place came from the elders saying “coba coba” which means “try try” (the food) on the dining table. Rather than opening yet another café serving flat whites or chili crab linguine, Timothy opted for traditional Nasi Padang.
The interiors have a retro ambiance but it also pays tribute to the coffeeshops of the yesteryears. I have been here twice and the food and prices are rather decent. In both occasions, the food cost less than 10 bucks for each person including drinks.
Some of my favourite dishes there include the Terung, also known as sambal eggplant and yummy gravy, the Sayur Lodeh, vegetables simmered in coconut gravy is pretty good too. They also have both the mutton and beef Rendang which were okay. While the meat was tender, the gravy on the first meal was overwhelmed with chili powder but on the subsequent meal, it was better.
To pair with these is a nice glass of Bandung. Will love to go back again whenever I visit Yishun.
Blk 156 Yishun Street 11 #01-106