Photo 3-5-15 4 25 04 pmHalia’s Singapore-style chilli crab spaghettini in spicy, sweet & tangy sauce. The crab bits were big, firm and intact, as if they were extracted fully from the shell instead of being all minced and clumpy. The spaghettini was nicely thin and slurpsome, and the spiciness at play is subtle – you only detect a faint tongue sting as the meal progresses. Would leave you yearning for more though. 4/5

Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)
1 Cluny Road
Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569


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