Kombi Rocks – The same old brand new diner
“I am a vintage lover”
I came across this vintage diner place when I was googling interesting theme cafe in Singapore. Immediately, I bookmarked the address and checked the diner out on the very next day.
Very hard to miss the diner due to its prominent location – just opposite Serangoon stadium and first shop to see when you turn in to the small alley.
Now then I know, Kombi is the name for this hippie van (above), the second model manufactured by Volkswagen. The owner must be a Kombi lover so much that to name the diner “Kombi Rocks”. There are only 18 Kombi in Singapore and the owner already have 3-4 in hand already or maybe more.
Imagine riding this hippie van for a road trip, the road trip is already off with a great start! But, a little expensive to rent for just a road trip…
Kombi Rocks Diner is the revamped look for Koon Kee Restaurant which started in 1971 The main cuisine are Thai & Chinese dishes which have passed down three generations.
I feel like I was instantly flashback to the 80s when I stepped into the diner. The setting is retro 80s where it has retro coffee tables, old vintage posters, barber chairs, old fans and even vintage refrigerator! I wonder if they are using the vintage refrigerator or just for show.
It was not crowded on a Sunday afternoon but I bet the diner will be packed in the night as it has the relaxing atmosphere for chilling.
These vintage toys, guitars and props are available for rental or sale as well. Personal favourite – Vespa.
Seafood Hor Fun ($6) – Mee Goreng ($6)
Black Sesame Icecream ($5) – Honey Green Tea ($3)
The seafood hor fun was only so-so but the mee goreng was as good as recommended by other websites. It was not oily at all and the taste was very local. Black sesame ice cream was not bad as well. Heard from the waitress that the ice cream was suitable for diabetic people too.
Their Kombi and other vintage cars available for rental as well. Mostly are for wedding event or photoshoot. The prices are on their website.
Dont be alarm to see many people taking selfies there. It is a perfect place for vintage themed photoshoot. I guess the waitresses and waiters are immune to it.
This definitely worth a second visit. I hope more themed cafés set up in Singapore.
Kombi Rocks Diner
Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
Nearest MRT station: Serangoon station
Parking is available in the sports stadium carpark opposite the diner