Many things have happened since artisanal nasi lemak restaurant The Coconut Club opened in 2016. PM Lee Hsien Loong hosted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for a meal there, it snagged a Michelin Bib Gourmand nod in 2018 (but lost it in the 2019 list, likely because it recently relocated to larger premises which typically requires a fresh round of assessment from the Michelin inspectors). But perhaps most excitingly for fans like us of its food is this — it opened a sibling eatery called Belimbing Superstar yesterday. All milestones to be celebrated, considering the numerous snarky comments on social media that chef and co-owner Lee Eng Su said the restaurant used to get in the early days. Such as: ‘$12.80 for a plate of nasi lemak? My mother can cook better than this!’ So the team hunkered down and got to work. “We knew we had to survive, up service levels, keep our cooking consistent,” muses Eng Su. It paid off, evidently, with its recent expansion.  
 

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