Ed's note: Effective 1 Aug 2010, Next Door will change location to 699 East Coast Rd, S (459061).
Since opening in 2008, this unassuming café on Arab Street has quietly established itself as a popular hangout to down quality pints, and with over 50 varieties of beer on offer you can see why. Two outstanding examples are the caramel-like Asahi Black, a dark lager brewed from three roasting malts, and the wickedly good, oak-aged Green Goblin cider.
Complementing the assorted ales are finger foods, salads and mains with Mediterranean flair. The buffalo mozzarella salad and crispy wood-fired pizzas tempt your palate, while the tender chicken breast, delicately seared in a ginger orange sauce, raises the stakes. An organic date and walnut cake, sweet but not sickly, was another hit. With board games on hand and a pint never far away, Next Door may be your new local.