252 – On Asian Anytime: Kopi Chan Asian Eatery, Araneta Center Cubao

It has literally been years since a restaurant serving Singaporean favorites opened up in Cubao’s Araneta Center. I mentioned in a blog entry from years back that a Singaporean joint once existed at Shopwise (formerly the Fiesta Carnival), where I had my first taste of kaya toast from the Little Red Dot. Sadly, this place closed down around 2013 and a branch of PSBank took its place. It would not be until around late 2019 that another restaurant that offered Asian favorites from Singapore, Malaysia, and beyond would open: Kopi Chan Asian Eatery.

Kopi Chan is part of the restaurants under the aegis of the Red Crab Group—which includes Crustasia, Red Crab Alimango House, and Blackbeard’s Seafood Island. Incidentally, Kopi Chan took over the spot of the former Blackbeard’s Seafood Island at Shopwise in Cubao. During its initial run, Kopi Chan had limited operating hours from around 10 in the morning until late at night. Eventually, the joint announced that it would be operating 24/7; this meant that familiar Asian favorites are now available any time! I usually started my day at Kopi Chan to try out their different specialties early in their 24/7 run – some of which are featured in this entry. Stopping by the joint in the morning and having breakfast for an hour became frequent for me as they had budget Asian meals with free-flowing coffee.

My last trip here was way back in February before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Unfortunately, the announcement of the enhanced community quarantine last March cut Kopi Chan’s operations short—forcing them to close this location and exclusively offer their Asian specialties via food delivery. I have no idea when their operations will resume, but things will never be the same in this new normal.

I was only able to take pictures of the food I tried out, but not the interiors as I find it hard to do so when a lot of diners are present. Originally, I was planning to return there when the quarantine measures are lifted for additional images, but I guess it will no longer be possible so I’ll just settle for these.

Check out Kopi Chan Asian Eatery’s Facebook page and Instagram profile. Until the next review, bon appetit and stay safe!

Kopi Chan Asian Eatery
2831, L/G Shopwise Arcade
Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City 1109

5 thoughts on “252 – On Asian Anytime: Kopi Chan Asian Eatery, Araneta Center Cubao

    • It surely was lah! 😀 In my opinion, they’re positioning the nasi lemak sets as Asian alternatives to the usual Filipino silog meals we have – seeing that there’s a common element of rice, egg, and viand!

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      • Well, the sambal is definitely good for beginners – not too spicy, yet with the right amount of saltiness from the belacan they used! (I actually ended up asking for extra during one time!) =))

        Same here, though they will definitely have to adhere to a lot of restrictions upon reopening (e.g. no more 24/7 operations, social distancing for diners, etc.)

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