Since my wife and I started staying at the Ibis Bencoolen Hotel, we have stopped in at Basil Alcove both for their delicious coffee and for the very well-prepared food. There are tables both inside and outside on the sidewalk. The last time we ate there, we had chicken with avocado puree and peach with a side order of mashed potatoes. We were surprised at how carefully the chicken had been prepared, and the meal, including the mashed potatoes was as good as one would hope to receive in an expensive restaurant. Most of the customers that we saw at Basil Alcove appeared to be Singaporeans, but we surmise a lot of their business comes from people staying in the hotels on Bencoolen Street. The small restaurant appears to be family-owned and managed. Whenever we visit the Ibis Bencoolen, we look forward to a good meal at Basil Alcove, one of the few really good deals left in Singapore.