CARIBBEAN+ASIA SERIES [C+AS]: LIME HOUSE, Caribbean Cuisine, Singapore

CARIBBEAN+ASIA SERIES reflects the evolving cultural, lifestyle, business, trade and travel connections between the regions. By chronicling how peoples of Asia and Caribbean influence and interact with each other, C+AS aim to be a touchstone for the expanding rapport between the Caribbean and Asia.


Gus Franklyn-Bute Editor-in-Chief

“Lime House” Caribbean Restaurant, Singapore

Lime House Caribbean restaurant pulsates in heart of Singapore’s trendy Chinatown serving up a unique, cultural dining experience that delightfully blends authentic Caribbean cuisine, in a comfortable atmosphere, with the best in Caribbean and urban music.

Owner, entrepreneur, Chris Morris is the driving force behind Lime House, which opened its doors in July 2013.  Singaporean’s have so embraced the authentic Caribbean style of cooking, in August 2014, Morris expanded the dining brand with the opening Lime Deli in the central business district.  As a Caribbean lifestyle brand, Lime House is proving to be a genuine dining odyssey among Singapore’s demanding and dynamic food scene.  The restaurant and bar has infused a fresh, social vibe into the city’s cultural premium.

Lime House - Exterior

Lime House restaurant, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore

Bringing Caribbean “Liming” culture to Asia

Lime House‘ inspiration pivots on the Caribbean’s cultural code and pastime of Liming. For the uninitated, to lime is ‘to hang out with friends – perhaps regaling over food and drink, recountnig tales, jokes and anecdotes‘.  A Caribbean lime is often characterised for its breezy, zesty nuance and joie de vivre.

Picture your moment, your time somewhere in the Caribbean! You are among great friends or family in Morris’ home country of Trinidad and Tobago. It is mid-February 2015 and you are revelling in the pulse and rhythm of one of the best carnivals in the world. Perhaps your dreamscape is Barbados and you are lost in your gaze of the piercing cobalt horizon on a warm evening, as the sun reluctantly descends just out of reach across the hypnotic Caribbean Sea. May be your moment is an escape at Jakes Hotel, Treasure Beach, Jamaica; or yachting off the sheltered waters of The British Virgin Islands.

Lime House - Lime Lounge 2nd Floor Interior

Lime House restaruant, Lime Lounge, 2nd Floor

Whichever is your screen saver, what makes any Caribbean experience authentic are at least 3 cultural ingredients: delightful Caribbean gastronomy, company of good friends [a lime] and a soupçon of Caribbean music.

The Making of a ‘Caribbean cultural embassy’

Lime House is shaped to become a ‘Caribbean cultural embassy’ in Singapore, indeed in Southeast Asia. The social and lifestyle destination in trendy Jiak Chuan/Keong Saik area welcomes the experienced, adventurous and simply curious palettes on a quest for a slither of Caribbean way of life. The heritage, multi-storey shophouse, inlaid with intricate historic Peranakan décor and the dramatic high ceilings, fashions a splendid location as a cultural hotspot spread over 3 floors.

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Lime House restaurant, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore – Selection of Caribbean fusion menu

Caribbean Fusion Cuisine by celebrated chef Hasan Defour

Lime House ground-floor hosts the main restaurant and an intimate courtyard with al-fresco dining – ideal “to lime” over Caribbean cocktails, beers and light bites, and with casual lounges on upper floors. Samplings of the Caribbean fusion menu created by celebrated Trinidadian chef Hasan Defour includes a fine dining option and a bar menu selection.  Be tempted by Appetizers such as Caribbean Fish Cakes, Slipper Lobster Cocktail and Crab & Callaloo SuggestedMain courses are finger smacking Baby Back Ribs, served in Lime House styled BBQ sauce, Jerk Chicken – a Jamaican speciality, Curry Goat and Coffee & Jerk Rubbed Ribeye. Sides include Caribbean staples of Macaroni Pie, Coconut Rice n’ Peas and Fried Plantain.

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Lime House restaurant, Caribbean fusion menu

No authentic Caribbean vacation would be memorable without a Lime House Classic Punch cocktail.  Other mixologist temptations are the Caribbean Life, Bermuda Triangle, Lychee Ooh Lala or Green Dreams – a blend of White Rum, Vanilla Liqueur, Cacao White, Midori Melon, Pineapple juice, Kiwi fruit.

Lime House should be on everyones ‘must do’ list in Singapore, and the excellently priced menu compels you to book a table or just drop into Lime House Caribbean restaurant or Lime Deli.  Just tell the staff you there to ‘buss a lime‘.


Lime House Restaurant
2 Jiak Chuan Road
Singapore 089260
Nearest MRT is Outram Park
Tel: +65 6222-3130
For more enquiry, email

Lime Deli
51 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6222 7751


28 September, 2014