Posts tagged: Cafe

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar – Breakfast, Brunch, Bakes & Beer All-In-One

By , December 7, 2012

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar has one of the most interesting concepts – bakery with brunch items in the dawn, bistro in the noon, and transformed to a charming bar by dusk with DJs spinning at the side.

Getting a condominium at Nassim Hill has always been one of my dreams (let that be granted), but I now know I can now indulge nearby in a hearty breakfast of Eggs Benedict ($15 nett) and Country Scrambled Eggs ($16) at an ‘okay-price’ considering this is very prime district.

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar sits within the iconic Tanglin Post Office building, right opposite Tanglin Mall and near Gleaneagles Hospital. To get here, you have to get to the back of the post office, or climb up a flight of stairs from Swiss Bakery.

If this bar within a post office concept seems familiar to you, it is also done up by Imaginings who is also behind KPO, WALA WALA, Balaclava and 1128. Beer drinkers can rejoice because you can tap your own draught beers at the end of the counter. (I unfortunately, don’t drink beer.)

Considering I am not quite a carb-person, I fell in love with the Grimbergen Ambree bread ($8), a Grimbergen (Belgian abbey beers) infused bread created by Head Baker Audrey from Freshly Baked at Killiney Road. (No wonder the bread and cakes taste so familiar. The KPO probably approached her since they are ‘neighbours’.) The bread is very wholesome, full-bodied and hearty, with a slightly rustic feel to it. Extremely satisfying with the marmalade jam.

That same bread is also used in the Hot Reuben ($16 nett), a sliced corned beef sandwich with melted emmental cheese, sauerkraut (sour cabbage), onions and delicious Russian dressing. Warning: It takes two or more to finish this.

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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office, Singapore 247964 (15 walk from Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6835 1128
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 12:00am (Closed Mon), Breakfast & brunch: 8am – 5pm, Lunch: 11am – 5pm, Dinner: 5pm – 10:30pm

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Epilogue Café – When Popular Bookstore Opens a Café

By , December 6, 2012

Popular Bookstore opens a café. Yes, the same Popular Bookstores where hungry, I mean kiasu parents hunt down assessment books and 10-years series for their adolescent to get a head-start of their successful life. Popular was my ‘saviour’ in that way too. (Won’t have cleared my Os and As without you, Popular!)

Epilogue Café within Prologue (at Level 4 Ion) provides a completely different vibe – quiet surroundings, lovely music, view of Orchard Road, artistic lights made of recycled books. Overall, a very cosy corner to read a book, drink a cup of cuppa or have casual business lunches.

In fact when I was there during a public holiday, the directors of Popular were having a lunch meeting there. Talk about working hard.

This new café concept offers not only gourmet coffee and cakes, but a plethora of Italian food selections such as soups, sandwiches and pastas.

Epilogue brings in a slight Asian twist to its special menu. I had a Rendang Chicken Set Meal ($11.90) which is really quite an interesting and workable combination with huge chicken chunks marinated in a sweet spicy rendang sauce topped on spaghetti. Thumbs up for this. The drink is an Iced Singapore Sling sans the alchohol.

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Epilogue Café ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #04-16 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT), Tel:+65 6465 1477
Opens daily: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Branch: #06-01/02/03 Orchard Central

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PoTeaTo – New Café at Tiong Bahru to Jiak Kantang and Lim Teh

By , November 2, 2012

Another café, PoTeaTo opens at the very hip Yong Siak Street at Tiong Bahru, just two shops away from the famous 40 Hands. And there is already Open Door Policy ODP, drinking bar SocialHaus and Japanese restaurant IKYU opposite.

But they are not fighting for the same pie. (Read: 5 Best Places For Cakes At Tiong Bahru)

“PoTeaTo”, which is a combination of the words ‘potato’ and ‘tea’, sells mainly potato-made dishes and tea. So you can jia kantang and lim teh (eat potatoes and drink tea).

Owner Debra Chan say she is often called potato for her ‘jiak kantang’ nature (Asian with Western outlook), and she wants to appear as friendly neighbours to 40 Hands. So they don’t publicise so much on their coffee.

This potato-tea shop is not as well-known as the other Tiong Bahru eateries, because they are not under Spa Esprit and Debra says she does not have deep pockets. “My neighbours all drive bigger cars than I do!” Their shop is also partly covered and I had some trouble finding. (It’s okay Debra, the food blogger will help you publicise.)

The premium tea selections ($7.80 for a pot) such as Persian Apple & Ginger, Sunrise Sunshine, Raspberry Mint, Peach Peach and Oolong Berry are ordered from a local supplier. Though PoTeato is not TWG or Gryphon, its selections and mixture are pretty unique and refreshing, with the Oolong Berry as my particular favourite.

For the potato bites, the selection includes PoTeaTo Chips, shoestring fries, sweet potato fries and wedges ($5-$6). No, they don’t sell the usual potato chips from the packet. Instead, their chips are made from US Russet potatoes, hand-sliced and deep-fried fresh right in the kitchen. When you thought you had enough of those salty packet snacks, this is SO GOOD.

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78 Yong Siak Street #01-018 Singapore (10 mins walk from Tiong Bahru MRT), Tel: +65 6221 2488
Opening Hours: 11am – 10 pm Tue to Sun (closed Mon)

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Pitstop Café – That Homely Feelin’

By , April 6, 2009

14B Circular Road Tel: 6535 5383

Talk about Boardgame cafes and you should be more familiar with Minds Café or Settlers Café, both considered to be ‘big brothers’ in the board game community.

Pitstop Café, while considered fresh to many others, is not exactly a new kid in the block. In fact, they have diversified and even opened a branch in Malaysia last year. Started 4 years ago by very young local entrepreneurs, they breathe a gush of fresh air into what can be considered ‘boring’ board games.

The Ambiance
Entering this little shop on the 3rd level at Circular Road (near Raffles City MRT station), you will be amazed at the number of photos there are on the wall. In fact, the walls contain almost nothing but photos and the menu. It once started as a small ‘graffiti’ corner for patrons to leave their photos as mementoes, and now it’s a testament on how popular this café is with big groups of people.

With multi-coloured furniture and youthful helpers, you just can’t help feeling bright and cheery once again as you step in. In fact, this place felt a little like home – with friends sitting around, chatting, laughing their heads off at another silly mistake made on the board.

The Food
While Pitstop has its staples of New Zealand’s Natural, Gourmet Coffee and usual bite snacks of nuggets and fries, a forte here has to be Mum’s Special. The chef is the mother of one of the owners (affectionally known as ‘Auntie’ to everyone there), and dishes she prepare like Paper-Wrapped Chicken, Sambal Chicken and Fish & Chips has the healthy yet flavoursome goodness of what your own mother will prepare.

The Service
If you get the chance to speak with one of the four bosses Astroboy, Eve, Tim or Mumu, they may just give you the best advice on how to play and win in a board game, and you have more than 200 of them to choose from. They are sometimes serious, yet sometimes cranky. They feel like… a friend you always had?

The Verdict
Pitstop’s main disadvantage is at its hidden location. But if you crave for somewhere to chill out with friends and reminisce the good old days, this is the café to feel right at home.

C Nai Hong Kong Cafe Xpress 师奶茶餐厅 (East Coast Parkway)

By , August 5, 2008

1000 East Coast Park Marine Cove S(449876) Tel: 64440123

“The one at East Coast. Daniel, you must go and TRY!”

When Melissa saw that I was writing on a whole series on Hong Kong cafes, she very excitedly told me to venture to the Far East. “The fried squid’s very good.  Number  430. So is the chicken in hot plate. That’s 403. Don’t get confused. Braised E-Fu Noodles too! 101.”

She’s that good that she remembers the number. I don’t know how she does that especially when the items on the menu are jumbled.

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Tong Shui Café (Zion Road)

By , August 1, 2008

54 Zion Road S(247779) Tel: 67376946

Shocking pink and lime green walls – if ‘clash’ is the word, then clashed it shall be. With interiors said to be inspired by the Shanghai-French experience, Tong Shui is all out to make that difference.

Raymond Khoo, Managing Director of Tong Shui says, “Whilst the recipes are all something that you can fix in your own kitchen, few would dream up the fun concoctions that we have”.

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Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe (Marina Square)

By , July 30, 2008

6, Raffles Boulevard #01-04/05, Marina Square S(039594) Tel: 63375297

The Mummy Returns at a Hong Kong Cafe.

Almost quite so. You can drop by The Marina Square’s Xin Wang with terracotta warrior figurines and plaster pictures of old Chinese officials around. It’s like the Red Cliff meets The Mummy Returns 3.  High score on the interior design.

This is my second write-up on Xin Wang Café. Open 24 hours on weekends and till 2am on weekdays, the café has become a popular hangout for cinema goers and ktv-poppers after a night’s out with good friends.

When my friends arrived from London, I thought that the red and comfortable circular booths, and the ontemporary meets traditional ambiance would quite interest them. Wrong move apparantly.

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Central (Vivocity)

By , July 28, 2008

1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-13/14 VivoCity S(098585 ) Tel: 63768270

It’s peculiar to see how the same brand name can differ so much in another location. Central at Takashimaya is always filled with crowds, but this branch outside Giant Vivocity is a lot quieter.

The Food
The unique feature of this branch is the Pick Up Sticks, signature of what you see in the street stalls at Hong Kong. They probably were ‘inspired’ by the people at Old Hong Kong Tea House at Marina Square.  

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Crystal Jade Hong Kong Café 翡翠香港茶餐厅 (Liang Seah)

By , July 25, 2008

#01-12 Liang Seah Street Tel: 63380198

My first question was: What took Crystal Jade so long?

Since it opened in 1992, Crystal Jade has literally stomped Singapore and the rest of Asia with its exquisite Cantonese cuisines. It has since expanded to serve cuisines of varying styles from Teochew,  Machau, Shanghai, to Korean. Other establishments have taken up a huge part of the HK café pie, and Crystal Jade has finally stepped in with this branch along Liang Seah shophouses.

How does this HK café match up to the other Crystal Jades?

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