Archive for the ‘1.4 Cafes’ Category

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

The cafes have heeded my call and are now slowly popping up in the Eastern part of Singapore! Check out this new Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, which opened just a couple of weeks back at Siglap V, opposite the old Siglap Centre. It’s a pretty spacious cafe as they haven’t packed the place to the gills with seating. When I was there around 4 plus pm yesterday on Good Friday, it was nearly full. And when I left at about 5 plus pm, it was nearly empty.

Craftsmen Speciality Coffee Cafe Shop Front (2)

With a name like Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, you know the emphasis here is on coffee. You want V-60, Chemex, Siphon, Woodneck and Cold Brew, they have it here. For me, while I like to think of myself as a coffee lover, my coffee drinking repertoire stops at cafe latte and flat white. I’ve tried Chemex and Cold Brews before elsewhere, but I suppose my palate was not refined enough to really appreciate the flavours. Give me a cafe latte anytime.

Just to add, apart from a selection of 3 quiches and 2 sandwiches, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee does not appear to be serving any other types of food requiring onsite preparation. At least not for now.

Craftsmen Speciality Coffee - Cafe Latte $4.50

Cafe Latte $4.50

And so a cafe latte I got. If you feel that the saucers and cups remind you of Dutch Colony Cafe, you are right, because they have invested here. The cafe latte was pretty enjoyable, strong aroma although it had a slight bitter aftertaste yet not a robust body.

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Percolate – New Cafe in the East!

Those of you living in the East, especially in Bedok, I have good news to announce! There is a new cafe on the block!  I’d known of the empty unit a number of months back, and I had thought to myself that it would be a good spot for a cafe. And guess what, last Wednesday while travelling past in a taxi, I spotted the new Percolate. I think I shouted so loudly that both the Partner and the cab driver had a shock! Luckily our stop was just the next street, and we quickly made our way to the cafe. Apparently Percolate opened just last week on 31 March!

Even until now, I find it such a dream come true that I now have a cafe in my neighbourhood to call my own! It takes me just 2 minutes to walk to the cafe, and 1 minute if I run. I feel like my neighbourhood has been upgraded! Check out these pictures below. I’ll do a longer review once I try more of the items here. Now, when we just want a quick cuppa at night, we don’t have to think 3 times where!

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The Missing Pan

With a name like that, it’s hard not to sit up and notice this new cafe that’s popped up in the Bukit Timah area back in November 2013. I was quite happy to be invited down for a tasting session to help them find their pan if need be. For the record, there’s a western stall at the food court in the Botanic Gardens called Two Cooks and a Pan. The people from The Missing Pan might want to inquire with the Two Cooks….

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If you walk past The Missing Pan, at first glance, you might mistaken it for a really tiny cafe able to seat 2 or 3 couples at the most. That’s because the bulk of the seating is actually upstairs! Take the tiny lift right in the middle of the cafe to the 2nd floor, and take your pick of whether to sit facing the open kitchen concept or by the full length windows looking out onto Bukit Timah Road. I’m sure most people would love the quirky yet stylish decor here, with understated tones lots of shelves high above us. I’m frankly a little tired of the retro look that so many cafes sport these days.

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The Missing Pan not only differentiates itself from the other cafe in terms of decor, but in terms of menu as well. I like it that there are quite a number of items to choose from. I’ve kinda reached a point where I would like to relax in a cafe and have some brunch that doesn’t just comprise of eggs benedict or all day breakfast, although I must admit I do often order those. But I would LIKE to have a choice. At The Missing Pan, you have 4 egg dishes to choose from, several sandwiches, burgers, a pasta dish, salads and a beef stew.

The Missing Pan - French Toast Salpicon - Chicken, spinach and mushrooms stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup ($19  ) (2)

French Toast Salpicon – Chicken, spinach and mushrooms stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup ($19)

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Group Therapy Cafe at Katong V

Today’s Straits Times article on hip and cool Katong has reminded me that I have yet to publish my article on Group Therapy Cafe opening a second outlet at Katong V. If you’re into cafe hopping, I’m sure you must have heard of Group Therapy Cafe. It’s one of the 1st few cafes to open at Duxton Hill, back in 2011. That is just a short 3 years, but in the cafe hopping scene, Group Therapy Cafe can be considered old stalwarts!

Nowadays when cafes are really a dime a dozen, and there are more cafes opening than we have weekends to visit, knowing the good vs the average will help you save time and money. Group Therapy Cafe strikes me as having stood the test of time, although I think the quality dished out at their Duxton Hill branch is better than of the Katong V branch. I was wondering if I would see familiar faces at the Katong V branch, but I did not on my visit some weeks back. The look and feel of this Katong V branch is quite different. At Katong V, Group Therapy Cafe is located at the basement, which is a bit surprising since most cafes are about ambience, natural lighting etc. Still, if you’re not there to take a gazillion food photos, the lighting probably wouldn’t bother you like it bothered me.

Group Therapy Cafe (9)

Pretty spacious and thank goodness no long queue when we went, although that might change after you read my article?? Winking smile

Group Therapy Cafe - Poached Eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere, hollandaise sauce $15

Poached Eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere, hollandaise sauce $15

We absolutely had to order this Poached eggs on toast aka Eggs Benedict. It was our favourite order when we used to visit the Duxton Hill branch. The dish looks more or less the same, presentation wise, but the eggs were cooked just a tad longer than I would have liked. I like my yolks really runnnnny. We had to wait a few seconds after slicing open the egg to get this shot.

Check out my previous post on Group Therapy Cafe to see better looking pictures as well a full write up on this dish.

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Baker & Cook Greenwood outlet

It’s been a while since I visited Baker & Cook’s Hillcrest outlet in the Greenwood / Bukit Timah area. I love bakeries that boast a fine selection of breads. Let me tell you, breads may look simple and cheap when compared to cakes, but it takes a skilled baker to bake an excellent loaf, whereas anyone can pretty much whip up nice looking cake. What I’m trying to say is, this is a cafe opened by a “real baker”, ie New Zealander Dean Brettschneider.

Anyway, here’s a pictorial of what they have available here when we visited back in January 2014. You can also read my review of Baker & Cook done a while back.

Baker & Cook Greenwood (4)

Baker & Cook Greenwood (5)

Jam doughnuts are my favourite! No wonder only one left, and it was gone while my back was turned!

Baker & Cook Greenwood (10)

Latte $5

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