Archive for the ‘1.4 Cafes’ Category

Knots Cafe and Living–An Instagrammer’s delight

Recently, we chanced upon a very pretty cafe in the Paya Lebar area. This spacious outlet is actually a 3-in-1 business retailing furniture, plants and operating a cafe. Everything is for sale at Knots, from the potted plants to the furniture! You can tell instantly that this is an Instagrammer’s haven, with all the pretty plants and furniture serving as backdrops to the cups of coffee and cakes.

Knots Cafe and Living (5)

The food and drinks are of average quality here, although this could be because we checked this place out just 1 month after its opening. We ordered a waffle, chocolate cake, cafe latte and hot chocolate. Sad to say, the chocolate cake was a little on the dry side, and I think it is quite evident if you look at the pictures too. I had suspected it might be on the dry side and was hoping to be wrong, but there were no other cakes that caught my fancy in the chiller cabinet.

Knots Cafe and Living (11)

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Arteastiq–Afternoon tea in a non-hotel location

I’ve been on a roll. I’ve been trying to find ways to utilise my Entertainer App and have been rather successful lately. The best part is finding out that restaurants I’ve been meaning to visit since like forever, have now jumped on the bandwagon and joined the Entertainer. If you don’t know what the Entertainer App is, you should read this post. There are of course limitations to the Entertainer App, which I shall discuss more in a subsequent post, but generally speaking, it is really possible to reap rewards with this app. But I digress.

What I really wanted to talk about was my recent visit to Arteastiq. Yes, I’ve been wanting to visit since several years back, but somehow never go the chance to. Lately, I’ve been meeting up with some of my secondary school friends rather frequently, to the extent of meeting every few weeks now (when we haven’t done so in years!) and we’ve been pigging out! And that’s when the Entertainer App has come in very useful. We just pick one of the restaurants or cafes on the app, and off we go!

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Using the Entertainer App, we enjoyed 1-for-1 on the Double Teasery sets, at $38++ (without drinks). The iced teas were on the pricey side at about $11 each, but they looked so delicious and thirst quenching on a hot sweltering day that we just had to order them. It did come in a fairly large tea pot though. Actually it costs $48++ for 1 double teasery set with 2 drinks, wonder why they couldn’t have included the drinks when using the app.

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Couldn’t resist after spotting the luscious lychees at the next table, so it was a fairly easy decision for me, despite the numerous pages of drink selections.

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10 great cafes in Singapore’s parks to catch Pokemon Go

I never thought I’d say this but out of sheer curiosity, I’ve jumped onto the Pokemon Go bandwagon just to see what it’s all about! A week ago, I had barely a clue what Pokemon was, and now I’m itching to spend some real money because I’ve run out of Pokeballs and there are no Pokestops near my place!

Anyway for those of you with time to spare, you might just want to check out these 10 cafes located in some of Singapore’s beloved parks. Park yourself (pun intended) in a nice spot within the cafe and catch ‘em all! Actually, even if you’re not into Pokemon Go, these are great cafes to chill out and enjoy Singapore’s lush greenery and outdoors. Smile

~ Singapore Botanic Gardens ~

1. Casa Verde

Casa-Verde-Signature-Breakfast

Address : 1 Cluny Road Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Singapore 259569

Tel : 6467 7326

http://www.casaverde.com.sg/contact

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South Union Park (Cafe)

Hundreds of cafes have opened in Singapore in the last 2 to 3 years, however not that many actually have opened in the East. And by that I mean East of the East, ie Eunos towards Airport area. So I was really glad to find out about South Union Park, which opened several weeks ago in the residential area of Kembangan. It took over the spot of French casual restaurant Vis-a-Vis which closed in January 2016 after 24 years in business.

I’m quite familiar with the Kembangan area as I live in the East also and I have several friends living in the Kembangan area. But strangely, I’ve never known of this cluster of shops. This area is about 10 minutes walk from the MRT station, and the walk is largely unsheltered unfortunately, or you could take the bus as the bus stop is just outside. Fortunately, if you make the trek in, you would be rewarded with good fare.

South Union Park - Short Rib Ragu Pasta $22 (2)

South Union Park is helmed by chefs who have had fine dining backgrounds. I was speaking to chef Terrence, who worked at Jaan amongst other fine-dining restaurants, and has more than 10 years experience as a chef despite his young looks. He shared that they wanted to be able to showcase food using fine-dining techniques but at affordable prices. So for much of the menu, you will find that the ingredients used have been lovingly prepared onsite. For example, all the pasta is made in-house. The fish is lightly cured in house as well. The short rib used in the short rib pasta is slow-cooked for more than 10 hours. With prices of the mains ranging from $17 – $22 (no gst, no service charge!), I’m already thinking of making a second trip back there. (It also makes you wonder how on earth some other cafes have the cheek to charge this amount while serving nondescript dishes)

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The Plain Jane Cafe

The weather has been relentlessly hot these last few weeks so when the BFF invited me to check out The Plain Jane today, it was with extreme reluctance that I agreed. In fact, he had to entice me with a free taxi ride to Serangoon before I agreed (he lives near me you see).

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I was not particularly keen to visit either because it seems like The Plain Jane sells mainly Swiss rolls and little else in terms of food. What if I wanted more to nibble on? Thankfully, my fears were quashed as the Swiss rolls we tried were very good! These are unique Swiss rolls quite unlike those you might find from places such as The Polar Cafe. The sponge is thinner while the cream filling makes up the bulk of the pastry. I was wondering if it would be too much cream to sponge but because the cream has a wonderful and unique flavour, the ratio some how worked out! I wouldn’t mind if there was more sponge though.

The Plain Jane - Swiss Rolls

I tried the Nutella Swiss Roll while the BFF tried the Earl Grey Swiss Roll. The Nutella flavour isn’t very strong I must say, but it was still good as a normal chocolate roll. We both agreed we preferred the Earl Grey Swiss roll as it had a pleasanter and more fragrant flavour.

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