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The Lokal – Aussie Inspired Cafe

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The Lokal is one of those cafes where one look at it and you know it’s just going to stay crowded for many weeks to come. Located in the Duxton area, there are a surprising number of Caucasian types that were at the cafe when we were there. I guess it’s because the chef is from Sydney. Having opened not that long ago, the news does travel fast doesn’t it?

Food is definitely the highlight here, as compared to those cafes where you feel two or three food dishes have been put in the menu just so that they can say that they serve food. In fact, The Lokal can even be thought of more as a casual restaurant serving good coffee, rather than a cafe, as brunch items are definitely not a highlight here.That’s because the chef owner Darren Farr was one of the founding chefs at Tetsuya in Sydney. Yes, the Tetsuya owned by Tetsuya Wakuda who also owns Waku Ghin in Singapore. Read more about Darren Farr here.

When we were there on a Sunday, they had their brunch menu out. But it’s nothing like what the other cafes are dishing out, aka eggs benedict, all day breakfast and the likes. There is not a poached egg dish to be found on the main menu, although you can get it if you customise your own breakfast. This, I highly advise you NOT TO, because eggs are just NOT The Lokal’s speciality.

The Lokal's Brunch Menu

See this menu, it does not have an eggs based dish in the main section, and for good reason. Try the items such as the Toasted banana bread which I heard was fantastic, or the plate of smoked salmon, as it is smoked in house!

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Top reasons why Cafe Hopping is good

Did you know, coffee is the second most popular drink in the world after tea? Yet it is often shrouded in myths and urban legends regarding its potency and effects on health. I have read some reports about the coffee benefits but these were always sponsored by coffee associations so I took them with a pinch of salt even though I secretly hoped the reports to be true.

So I thought, what the heck, I’d do some of my own research and compile a list of figures and findings out there. You will be surprised that coffee actually possesses some interesting health benefits. I guess this is more reason to go cafe hopping to check out all the new cafes that have been sprouting around Singapore?

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The FAT side of coffee

But first, let me shock you with some glaring facts that we may have missed when indulging in that cuppa from Starbucks. Most people prefer to drink coffee as a latte or cappuccino without considering the full facts of what they are consuming. While a typical latte from a third wave cafe may contain about 135 calories, a Venti Starbucks latte can contain up to 240 calories and 9gms of fat and this is before drinkers have added sugar. To compare, a McDonald’s Cheeseburger is 340 calories and 12gms of fat! Most people wouldn’t have two cheeseburgers every day but many are happy to have morning and afternoon lattes. Why is it we don’t see lattes as fattening? Just because it is a liquid? Anyway, size does matter so do support your neighbourhood cafe rather than places that ply you with mega sized drinks.

http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/starbucks/caffe-latte-(venti))

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Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar

The lovely people from my favourite neighbourhood cafe Percolate kindly shared with me about the opening of a new cafe at Changi Village. I was quite shocked to find that despite them being around for about a month, I had yet to hear about it or see anyone post about it on Instagram.

I didn’t mean to check out Peloton so quickly two days ago, but we decided to go on a whim. I didn’t even Google anything and I didn’t even know if it was located right in the heart of Changi Village or in the vicinity of Changi Village. So it was basically just a try our luck thing! Of course, me being a person who is always equipped with a backup plan, I knew we could still visit Chock Full of Beans if we couldn’t find Peloton. It’s been nearly two years since we’ve been there!

Turns out, Peloton is located at the opposite end of Chock Full of Beans. If you know where Chock Full of Beans is, you just walk straight to the end, continue walking on to the next block and Peloton is right at the end. We had almost given up but thank god we found it!

Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar (1)

Great that we managed to find Peloton! It’s a half cafe, and half retail shop selling all sorts of sporting attire and goods.

Frankly, when we first stepped into Peloton, we were a bit unsure whether we would be getting good food and coffee because the staff seemed a bit unsure with what they were supposed to do. They also looked like it was the 1st time someone had ordered some food from the menu. Thankfully, we were proven very wrong!

Peloton - Espresso with Milk 5 oz $4.50 (2)

Espresso with Milk 5 oz $4.50

Have to talk about the coffee first even though we had this last. Coffee was really fantastic. I want to say that it is just like any of the 3rd wave cafes out there, but actually the truth is that this coffee was even better than many of the cafes I have visited. So smooth, rich in aroma and just lovely to drink. There was no hint of bitterness in the coffee, and we did not have to put any sugar at all, which is my preferred way of having a coffee that is well made. Thoroughly regretted not getting the 7 ounce one at $5.50.

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Stateland Cafe

After the awesome visit to My Awesome Cafe for lunch, we looked for a second cafe near the Telok Ayer area to hop to for our cafe hopping session. Unfortunately, because it was already close to 3pm, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. Gaest was open but the pork crackling sandwich we had our eye on was totally sold out. The boss told us that that sandwich is the first to run out everyday. (Hey boss, got so much demand, can increase supply or not!?!). We then entered SPRMKT, but it seemed a tad sterile and unwelcoming so we left. Finally, we spotted the elusive Sarnies after trying to locate it for at least 10 minutes. I don’t know how they name the units over there, but 136 Telok Ayer Street is not located next to 137 Telok Ayer Street! Alas, no more cooked food after 3pm!

So we had to give up on Telok Ayer street. Thanks to the new Downtown Line, we decided to take the MRT to Bugis instead and try our luck at one of the cafes at Bali Lane. Been hearing so much about Stateland Cafe from my blogger and Instagram friends that we just had to check it out. Thank goodness Stateland Cafe was open and serving its signature waffles, or else I would probably have called it a day.

Stateland Cafe - The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90 (3)

The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90

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10 awesome cafes serving more than just eggs and cakes

Hands up, those amongst us who cannot stand the idea of downing another eggs benedict, cake or waffle! Here’s a list of cafes that serve a wider variety of food to go with your cuppa. And to all the savoury people out there (pun intended), this list of cafes is for you! Smile

~ Casa Verde ~

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Menu Highlights : Local and Western breakfasts. Avail after 12 noon:  Chilli Crab Toast, Salads, Sandwiches and Burgers, Fish & chips, Pizzas and Pastas. Pizzas here are really good!

Read review of Casa Verde

Address: Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

Tel: 6467-7326

Website : http://www.lesamis.com.sg


~ Jewel Cafe & Bar ~

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Menu Highlights : Chilli Crab Pasta, Fish and Chips, Onion Soup, Apple Crumble, Ricotta Pancakes

Read review of Jewel Cafe

Address : 129 Rangoon Road Singapore 218407

Tel : 6298 9216

Website : https://www.facebook.com/JewelCafeAndBar


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