Archive for the ‘1.4 Cafes’ Category

Roosevelt Cafe at Outram

Previously, it was quaint and delightful to be able to chance upon new cafes located in off the beaten path locations, the more hidden, the better. But sometimes, you just want a cafe conveniently and centrally located for days when you just can’t be bothered to travel so far. One such cafe comes to mind, Roosevelt Cafe situated at Dorset Residences Hotel, just outside the Outram MRT station exit (NE Line). The location is quite hard to beat, but in the several times that I’ve been there, it’s never seen a full crowd, which is a pity in my opinion.

Roosevelt Cafe (2)

Well the fact that Roosevelt cafe is not on most cafe hopper’s radar, is also the reason why I love being able to spend quiet afternoons at Roosevelt, sipping my cuppa without having to worry about knocking into the neighbouring diner’s elbow, or having someone breathe down my back in the hopes that I’d vacate the seat faster. I like the tasteful decor at Roosevelt too. It has a bit of a motoring theme, but thankfully no more of that nostalgic old school decor, which frankly is getting so common it’s almost irritating.

I also like it that Roosevelt’s menu is quite wide, with choices ranging from various permutations of eggs benedict, to waffles, to pastas, sandwiches and mains. I don’t know about you but it sucks whenever I encounter a cafe with like only 2 items on the menu.

Roosevelt Cafe - Ham and Triple Cheese Waffles with smoked ham, mozarella, cheddar and parmesan $14 (2)

Ham and Triple Cheese Waffles with smoked ham, mozarella, cheddar and parmesan $14

Roosevelt has a nice lunch deal going on where if you get the sandwiches or the mains, the coffee is on the house. It’s not just the black coffee, but also all the coffees in their menu such as lattes and cappucinos, without any additional cost. So for something like $12, you could get lunch and coffee, quite a decent deal I must say.

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Refuel Cafe at Bedok Reservoir

Nothing gets me rushing out the house like a new cafe opening in the Eastern part of Singapore. Even though Singapore may be getting a little saturated in cafes as a whole, one can never have too many cafes in your own neighbourhood. I’m sure you’d agree with me on that, unless well, you live in Tiong Bahru.

This time round, it’s a new cafe in the Bedok Reservoir area that opened just last week! And will you believe it, I’ve already visited it twice! Once on Saturday evening at about 9.30pm where the kitchen had closed and we could only order drinks or cakes. We returned again the next morning to check out the brunch menu. The brownie with ice cream was nothing spectacular, but the brunch menu was really good, especially for the affordable prices charged!

Refuel Cafe - Brunch (2)

What we had for brunch!

Refuel Cafe - Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9 (3)

Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9.90

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fArt tArtz Cafe at Singapore Expo

You know, 10 years ago, when there weren’t that many exciting distractions in Singapore as there are now, I used to visit the Expo once in a while just for the fun of it. For the most part, it would be a vast empty space just to roam around. There was just the 1 Coffee Bean outlet there, and I used to wonder how great it would be if some other cafes would sprout there.To me, the potential was OBVIOUS!

Ah well, fast forward 10 years and my wish has been granted in the form of Fart Tartz Cafe, located right opposite the Coffee Bean on the 2nd floor of the Max Atria building that is next to Hall 1 and Hall 2.

Fart Tartz Cafe - Oreo Nutella Mud Tart $5.50 & Lychee Martini Tiramisu $6 (3)

This is a cutesy cafe specializing in no bake tarts and cakes served in jars. Even their savouries such as salads and pastas are bottled rather than plated! It sure makes for great photos on Instagram. If you’re wondering about the weird name, well if you pronounce it in Cantonese, it means prosperity. There’s no doubt it is a name you will not forget easily.

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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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