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Farmers and Chefs – A truly child-friendly cafe with food from the heart

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There may be many seemingly child-friendly eateries around in Singapore, but in truth, one that offers a children’s menu featuring healthy food that you would offer at home is a rare gem. Chicken nuggets, fish & chips and spaghetti bolognaise do not maketh a child-friendly cafe, even if the children themselves clamour for that.

At Farmers and Chefs, they take pride in what they serve be it for the children’s menu, or the main menu. Here’s what they abide by the following rules

  • No flavour enhancers
  • No artificial colouring
  • No Deep-frying

The children’s menu features nutritious mini breakfast sandwiches, and mains come with fruit. You can even mix and match items for a customised meal. Things are made from scratch including all sauces. Eg the Farmer’s Soy Mayonnaise is dairy and egg free, and made with soymilk, vinegar and olive oil.

Here’s another thing I have not seen emphasized anywhere so far…..Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is encouraged here! BLW means that the young baby/child is encouraged to feed himself or herself, even if it creates a mess. It will create a mess for sure, and at many other eateries, parents either have to wear a really thick skin or attempt to clean up the mess themselves. You never know when you will get an evil stare from an impatient staff if were to be some other eatery because in Singapore, most people are more familiar with traditional weaning, ie caregivers feeding the child to minimise mess. Some think that parents who practice BLW are trouble makers! I’m personally not really a fan of BLW for certain reasons, but that’s another story for another time. In any case, Edward is fully capable of feeding himself at this age, although he still enjoys being fed!

Farmers and Chefs - Happy Boy playing with Toy Car

There is also a small play area equipped with a table for colouring work and blocks, as well as 2 toy cars. The two toy cars were a huge hit for all the children who saw them. As the cafe. is on the 1st floor, and not air-conditioned, there was ample space for the children to drive the cars around the cafe.

The husband and wife team behind Farmers and Chefs are also the same people behind the LeClare Preschool. The multi-tasking chef is also the same one that the preschool uses. Now you know why the business is so kid-focussed.

Scroll down to see more photos of the food that we tried.

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Hei Kim Cafe – Under the radar cafe in the East?

Hei Kim Cafe has been open for over a year now but based on my Instagram feeds, I hardly see people going there. Which is a bit of a pity because there are precious few cafes in the East of Singapore. (Don’t mention those cafes in Lavender because those are almost city centre already). I’m talking about East East. Singapore cafes in the East, please email me, I will try to give a shout out to you, because friendly neighbour here wants the East to have more cafes!

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Anyway, Hei Kim Cafe scores on a few points. For one, their coffee-based drinks are pretty affordable at $4 for a cappucino, flat white, latte etc. Very few cafes in Singapore offer this pricing. The cafe is also quite spacious, the tables are not squeezed next to each other, of course this would change if the cafe was booming. Some parts of the cafe are a bit more industrial looking, some parts more retro, so this might attract the Instagram crowd. Lots of bright sunlight coming in, which is always a plus point for me. And who doesn’t love a window countertop shot. There is a piano there, which they allowed us to use, of course again may not be possible if the cafe is crowded.

And what about the food? Some hits and misses in terms of pricing and taste. If you order smartly, you might be able to keep your dish at $12 nett. Scroll down further for the food review and more pictures!

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Percolate Coffee – The croissant sandwiches look good!

Did you know that Percolate Coffee is 5 years old? Percolate Coffee’s probably the cafe that I have visited the most since my cafe hopping journey, thanks to its location in the East. And in this fickle F&B industry where customers continually search for new places to Instagram rather than to keep patronising the same place, 5 years is indeed a laudable milestone.

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What happens when the toddler wants something different from what you want? Who wins?

The coffee is good (and so is their iced chocolate which is what I always order), somewhat more affordable than town prices, and always friendly faces here. I thought I should cobble together the photos I have taken in my numerous visits here. They also have a broader food menu now as compared to when they first opened. Some of the interesting sounding things they have include prawn curry mash, unagi soba, cheese croissant + curry dip and a number of croissant sandwiches with various fillings. So far, savoury food-wise, I’ve only tried the curry egg mayo a couple of times and loved it.

Scroll down to see more pictures of coffee and cakes, plus a couple of food photos taken by other people, credits below. And also, more pictures of Edward.

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People & Places Cafe [Johor Bahru]

Quick post on this super instagrammable cafe that I visited in JB during a quick daytrip to JB. It’s called People & Places, and according to my friend who has been to JB countless times, this is a very popular cafe especially on the weekends. Food in general is also above average. And as with most things in Malaysia, the cafe food is cheaper than in Singapore, which is always appreciated!

I have to agree that this cafe as many instagrammable opportunities because of the layout and decor. There are lot of plants around, there is a special cosy seating corner and there is also a long flight of stairs leading to the 2nd floor where you can take overhead shots of the cafe too. We spent 10 minutes eating and drinking but nearly 1 hour taking pictures, we were that crazy! Scroll down for all the nutty pictures that we took!

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The super popular pancake. It’s not bad but not the best. Would have liked a sweeter topping to drizzle over as the pancake was a little dry. Also the bitter veggie garnish totally did not go with the pancake, although it made for a lovely shot… The drinks were good though, no complaints there.

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25 popular cafes in Singapore and their opening hours this Chinese New Year 2019

25 popular cafes in Singapore and their opening hours this Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! For those who need a daily dose of caffeine, hope this guide perks you up and gives you the stamina to chiong through all those CNY visits, and the alertness to swiftly fend off any awkward questions that tend to be asked at this time of the year! Please share this post because sharing is caring! And read my cafe reviews here.

Also read my post on Chinese New Year 2019 opening hours for supermarkets, shopping malls, food courts, cafes and restaurants. If you want opening hours information for kopi places like ToastBox and Yakun, you’ll find it in that link.

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