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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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McDonald’s at East Coast Park Marine Cove opens again!

By now, you might have heard of the news that McDonalds has reopened again at East Coast Park after a 4 year hiatus. Although there is no more drive-through, the McDonalds is now brighter and airier looking thanks to the lofty roof and bright yellow hues all around. And boy is it modern looking too, with the salad bar and dessert bar. I had the opportunity to check it out on their grand opening on 2nd July. It was packed to the gills!!! There was even a lion dance performance at the auspicious hour of 3.38 pm to commemorate the opening! One of those lions spat a lettuce onto my head so I’m going to have to buy Toto soon.

You have to check out the new East Coast Park McDonalds. They have some stuff here that isn’t available at other outlets, eg the salad bar! Who would have thought that the day would come when we would see a salad bar in McDonalds. And did I mention that this outlet is perfect for spending the entire day? They have free Singtel Wifi, electrical sockets and air charge to charge your handphones!

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Enak Enak HongKong Tea House : New Halal eatery in East Coast Park

Our Muslim friends can rejoice at the opening of the very popular Halal eatery Enak Enak HongKong Tea House. If this sounds familiar, yes Enak Enak of Simpang Bedok has expanded with its second outlet now located at East Coast Park Seafood Centre, opened in early April. The outlet boasts prime sea views as well as a huge car park nearby. Although most people may not realise it, there is a strip of beach in front of the Seafood Centre, and otters were spotted there last month!

If there’s one thing that won’t escape notice when you step into Enak Enak, it is that of its extensive menu. It is so extensive, it is more than 10 pages long, and mind you, each page has like 20 items listed! Practically anything under the sun is sold here, ranging from dim sum, to Western grilled dishes, all the way to steamboat, peanut soup and banana milkshake? The list is almost endless. Scroll down to check out sample pages of the menu. And get this, they are open 24 hours every day!

Even English Premier League fans will be happy, as there are a couple of TV screens televising the EPL matches every weekend. Seafood Centre is no longer just the home of the chilli crab…

Enak Enak HongKong Teahouse (1)

Enak Enak Hong Kong Tea House occupies the corner left unit of Block 1202 of the Seafood Centre. Come early morning or in the evenings to enjoy the cool sea breeze! The pricing is very similar to that at Simpang Bedok, or hawker centre pricing but perhaps 10-20% more. The food generally tasted good as well.

Enak Enak HongKong Teahouse Ayam Penyet

Ayam Penyet

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Crab In Da Bag makes a Big Splash!

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Have you heard of Crab in da Bag? It’s the latest thing to hit Big Splash! Be careful how you pronounce it, make sure you pronounce Crab with a “b” sound at the back, lest offend those around you! When I first heard that Crab in da Bag was going to open in Big Splash, I was pretty excited. High time for some refreshing concept to grace this prominent spot here at East Coast Park.

I think a lot of people have the same thoughts as me because it was packed to the gills on the day that I visited. Actually, I visited last Friday for dinner. Thank god I managed to snag the second last table at Crab in da Bag because the rest of the tables were either occupied or reserved, and this was 6pm! By 7pm, the place was totally full, with a queue starting to form. And this is hardly one month after they’ve opened!

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This is how the place looks like inside. Photo taken at 6pm, before the place got filled. The interesting thing about Crab in da Bag is that everything is served out of a bag. There are no utensils here (unless you order rice), you eat with your hands and you leave the shells and all on the table! Not to worry, the staff will lay wax paper on the table so things are still freshly clean until you start forming your own mountain of shells.

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Check out the menu here. You can order ala carte stuff like prawns, crabs, lobsters, yabbies etc. Or you can go for the WOW dish, known as the Caboodle Boil. It costs $299 and comes with 4 mini lobsters, 2 Sri Lankan crabs, 500gm King Crab Legs etc. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser. And because it’s served from a bucket, EVERYONE in the restaurant will know you’ve ordered that. Even if they didn’t, I’m sure your table will be distracting everyone else with your “wahhhhhs” when the loot is poured out onto the table.

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What to eat at East Coast Park – Seafood Centre

I had the opportunity to visit East Coast Park yesterday afternoon. East Coast Park is so different on a weekday as compared to the weekends. With hardly anybody around, it was such a joy to be out there under the blue skies, enjoying the sea breeze as the trees gently sway in the dappled sunlight. I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy this moment, even if fleeting.

Took a walk to the East Coast Park Seafood Centre area, previously known as the UDMC Seafood Centre. They even have their own Wikipedia link, although it doesn’t seem to be very updated. It was pretty quiet there except for McDonalds.

McDonald's @ Seafood Centre

Yes, did you know there is a McDonalds’ still at East Coast Park??

Seafood Centre - View from McDonalds (2)

I don’t think many people know that McDonald’s has moved from the Marine Cove area opposite Marine Parade, to the Seafood Centre area opposite the Bedok/Bayshore flyover. What a pity, because you can see the absolutely wonderful views from the alfresco area of McDonalds. One day I’m going to bring my laptop here and order a huge cuppa and just blog away. The views are so much better than what it was previously, in fact the previous McDonald’s didn’t really have a view if you think about it. Such an idyllic place, just as well it is a secret!

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