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CoffeeSmith at Collyer Quay Bridge

Or is that called the Clifford Bridge? Check out this teeny weeny little cafe on a bridge! Even they proclaim themselves to possibly be the smallest cafe in the CBD! It’s as hole in the wall as you can get!

CoffeeSmith (2)

This is one end of it…

CoffeeSmith

And this is the other end!

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They sell cakes and muffins as well, and scrambled egg croissant and Bull Go Gi…

CoffeeSmith Latte

I tried out their coffee at my Pizza Friend’s recommendation. It’s $5.50 for a latte. Expensive by my terms, and especially since the cup isn’t that big. But I guess this is the Raffles Place price, cuz Jewel Coffee at 1 Shenton Way charges similar prices. The coffee tastes good, and is quite strong. We had to add the entire stick of sugar in. Normally when I have latte, I don’t have to use up the entire sugar packet. I think my father would like this as he loves a good strong coffee, but too bad, we all don’t work in the CBD, at least not for now ;-) . I really love all these little cafes and eateries in Shenton Way. I think I might have mentioned this like a hundred times already.

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Even at 4.30pm, the staff were pretty busy fixing up coffees, mostly for takeaways since seating is extremely limited at Coffee Smith. There’s only 3 or 4 high tables in there. Wasn’t a problem for us but I’m sure during lunch time, it’d be a headache. Most of the customers when we were there were Caucasians. Guess the locals wouldn’t be able to afford a $5.50 cuppa everyday.

Clifford Bridge

Some other shops located on the link bridge between Fullerton Bay Hotel (old Clifford Pier) and Hitachi Towers/Chevron House/Change Alley. The bus stop outside the Fullerton Bay Hotel is also functioning now. It seemed to be out of service for the last year or so.

 

Check out my review of the newly opened British Indian at 1 Shenton Way

Coffeesmith @ CBD

Telephone: 65 9339 6878

62 Collyer Quay #02-11

Singapore 049325

http://www.coffee-smith.com

Not opened on weekends!

British Indian @ 1 Shenton Way

**British Indian has changed its name to Anglo Indian**

It’s no secret that I love exploring the sights and sounds of Shenton Way. Working here may be dreary, but visiting Shenton Way as a tourist sure is fun. I highly recommend taking a stroll along this part of Singapore, if you don’t already work here. Even if you do, come here during off peak hours and you might spy a side of Shenton Way you never knew existed.

Since it was my day off yesterday, I took the opportunity to pose as a tourist. It sure helps to wear casual clothes and tot a fat ass camera amongst the suit and tie types. The One Shenton Way Building has a number of new eateries to offer. Yup, that’s the gold coloured building which can be seen from the ECP. To think that just a few years ago, this place was so run down you wouldn’t think twice about going there. I should know, I used to work opposite One Shenton Way!

British Indian - Seating Area

We walked past The Bank (yes it is a restaurant), past Sumo Salad, past Jewel Coffee and finally stopped at this most charming restaurant called British Indian Cafe & Bar. Even though I’d originally set out to find a nice sandwich place, British Indian really caught my eye. Prices looked pretty affordable so we sat down for lunch.

British Indian - Chicken, Mutton, Daal and Fish Curry

They offer set lunches Monday to Friday from about 11 – 2.30pm. For $12, you can get choose a meat or vegetarian curry of the day plus daal, salad, naan and rice. For $15, you can choose 2 curries (no daal) plus salad, naan, rice and also a dessert. It was 2.35pm but the staff gladly obliged to extend the set lunch offer to us.

Turns out that there were only 3 curries of the day so it was a great idea to get 1 $12 set lunch and 1 $15 set lunch. That way, we got to sample all 3 curries in addition to the daal, without having to repeat any dish.

Picture above shows Chicken curry, Mutton Curry, Daal and Fish Curry from left to right.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch

The highlight of the entire meal has got to be the fish curry. The curry was so tasty! It was light, with a tomato based flavour and was of just the right spiciness for me. The fish slices were so tender and I wished there was more of it! Between the 2 of us, we mopped up the entire dish and I very nearly wanted to lick the bowl clean as well.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch (2)

The mutton curry was also very tasty, and heavier than the fish curry. There were huge bits of mutton in the dish, more than the fish slices I feel. Curry went really well with the rice as well as the naan. Only grouse was that the mutton curry was a bit too spicy for me or I would also have finished the entire bowl.

The daal and the chicken curry were unfortunately just average when compared with the fish and mutton curry. Didn’t really like the buttery chicken curry.

British Indian - The Salad

This was the salad that came with the set. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen macaroni served in an Indian meal before. I’d much rather they provide a cucumber raita, I love those!

Is it just me or do you find that a macaroni salad seems oddly western for an Indian restaurant. Then again, they do call themselves British Indian. In fact, the next time I’m here, I’m going to order the British Connection (aka fish and chips). Comes with madras curry sauce. Fish and Chips with curry sauce will be a first for me in Singapore and I’m actually really looking forward to having that.

British Indian - Naan

Four slices of naan were served along with the meal, in addition to the steamed rice. I love it that I don’t have to choose between rice or naan because the fact is that I love both! The naan and the rice served here were fragrant and tasty. No complaints at all.

British Indian - Gulub Jamun (2)

And last but not least, the Gulab Jamun dessert. Gulab Jamun is a dough made of milk solids and flour, deep fried and dunked in a rose and spice flavoured syrup. I think a lot of people may find this dessert too sweet, but I think it’s absolutely delicious! I can’t say that I’ve eaten many versions of Gulab Jamun so I can’t tell if this is the best or near the best, but whatever the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the dessert. To the extent that I really wanted to order some more! Delicious, mmmmm!!!

British Indian - Gulub Jamun

Why is it so tiny?!?!

British Indian - Seating Area (3)-horz

Love the big open space dining concept. You can also sit in the air-conditioned restaurant, but no one did so for obvious reasons. Love it that it was a cloudy and drizzly day yesterday, it just made me feel like I wasn’t even in Singapore! British Indian is right opposite the Singapore Stock Exchange. Can you see the reflection of One Shenton on the facade of SGX?

Jewel coffee (2)

And after your curry, you can hop on to Jewel Coffee for the mandatory afternoon cuppa. Coffees aren’t cheap in Shenton Way! A flat white will set you back $5.50! I’d forgotten how expensive things are in the central business district!

The Bank (2)

You could rob The Bank, but alas, it isn’t open yet.

Seriously, how cute is that??? I wonder if the owners were former bankers.

For a full list of restaurant and cafe reviews, click here.

British Indian Cafe & Bar

1 Shenton Way, #01-08, Singapore 068803

Tel/Fax : +65 6636-9410

Email: BIcafebar@hotmail.com

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