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How To Launch A Hipster Cafe

OMG. We are totally at this stage for cafes in Singapore right now! Except maybe the vegan/ vegetarian part and the 419 variations of coffee. After all those eggs benedicts and all day breakfasts, it would not be that bad a thing if cafes started focussing on serving up healthier stuff.

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Source : http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2014/05/27/how-to-launch-a-hipster-restaurant-a-simple-guide/

Just in case you wanted to visit such a hipster cafe in Singapore, you may click here.

St Marc Café

A couple of months back, my father mentioned the opening of a new cafe at VivoCity. He’d heard about how good it was from his colleagues so he imparted the knowledge to me with much enthusiasm. I made sure to have it checked out during my next visit to VivoCity but I was not impressed by what I saw. There were quite a number of those fake plastic models of the ice creams and desserts they served, and this is something I do not associate with cafes serving good coffees and desserts! I must admit I had judged a book by its cover, but who doesn’t when choices are aplenty but money isn’t?

Then it so happened that my colleagues and I were at VivoCity after an event so we just stopped at St Marc Cafe for a quick break. I ordered a Royal Milk Tea without too much expectations. The drink turned out to be a pleasant surprise! The milk tea was unlike any other milk tea I have ever drunk in my life! It was very thick, had a bit of a caramel flavour and was just extremely delicious in taste. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it as I didn’t have my DSLR with me that day, but if you ever go to St Marc Cafe, you have to try the Royal Milk Tea! If I’m not wrong it costs $6!

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, I was kindly invited by Sixth Sense Communications to join in a media tour of the latest highlight at Marina Square : The Dining Edition. The Dining Edition is Marina Square’s new gourmet dining zone and was renovated to a tune of $15m. The 50,000 sq ft area boasts 16 exciting mid-to-upscale restaurants, bistros, café bakeries, patisseries and coffee joints and the eclectic mix is made up of both local and international brand names.

This was when I was reacquainted with St Marc Cafe again! We had the opportunity to try 2 of St Marc Cafe’s best loved items, the Choco Cro as well as the Little Fuji.

St Marc Cafe - Choco Cro

Choco Cro

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Au Chocolat Bistro

As promised, here is part 2 of the Au Chocolat write-up. I visited Au Chocolat a total of THREE times in the span of 1 week, BEAT THAT!!!

The first time I was there, I was there with my BFF2012 to recce if Au Chocolat would be a nice location for my pre-wedding shoot. It was a pretty easy and unanimous decision that the whimsical and quaint look of Au Chocolat would be just perfect for chocolate loving me. A food blogger having her pre-wedding photos taken in a restaurant, not a bad idea right? We were there at 4pm to recce the place, and after perusing the menu, I was so famished that I ordered dinner! Ok fine, I had a very light lunch, and I had a Spa session which would end only after 8, so it was a good time for dinner.

The 2nd time I was at Au Chocolat was with The Partner and a whole contingent of photographers and makeup artist! The staff at Au Chocolat were so sweet (a pun?) they just made our day by being so helpful throughout our shoot. I’m glad I didn’t scare off any customers. They looked more amused and curious than annoyed. And in fact, the number of passers-by that did a double take, some even retreating their steps to get a better look at us, it made me feel like a model, aww!! It must be the wedding dresses I wore, plus the entourage!

The 3rd time at Au Chocolat was with The Partner again, after a quick visit to the Harry Potter Exhibition. This time I got to eat a proper dinner, although I had to rush off for the F1 after that. While eating, lo and behold, another friend walked into the restaurant! The same friend who I mentioned Au Chocolat to, and couldn’t wait to come and try it out too!

Au Chocolat is definitely a must visit when you are at Marina Bay Sands. Even if you don’t dine there, it’s worth taking a look. The sweet shop is enough to make you wanna open up your purse or wallet. Hey, that’s what happened to my make-up artist, who ended up buying some cute sweets for her son!

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Au chocolat - Croque Monsieur $16 - Sliced ham & aged gruyere cheese between 2 slices of crusty bread, coated with creamy bechamel grilled (2)

Croque Monsieur $16 – Sliced ham & aged gruyere cheese between 2 slices of crusty bread, coated with creamy bechamel grilled

Before I begin on sandwich, I have to tell you that Au Chocolat’s fries are fantastic! Really crispy on the outside, and having fluffy insides. It was a pleasure to eat every single one of them. And they arrived piping hot and crisp on all the occasions that I ordered them.

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Au Chocolat at Marina Bay Sands

Some things are too good to share, and when I first feasted my eyes on Au Chocolat, I really wanted to keep it a secret for as long as possible. This place is as amazing as it is humongous. There is the sweet shop, where you can get all sorts of colourful little sweets, or bonbons if you will. There is the dessert display case, where you will find it really difficult to tear your eyes away from the chic and decadent looking desserts. And there is the cafe/restaurant where for a few hours, you can pretend you are far away in Paris, in a time gone by, with not a care in the world. There is even a Choo Choo train running the length of the cafe! Hats off to the person who conjured up this wonderful fantasy place.

Sometimes, a picture speaks a thousand words, and for Au Chocolat, that is indeed so. This post will showcase pictures of Au Chocolat, while the next post will feature what I tried at Au Chocolat. Yes I’ve been there 3 times already as we speak! Will you believe it if I told you that I took my pre-wedding photos here???

Click here to read my review on the Au Chocolat Cafe dishes we tried or scroll down further for a pictorial review of the cakes and sweet shop!

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Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe Revisited – Closed Down

Dann’s Daily has added new stuff to their menu, yippee!!!!!

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - New Menu

There’s quite a few interesting things on the menu like the Eggs & Toasts, Fish & Mushroom Cheese Wholewheat Tortilla Wrap and the Mushroom Beet Burger to name a few. The Chef’s mood of the day is due to become a permanent mood!

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Whitefish mushroom cheese wholewheat wrap

When I spied the Fish & Mushroom Cheese Wholewheat Wrap $9 on the menu, I knew I just had to try it, even though I already had lunch! This was 4pm, so it’s snack time lah! It looked a little plain and very flat at 1st glance!

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe -  Whitefish mushroom cheese wholewheat wrap

But when you prise it open, behold the goodies inside!!! Mmmmmm!!!!! LOVE the white fish and how it goes with the mushroom and cheese. It was oozy juicy goodness. It’s a great thing that Dann’s Daily likes to experiment with spices, cuz there’s more to seasoning than just salt! Since the tortilla was toasted to a crisp, it felt a little like eating fish and mushroom cheese pizza. Love it that it doesn’t taste like whole wheat at all!

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Fish Mushroom Cheese Toastie

Another of my all time favourites, the toastie. The filling is exactly the same as the wrap, but panini bread is used instead. This is slightly less messy to eat, but equally fantastic in taste. Also slightly cheaper at $5. It’s for the toasties and latte that we keep coming back!

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Closer look at the oozy goodness. Seriously good stuff, and it’s HEALTHY!!!!

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Cafe Latte

Xing of Dann’s Daily told us that they have changed their coffee beans to one that gives off a slightly less acidic and more chocolatey flavour. Didn’t manage to get a picture of the one we had on Sunday but here’s a picture of the latte I had some months back. If you want to know where to find the best latte in eastern Singapore (Bedok, Siglap, Tampines, Marine Parade), you won’t go wrong with Dann’s Daily. I assure you, I’m not paid for making this statement.

 

Read about my previous visits to Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe

http://365days2play.com/2011/05/22/danns-daily-pescetarian-cafe-revisited/

http://365days2play.com/2011/04/05/danns-daily-pescetarian-cafe/

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe
20 Eastwood Road
#01-06 Eastwood Centre
(It is facing the bus-stop and the main road, and is opposite Bedok Food Centre)
Singapore 486442
Tel: 6449 1355

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sun
9am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Dann’s Daily Website

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