Posts Tagged ‘al fresco’

Bark Cafe at Changi Museum

I’m on a quest to cover all the interest cafes and eateries in the East of Singapore! Last weekend, the Partner, the BFF and I decided to make a quick trip around the more obscure parts of the Eastern side of Singapore. Yes, even though we live in the East, Changi is a seldom visited area, especially because there is no MRT line coming down this way. Even when driving to the airport, Changi would be easily bypassed with the ECP or PIE.

Interestingly, Changi Road starts from around the Geylang/Eunos area, then becomes New Upper Changi Road near the Kembangan area. It then morphs into Upper Changi Road East and North. There is no Upper Changi Road West or South. And neither is there any Old Upper Changi Road, or Old Changi Road for that matter! I have this vague feeling that some roads which used to be known as the original Changi Road, and is parallel to the sea, has now been changed to another name. Maybe the history buffs can enlighten me.

Anyway, if you in the Changi / Loyang area, you may like to know that there is a huge cafe situated right next to the Changi Chapel & Museum. The best time to visit would I think be at night. Apart from the fact that this is a totally not air-conditioned place, there are not too many tall buildings nearby and you can gaze as the night sky more easily while the crickets provide their nocturnal accompaniment. It would be nice to sit here amongst the lush greens during the rainy season in December too. I love the smell of wet grass, don’t you?

Bark Cafe - Tomato Fried Cheese Salad $14 (1)

Tomato Fried Cheese Salad (Deep fried cheese with breadcrumb, on sliced tomato, drizzled with balsamic dressing) $14

We ordered a plate of these to share. I don’t usually order appetisers because I don’t normally need it, and also because I don’t want to be somewhat satiated by the time my mains arrive. But sometimes I just can’t resist! Last week was one such day. Fried cheese, caprese salads and melt in your mouth burratas really get to me and I lose all form of will power when they make their appearance in the appetiser section of the menu!

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Cafe Melba

I’m always on the look out for new restaurants in the East, and thankfully, it seems that more restaurants have been opening up lately. Mind you, there’s still room for more so I’m still waiting! Today I wanted to have lunch at The Big Sheila tucked away in an obscure part of Siglap (Swan Lake Ave, have you heard of it?). It was 2pm already and I couldn’t get a table! That’s how bad the situation is in the East. Too much demand and too little supply.

Anyway, I want to share with you this new find in the Tanjong Rhu/Mountbatten/Katong area. I think people living in the area all know about it as it faces a busy main road. It’s Cafe Melba, located at where the La Salle Arts School once used to be. I’ve only been once so far, on a Saturday night and it was also full house. It’s a nice place, with a huge al-fresco area. The inside seating isn’t huge though. Dog lovers will love Cafe Melba as it is dog friendly. Also, there is a huge lawn in front of Cafe Melba, which would be great for the kids and the dogs.

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Not too sure if it would be sweltering in the day time because I went at night.

Cafe Melba - Ham and pineapple (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18 (2)

Ham and pineapple pizza (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18

They have 3 sizes of pizza to choose from but we took the smallest one at 9 inches. Those who like thin crust pizza would certainly like this one. It’s not so thin that it’s crispy like a biscuit, it does go a little floppy towards the middle. Toppings were nice and on the whole the pizza was quite nice.

Cafe Melba - Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18 (1)

Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18

Interesting to find Rendang at a Western bistro and it’s always a risk to order Asian dishes as it takes a really versatile chef to be good with both Western and Asian cuisines. The Rendang tasted quite authentic. It was quite heavy and rich and it was a delight to mop up the Rendang gravy with the pizza breads provided. The beef though was forgettable as it was stringy and slightly tough.

Cafe Melba - Shoestring fries

Crispy Shoestring fries

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Pantry at the Stables

Mimolette no longer exists and in its place is now Pantry at the Stables, by the same group The Marmalade Group. I was there courtesy of FoodNews to sample the Pantry’s Valentine’s Day Menu, but before we got down to the food proper, I just had to walk around the premises snapping photos. It had just rained so the temperature was cool with a soft breeze. Wish it was like that every single day!

Absolutely love the ambience at Pantry at the Stables. First of all, it’s located in the Bukit Timah Saddle Club area, so basically it’s nestled amongst lush greenery with no sound of passing cars at all. In fact, it is 1 km off the main road, so unless you aren’t in heels and you don’t mind a nice hike, it’s advisable to drive or take a taxi. Once in a while, horsies will walk past. You can see them if you sit in the al fresco area. I also love the white against black decor of the place. Its just so rustic and peaceful! Come early while it’s still bright to enjoy the view!

Guys! If you’re searching for a romantic restaurant to spend Valentine’s Day in Singapore, consider the Pantry at the Stables! It’s super dark outside, rather dim in the restaurant and super secluded! Even if your date gets bored with you half way, she won’t be able to run away unless she calls for a cab!

I’ll leave you to enjoy the photos while I catch up on my beauty sleep. Will post about the wonderful advance Valentine’s Day meal I shared with Shasha of FoodNews and Mr Keropokman.

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I think this would be a nice place to have a small wedding reception. In fact, the Pantry already does solemnizations in another al fresco area at the back of the compound. The slanted roof kind of makes it look a bit church like, no?

Pantry at the Stables

55 Fairways Drive Singapore 286846
T: +65 6467 9328
F: +65 6467 1608
Reservations: +65 6467 7748
enquiry.stables@themarmaladepantry.com.sg

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg

Map of Pantry at the Stables

Tuesdays to Fridays : 3.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays : 10.00am to 11.00pm
Closed on Mondays

Aker Brygge

Oslo has a sort of “museum-island” called Bygdøy Island. Well technically speaking, it’s a peninsula, but from the city part of Oslo looking out to Bygdoy, you would think that it was an island. Our Oslo Card allowed us to take the Mini-Cruise to Bygdoy, which I shall comment more in another post. On our return journey, we sailed past the most modern part of Oslo I have seen to date. Compared to the old buildings in the city centre, this was a refreshing change. Hip cafes, restaurants and more shopping centres galore. Kind of reminds me of Sydney. Interestingly, a lot of the Norwegian tourist information websites don’t seem to mention much about Aker Brygge. Maybe Norwegians prefer their history and fjords, and shopping just ain’t that fascinating.

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Lucky people who live here

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The temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius but people still insist on sitting al fresco. The cold is not a worry though because every restaurant provides radiators. See the orangey lights near the roofing? If only we had machines blowing cool air for us to enjoy if we so choose to dine al-fresco in Singapore. It is a waste of electricity I must admit, both ways.

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Normally the tram tracks are laid on the vehicular roads, so there’s no risk of walking in the tram’s path unknowingly. There is an area near Aker Brygge where the tram tracks are laid on non-vehicular roads. It makes me wonder if there have been cases of people strolling along and enjoying the views and suddenly having a tram honk at them.

Nobel Peace Museum

The Nobel Peace Centre and the City Hall are just next to Aker Brygge.

Hosted on the Patio

There aren’t that many restaurants and chill out places in the Pasir Panjang area so we were all quite happy to chance upon the existence of Hosted on the Patio. It’s so tucked away in a former old school now turned office block (I think) that unless you work there, you would not know it existed!

I’ve been to Hosted on the Patio a number of times for lunch. It’s a pretty cool place. Right at the entrance, there is a little swing to greet you. There are some al fresco seats but obviously sane people will not choose to sit outside in the mid day heat, especially when dressed in office clothes.

I will blog about lunch at Hosted another day. Instead, I shall blog about our drinks and nibbles session last week. Last Wednesday was one of my colleague’s last day at work so she hosted us to drinks at Hosted. Here are some of the pictures of the bittersweet event. Happy for her that she is moving to a better place, but sad that I’m losing a close colleague who has been with the company for 13 years!

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In the evening, it becomes lovely to sit outside. The cube tables can be rearranged into any configuration that you like to suit the size of your group. The staff are really patient and will help you to shift stuff around on request.

Hosted on the Patio -  Rambutan Freeze

Rambutan Freeze $9 – Rambutans blended in with the ice. Good for a hot day but just a tad too sweet for my liking. I don’t really know where the red colour comes from either.

Hosted on the Patio -  Lychee Freeze

Lychee Freeze $9

Hosted on the Patio - Angus Tenderloin

Angus Beef Tenderloin $18

Hosted on the Patio - Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly

Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly $14

Hosted on the Patio -  Garlic Prawns with crusty bread

Garlic Prawns $16

Hosted on the Patio -  Pizza Skins

Pizza Skins $8 – Yes you heard right. Fried pizza base. Quite good actually. Tastes like chips, just more substantial. And they come with side dips which are pretty good too.

Hosted on the Patio - House Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings $12 – Fried with prawn paste. Tastes very good. Of all the appetisers, this is the best in my opinion.

Hosted on the Patio - Hoegaarden

One for One beer from 6 – 8pm!

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Quite cool to have an office above a bar. Anytime you feel stressed can come down for a drink and go back upstairs happy. Better still, invite your boss to join you and you don’t have to go back to work.

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

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