Posts Tagged ‘Cafes’

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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South Union Park (Cafe)

Hundreds of cafes have opened in Singapore in the last 2 to 3 years, however not that many actually have opened in the East. And by that I mean East of the East, ie Eunos towards Airport area. So I was really glad to find out about South Union Park, which opened several weeks ago in the residential area of Kembangan. It took over the spot of French casual restaurant Vis-a-Vis which closed in January 2016 after 24 years in business.

I’m quite familiar with the Kembangan area as I live in the East also and I have several friends living in the Kembangan area. But strangely, I’ve never known of this cluster of shops. This area is about 10 minutes walk from the MRT station, and the walk is largely unsheltered unfortunately, or you could take the bus as the bus stop is just outside. Fortunately, if you make the trek in, you would be rewarded with good fare.

South Union Park - Short Rib Ragu Pasta $22 (2)

South Union Park is helmed by chefs who have had fine dining backgrounds. I was speaking to chef Terrence, who worked at Jaan amongst other fine-dining restaurants, and has more than 10 years experience as a chef despite his young looks. He shared that they wanted to be able to showcase food using fine-dining techniques but at affordable prices. So for much of the menu, you will find that the ingredients used have been lovingly prepared onsite. For example, all the pasta is made in-house. The fish is lightly cured in house as well. The short rib used in the short rib pasta is slow-cooked for more than 10 hours. With prices of the mains ranging from $17 – $22 (no gst, no service charge!), I’m already thinking of making a second trip back there. (It also makes you wonder how on earth some other cafes have the cheek to charge this amount while serving nondescript dishes)

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The Plain Jane Cafe

The weather has been relentlessly hot these last few weeks so when the BFF invited me to check out The Plain Jane today, it was with extreme reluctance that I agreed. In fact, he had to entice me with a free taxi ride to Serangoon before I agreed (he lives near me you see).

The Plain Jane (2)

I was not particularly keen to visit either because it seems like The Plain Jane sells mainly Swiss rolls and little else in terms of food. What if I wanted more to nibble on? Thankfully, my fears were quashed as the Swiss rolls we tried were very good! These are unique Swiss rolls quite unlike those you might find from places such as The Polar Cafe. The sponge is thinner while the cream filling makes up the bulk of the pastry. I was wondering if it would be too much cream to sponge but because the cream has a wonderful and unique flavour, the ratio some how worked out! I wouldn’t mind if there was more sponge though.

The Plain Jane - Swiss Rolls

I tried the Nutella Swiss Roll while the BFF tried the Earl Grey Swiss Roll. The Nutella flavour isn’t very strong I must say, but it was still good as a normal chocolate roll. We both agreed we preferred the Earl Grey Swiss roll as it had a pleasanter and more fragrant flavour.

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PAUL Singapore – New Savoury Dishes

They say there is bread, and there is French bread. In my opinion, few things are nicer than eating a well made baguette with a huge dollop of butter. It is good to know that every PAUL bakery not only makes their baguettes and pain de campagne on the premises, their bakers also creates their speciality breads fresh every single day. Even the bread flour used is special, over 300 French farmers grow wheat exclusively for PAUL!

Paul Singapore -  Baguettes and Breads

PAUL, which was established more than 100 years ago in 1889 in Lille France, has grown into a worldwide presence with 568 boulangeries in 33 countries. Although PAUL seems to strike the Singaporean as a little pricey and upmarket, thanks to their 1st outlet at Ngee Ann City, they are as ubiquitous in France as Breadtalk is to Singapore. The first thing I ever bought when I arrived in Paris was a bread roll from PAUL at the train station!

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The only grouse I have with PAUL is that they only provide Beurre doux, which is unsalted butter. I prefer Demi-sel, which is salted butter and have never liked unsalted butter, no matter the brand.

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Check out my friend who was positively swooning at the huge bread basket placed in front of us.

Anyway, PAUL Singapore recently introduce 28 new menu items to tantalise their loyal customers and entice new ones. We had a chance to sample several new items on the menu as well as a few refreshed ones. With all these savoury dishes, PAUL is beginning to feel more like a full-fledge restaurant rather than a cafe!

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Percolate renovated!

My friendly neighbourhood cafe has grown up! It is now twice as big as what it used to be after the law firm next door moved out.

Percolate (5)

Percolate (2)

The layout is such that the two sides are somewhat separated by a partition wall, but the huge hole in the wall still gives the illusion of space, and yet retains a certain cosiness to it. Guess what, the interior design firm that was in charge of the renovation is my cousin’s boyfriend’s firm. I had no idea about it until after Percolate closed for renovations!

Percolate - Curry Egg Mayo Croissant $7

Curry Egg Mayo Croissant $7

Glad to see that my favourite Curry Egg Mayo croissant was still on the menu! Still tastes just as good as I remember it to be.

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