Posts Tagged ‘Cafes’

Symmetry Cafe at Jalan Kubor

The Kampong Glam area is becoming more hip with the proliferation of cafes sprouting out. You might have heard of the popular Symmetry Cafe, as it was one of the front runners to locate in this area I think a couple of years back. Even back in 2012, seats were hard to come by, and it’s a statement to their food and coffee that the queues are no shorter even after all this time, and with the competition across the road.

An interesting thing to note, which I suppose most Chinese Singaporeans won’t realise is Jalan Kubor, which is the street where Symmetry Cafe is located, means Tomb street! Quite apt for a road name, as Jalan Kubor is a long street cutting through a Malay cemetery just across Victoria Street. Don’t worry, Symmetry Cafe is on the other side of Victoria Street, which for some reason is still called Jalan Kubor.

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There is nothing freaky about Symmetry Cafe, unless you want to count in those near life-sized dolls sitting outside the cafe all day long.

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Symmetry Cafe is one of those cafes that serves good food as well as good third wave coffee. The food menu here is quite extensive as compared to the average cafe these days, which is good because then there’s even more reason to visit, rather than just for cakes and coffee. The menu is on the expensive side though for a cafe, with most mains being $20 and above. We had the brunch menu when we were there but Symmetry Cafe serves lunch and dinner menus too.

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Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

The cafes have heeded my call and are now slowly popping up in the Eastern part of Singapore! Check out this new Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, which opened just a couple of weeks back at Siglap V, opposite the old Siglap Centre. It’s a pretty spacious cafe as they haven’t packed the place to the gills with seating. When I was there around 4 plus pm yesterday on Good Friday, it was nearly full. And when I left at about 5 plus pm, it was nearly empty.

Craftsmen Speciality Coffee Cafe Shop Front (2)

With a name like Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, you know the emphasis here is on coffee. You want V-60, Chemex, Siphon, Woodneck and Cold Brew, they have it here. For me, while I like to think of myself as a coffee lover, my coffee drinking repertoire stops at cafe latte and flat white. I’ve tried Chemex and Cold Brews before elsewhere, but I suppose my palate was not refined enough to really appreciate the flavours. Give me a cafe latte anytime.

Just to add, apart from a selection of 3 quiches and 2 sandwiches, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee does not appear to be serving any other types of food requiring onsite preparation. At least not for now.

Craftsmen Speciality Coffee - Cafe Latte $4.50

Cafe Latte $4.50

And so a cafe latte I got. If you feel that the saucers and cups remind you of Dutch Colony Cafe, you are right, because they have invested here. The cafe latte was pretty enjoyable, strong aroma although it had a slight bitter aftertaste yet not a robust body.

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Percolate – New Cafe in the East!

Those of you living in the East, especially in Bedok, I have good news to announce! There is a new cafe on the block!  I’d known of the empty unit a number of months back, and I had thought to myself that it would be a good spot for a cafe. And guess what, last Wednesday while travelling past in a taxi, I spotted the new Percolate. I think I shouted so loudly that both the Partner and the cab driver had a shock! Luckily our stop was just the next street, and we quickly made our way to the cafe. Apparently Percolate opened just last week on 31 March!

Even until now, I find it such a dream come true that I now have a cafe in my neighbourhood to call my own! It takes me just 2 minutes to walk to the cafe, and 1 minute if I run. I feel like my neighbourhood has been upgraded! Check out these pictures below. I’ll do a longer review once I try more of the items here. Now, when we just want a quick cuppa at night, we don’t have to think 3 times where!

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The Missing Pan

With a name like that, it’s hard not to sit up and notice this new cafe that’s popped up in the Bukit Timah area back in November 2013. I was quite happy to be invited down for a tasting session to help them find their pan if need be. For the record, there’s a western stall at the food court in the Botanic Gardens called Two Cooks and a Pan. The people from The Missing Pan might want to inquire with the Two Cooks….

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If you walk past The Missing Pan, at first glance, you might mistaken it for a really tiny cafe able to seat 2 or 3 couples at the most. That’s because the bulk of the seating is actually upstairs! Take the tiny lift right in the middle of the cafe to the 2nd floor, and take your pick of whether to sit facing the open kitchen concept or by the full length windows looking out onto Bukit Timah Road. I’m sure most people would love the quirky yet stylish decor here, with understated tones lots of shelves high above us. I’m frankly a little tired of the retro look that so many cafes sport these days.

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The Missing Pan not only differentiates itself from the other cafe in terms of decor, but in terms of menu as well. I like it that there are quite a number of items to choose from. I’ve kinda reached a point where I would like to relax in a cafe and have some brunch that doesn’t just comprise of eggs benedict or all day breakfast, although I must admit I do often order those. But I would LIKE to have a choice. At The Missing Pan, you have 4 egg dishes to choose from, several sandwiches, burgers, a pasta dish, salads and a beef stew.

The Missing Pan - French Toast Salpicon - Chicken, spinach and mushrooms stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup ($19  ) (2)

French Toast Salpicon – Chicken, spinach and mushrooms stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup ($19)

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The Fabulous Baker Boy

With a name like that, is it any wonder that this cafe located at the foothills of Fort Canning Park is crowded all the time? The place is pretty unique. For one, do you remember the old River Valley Swimming Complex? After the River Valley Swimming Complex was abandoned in 2003, the place was left pretty much disused, until the pools got filled up in what is now known as The Foothills Fort Canning Park. The Fabulous Baker Boy is situated at the Viridian Art House building, which was the former canteen of the swimming complex!

If you’re visiting Fort Canning Park for some exercise, you might like to give yourself a treat at the end of your walk by having a cuppa and some cake at The Fabulous Baker Boy. In fact, that was exactly what we did several Saturdays ago. I know it sounds like a total waste of the exercise if I were to be eating cake directly after, but look at it this way. I’m going to have cake and coffee ANYWAY, so shoving in some hill climbing and brisk walking just before I eat my cake can only be a GOOD THING.

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The only thing is, it can get crowded on the weekends (like which cafe isn’t full house on weekends these days) so brace yourself for a long wait or no cake after the walk. Oh, it can get a little hot here as there is no air-conditioning.

Fabulous Baker Boy - Nutty Monkey (2)

Let me tempt you with some pictures of the cakes first. They look so darn luscious I want to have a piece right now as I’m typing this! This here is their Nutty Monkey cake which retails for $85 per cake or $8.50 per slice. 2 slices “free” if you buy the whole cake. Cakes are getting really expensive these days!

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