Posts Tagged ‘Cafes’

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.

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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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Paddy Hills

Paddy Hills is one of those cafes which serves full-fledged meals, as opposed to just pastries and coffee. With so many cafes in Singapore, more than 200 (?), gone are the days where a simple eggs benedict or an all day breakfast fry up will suffice. To have staying power in this fickle cafe scene, the focus is very much back on the quality and repertoire of the menu. Have your food Instagram friendly, but let that not be the only factor. Certainly for me at least, I would not have made the journey across from the Eastern end of Singapore to the West, if not for the promise of a unique experience. Food focussed Cafes, that’s what we need more of now, and that’s where you can bring your parents without them asking you “so where’s the food”?

Paddy Hills Lunch Menu

I must say Paddy Hills boasts a very interesting menu. There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try, although being an egg fan, I did wish that they could have included their sous vide egg into more of the dishes. I’m not one for mixing sweets with savoury though. I did so very much want to try the Orange Ricotta Pillows, but what’s a coconut ice cream doing in the midst of it?

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The Maze $22 – Creamy mash, lamb meatballs, cauliflower fritters, polenta chips, crumbled manchego & sous vide egg.

I ordered this, mainly because of the creamy mash, cauliflower fritters and sous vide egg. And they were so good and filling enough that I didn’t even touch a single lamb meatball! The creamy mash retained bits of textural chunks and had truffle oil or essence infused into it. The cauliflower fritters were delightfully crunchy and sweet. And the sous vide egg….wonderfully tender, almost like eating clouds. If you’re wondering, 5 lamb meatballs are currently sitting in my freezer, waiting for the day when I will thaw them out. 2 meatballs were consumed by my mother and the Partner that day. Not bad, for the price of 1 brunch I get two meals out of it!

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Craftsmen Specialty Coffee Siglap Revisited

Since my first visit to Craftsmen Specialty Coffee at Siglap, I’ve been back a couple of times especially at night after dinner at one of my favourite cze char outlets nearby. It’s a nice cafe to go to because it is more spacious than most other cafes, and I can usually find a seat to huddle in with my parents. The older folks don’t really like having to wait you know.

If you’re an Eastie and like Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, you might be glad to know they have opened another branch at Eastwood near Tanah Merah. I’ll blog more about that in the next post, but first, some pictures I took of our visit last week during the 1st day of Chinese New Year.

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Craftsmen Specialty Coffee Siglap (6)

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The Lokal – Aussie Inspired Cafe

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The Lokal is one of those cafes where one look at it and you know it’s just going to stay crowded for many weeks to come. Located in the Duxton area, there are a surprising number of Caucasian types that were at the cafe when we were there. I guess it’s because the chef is from Sydney. Having opened not that long ago, the news does travel fast doesn’t it?

Food is definitely the highlight here, as compared to those cafes where you feel two or three food dishes have been put in the menu just so that they can say that they serve food. In fact, The Lokal can even be thought of more as a casual restaurant serving good coffee, rather than a cafe, as brunch items are definitely not a highlight here.That’s because the chef owner Darren Farr was one of the founding chefs at Tetsuya in Sydney. Yes, the Tetsuya owned by Tetsuya Wakuda who also owns Waku Ghin in Singapore. Read more about Darren Farr here.

When we were there on a Sunday, they had their brunch menu out. But it’s nothing like what the other cafes are dishing out, aka eggs benedict, all day breakfast and the likes. There is not a poached egg dish to be found on the main menu, although you can get it if you customise your own breakfast. This, I highly advise you NOT TO, because eggs are just NOT The Lokal’s speciality.

The Lokal's Brunch Menu

See this menu, it does not have an eggs based dish in the main section, and for good reason. Try the items such as the Toasted banana bread which I heard was fantastic, or the plate of smoked salmon, as it is smoked in house!

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