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Refuel Cafe at Bedok Reservoir

Nothing gets me rushing out the house like a new cafe opening in the Eastern part of Singapore. Even though Singapore may be getting a little saturated in cafes as a whole, one can never have too many cafes in your own neighbourhood. I’m sure you’d agree with me on that, unless well, you live in Tiong Bahru.

This time round, it’s a new cafe in the Bedok Reservoir area that opened just last week! And will you believe it, I’ve already visited it twice! Once on Saturday evening at about 9.30pm where the kitchen had closed and we could only order drinks or cakes. We returned again the next morning to check out the brunch menu. The brownie with ice cream was nothing spectacular, but the brunch menu was really good, especially for the affordable prices charged!

Refuel Cafe - Brunch (2)

What we had for brunch!

Refuel Cafe - Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9 (3)

Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9.90

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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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Intrepid Gastro Bar–A taste of Melbourne in Singapore

2 weekends ago, I was kindly invited to check out the relatively new Intrepid Gastro Bar at Far East Square. Intrepid Gastro Bar is a Melbourne-inspired eatery that aims to serve Melbourne-inspired cuisine with a great selection of craft beers. You can get Kangaroo and Crocodile meet here, mates!

I was quite keen to check out this place because everyone knows about Melbourne’s great coffee culture. Also, I had a friend who would have been returning from his travels in Melbourne and I wanted to be able to surprise him with this great find, should he be missing Melbourne. By the way, did you know you can get AUD$1 coffees in Melbourne? Insane right, what are we doing wrong in Singapore?

Intrepid Gastro Bar (5)

So, does this look authentically Melbournian? I have been to Melbourne years ago, but I was too young to appreciate the coffee culture back then. Pity, because we didn’t visit a single cafe when we were there. I’ve been to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth (twice!!) since so I really want to visit Melbourne again soon.

Intrepid Gastro Bar Brunch Spread

We were at Intrepid Gastro Bar to check out the brunch menu, and boy do they have a great number of dishes on the menu for the choosy eater. There are many cafes serving brunch these days, but many of these cafes serve only a handful of brunch dishes, offering just the usual suspects like eggs benedict or a simple egg, sausage and bacon fry up. I love the wide variety of brunch and lunch dishes you can get here, which is I suppose inspired by the eclectic and diverse cuisine that is what Melbourne is all about. Dr Seuss fans, you can get your green eggs and ham here!

Intrepid Gastro Bar - Dukkah Spiced Baked Beans – Tomato & herbs ragu, poached egg, and roast pork belly ($16 ) (1)

Dukkah Spiced Baked Beans $16

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Backstage Cafe, another hidden gem!

Whenever I discover a cafe located in the East, I feel pressured to blog about it immediately for the benefit for all of us poor souls living in the Eastern side of Singapore. Really, there have been more than 60 cafes sprouting out in Singapore just this year alone, yet precious few located in the East. I can name you the “cafe regions” off the back of my hand : Robertson Quay, Duxton Hill, Everton, Dempsey, Jalan Besar, Tiong Bahru, and Holland Village / 1 Rochester. Apart from Jalan Besar, which is next to Lavender and may arguably be considered to be in the East based on the MRT line, everything else is Central or West! Ok I guess the people living in the North are suffering as well, but then you people have Grub at Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park!!

Backstage Cafe (3)

Ok to cut to the chase, BackStage Cafe is the new kid on the block, located in the industrial estate area of Kallang. Industrial estate may give you this feeling that you have to wear hard boots and hard hats to get here, but relax, the building that it is in is an office block. The great thing is that if you come on Saturday (they are closed on Sundays), the entire area is a dead town, so you are assured of peace, solitude and ample parking! I visited on Hari Raya but as you can see from the picture, it’s not a jammed packed claustrophobic place. Oh gosh, whenever I think of 40 Hands and Chye Seng Huat Hardware, I feel a headache coming on. Backstage Cafe is probably the most spacious cafe I can think of, although I recall Toby’s Estate in Robertson Quay has super high ceilings as well.

Backstage Cafe -Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict $15 (1)

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict $15

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Spruce at Upper Bukit Timah FireStation

This was my 2nd visit to Spruce, but first visit to it’s Upper Bukit Timah Firestation outlet. My 1st visit was to the Spruce at Phoenix Park near town. As usual, I decided to sit al-fresco to avoid the air-conditioning. Also, it was drizzling slightly that day, and it was just a delight to be sitting facing the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that was shrouded in a slight haze. Living in the Eastern part of Singapore, which is bereft of Nature Reserves, I often feel, or try to feel like I’m not really in Singapore when I see so much trees!

We had gone to visit a photographer in Choa Chu Kang, and were famished by the time we got out. I didn’t actually have a clue as to where to eat, but thankfully, when we drove past the Firestation, I remembered Spruce was in there and we turned in.

Spruce - Eggs Benny (Corn Waffle, Back Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce) $15 (2)

Eggs Benny (Corn Waffle, Back Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce) $15

The most vegetarian option as usual, this was ordered by my father. They so kindly switched the corn waffle with brioche toast, and the back bacon with slices of avocado! An extremely healthy dish, unlike what I ordered…. Love the contrast between the feta cheese and tomatoes!

Spruce - Spruce Big Brekkie (eggs, Bacon, German Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Potato, Mushrooms and Foccacia Toast) $19 (3)

Spruce Big Brekkie (eggs, Bacon, German Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Potato, Mushrooms and Foccacia Toast) $19 Read more »

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