Posts Tagged ‘Katong’

Oh Deli (Cafe) at East Coast Road

Oh Deli is one of those places I simply have to recommend as it seems to be off the radar of most cafe hoppers, even though the food served is really value for money. The reason it is off the radar is because Oh Deli has been around for years. It’s not one of those new cafes that have popped up in recent times that people keep instagramming about. In fact, the 1st and foremost business, as the name suggests, is the deli business.

As the story goes, a bunch of sisters, having lived in Australia for a number of years, found good meats to be lacking in Singapore, and hence started this business. It was probably in recent times (more than a year back), that Oh Deli ventured into the cafe business. And because they have the adjoining meat business, the cafe boasts a really value for money menu. You will find that the sandwiches and brunch items are very generously laden with ingredients, and reasonably priced, if not cheaper than usual. In fact, I almost hope that this remains a secret, because as it is, they have already increased their pricing slightly this year as compared to last, although the pricing still remains very attractive.

Oh Deli - Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7 (1)

 Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7

Check out this power packed chicken sandwich filled with chicken slices, avocadoes, bacon slices and lettuce on a multi grain bread. Only $7. Where can you beat that? We almost fell off our chairs when this mountainous pile arrived!

Oh Deli - Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

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Group Therapy Cafe at Katong V

Today’s Straits Times article on hip and cool Katong has reminded me that I have yet to publish my article on Group Therapy Cafe opening a second outlet at Katong V. If you’re into cafe hopping, I’m sure you must have heard of Group Therapy Cafe. It’s one of the 1st few cafes to open at Duxton Hill, back in 2011. That is just a short 3 years, but in the cafe hopping scene, Group Therapy Cafe can be considered old stalwarts!

Nowadays when cafes are really a dime a dozen, and there are more cafes opening than we have weekends to visit, knowing the good vs the average will help you save time and money. Group Therapy Cafe strikes me as having stood the test of time, although I think the quality dished out at their Duxton Hill branch is better than of the Katong V branch. I was wondering if I would see familiar faces at the Katong V branch, but I did not on my visit some weeks back. The look and feel of this Katong V branch is quite different. At Katong V, Group Therapy Cafe is located at the basement, which is a bit surprising since most cafes are about ambience, natural lighting etc. Still, if you’re not there to take a gazillion food photos, the lighting probably wouldn’t bother you like it bothered me.

Group Therapy Cafe (9)

Pretty spacious and thank goodness no long queue when we went, although that might change after you read my article?? Winking smile

Group Therapy Cafe - Poached Eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere, hollandaise sauce $15

Poached Eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere, hollandaise sauce $15

We absolutely had to order this Poached eggs on toast aka Eggs Benedict. It was our favourite order when we used to visit the Duxton Hill branch. The dish looks more or less the same, presentation wise, but the eggs were cooked just a tad longer than I would have liked. I like my yolks really runnnnny. We had to wait a few seconds after slicing open the egg to get this shot.

Check out my previous post on Group Therapy Cafe to see better looking pictures as well a full write up on this dish.

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Lower East Side Taqueria

Lower East Side Taqueria (4)

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It has been a while since we last visited the Katong area so we decided to walk around to find somewhere interesting to dine for lunch. Quite a number of interesting eateries have sprouted up in the Katong area, so if you’re game for something new, you can just walk along East Coast Road and pick something you like. Many of the new restaurants have funky decor or funky names like Rabbit Carrot Gun!

Lower East Side Taqueria (3)

When we went past Lower East Side Taqueria, we just could not resist dining here. Lower East Side is opened by the same people from Spathe. If you recall, this place used to be occupied by the restaurant Kashmir. Love the bright bold colours which instantly makes you feel happy. And there’s definitely no lack of chairs I can tell, they can just pluck some from the ceiling if they’re running low. It’s a non-air-conditioned restaurant btw.

Lower East Side Taqueria - Elote aka Grilled Sweet Corn, Paprika, Garlic Butter $6 (6)

Elote – Grilled Sweet Corn, Paprika, Garlic Butter $6

Lower East Side Taqueria specialises in Mexican cuisine, so you can find Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas here. I really couldn’t resist ordering this corn on the cob. I always prefer to order corn nibblets so that I can shovel the good stuff into my mouth without having to slowly nibble my way through. But still, the taste was worth the effort because the corn had this amazing buttery and grilled flavour it was just mouth watering!

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Penny University

I’m so happy that we finally have our very own Speciality coffee cafe in the Eastern part of Singapore!! I do hope that this is a signal of good things to come and that the Katong / Marine Parade area will be come as happening as the Tiong Bahru and Duxton Hill area! (Remember you heard it here first!)

It’s Penny University that I would like to talk about today. The reason for the quirky name stems from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England. For the price of a penny, one had access to coffee, the company of people from all levels of society, discussions, bulletins, newspapers and the latest gossip.

Penny University (3)

Not surprisingly, Penny University was full yesterday, it being Vesak Day. I am surprised though at the size of the cafe. Rental must still be affordable at this point in time. In any case, I do think they could try to revamp their seating area. The booth seats on the left were occupied by single couples when they could have accommodated at least 4 people. The communal bench table on the right is wider than it should be, taking up precious space. It could also have been pushed closer towards the right wall, allowing for a few more tables to be placed in the rather large passageway.

Penny University - Black Sesame Chiffon Cake (1)

Black sesame chiffon cake $5.50

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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.

Cafe Melba (1)

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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