Posts Tagged ‘New Cafes in Singapore’

Knots Cafe and Living–An Instagrammer’s delight

Recently, we chanced upon a very pretty cafe in the Paya Lebar area. This spacious outlet is actually a 3-in-1 business retailing furniture, plants and operating a cafe. Everything is for sale at Knots, from the potted plants to the furniture! You can tell instantly that this is an Instagrammer’s haven, with all the pretty plants and furniture serving as backdrops to the cups of coffee and cakes.

Knots Cafe and Living (5)

The food and drinks are of average quality here, although this could be because we checked this place out just 1 month after its opening. We ordered a waffle, chocolate cake, cafe latte and hot chocolate. Sad to say, the chocolate cake was a little on the dry side, and I think it is quite evident if you look at the pictures too. I had suspected it might be on the dry side and was hoping to be wrong, but there were no other cakes that caught my fancy in the chiller cabinet.

Knots Cafe and Living (11)

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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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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.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee Siglap (4)

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee Siglap (6)

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Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar

The lovely people from my favourite neighbourhood cafe Percolate kindly shared with me about the opening of a new cafe at Changi Village. I was quite shocked to find that despite them being around for about a month, I had yet to hear about it or see anyone post about it on Instagram.

I didn’t mean to check out Peloton so quickly two days ago, but we decided to go on a whim. I didn’t even Google anything and I didn’t even know if it was located right in the heart of Changi Village or in the vicinity of Changi Village. So it was basically just a try our luck thing! Of course, me being a person who is always equipped with a backup plan, I knew we could still visit Chock Full of Beans if we couldn’t find Peloton. It’s been nearly two years since we’ve been there!

Turns out, Peloton is located at the opposite end of Chock Full of Beans. If you know where Chock Full of Beans is, you just walk straight to the end, continue walking on to the next block and Peloton is right at the end. We had almost given up but thank god we found it!

Peloton Coffee and Juice Bar (1)

Great that we managed to find Peloton! It’s a half cafe, and half retail shop selling all sorts of sporting attire and goods.

Frankly, when we first stepped into Peloton, we were a bit unsure whether we would be getting good food and coffee because the staff seemed a bit unsure with what they were supposed to do. They also looked like it was the 1st time someone had ordered some food from the menu. Thankfully, we were proven very wrong!

Peloton - Espresso with Milk 5 oz $4.50 (2)

Espresso with Milk 5 oz $4.50

Have to talk about the coffee first even though we had this last. Coffee was really fantastic. I want to say that it is just like any of the 3rd wave cafes out there, but actually the truth is that this coffee was even better than many of the cafes I have visited. So smooth, rich in aroma and just lovely to drink. There was no hint of bitterness in the coffee, and we did not have to put any sugar at all, which is my preferred way of having a coffee that is well made. Thoroughly regretted not getting the 7 ounce one at $5.50.

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