Posts Tagged ‘Places to eat in the East’

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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fArt tArtz Cafe at Singapore Expo

You know, 10 years ago, when there weren’t that many exciting distractions in Singapore as there are now, I used to visit the Expo once in a while just for the fun of it. For the most part, it would be a vast empty space just to roam around. There was just the 1 Coffee Bean outlet there, and I used to wonder how great it would be if some other cafes would sprout there.To me, the potential was OBVIOUS!

Ah well, fast forward 10 years and my wish has been granted in the form of Fart Tartz Cafe, located right opposite the Coffee Bean on the 2nd floor of the Max Atria building that is next to Hall 1 and Hall 2.

Fart Tartz Cafe - Oreo Nutella Mud Tart $5.50 & Lychee Martini Tiramisu $6 (3)

This is a cutesy cafe specializing in no bake tarts and cakes served in jars. Even their savouries such as salads and pastas are bottled rather than plated! It sure makes for great photos on Instagram. If you’re wondering about the weird name, well if you pronounce it in Cantonese, it means prosperity. There’s no doubt it is a name you will not forget easily.

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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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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!

Percolate (3)

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