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Joe & Dough

Every time I walk pass a sandwich store or a cafe in town, I am reminded of the severely limited options available to me and my colleagues since moving to the new MapleTree Business City. Visitors to our office gush at how wonderful the place looks and how lucky we must be to have such a great view of the sea. But seriously, they are just suffering from “tourist blindness”. As you can well imagine, being a tourist in a foreign country is vastly different from actually staying put for the long term.

Joe & Dough

The other day, I happened to be in the Suntec Area and I chanced upon this sandwich place called Joe & Dough, which is right next to Carrefour. I have no idea if this place serves nice sandwiches or not, but I have a soft spot for catchy names and nice looking cafes so I’m quite keen to try this place out. Anyone know if this place is good? I checked out Joe & Dough’s menu and it seems pretty okay. Well, nowadays, anything is better than Cedele!

Not that there’s anything bad about Cedele, but I now associate Cedele with not so nice memories! Even though I used to like Cedele a lot, I am so sick of the place considering that I have been eating there several times a week! Not to mention that that’s the thing I usually have when I have to WORK LATE! This all being thanks to the location of my office.

I’m going to be on leave on Monday so I’m going to go into Shenton Way and check out the new cafes and sandwich bars there. Quite a number of cool looking ones have popped up in recent months and I really wanna see if they are any good.

Another question since we’re on the topic. What do you refer to our CBD area as? I call it Shenton Way, but obviously that’s just one of the roads there. Do you refer to the CBD area as Raffles Place?

Blackbird Cafe

**Closed for renovations until mid-march 2014

After the slogfest in the office these past few weeks, I promised myself a good brunch to sort of celebrate (the weekend that is, not the end of the project!) as well as relax. A few days ago, I happened to chance upon AiMakan’s Facebook posting about this new cafe called Blackbird Cafe. The fact that this place is owned by a New Zealander got me sitting up. Straight away shot an email to the Partner asking him where our cafe was, as it’s kind of been a dream of mine to have my own cafe one day. Well, one day it will come true.

Anyway, so today with the parents in tow, we made it to Blackbird Cafe for brunch. Brunch is from 10am – 3pm. It was lucky we arrived early around 10.30am. We had our pick of the choicest seats. By 11am, the place was full!

Blackbird Cafe - Menu Board

Check out the full menu on this menu board, but for brunch, only brunch items are served, along with 1 sandwich and 1 mains of the day (which was a burger today). I thought the brunch menu was rather limited. Apart from the photos you see below, they only have buttermilk pancakes, bread basket, Danish basket, 5 cheese omelette and fresh fruit platter.

Blackbird Cafe - Flat White

First up, Flat White to wake me up ($5.50). Coffee was really nice and smooth. Cookie was tasty too.

Blackbird Cafe - Don't want to share my flat white!

This was how nice the Flat White was…… when I wanted a sip.

Blackbird Cafe - Big Brekkie

Big Breakie $18 – Eggs done any way you want plus sausage, bacon, hashcake, tomato, baked beans and sourdough bread. Omelette was nice and fluffy, tasted almost like scrambled eggs that happened to look like an omelette. The hash cake was really good and different from the usual hash browns. It’s compacted minced potato covered in a breadcrumb thingy. Best part was that it wasn’t oily looking or tasting. Sausage was so so, and the bacon was totally over fried, although I suppose some people like it this way.

Blackbird Cafe - Eggs Benny

Eggs Benny $12 – This was what I ordered. I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy it very much. The eggs were poached in a vinaigrette water so there was an overpowering sour taste. It soaked through into the muffin bread base such that there was no way of escaping it. Quite disappointing actually when I so looked forward to the trip here. I asked the waiter about it and apparently the eggs are not poached in plain water to give a different twist to it. Didn’t work this time round I’m afraid.

Blackbird Cafe - Croque Monsieur (2)

Croque Monsieur $10 – Oven baked brioche with bechamel, ham and cheese plus salad greens. This here is a modified version of the Croque Monsieur as my father doesn’t eat ham. We got the chef to remove the ham and substitute it with eggs instead. My father enjoyed his meal very much but would have liked it to have more cheese. He also loved the bread and said it had a pastry like flavour.

Blackbird Cafe -Ham Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Sandwich of the day, the HCT Sandwich $10 – Honey glazed ham, cheese, tomato with wholegrain mustard on ciabatta – My mother had this and was very pleased with the sandwich too. She loved that the ciabatta tasted fresh and had a sort of crispy texture. It’s light enough too as it isn’t laced with lots of cream. It could have done with a few more slices of cheese, just to give more punch.

Blackbird Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $5 – As tasty as the Flat White, and 50 cents cheaper if you don’t mind more foam but hey, where is the cookie???

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area (2)

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area

Blackbird Cafe - Sofa Seating

Nice place to chill after a movie at the Cathay?

Blackbird Cafe - Al Fresco Seating Area (2)

Don’t really like those monstrous frog feet high above me.

Handy Road

Enjoy the view of cars going through Handy Road while sipping your flat white.

Blackbird Cafe - Happy Hour and Tea Time Promotions

Blackbird Cafe promotion….mmm I want 1 for 1 wine…..or how about 1 for 1 whine?

Blackbird Menu with pricing

Click on the picture above to see Blackbird Cafe’s menu items and pricing. The normal menu looks very interesting and I really want to come back to try out some of the stuff like Wagyu Open Sandwich, Lamb Tagliatelle, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and the very creative New Zhepherd’s pie (they spelled it as Zherperd though…)

Blackbird Cafe

6 Handy Road #01-01 The Luxe Singapore 229234

Telephone: 6337 3448

Email : enquiry@blackbird.com.sg

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday & PH Eve: 11am – 12am

Sunday: 10am – 10pm Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm

www.blackbird.com.sg

Directions to get to Blackbird Cafe

After you turn up Handy Road, the Cathay will be on your left. The Luxe is just after that.

SoHo7 Cafe and Bistro

Once upon a time, I used to work in a lovely part of Singapore. Not only was it a convenient location, the place was steeped in history. The oldest church in Singapore was situated just next to my office, not to mention that there are several museums in the vicinity as well. Those were good times.

A few years ago, the building next to us, 36/37 Armenian Street, was acquired for refurbishment. Although we (or I at least) was sad to have to see the character of the old building change (hey there used to be people living in the upper quarters and we could see their laundry from our boardroom!), the consolation was that the building would be turned into something hip and happening, with cool cafes to cater to the Peranakan museum tourists. Alas, we never got to experience these cool cafes because we vacated the premises before the refurbishment was complete.

Anyway, the first cafe SoHo7 Cafe & Bistro is now open and I paid it a visit last week. Driving to Hill Street, it felt like being back home again, even if it came with a twinge of sadness. Standing along the street I could see that our old furniture was still there. The movers were just beginning to attack at it after we’ve left for nearly half a year.

Ok enough of the reminiscing and on to SoHo7 proper. It’s a tiny little cafe that occupies the corner unit of 36 Armenian Street. I think it can probably fit 30 people inside. There are a few high tables outside. Not a bad idea to sit outside on a cool day, sipping a cuppa while watching the cars whiz pass. It really is a peaceful hideaway just off the main road and 5 minutes from City Hall MRT.

Soho7 Cafe and Bistro

SoHo7’s focus is on breakfast dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. The breakfast dishes are served daily from 8am until “the moon shines”.

Soho7 - Soho Best Ever BurgerSoho7 - Soho Best Ever Burger (3)

SoHo7’s Best Ever Burger (with egg, bacon n swiss cheese) $9.70 – Very decent price for a burger this size. It’s chock full of ingredients and made to order. SoHo7 has this special sauce which really enhances the burger. The meat was also very juicy but a little fattening in my opinion. Interesting the way the stick a knife in the burger but that’s required due to the sheer amount of ingredients! Don’t wait too long to eat the burger because it will get slightly soggy with the amount of juices from the patty and the sauce. I did feel a bit sinful after eating this burger but if you’re lost for choice as there are quite a number of burger selections, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Soho7 - Chicken Bacon Swiss Cheese n Avocado Burger (3)

Soho7 - Chicken Bacon Swiss Cheese n Avocado Burger (2)

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Swiss Cheese n Avocado Sandwich $8.70 – All the ingredients complemented each other. Not a single ingredient overpowered the rest. The lettuce was crisp, the bread was nice and fresh. The chicken was tender and tasty. Seriously, this sandwich costs like only a few dollars more than a burger from a fast food restaurant. I’d definitely go for this, knowing all the ingredients are fresh and the food is made with love.

Soho7 - Cappucino (3)

Soho7 - Cappucino

Cafe Latte $4 – Good coffee for a decent price.

Soho7 - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate $4.50 – Actually this is quite chocolatey, which is how I like it. But I didn’t like it that it is served in a cheap looking plastic cup.

Soho7 - Macchiato

House Blend Coffee  – Nice flavour, medium body.

Soho7 - Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes (2)Soho7 - Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with peanut frosting $2 !! – Unbelievably good. The chocolate flavour was intense and there seemed to be a tinge of something different in it. Can’t quite put my finger on it. It seems denser than usual for cupcakes but I really don’t mind because what I want is flavour! You have to try this cupcake if you’re at SoHo7. Kudos to whoever who supplies these goodies to them.

Soho7 (13)

Soho7 (12)

Beware the evil arm…

Soho7

PS: Ventilation here ain’t that great. Don’t wear your best shirt here!

SoHo7 Cafe & Bistro

36 Armenian Street #01-08, Singapore, Singapore 179934

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am-8:30 pm

Sat: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Sun: 9:00 am-6:30 pm

There is a open-air car park diagonal to 36/37 Armenian Street.

40Hands revisited!

Ever since our first visit to 40Hands back in October soon after it opened, I’ve been thinking about those delicious sandwiches we had there. We had no luck last week when we drove through the Tiong Bahru area. 40Hands was jammed packed to the gills. On Friday, we tried again and got lucky. We were there just after 1pm so some of the early lunch hour people were just leaving. Interesting that there were quite a few office types there. The nearest offices must be at least 10 minutes walk away?

Anyway, 40Hands now boasts extra seating capacity. What was once a window, has now turned into a glass door leading into a recessed area with more seats. Foodwise, there are more sandwich choices, such as Salt Cod Fish Mash sandwich and Curry Chicken sandwich. Can you believe it, they even have Tau Sar Pau! This is quite funny considering the fact that the owner of the cafe is Australian! Better still, Xin MSN votes this Tau Sar Pau as the best pau in Singapore! Doesn’t come cheap though, each costs $2.50. Alas, I didn’t realise they had Pau when I was there on Friday or I would have tried it just for the novelty of it.

These are what we had at 40Hands. We chose different sandwiches from those we tried the last time. I have to admit, the sandwiches were not as great tasting as those from our 1st visit. Maybe the staff are rushed due to the lunch hour crowd. Or maybe it was easier to have everything perfect last time when only a few sandwich choices were offered. Thankfully, the coffee was as great tasting as the 1st time.

All sandwiches are around $9 and coffees are about $5. 40Hands does not charge service charge and GST. And if you have a HSBC card, you get a 10% discount! Yippeeee!

40Hands - Order Here

There’s the owner Harry Grover mulling over whether the Rosetta Art has just the right amount of leaves in it.

40Hands - Cafe Latte

There’s 2 rosettas, or ferns, or whatever the name is as we ordered a double shot.

40Hands - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate

40Hands - Salt Cod Mash

Salt Cod Fish Mash – The fish is literally mashed up into a pureed texture. I couldn’t really taste the cod flavour and in fact if you’d asked me to guess, I wouldn’t have realised it was fish.

40Hands - Thai Chicken

Thai Chicken – For some reason, the sandwich was served cold. There was also a puddle of water oozing out from the sandwich onto the plate, which made me wonder if the sandwich was previously in the freezer and had not been properly warmed. Nevertheless, the Partner doesn’t like hot sandwiches so he enjoyed the sandwich.

40Hands - Truffle Mushroom

Truffle Mushroom – This sandwich would be perfect for mushroom lovers. There’s loads and loads of them stuffed into the sandwich. I didn’t quite appreciate the texture of the mushrooms though as they were mixed together with a mushy sauce thing. It’s like eating really thick and chunky mushroom soup, which I love, but just not in a sandwich format.

40Hands - Vegetable Stack

Vegetable Stack – This has got to be the healthiest sandwich there. It’s chock full of vegetables! You have to like rocket leaves/arugula cuz there’s lots of it in here.

See my previous review of 40Hands

Forty Hands (40 Hands)

78, Yong Siak Street (Tiong Bahru) #01-12

Tel: 6225-4623

Hours:

Tuesdays: 8:30am to 6:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays: 8:30am to 11pm Sundays 8:30am to 6:30pm CLOSED MONDAYS

Email: info@40handscoffee.com

Website: http://www.40handscoffee.com Facebook

Directions on how to get to Forty Hands (It is about 10 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station but unless you’re familiar with this area it is easy to get lost. Definitely check the map before you go there)

 


Marina Link Mall

I think I caught the mall bug from Tiny Island, I went mall visiting today. First to Marina Bay Sands, then to the newly opened Marina Link Mall. In contrast to the crowds at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Link Mall was a total ghost town. I’m not surprised either. It’s a good 10 to 15 minute walk from Marina Bay Sands and is next to the new Marina Bay Financial Centre. It’s Sunday today so there are no office workers to patronise the place. I’m surprised it’s even open. If I wasn’t in a mall hopping mood, I would have just stayed at Marina Bay Sands.

The new Marina Bay Financial Centre is cool. The sea views from the offices must be fantastic. I should know since I used to work in one of the Shenton Way buildings facing the sea. One big blue expanse of sea, the sight was enough to calm your nerves on the most stressful of days. The view will only get better when the gardens by the bay are completed. What a pretty picture. The banks and big businesses know it and have offices there.

Here are some pictures I took of Marina Link Mall. Maybe I should return again on a work day when the shops aren’t empty. It would be nice to feel the buzz of the lunch time crowd, especially if I don’t have to go to work!

Fruit Frolic

Pain Reliever Fruit Juice

I had a fruit juice from Fruit Frolic after my 15 minute trek to Marina Link Mall. This concoction of lime, orange, pineapple and some other fruit is supposed to relieve pain. Well I don’t know about that but I think one of my resolutions for 2011 is to eat more fruits. Instead of coffee every morning, I shall strive to have a fruit juice instead. Fruit itself would be better but hey, baby steps!

Madison DeliMadison Deli Menu

Madison Deli – Heard that the owner felt a lack of New York styled sandwiches in Singapore so he set up Madison Deli to fill the gap. I do love checking out new delis and cafes for their sandwiches. That’s another 2011 resolution I have, to eat more sandwiches and salads for lunch. Going to decrease my intake of fried noodles, white rice and cooked food.

Yamakawa Super

Yamakawa – Store selling Japanese snacks and drinks

Swiss Bake

Swissbake – Similar to Cedele in that they have lots of European breads here. There is also a Cedele at Marina Link Mall.

Four Seasons Gourmet Market

Four Seasons gourmet market – They sell a lot of organic stuff here. They also have a lot of interesting food items not available in the usual Cold Storage or NTUC. You can get things like pheasant pate here and rabbit.

Pel-Freez Rabbit

Rare bit of rabbit. Rabbit is a very healthy meat you know. Don’t believe I’ve tried it before but I will soon. Daniel Boulud @ Marina Bay Sands offers rabbit for dinner and the Partner is quite keen to go. Hardly see rabbit in Singapore, and today alone, I’ve encountered it twice. Wonder if it is because of the upcoming Rabbit Year? Don’t bother with buying the gold rabbit ornaments or rabbit toys, eat more rabbit!

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe – Another deli/cafe! Opened by the Four Seasons Gourmet Market.

There are many more stores and restaurants. You can get here via the Raffles Place MRT station.

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