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Farmers and Chefs – A truly child-friendly cafe with food from the heart

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There may be many seemingly child-friendly eateries around in Singapore, but in truth, one that offers a children’s menu featuring healthy food that you would offer at home is a rare gem. Chicken nuggets, fish & chips and spaghetti bolognaise do not maketh a child-friendly cafe, even if the children themselves clamour for that.

At Farmers and Chefs, they take pride in what they serve be it for the children’s menu, or the main menu. Here’s what they abide by the following rules

  • No flavour enhancers
  • No artificial colouring
  • No Deep-frying

The children’s menu features nutritious mini breakfast sandwiches, and mains come with fruit. You can even mix and match items for a customised meal. Things are made from scratch including all sauces. Eg the Farmer’s Soy Mayonnaise is dairy and egg free, and made with soymilk, vinegar and olive oil.

Here’s another thing I have not seen emphasized anywhere so far…..Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is encouraged here! BLW means that the young baby/child is encouraged to feed himself or herself, even if it creates a mess. It will create a mess for sure, and at many other eateries, parents either have to wear a really thick skin or attempt to clean up the mess themselves. You never know when you will get an evil stare from an impatient staff if were to be some other eatery because in Singapore, most people are more familiar with traditional weaning, ie caregivers feeding the child to minimise mess. Some think that parents who practice BLW are trouble makers! I’m personally not really a fan of BLW for certain reasons, but that’s another story for another time. In any case, Edward is fully capable of feeding himself at this age, although he still enjoys being fed!

Farmers and Chefs - Happy Boy playing with Toy Car

There is also a small play area equipped with a table for colouring work and blocks, as well as 2 toy cars. The two toy cars were a huge hit for all the children who saw them. As the cafe. is on the 1st floor, and not air-conditioned, there was ample space for the children to drive the cars around the cafe.

The husband and wife team behind Farmers and Chefs are also the same people behind the LeClare Preschool. The multi-tasking chef is also the same one that the preschool uses. Now you know why the business is so kid-focussed.

Scroll down to see more photos of the food that we tried.

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Zafferano–An Italian Brunch affair!

One of my favourite restaurants Zafferano has recently come up with their new Italian Saturday set brunch and it is a brunch to behold. You might just have to hold your stomach too as you leave the restaurant because the set brunch is chock a block full of food!

There are a total of 4 courses, but it’s not one dish per course. Being generous as Italians are, they have have numerous mini dishes within each course. You could almost think of this brunch as being a 10 course brunch (more in fact), with a buffet dessert just in case there is a shred of doubt that you’re not next to bursting. And the interesting thing about this “The Italian Table” brunch it’s that it’s not an egg-based brunch. I was wondering when the eggs would feature, but I realise that egg-based brunches are more an Aussie/UK/US thing. The dishes in this brunch are what the Italians would normally have for brunch.

Check out the pictures below and read about my favourite dishes from the Zafferano brunch.

~~~ Starters ~~~

Zafferano Brunch - Live seasonal oysters (2)

Live seasonal oysters – Self explanatory

Zafferano Brunch - Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

While I am not a fan of fish, I do love sashimi, smoked or marinated cuts. Trout was finely sliced and had a delicate flavour. Disappeared in a jiffy.

Zafferano Brunch - Italy burrata

Freshly imported Italian burrata and tomatoes

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Good Morning Nanyang Cafe

Having been in the mood for good Kaya Toast lately, I have been scouring Singapore high and low to add to my list of good kaya toast places. Recently, this place called Good Morning Nanyang Cafe kept popping up whenever I asked for tips on where to find good Kaya Toast. I’d heard of the place before, but for some reason or another, I’ve never had the chance to sample the kaya toast there. I did a brief search on Google and discovered that they had just opened their second branch along Robinson Road.

So it sounded like the perfect opportunity to go see their new branch. But more importantly, I wanted to know what on earth Ciabatta Kaya Toast is! We are all familiar with kaya on toasted white bread or toasted baguette (loaf bread). Practically every neighbourhood coffee shop has the toasted white bread in addition to the ubiquitous Yakun and Killeney, but ciabatta? This I had to see.

So yesterday, we drove through the business district trying to find Good Morning Nanyang Cafe. Finally found it opposite the Robinson Road Yakun, inside the Melior International College, how cool is that? I wish we had more coffee and toast options apart from Yakun, when I was working in Shenton Way.

GMNC Byron ShohByron, the owner of Good Morning Nanyang Cafe was there since it was only the 3rd week of business here. That’s Byron posing for us in the picture up there!

GMNC Plain Ciabatta Kaya ToastWe first tried the plain ciabatta kaya toast $2.30. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the  butter had been well spread on the toast such that you get the wonderful butter taste with every bite. (This is a really important step which most kaya toast stalls fail to do. What they do is plop a huge chunk of cold butter on the cold toasted bread hoping that it will miraculously spread itself.) The kaya also tasted divine, and you can just tell from the picture that there was such a generous amount. Really I wonder why it is the slipshod coffee chains that proliferate, and not the businesses that serve quality food.

GMNC Orange Ciabatta Kaya ToastWe also sampled the orange ciabatta kaya toast $2.70, which was equally if not more delicious.  You would think that orange and kaya might be a weird combination, but Byron must obviously have done his homework well to come up with such a unique but tasty treat! If I wasn’t already quite full from breakfast earlier, I would have finished the whole plate. Gotta come back again specially for breakfast next time.

GMNC Handmade KayaGood Morning Nanyang Cafe makes its own kaya everyday.

GMNC Seating AreaSeating area

GMNC Melior International College Good Morning Nanyang Cafe is located at the lobby area of Melior International College. They also serve traditional kaya toast $1.60 and thick toast $2 as well for those who are, well, traditional.

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe (Shenton Way branch)

108 Robinson Road #01-00

Singapore 068900

Monday – Friday 7.30am – 7pm

Saturday 7.30am – 2.30pm

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe (Chinatown branch)

133 New Bridge Road

Chinatown Point #03-01

Singapore 059413

Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm

Saturday 10.30am – 6pm

Mobile: 8133-1882

Email: byronshoh@hotmail.com

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