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ToastBox at Greenwich V

ToastBox was another outlet us bloggers visited as part of the Greenwich V / OMY.SG Amazing Blogger Race competition. It’s no secret that I like patronising ToastBox. I’ve blogged about ToastBox on three separate occasions, read it here, here and here. I really like the Victorian, old school decor. The teh is pretty good and the tea cakes are so cute and affordable!

ToastBox at Greenwich V flanks the main entrance. You won’t miss it at all when walking or driving in. For our Bloggers Amazing Race challenge, we got to sample the Peanut Thick Toast as well as Chicken and Potato curry.

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ToastBox serves hot meals so it’s not just a place for a snack, it’s also an option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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They are pretty generous with the Peanut butter.

Butter Sugar Thick Toast at ToastBox

But this is my ultimate favourite at ToastBox. The Butter Sugar Thick Toast. Generous amounts of butter slathered onto hot fluffy toast, with sprinklings of sugar. It is SO GOOD. Trust me, not many places spread the butter so evenly for you. This is the best place to have butter sugar toast.

ToastBox at Greenwich V

Hazel of Ai Makan having a good time preparing our meal.

Read more of my reviews of Greenwich V outlets here. Or read what other bloggers have to say about Greenwich V.

Steamed bread place

This is one of several places where you might find me before I go to work each day. Not that I really need the coffee to wake me up. But it’s nice to be able to sit down for a while and relax, get my thoughts straightened before stepping into the office. If it’s a mad rush from the time you jump out of bed until you reach the office, that just sounds very sad.

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When I was younger, I abhorred coffee shops like these because they tended to be wet and dirty. Now, I find them exuding an irresistible air of nostalgia. It’s like taking a step back in time. I love finding gems like these.

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Kopi here is quite good.

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Steamed bread with kaya and peanut butter spread

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Quite a number of people come here just for this steamed bread. The bread is fluffy and soft. The peanut butter isn’t the thick kind though, it’s been kind of diluted by the kaya. I’m sure some people like it, but I think I have to ask for pure peanut butter the next time as I’m not really that big a fan of watery kaya. Another good place to have steamed bread would be at Tong Ah in Chinatown.

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I don’t know about you, but I just love the idea of dining under the trees. Feels so old school! Did I mention that one used to be able to dine out in the open under the trees behind the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station?

Casa Verde at Botanic Gardens

Recently, I received an email from a lady living in Australia asking me for recommendations for 2 “must visit” cafes in Singapore when she is here. After thinking long and hard, and taking into account proximity to tourist locations, I finally recommended Casa Verde at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I love Casa Verde because of its unique location. It’s right smack in the middle of the Botanic Gardens, which means you get to dine in lush greenery, with the sounds of some fountains to aid your digestion. The breakfast at Casa Verde is quite good, and very affordable. An English Fry-up aka Big Breakfast aka Gourmet Breakfast costs only $14! If you come before 11am, you get a drink thrown in as well. There are some local favourites like Laksa and Mee Siam too, but I’d rather go to a hawker centre for that.

Seating is a bit of a problem on the weekends when everyone descends upon this place, children, dogs and more. If you don’t mind not having the free drink, you can still enjoy the all day breakfast at other times of the day.

Here’s what we enjoyed for brunch some months ago. We arrived just after 11am so we had to order from the lunch menu.

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Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast (Choice of fried or scrambled eggs, mushrooms, back bacon, Cumberland sausages, has brown, grilled tomato & 2 slices of toasted country bread served with butter and preserves) $14 – You know I have this love affair with eggs, I just can’t resist posting close up shots of eggs. I think for $14, this is a pretty good deal! My favourite breakfast joint Epicurious still takes the trophy, but this is not too bad either. Only thing is, they don’t have baked beans.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up

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This is also part of the Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast Set, just that I have chosen eggs done sunny side up instead of scrambled. I like it that the bacon used is back bacon. Streaky bacon just feels too oily and sinful for me when not cooked by myself.

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Lovely warm toast to go with all the eggs.

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Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia $12 – There are not that many pescetarian options at Casa Verde so my father was forced to order this despite not liking tuna all that much. In the end, the tuna mayonnaise was a bit too creamy to his liking. We have eaten really good tuna mayonnaise sandwiches before at Egg3 Cafe and this one at Casa Verde didn’t quite match up.

Casa Verde - Club Sandwich

Casa Verde Club Sandwich $12.50 – Loved the chicken within the sandwich. It was tender and flavourful. Tomatoes and lettuce tasted fresh and complemented the chicken well. Once again, the chef was rather heavy handed with the mayonnaise. If you don’t like too much of it, be sure to tell them in advance.

Casa Verde by Les Amis Group

Crowded crowded crowded! This was 1pm on a Sunday!

Botanic Garden

Dining amidst greenery is a really good way to spend a lazy weekend

Casa Verde (by the Les Amis Group)

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

Tel: 6467-7326

Sundays to Thursdays: 7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11.30am – 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 9.30pm)

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holiday

7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11am– 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 10pm)

http://www.lesamis.com.sg (click here for menu and prices)

Casa Verde Facebook

Yakun Kaya Toast

When in Singapore and Malaysia, it is a must to try the national snack – KAYA TOAST. It’s pieces of toasted bread with coconut egg jam. Everyone in Singapore has heard of Yakun. I still recall the 1st time I tried it. I was interning at Citibank and a colleague bought some for breakfast and shared a slice with me. It was the 1st time I had ever eaten bread so crispy, with such a decadent and aromatic spread of kaya in my entire life. In fact, I probably didn’t even realise it was kaya toast because it was nothing like I’d ever tasted. I was literally in bliss for several seconds.

I’ve not turned back since and have had Yakun’s kaya toast countless times. These days, because there are so many branches/franchise shops, standards can be a little inconsistent. I find that in order to guarantee you get a good serving, you have to ask the staff to give you a thick serving of the kaya. If not, in their haste, they sometimes spread the kaya so thinly you can see empty patches on the bread.

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Mmmmmm, I want some right now!

Yakun Teh C

And of course, you need a cuppa tea or coffee to go with the dry kaya toast. I don’t know what Yakun puts in its tea or milk, but there’s just no mistaking Yakun’s signature Teh /Teh C taste. I know of NO other establishment that has been able to replicate the taste that Yakun offers. And I don’t understand it! If you go to any other coffee shop and order tea, they all pretty much taste the same. Yakun’s tastes different! Can someone tell me what the secret ingredient is?????

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The last 2 photos are of the Yakun outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on separate occasions. The 2nd last photo was taken yesterday at about 11pm. It’s amazing how crowded the airport still was at this hour and actually, even when we left around 11.30pm, it was no less crowded. I love it that Yakun and many of the establishments at the airport operate 24hrs, but just what does this say about our country and people? I suppose this is not necessarily a bad thing because we are still spending time with family and friends.

 

Other Places for Coffee/Tea and Kaya Toast

Killiney Kopitiam

Chin Mee Chin

Y Y Kafei Dian

Old Town White Coffee

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