Archive for April 17th, 2010

YY Kafei Dian

Right at the end of Purvis Street where it meets Beach Road, there is a somewhat old-style cze-char coffeeshop called YY Kafeidian. I’m not going to talk about the cze-char, because I haven’t tried it. Rather, it’s the breakfast and coffee I am going to talk about. Every morning, the place prepares a huge tureen of beehoon and mee. I always take the beehoon and it costs only $1 plain (with some shreds of vegetable in it). It’s light and tasty already just like this so on days when I don’t feel too hungry, I simply order this.

If that seems too spartan for you, ask for a fried egg. They only have 1 type of fried egg, which is the sunny-side up fried to a runny perfection. The best fried egg! This is the only way to eat fried egg and if you like your egg-yolk cooked to stone hard, go away.

Beehoon and fried egg suffices for me, but for those with heartier appetites, there is the usual luncheon meat, hot dogs, fish cakes and even tau kwa squares. If noodles are not your cup of tea, there are curry puffs and kaya toast. Ask for the fluffy toasted buns, which are quite substantial in size, almost like a burger shape. I would suggest the peanut butter toasted bun. They give you so much peanut butter, it is literally dripping off the toast. Make sure you have a piece of tissue to wipe your fingers or face, that’s how much peanut butter there is.

Finally, the best part. The coffee. Different people have different preferences in coffee. Suffice to say that we will drive there just for coffee even if we’ve had breakfast elsewhere. Oh another thing that’s sure to please drivers. Parking is free before 8.30am.

YY Kafei Dian

37 Beach Road



Went to this place today after work to celebrate a colleague’s last day at work. We were the 2nd group of people to arrive and already the earlier colleagues had chugged down their 1st mug. I ordered an Erdinger and was shocked to be presented a 0.5ml glass. I asked if they had smaller, they replied in the affirmative, so I asked them to switch. Later I discovered that the 0.3ml glass cost the same as the 0.5ml glass because there was a discount on the 0.5ml glass during happy hour. It would have been nice if the staff had said so, but no loss to me regardless since I wouldn’t have been able to finish a 0.3ml one anyway.

The place is slightly strange. It seems to want to be a restaurant as well as a pub. As a result, 2/3 of the restaurant has usual tables and chairs for proper dining and in a 2 seater formation. One would expect more patrons in groups of 3 or more, rather than lovey dovey couples. It seemed today that a lot of people wanted to drink, so numerous tables were occupied with bar patrons.

Drinks wise, I don’t think anyone had complaints. They did have a huge selection of mocktails and fruit coolers, which was well appreciated by the non-beer drinkers amongst us. Foodwise, I felt the calamari and fries we ordered were tasteless. The pizzas were very delicious though. We ordered several different flavours, but the one I thought was fantastic was the hawaiian pizza. It had substantial chunks of pineapples on it, and the largest cheese slices ever.  All the pizzas were hot, extremely crispy and thin and laden with toppings. No regrets there. For those with small appetites, 1 pizza is enough for 2.

Did not manage to try out the dinner menu today, but will do so in the near future. Have set my heart on the shrimp scampi pasta!

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