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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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Chock Full of Beans Revisited

It’s been a while since I had brunch with my parents. Several weekends were burned just preparing for the photo-shoot and trip to New Zealand. And then of course I was away for the trip itself, so that was another 2 weekends.

My parents don’t quite fancy Western food, but brunch is something they don’t mind. My father will order Eggs Benedict 99% of the time while my mother’s eyes will hover all over the menu trying to find a healthy dish even though she secretly wants some meat. My mother is the healthiest in my family and eschews fatty food and meat if she can. But I mean what’s the fun in going for brunch if she’s going to order Eggs Benedict too? The eggs are poached, so she has deemed it healthy enough. The following is a typical scenario.

Daughter : Order this big breakfast

Mother : But it has fried sausages in it.

Daughter : Just order it. Or you want the Bircher Muesli instead?

Mother : Okay are you really sure I should order the big breakfast?

Daugher : Yes.

And later the plate will be clean. You see, it’s fine if I’m the bad guy.

I might have mentioned before that I really don’t like going back to the same place twice when there are so many new eateries to explore. This rule goes out the window when it comes to where to eat in the East. Is it just me or do Easties think that there is a severe shortage of cool cafes in the East of Singapore? I cracked my brain real hard and I only managed to summon up Chock Full of Beans, a small little cafe in Changi Village. My parents were game for it as we had a good dinner there the last time. I caved in for a lack of better suggestions, and also because it was brunch we were going to try out this time round.

Chock Full of Beans - Scrambled Eggs with mushrooms, swiss cheese and smoked salmon

Scrambled Eggs with 3 Fillings (I chose smoked salmon, mushrooms and Swiss Cheese) $12

The menu actually lists Omelette with 3 fillings, but I asked to have scrambled eggs instead, which Chock Full of Beans kindly obliged.

Chock Full of Beans - Grilled Tomatoes

Oh before I describe the eggs, let me first give a shout out to these lovely grilled tomatoes. They were just beautiful. Grilled perfectly such that they retained their juiciness, I love how the sweet taste of the tomatoes went so well with the smoky flavour of the bit of cracked black pepper.

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The Coastal Settlement

The Kronenbourg 1664 event was held at The Coastal Settlement, a new restaurant and bar located in the heart of Changi. I have to admit, The Coastal Settlement is sited in a pretty secluded place. But despite that, or because of that, The Coastal Settlement exuded a special charm the 1st time I visited it a few weeks back.

The Coastal Settlement

The place is very laid back, but what I really like about the place is that it is like a little maze, waiting to be explored! Every section of the restaurant boasts a different type of decor and furniture.

The Coastal Settlement (4)

You have nice sofa seats for having coffee with friends on the weekends.

The Coastal Settlement (2)

You have the local old school feel with the wooden chairs and rounded tables with marble tops.

The Coastal Settlement (5)

You have the bar seating with Chinese doors

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Chock Full of Beans

New cafes have been opening by the dozen that I can hardly keep up with the sampling. It’s no longer surprising to hear of yet another new kid on the block. The good thing is that these “New Generation Cafes” are being opened by people who are really passionate about what they do. And when there is passion, there is quality and value. I would not hesitate to visit any of these New Generation Cafes as more likely than not, I’m going to be enjoying the freshly brewed single-origin coffees and food made with wholesome ingredients.

Interesting though, that most of these cafes choose to either open in the Central part of Singapore (ie Shenton Way, Robertson Quay, Dempsey) or the once old now renewed Tiong Bahru area. What’s wrong with the East, people? There’s still lots of space in Siglap, Katong, Simpang Bedok and Eastwood!

Well, one cafe called Chock Full of Beans has started operations in Changi Village. I consider Changi Village to be in the East, so hooray for that, although technically speaking, Changi Village is so far east that it would be equidistant for me to drive to Bugis instead. Anyway, I thought I should show my support for Eastie cafes so I dragged the Parents and Partner along to give it a try 2 days before Chinese New Year.

Chock Full of Beans - Mango and Bacon Pizza

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