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Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Experts say that a catchy name for a business is a marketing tool in itself. I’ve no doubt about this piece of advice and I’m sure many an astute businessman have put it to good use. Just think about all the cafes that have opened recently with names that make you do a double take. SPRMKT, Carpenter & Cook, Henry Congressional, Nylon Coffee Roasters and lots more.

But of all these names, none made me jump off my seat in a bid to rush there, than Nassim Hill Bakery. For those of you who aren’t aware, Nassim Hill is one of the most expensive residential areas in Singapore. If you own an apartment there, well you’ve kind of made it in life already haven’t you. So, for a  cafe that chooses to associate itself with such a distinguished address, it surely mustn’t be any ole run of the mill establishment right?

Nassim Hill - Sunny-side up eggs with choice of beerbeiser sausage, center cut bacon or honey baked ham $15 (1)

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is located at the Tanglin Post Office building, which is opposite Tanglin Mall. It’s not visible from the main road. You have to turn into the side road as the main entrance of Nassim Hill Bakery is facing the back! The good news is that if you manage to snag a parking spot in front of the bakery, parking is free. The bad news is that there are very limited slots, say 20? And the lots have to be shared with those visiting the post office too. If you can’t find a spot, you will have to use the paid basement parking.

Prior to visiting, I was told that the chief baker at Nassim Hill is the owner of Freshly Baked along Killiney Road. So it was no surprise that baskets of fine smelling artisanal bread greeted us when we entered the spacious bakery bistro. Even the bread ovens are in full view as their kitchen is somewhat of an open-concept. Speaking of space, there is such a vast amount of it compared to other establishments, that you feel you could do a dance amongst the tables and not be an obstruction.

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Mooshi Bakes Brasserie

If you were wondering what happened to Joo Joo, the Kushiyaki outlet opened by the people from Awfully Chocolate, well that no longer exists. In its place now stands a brunch type place called Mooshi Bakes. Actually Mooshi Bakes existed long ago beside Joo Joo, and was bakery arm of the business. This new brunch cafe just shares the same name.

Mooshi Bakes -

I’m quite glad that Joo Joo is gone because back then I thought the place was over priced for a casual non air-conditioned eatery. I’m quite glad that Mooshi Bakes has since realised the benefits of keeping their customers cool as well as keeping the noise from the roads out. Joo Chiat Road is literally 2 steps away from the front door! Other than the air-conditioning, the place looks pretty much the same. They’ve kept the same chairs and the black chalk board, more apt for a brunch place than a Japanese Kushiyaki place.

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At first glance, the menu looks pretty enticing. They have the usual Big Breakfast, which they’ve named The Really Big Breakfast. That goes for $22 and is I believe the most expensive dish on the menu. The rest are not far though, with most going for about $16 – $18. I was torn between wanting to order the Really Big Breakfast and trying something more exotic like the Souffle Omelette. I’m greedy lah, I like the big breakfast because it comes with everything!

Mooshi Bakes - Souffle Omelette $18 (3) Soufflé Omelette with red cheddar and parmesan cheese sprinklings $18

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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.

South Coast at Marina Bay Sands

I can’t seem to escape from the allure of Marina Bay Sands, so when I heard about the new cafe South Coast that had opened there, I just knew I had to pay them a visit. Also happened to read about these cane toad pies they claim to be serving…

We had a bit of trouble locating South Coast, as you actually have to step out of MBS to find it. Most people choose to sit outside as it is brighter and you get the views of the water, but we wanted to escape the sun and also the construction site smell just outside.. It is air conditioned inside, even though all their doors are open!

SouthCoast Flat White

Flat White $5 – The coffee was pretty good, nice aroma and body. It also came with a biscotti but I forgot to eat it! My father ate his and he said it was wonderful. Damn!

SouthCoast

See, everyone chose to sit outside.

SouthCoast (4)

I like the circular lamp shade thingies on the ceiling! Don’t you think they look quite pretty? Kind of matches the floral dress the lady with the kid was wearing. Some of the lamp shades don’t have light bulbs in them. Guess which.

SouthCoast -Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sour dough

Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sourdough toast $16 – My father ordered this and said that it was fantastic. You can just see the bread sticking out from under the eggs. It has a load of crusty cheese on it which paired very well with the runny eggs and avocados.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast (2)

Barn laid eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, hash brown, tomato with sour dough toast $21 – Plating doesn’t seem to be the chef’s best skill. Or maybe the plate was too small as my toast kept slipping onto the table. Can’t see the mushrooms in this photo except for the odd one sticking out under the eggs. On the whole, pretty good. The hash brown has got to be the best that I’ve eaten in a while! Eggs are of course something I never tire off. Mushrooms, spinach and bacon were good. The bacon still had texture as it hadn’t been over fried to a crisp. The sausage was rather bland though. I could do without the sausage and have a cheaper meal. Bread also tasted normal, couldn’t tell that it was sourdough.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast

The same breakfast as the picture above, except that the eggs were done over easy instead of sunny side up.

SouthCoast - Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

Ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas $14 – In my opinion, the STAR of the entire meal at South Coast. These pancakes were SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. So so good. I am planning a return visit just to have these pancakes again! I didn’t eat the bananas but I mopped up the caramel with the pancakes. The flavour was awesome and the texture of the pancakes was light and fluffy without being flat! I’ve been wanting to replicate pancakes like these and never been successful! It’s a pity they don’t serve this at night. It would be great on the dessert menu!

SouthCoast (6)

We got the waitress to turn down the fans as they were blasting at our food. View from the inside is pretty good too.

SouthCoast - Chairs

Cute little chairs. They have chairs with backs as well but that’s only available outside.

SouthCoast Breakfast Menu

South Coast Breakfast Menu

On the whole, I thought the food was good but a little pricey. $16 for cheese and eggs on toast plus half an avocado, that’s steep to me. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I make my comparison with Epicurious at Robertson Quay. Of course, the prices are steeper here due to the location, and also, you don’t have to wait too long for the food, which is very important. Don’t bother asking for variations in your meal though. The chef at South Coast doesn’t entertain that.

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

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.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs (2)

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

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up (2)

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.

Casa Verde - Toast with butter and jam

Lovely warm toast to go with all the eggs.

Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia (2)

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)

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