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Botanist (Cafe) – Pretty food, pretty plants, pretty good

I have been craving cafe food lately so I went back to look at my old pictures and realised that I have not been blogging about cafes in Singapore for the longest time! So to make amends, you will be seeing more cafe posts in the coming weeks! Hold on tight because there’s going to be a deluge of pancakes, eggs Benedicts, waffles, grain bowls, hot chocolates and flat whites coming at you! I’m sure you won’t mind, would you?

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Visited Botanist late last year when my friend was still pregnant and on early maternity leave. Run by the same guys who also run Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Alchemist, Botanist is probably well known in the cafe hopping scene because of its garden-like decor. Aside from Instagram opportunities, it is quite soothing to see the touches of greenery all around.

We had intended to visit more cafes but she popped soon after, about 2 weeks after this picture was taken! One hardly thinks about it but there’s a lot of nice cafe food that you can’t have while you’re pregnant. Think coffee/caffeinated drinks, dishes with runny yolks, smoked salmon, salad…. the list can be long depending on how strict you want to be!

Botanist - French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18 (1)

French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18

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Killiney Kopitiam vs YY Kafei Dian

YY Kafei Dian’s breakfast beehoon has fallen in standards. It used to be so good, I would drive to Beach Road almost every morning just to have it. The bee hoon costs $1, and a fried sunny-side-up costs another $0.50. YY’s coffee is also damn good. I used to look forward to waking up in the mornings just to go to YY Kafeidian!

But….some months back, the cook changed or the budget for ingredients changed. The bee hoon is quite horrendous now. It tastes oilier, like as if it has been cooked and left out for a long time. Worse still, there are black flecks in it, which means that the oil used must have been reused countless times. Do you know how carcinogenic that is? The bee hoon sucks, the service sucks since day 1, the only thing left keeping us going back is the coffee.

So for a long while, I haven’t had YY Kafeidian’s bee hoon. Actually, there are numerous coffee shops lining Purvis Street that sell bee hoon and other local breakfasts. I have tried a few of these coffee shops over the years, but the stuff they sell looks unappetising and tastes just as unappetising. And since YY Kafei Dian used to serve me well, there was no reason to go back to those coffee shops.

After a long haitus, we were back at Beach Road again. I decided to hop across the road to Killiney Kopitiam to try out their version of beehoon for the 1st time. The bee hoon didn’t look too bad. It had little bits of egg in it. I ordered a plate, plus the customary fried egg, and was shocked to be billed $2.70!!!!! I’m like WHAT THE HELL??? Is that daylight robbery or what? And apparently the bee hoon costs $2.20 already! It’s such a waste, because the beehoon tasted very good. It was QQ (or al dente if you will), and tasted light and refreshing. I would have loved to have this for breakfast on a more regular basis, but no I am not going to pay $2.20 for almost plain noodles! This is breakfast, hello!

And that wasn’t the end of it. My father ordered the French Toast set, which comprises of a slice of French Toast, 2 half-boiled eggs and 1 cup of kopi. The set cost $4.10!!!!!!!! Even Yakun doesn’t charge that much. What’s going on? And the best part? The individual components themselves added up to $4.10. So what’s the logic in calling it a “set’”????

Does the main branch Killiney Kopitiam know that this is happening in their franchises?

The Sun Coffee Planet

Nowadays, in order to fuel the food blog, we are always on the look out for new places to try. After seeing an ad put up by Sun Coffee Planet in the newspapers, we decided to stop by after finding ourselves peckish while driving around the Great World City area.

With a cool sounding name such as Sun Coffee Planet, I was kinda expecting the place to be a western cafe operated by some young punk. It turned out to be the exact opposite, as was evident the moment we stepped in. Sun Coffee Planet looks, is, very local and traditional, very much like the ubiquitous Killeney Kopitiam!

Sun Coffee Planet - MenuThey have the usual kaya toast, eggs and kopi thing going on, in addition to main dishes like Fried Beef Hor Fun $5.80, Sedap Mee Goreng $5.30, Nyonya Laksa $4.30 and even Rendang Mutton with Rice $6.80. Interestingly, you can order Fish & Chips $4.80 under the Kids Menu, and cheese fries $3, if you must have something western. Not a bad idea if you’re there at 3am after a night of hard partying at Zouk, since Sun Coffee Planet operates 24 hours. Click on the photo above to see Sun Coffee Planet’s menu.

Well, since we were only merely peckish and not looking for a full meal, we decided to try out the kopi, kaya toast and french toast.

Sun Coffee Planet - French Toast with syrup and butterThe French Toast $1.80 looked very promising when it arrived with a huge blob of butter which quickly vanished into the French Toast by the time the shot was done. I must say it was not too bad, but it was a little too dense. My favourite French Toast is still from Crystal Jade, but it costs more.

Sun Coffee Planet - Kaya ToastThe Kaya Toast was also quite good. The toast was crispy and the kaya was aromatic. It was at least better than Yakun, which I have mentioned several times, has totally lost my respect in the Kaya Toast arena. The kopi was a miss though, so no photo as well hehehe.

Sun Coffee Planet - Seating Area

Sun Coffee Planet

54 Zion Road, Singapore 247779  (Opposite Great World City)

Opens 24 hours

Telephone: 67370562

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