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Best Iced Chocolate and Iced Coffee

It’s Monday today everybody!!! Hope you’ve had a great start to the week cuz it’s bloody hot outside! I’m so glad I can retreat to the confines of an air-conditioned room and I hope you can too. My sympathies to those who work at the open-air road shows, teachers teaching in non-air-conditioned classrooms etc, I hope you have a cool drink with you. Tourists, do yourselves a favour and try not to come to Singapore during the hot months. May, June and July are always killers in terms of heat. If Singaporeans already feel like melting, are melting in this heat, what chance do you stand if you’re from a temperate country? Come back again in December, that would be my most sincere advice!

I suppose the companies selling air-cons must be doing a roaring trade. In this heat, even fans are no match! It’s a wonder how I even managed to survive primary school and secondary school. I don’t recall it to have been that sweltering.

If you can’t escape the heat, I guess the next best thing to do would be to arm yourselves with a nice ice cold drink. Here are some suggestions for iced chocolate or iced coffee. Helps to tide you through the Monday Blues too!

Iced Cafe Mocha $6.50 from Toby’s Estate

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InterContinental Singapore Lobby Bar

I never like to spend my weekend in a harried way if I can help it. One of my favourite activities is to sit down over a drink and watch the world go by (as if you didn’t already know that from reading all my previous blog posts). But the question is, where is the best place to have a relaxing cuppa? A place that has good seats, preferably the sofa type, and a place that isn’t crowded. The 1st thought that comes to mind invariably is some cafe or restaurant, but I think one type of place that has been overlooked is the hotel lobby bar.

Yes I know, hotel lobby bar, sounds expensive. That’s true, but sometimes it pays to pay. Yesterday, after a hard evening’s worth of eating, we were in the Bugis area and we just so happened to need a place to relax some more. We went past Food For Thought on North Bridge Road, but there was some massive frying thing going on which made it almost impossible to breathe, so we had to give it a miss. By the way, Food For Thought is moving to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 3rd September 2011 is the last day of operations on North Bridge Road.

The InterContinental Hotel in the distance beckoned to us, and we heeded the call. I’ve always loved stashing out at the InterContental Lobby Bar. Their afternoon tea is pretty good too. Have you seen the sofa seats? They are huge! One entire sofa just for the 2 of us, plus 2 more cushy armchairs for our bags. And a generous heap of cushions you could hide a small child behind.

Hotel InterContinental - Iced Chocolate

The drinks were of course expensive, nothing goes for less than $10. Coffees and pots of tea start at about $13. But here’s the trick, try and order the largest drink you can think of, and you pay less per sip 🙂 . Something iced tends to look bigger and we hit pay dirt by ordering the iced-chocolate which costs $13. The iced-chocolate was really delicious too. Thick, chocolatey and sweet enough. We were in chocolate and sofa heaven, with no one else to disturb us since all the tables are spaced far enough.

For $13+++, I would consider it money well spent for great service, a great drink and great comfort, in pretty surrounding too. And if you come at the right time, you get to enjoy melodies from the pianist or harpist. If you are there during their happy hour of 6-8pm daily, you get to enjoy martinis at $10 nett.

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Sorry, all the photos are taken without me having to unmould myself from my seat.

Well now you know the secret to where to find the best place to relax, but please, don’t tell anyone else!

Check out my previous post on Hotel Intercontinental’s weekend high tea

 

InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600, Fax: +65 6338 7366
E-mail:
singapore@interconti.com

http://www.singapore.intercontinental.com

Tea Cosy at Plaza Singapore

Interesting that this place still exists still. I’d thought it would be long gone, but Steph from The Girl at the Traffic Light Junction reminded me that Tea Cosy still exists.I find it quite weird and I can’t really put my finger to it. I dined here once, about 5 years ago. Then, the cafe part of Tea Cosy was but a small portion of the entire store. It was as if you had walked into a tiny vintage knickknack and bookstore, and suddenly huddled behind the shelves are people sipping tea!

I guess the vintage knickknack business didn’t go too well for as you can see it’s mostly cafe now, with the retail goods relegated to becoming part of the decor. The menu has expanded too I believe. You can get full meals here, and they do an afternoon tea set too from 2.30pm – 6pm. I almost got the tea set, but I wasn’t sure if there would be enough food to justify $29.95 for 2, based on what was stated on the menu.

Tea Cosy

Tea Cosy - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate with marshmallow flowers $6.96 + $0.50 for the ice – For those who like rich chocolate drinks, this is really good. It was a bit pricey, but for a huge glass I guess it’s reasonable. Notice the huge layer of dark chocolate at the top? Do not taste it at all costs because that has not been sweetened! If you like your drink even richer, stir that layer in! Never been a fan of marshmallows so I didn’t try the flowers.

Tea Cosy - Root Beer (3)

Rootbeer $4.95

Tea Cosy - So called Club Sandwich

Old Faithful Club Sandwich $10.95 – For the life of me I would not have thought that this would be called a club sandwich, but that’s what it says on the menu. I would say it is a very nice and simple version of a ham, egg and cheese sandwich. I love the texture of the bun. It’s so soft and has an almost melting texture in the mouth. Plus there’s this cheese spread they use which is really tasty.The ham is nothing spectacular, but the entire combination is good. They normally fry their eggs till the yolks are fully cooked, so be sure to ask for them done sunny side up if you want the yolk runny. I had this at 4pm because I was feeling peckish, and still managed a steak dinner at 8pm.

Society Cafe is also on the 5th floor. If you want someplace bright, where you can watch the world go by, go to Society Cafe. If you want an intimate setting, go for Tea Cosy. There were quite a number of young punks there with their girlfriends. (Although if you really wanted to impress your girlfriend, choosing a cafe within a mall isn’t exactly all that impressive, in my opinion)

Tea Cosy

Plaza Singapura

68 Orchard Road #05-10 Singapore 238839

For Reservations, please call: 6341 9318

http://www.teacosy.com.sg

http://www.teacosy.com.sg/Menu_Cover.html

SoHo7 Cafe and Bistro

Once upon a time, I used to work in a lovely part of Singapore. Not only was it a convenient location, the place was steeped in history. The oldest church in Singapore was situated just next to my office, not to mention that there are several museums in the vicinity as well. Those were good times.

A few years ago, the building next to us, 36/37 Armenian Street, was acquired for refurbishment. Although we (or I at least) was sad to have to see the character of the old building change (hey there used to be people living in the upper quarters and we could see their laundry from our boardroom!), the consolation was that the building would be turned into something hip and happening, with cool cafes to cater to the Peranakan museum tourists. Alas, we never got to experience these cool cafes because we vacated the premises before the refurbishment was complete.

Anyway, the first cafe SoHo7 Cafe & Bistro is now open and I paid it a visit last week. Driving to Hill Street, it felt like being back home again, even if it came with a twinge of sadness. Standing along the street I could see that our old furniture was still there. The movers were just beginning to attack at it after we’ve left for nearly half a year.

Ok enough of the reminiscing and on to SoHo7 proper. It’s a tiny little cafe that occupies the corner unit of 36 Armenian Street. I think it can probably fit 30 people inside. There are a few high tables outside. Not a bad idea to sit outside on a cool day, sipping a cuppa while watching the cars whiz pass. It really is a peaceful hideaway just off the main road and 5 minutes from City Hall MRT.

Soho7 Cafe and Bistro

SoHo7’s focus is on breakfast dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. The breakfast dishes are served daily from 8am until “the moon shines”.

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SoHo7’s Best Ever Burger (with egg, bacon n swiss cheese) $9.70 – Very decent price for a burger this size. It’s chock full of ingredients and made to order. SoHo7 has this special sauce which really enhances the burger. The meat was also very juicy but a little fattening in my opinion. Interesting the way the stick a knife in the burger but that’s required due to the sheer amount of ingredients! Don’t wait too long to eat the burger because it will get slightly soggy with the amount of juices from the patty and the sauce. I did feel a bit sinful after eating this burger but if you’re lost for choice as there are quite a number of burger selections, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Soho7 - Chicken Bacon Swiss Cheese n Avocado Burger (3)

Soho7 - Chicken Bacon Swiss Cheese n Avocado Burger (2)

Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Swiss Cheese n Avocado Sandwich $8.70 – All the ingredients complemented each other. Not a single ingredient overpowered the rest. The lettuce was crisp, the bread was nice and fresh. The chicken was tender and tasty. Seriously, this sandwich costs like only a few dollars more than a burger from a fast food restaurant. I’d definitely go for this, knowing all the ingredients are fresh and the food is made with love.

Soho7 - Cappucino (3)

Soho7 - Cappucino

Cafe Latte $4 – Good coffee for a decent price.

Soho7 - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate $4.50 – Actually this is quite chocolatey, which is how I like it. But I didn’t like it that it is served in a cheap looking plastic cup.

Soho7 - Macchiato

House Blend Coffee  – Nice flavour, medium body.

Soho7 - Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes (2)Soho7 - Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with peanut frosting $2 !! – Unbelievably good. The chocolate flavour was intense and there seemed to be a tinge of something different in it. Can’t quite put my finger on it. It seems denser than usual for cupcakes but I really don’t mind because what I want is flavour! You have to try this cupcake if you’re at SoHo7. Kudos to whoever who supplies these goodies to them.

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Soho7 (12)

Beware the evil arm…

Soho7

PS: Ventilation here ain’t that great. Don’t wear your best shirt here!

SoHo7 Cafe & Bistro

36 Armenian Street #01-08, Singapore, Singapore 179934

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am-8:30 pm

Sat: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Sun: 9:00 am-6:30 pm

There is a open-air car park diagonal to 36/37 Armenian Street.

Regent Hotel Weekend High Tea Buffet

I’ve always loved the 3 tiered service afternoon tea at the Regent Hotel Singapore on weekdays. Been there a number of times. It’s always nice to sit back and relax over a cuppa and have some nibbles. The reason why I liked Regent’s afternoon tea in particular is because of its delicious scones and clotted cream. Those of you following my blog will know that I go weak when I hear clotted cream being mentioned. Another reason why the Regent’s weekday afternoon tea is so good is because 1 tier is actually enough for 2 people, if you’re not too ravenous. Plus I always order the free flow of iced chocolate on the side.

Lately, I was reminded that Regent Hotel also serves afternoon tea during the weekends, buffet style, with a strong focus on British afternoon tea items like the various pies and sausage rolls. I immediately made reservations, only to be told that the next available spot would be 2 weeks later. Well, the 2 weeks later was last week. After having sampled what was on offer, I have to say that the experience is quite different from having the 3-tier afternoon tea on weekdays.

The buffet obviously has more food items to choose from. However, there were quite a number of misses, and a few hits. Most of the pies I felt were too dry. There was no visual appeal either as the yellow display lighting cast a horrible overcooked glow on the pies. The bread used in the sandwiches was hard, with the exception of the egg sandwiches. The dessert station featured no luscious looking chocolate cake. In my opinion, that’s a prerequisite for any self-respecting buffet! And horror of horrors, the scone was only so so. Even though I could have had as much clotted cream as I wanted, I didn’t do so because the scone wasn’t that great!

Interestingly, the best dish was the baked salmon. The salmon was so so so good. It was flaky, moist and full of flavour. The doneness was just right. Any less time in the oven and it would probably have been raw. And any longer in the oven and it would have been less flaky and moist. Delicious. I went back for 3 helpings!

Given a choice, I would prefer to go for the weekday 3-tiered afternoon tea. At least, every item on the 3-tiered stand tasted good.

Anyway….less talk and more pictures. Enjoy!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - British Pies station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Satay and Crab Curry Mantou station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Dessert station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Ice cream and waffles station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam (2)

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Lots and lots of clotted cream!!

Lemon curd, very traditional to the British. Probably what Kaya is to Singaporeans.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Egg sandwich with caviar on top

The egg sandwich didn’t come with the caviar, but there is a huge bottle of it nearby so just help yourselves!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Nibbles Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Roast Lamb and Baked Salmon

Roast lamb on the left and baked salmon on the right. Of all the things at the buffet, you MUST try the baked salmon! It’s DAMN GOOD!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Crab Curry with Mantou

Crab curry with mantou. I just love fried mantous! Dip it in the curry and it’s so heavenly! Fried carbs, they appeal to me way too much!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Mini Pavlovas

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Macarons

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Iced Chocolate

Don’t take the iced chocolate if you don’t want to fill yourself up too fast

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea for you Madam Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cuppa tea for you sir

As part of the high tea, you get a choice of 2 drinks, be it iced chocolate, teas and coffees.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Homemade Gelato

Ice cream is “homemade”. This is nice, but nothing beats the free flow of haagen dazs ice cream at the Goodwood Park afternoon tea buffet!

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