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C Cafe at Joo Chiat – New minimalist cafe at Joo Chiat with good coffee

Was itching to visit Joo Chiat as I haven’t been in the longest time. Joo Chiat boasts a number of cafes including

  • Homeground Coffee Roasters
  • Choice Cut Goods + Coffee
  • Sinpopo Brand
  • Ninethirty

and the one that opened a couple of months ago, C Cafe. Sinpopo Brand and Ninethirty are both concepts by Awfully Chocolate, and have both been there for nearly a decade. Kudos to Awfully Chocolate for lasting so long in a fickle F&B industry.

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I had high hopes for C Cafe, given that it was almost full on a Tuesday morning at 9.30am. Seriously, don’t people need to work? Although a couple were deep in thought typing or scribbling away, most of the patrons were there to dine with friends or family.  We managed to snag one of the last seats at the minimalist white themed C Cafe.

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Free Cooking Classes!

Yes you heard me right. Free cooking classes from Weber! Weber is an American company specialising in grills and cooking systems, and they have recently opened a store and training centre in Joo Chiat Singapore.

ANYONE can sign up for the free cooking classes! You don’t have to be a customer of Weber, nor do you need to purchase anything to attend the classes! The classes are twice a month over a weekend. To RSVP, simply call the Weber Customer Service hotline or email them, details if you scroll to the end of the post.

Weber Grill Introduction to Grilling

Grilling class for the month of March

Of course, you’ll be using the state of the art Weber grills to do your cooking, but that’s not to say you couldn’t learn the skills to replicate the recipes at home on your own stove top. I have to warn you those, those grills look so sleek, you might just be tempted to cart one home after your grilling session.

Scroll down for pictures of the Singapore Weber store as well as pictures of the grilling session that I attended! We did roast chicken, steamed prawns Asian style and even cookies, all using Weber equipment. I kid you not!

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Oh Deli (Cafe) at East Coast Road

Oh Deli is one of those places I simply have to recommend as it seems to be off the radar of most cafe hoppers, even though the food served is really value for money. The reason it is off the radar is because Oh Deli has been around for years. It’s not one of those new cafes that have popped up in recent times that people keep instagramming about. In fact, the 1st and foremost business, as the name suggests, is the deli business.

As the story goes, a bunch of sisters, having lived in Australia for a number of years, found good meats to be lacking in Singapore, and hence started this business. It was probably in recent times (more than a year back), that Oh Deli ventured into the cafe business. And because they have the adjoining meat business, the cafe boasts a really value for money menu. You will find that the sandwiches and brunch items are very generously laden with ingredients, and reasonably priced, if not cheaper than usual. In fact, I almost hope that this remains a secret, because as it is, they have already increased their pricing slightly this year as compared to last, although the pricing still remains very attractive.

Oh Deli - Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7 (1)

 Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7

Check out this power packed chicken sandwich filled with chicken slices, avocadoes, bacon slices and lettuce on a multi grain bread. Only $7. Where can you beat that? We almost fell off our chairs when this mountainous pile arrived!

Oh Deli - Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

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Sinpopo Brand

It’s interesting how cafes are falling over themselves trying to come up with the quirkiest and most “non-cafe” kind of names you can think of. The latest to join the bandwagon of wacky names are cafes such as Relational Goods, Penny University (okay this one has grounds) and Sinpopo Brand. And don’t even get me started on Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which has got nothing to do with hardware with the exception of coffee machines!

And what’s weird with Sinpopo Brand did you say? Well, for those of you old enough to know, Sinpopo used to be the name of a notorious nightclub along Tanjong Katong road! According to my father, it probably closed around the late 80s. I can’t remember a thing about Sinpopo but somehow the name sounds familiar. My grandparents used to live around the Geylang area, so they might have mentioned Sinpopo in their conversations previously.

I have to admit, it’s a great name for an old-school themed cafe that Sinpopo Brand is, as the name does evoke thoughts of yesteryear. Name aside, the menu, serving dishes, decor and even the music has been carefully selected to bring us back to days gone by.

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This is the main entrance that greets you, I recall having a TV with sliding doors, already disused by the time I was aware of things, it served as a nice side table! Old school biscuits that are still quite easily available in Singapore if you know where to look. Sinpopo Brand gives these out to kids for free.

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Ice Bor $3.90

This is the reason why I really wanted to visit Sinpopo. I’ve never in my life ever seen an ice ball up until now, and I really wanted to try it. I’ve no idea if this is authentic or not, can someone tell me? According to my mother, the ice ball man will just pass you the ice ball and you eat it off your hands, no paper no plastic no plate! This version from Sinpopo, called ice bor, has some redbeans squashed into the centre, and for some reason, crushed peanuts at the top.

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Rabbit Carrot Gun

Yes… the name is weird for a cafe I know, but apparently this is the British version of Scissors Paper Stone. Here’s how it’s played:

Gun wins over Rabbit : Gun shoots Rabbit

Rabbit wins over Carrot : Rabbit eats Carrot

Carrot wins over Gun : Carrot can be stuffed into the Gun

So my question is…why can’t the Carrot win over the Rabbit by stuffing it up the Rabbit’s….

Okay I’ll be good, won’t go down that road… Smile Smile

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Easties rejoice, for we now have another cafe in the Eastern part of Singapore. Rabbit Carrot Gun is along East Coast Road, you know the row of shop houses directly opposite 112 Katong Mall. When I was there a month back, they were still in the midst of renovating the next door unit to turn it into a British Pub. I should return to check it out again.

As for Rabbit Carrot Gun itself, the food is British inspired, because the owner is from the UK. I was there only for brunch on the weekend, so I didn’t get to peruse the main menu, but I think there are a lot of interesting items. The brunch menu is unfortunately, extremely limited. If you’re not the muesli, then there’s basically only the big breakfast or the eggs benedict in several ways. This is what we had.

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My father as usual had the eggs florentine, which is poached eggs served on a bed of spinach served with homemade hollandaise sauce. As he almost always chooses eggs benedict/eggs florentine at all the brunch places we go to, he is the expert when it comes to eggs benedict. The portion at Rabbit Carrot Gun was a little on the small side for the price. Also, the bread base looked rather plain, as compared to the homemade bread types or brioche that you can get elsewhere. The eggs florentine tasted quite okay, not too bad, but certainly not something you would be keen to return in a hurry. I suppose this would be good for people who like their eggs benedict mild, and not covered in a ton of buttery hollandaise sauce.

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Game Keepers Shooting Breakfast – Scrambled or Fried Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Fine English Pork Sausage, Sautéed Mushrooms & Grilled Tomatoes Served with Fresh Toast

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