I’ve transferred to a different clinic but I still miss my nurses from my old clinic. We thought a Sat after work would be a good time for a meet-up. Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year was looming and everyone was busy with spring cleaning. Luckily, DrGoodEats and one of the nurses was still able to make it. And since DrGoodEats always knows where the best places to eat, we relied on her to do her research and pick a place.
She picked Atlashouse. Which is located on Duke’s Road in Bukit Merah. When I first got there (after trekking all the way from Bedok), there was a long line outside the door and my heart temporarily sank. I mean, this is a brunch cafe. And it was already 1.30pm. What in blazes are Singaporeans doing brunch at 1.30pm? Its already lunch! After a quick phone call, it was quickly established that DrGoodEats had the hindsight to make reservations. Phew.
Obviously, coffee was ordered first. I had a latte. Not too bad. Just the correct amount of milk. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic flower design.
And then we ordered some truffle fries as an appetizer followed by a mushroom toast with scrambled eggs which I thought was delicious. We also ordered the mushroom pasta. I thought the pasta was a little too heavy but the other two ladies really enjoyed it.
This was followed rather quickly by dessert. The chocolate tart is my favorite (better than the one at Prego). And the waffle ice cream was really good. I can’t remember what sort of cream puff or doughnut we ordered, but I do remember it was very generously dusted with sugar.
Overall, not a bad place to go hangout. But its terribly crowded and I felt a little rushed. Yes, I know. Its a weekend. Bound to be rushed no matter what. But given the distance, I’m quite certain that I would have been able to find something just as nice in the East. That said, the company was good and we were very well fed in the end. Total bill was $104. So a little pricey, but really, quite standard for a hipster joint.
In a span of a week, I had dinner at the Swissotel Stanford’s Kopi Team 3 times! The main reason was because the FAR card was expiring and I was trying to use up the vouchers. In general the Kopi team can be described as a very expensive local coffeeshop. They have all the local food served in a hotel restaurant. I didn’t have high hopes for the food but our first visit was such a nice surprise I went back a second time after getting quite tipsy at a happy hour event. The third time was with my parents and it was on the 3rd day of the Chinese New YEAR holiday.
In general the food is rather good. In fact probably better than the food at the Tang’s Island Cafe. My main quibble was the price. Obviously eating there isn’t cheap. Not by local standards anyway. But when you are paying that much you expect better service. The waiters were often distracted. I suspect they were short staffed or something.
I really liked their hor fun. The smell was amazing and you know there was sufficient ‘wok hei’.
We also tried the assam fish and mixed it up a bit with some oyster omelette.
And because it is #cny2017 we ordered the herbal shrimp for some giggles.
And a yam ring for a sweet year.
And for dessert bo bo char cha was ordered because you really can’t claim to offer local delights if you can’t make good bo bo char char.
The goreng pisang was ordered because the pisang literally melts in your mouth.
Well if you are in town and looking for a nice place to sit and rest your legs….this might be a good place to try!
A couple of weeks ago, mom and I were undecided on what or where to eat. We just knew that I wanted to eat something but what? We went all the way to the airport, thinking maybe we might have some Thai food but somehow after we got there, it didn’t seem so appealing anymore. Then mom had the bright idea of going back to Bedok North Ave 4 and trying out one of the fancy hipster cafes that she had heard so much about. It was only 5pm so we figured it won’t be hard to get a table (and thankfully we were right!)
Together Cafe, I gather, has been around for a bit. It has all the features a hipster cafe should have including raw-ish looking walls, exposed piping, cutesy inspirational messages on the walls. The staff were all extremely young, probably all students. They don’t accept credit cards, only cash or nets. But how is the food?
According to the World Wide Web, their forte is the molten cake with ice cream. We made the mistake of ordering it without ice cream. The cake was pass-able but I can’t see anything to shout about. The steak was quite tender and the chicken chop was good. But again, nothing to rave about. Their peach ice lemon tea was quite good though. Between the two of us, the bill came up to be about $35. So not super pricey. But not super cheap either. I still can’t believe that my old ‘hood has gentrified so much that a place like that exists. But there you have it. Times change and I just have to accept it.
I remembered reading about the Selfie Coffee in the Straits Times and I took a picture of it, whatsapped it to the Beau and said that we were going to visit it when he arrived. I don’t think he took me too seriously because he just said, sure babe. Well, on his first day here, after dragging him through the narrow streets of Haji Lane (made even narrower by construction) surrounded by (probably expensive) hipster clothes and an express manicure, we stumbled upon the Selfie Coffee. Well, stumbled is a bit of an understatement since there is a huge coffee sculpture with the words Selfie Coffee written on it.
When we entered the area where you order (and collect the coffee), there was a wall with a list of their various types of coffee. There was also a nice display case with some pastries (we debated between the carrot cake and the chocolate lava cake for quite a while). Towards the back of the wall was also a bucket of props for people who were going to take their selfies for the selfie coffee. After ordering a mocha frappe selfie coffee, the waitress passed us her iphone and told us to take a selfie. After two or three tries, we finally got a picture that actually had the two of us in the picture (I know…we aren’t the best with tech). She handed us one of those buzzer thingys and told us to collect it when the buzzer goes off. As there was a sign leading upstairs that said Galifrey, I naturally insisted we had to go up to see if we could spot a Time Lord or two. At the top of the landing was a pink flamingo with some weird looking rabbits and a seating room with some tables and chairs with a sort of weird jungle theme to it. The Beau felt a bit closed in so we ended up heading downstairs and sitting outside (in the heat!) instead.
After a while, we finally got our prize! The coffee itself actually doesn’t taste too bad. The selfie is printed on a rather thick layer of cream. I’m not a huge fan of cream, but the mocha frappe beneath it was decent. It has a decent amount of caffeine in it and didn’t taste too bland.
We did settle on having the carrot cake which was delicious. I’ll be honest, it was quite fun to have a picture painted on the cup. But I’m not sure how sustainable that is as a business model. I think its good that the coffee itself is decent and although they have a rather limited collection of pastries, it actually does taste pretty good. I think if I ever visit the Haji Lane area again, I probably will stop by for some coffee. That said, I don’t really see myself frequenting Haji Lane too much unless if I have visitors from overseas, or if I suddenly feel rather flush. Well, I know I want to go back and get my nails done again so I suppose I might get some coffee and cake there (that is, if I haven’t been filling up too much on that lovely lemonade already). But getting my nails done is a bit of a rare occasion for me (unless if I have another girlfriend accompanying me, I rarely will go about it on my own…).