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Patisserie G, Singapore

May 12, 2013 1 comment

3D Latte Art but no 3D Glasses required..

3D Latte Art but no 3D Glasses required!

Chic japanese themed cafe located in Millenia Walk. Not a typical place that I would head to for a cup of cuppa. Heard and saw pictures of the 3d latte art totally made me want to check it out myself. Coffee beans are from local roastery Liberty Coffee was definitely a plus! Be sure to try out the desserts from the Cordon Bleu pastry chef Gwen Lim who has apparently worked under Pierre Herme himself! Pretty Awesome!

Patisserie G, Singapore

Cappuccino and Triomphe
Burnt salted caramel mousse and hazelnut sponge

Patisserie G
9 Raffles Boulevard,
#01-40 Millenia Walk,
Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6338-7578
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Singapore

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

*Drum rolls* CSHH is the flagship store of Papa Palheta. If you like PPP, you will definitely love this place featuring a Coffee Bar, Coffee Retail, The Roastery, The Workshop and The Annex. The roastery and coffee bar is exactly what it means, the annex is where the tasting happens (call and reserve in advance! 23 bucks!) and the coffee retail is where they display the coffee gadgets and add ons some of which are really interesting.

Jalan Besar is definitely not the easiest place to get to but I went there twice without driving. so its not impossible lol. Don’t be fooled by the front of the store, it may look closed due to the shutter grills but the “main entrance” is actually on the side, just like how PPP’s entrance was behind. Pretty cool concept and it definitely fits well into the entire row of shophouses in the area.

Check out the menu too. its really simple.. espresso + milk, espresso + water and brewed coffee. no coffee jargon involved. with a really interesting drink that I didn’t get a chance to try.. the beer (& coffee) moment where the description was something like Jungle Beer x Papa Palheta if I am not wrong. maybe someone who has tried that can let me know if its awesome 😛

Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Singapore

Espresso + Milk

Smooth, creamy with no residual bitterness.. Coffee junkies.. u know where to head to for your next caffeine fix.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel : +65 6396 0609
Tue-Thu: 9am-7pm
Fri-Sun: 9am-10pm

Toby’s Estate, Singapore

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Toby’s Estate, is a pretty renowned coffee chain in Australia. Originally in Toby’s Mum garage in Sydney now expanded to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Singapore, and even Brooklyn. They were also in the Union Square Holiday Markets in NYC. I kinda like the Robertson Quay area as its usually not too crowded and there’s plenty of dining areas. There’s also a couple of coffee places where you can sip your coffee by the river. Of course when the weather permits..

Toby's Estate, Singapore

Cappuccino

Sat by the river for a bit and it started pouring.. Coffee on a weekday afternoon was awesome nevertheless. *Thumbs up*

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street
Singapore 238216
Tel: +65 6636 7629
Daily: 7.30am – 6.00pm

Strangers’ Reunion, Singapore

Where can you can a better cup of coffee in Singapore than from Ryan Kieran Tan, two time National Barista Champion (2011, 2012), 2nd runner up of the World Latte Art Championship 2011 and owner of Strangers’ Reunion?

Theres a coffee on the menu thats unique and never seen in Singapore cafes, Magic (flat white with a double ristretto base), highly recommended by Ryan himself. On a side note, they recently started serving weekend brunch from 9am to 5pm.

Strangers' Reunion

Cappuccino

When I first saw the cup of cappuccino, I felt the cup looking strangely familiar (no pun intended)… Apparently, Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy are sisters cafe which explains the similar looking cups. What then is there not to like about Strangers’ Reunion? Coffee lovers should definitely pay this place a visit for the next caffeine fix.

Strangers’ Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 9368 3610
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Closed on Tuesday

Categories: Coffee, Singapore

Maison Ikkoku, Singapore

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy Lunar New Year to all!

I had a really great reunion dinner today. It was raining, so it was really perfect for steamboat (or hotpot, as some know it by). But the best thing about reunion dinner, is really not the dinner, but the reunion! It’s heartwarming to have the whole family huddling around the steamboat, eating and catching up. (: While my dad and mom spent the entire day preparing for the dinner, I was out this lovely Sunday, at Maison Ikkoku for a spot of brunch and coffee. Yes, I know, how un-helpful right? But, I reckon the more I help, the higher the chance of me botching things up, so I figured I might as well make myself useful elsewhere, contributing to the F&B industry.

Maison Ikkoku is named after a Jap manga and translated, it means “house of the moment”. Along Kandahar St (beside Good & Rich Cake Shop, THE place to get the best kaya swiss rolls), it is a three storey shophouse functionally sectorized by levels; level one is the cafe, two is a menswear boutique, and three has an alfresco cocktail bar (which I haven’t visited). Heard real good stuff about their coffee art, and I was not disappointed when I went today. The interior of Maison Ikkoku was fodder for thought and conversation when I went there with Q this afternoon. There were copper pipings that exposed a bulb at the end (we were wondering if it’s copper or brass), the plush pin-cushioned seats, the half-cupboards hanging on the ceiling (supposed to look like they’ve sunken through the second level floor), the old door that’s reused as a table-top, and many other things that kept us entertained. So this is probably a good place to bring a date if you are worried that there’ll be nothing to talk about. :p

I suppose MI wasn’t crowded today because it’s the eve of CNY, and most people were probably busy preparing for the festivities of CNY, so it was quiet and picturesque. We just lounged around the entire afternoon there, sipping coffee, which was quite potent, btw. I hear their baristas roast the coffee themselves weekly, and they’re trained by world-renowned Jap celebrity barista and latte art specialist, Hiroshi Sawada. Which explains the perfectly crafted latte art.

Maison Ikkoku

MI Misubi
Japanese short grain rice with seasoning & SPAM ham

This is one of their house specialty, and it’s like a luncheon meat sushi? But don’t underestimate this seemingly simple looking dish, it packs some umami in it, and if not for our main brunch courses coming up, we might have ordered more of this. And I do apologise for the unusual lighting of the photo, but I was trying to bounce the flash off the wall on the side because the ceiling was not only quite high up, it was also black in colour. Please be patient with noob me 🙂

Maison Ikkoku

S.E.A.T
Norwegian smoked salmon + scrambled eggs + avocado + sourdough toasts

Maison Ikkoku

MI Latte

If you excuse the bubbles (because I took too long to photograph it, being the noob that I am), then you can see for yourself that the latte art at Maison Ikkoku is indeed, exceptional. This is quite a big cup of latte, and I ordered it to photograph it, because I already had a cappuccino before this. Bigger cup = more distinct art. Looks about right, right?

When you are done getting your caffeine fix, do take a stroll up to the boutique on level two. There are many atas menswear labels from UK, Japan, US and France. Even if you do not buy anything, just browsing around in the eclectic shop is an interesting experience.

Maison Ikkoku may mean “house of the moment”, but I sure hope they don’t just become a place of the moment; hope they stick around long enough because they serve good food and really pretty coffee!

Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street, Singapore,
Singapore 198885
Mon – Thu:9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:00 am-11:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am-7:00 pm

CCK BBQ Chicken Wings

January 20, 2012 2 comments

This is a short and sweet post. Or so I intended for it to be.

Most people are bound to have their favourite comfort food. You know, the food that is always within reach, so you can go eat it in your slackest out-of-bed attire. And somehow, on any given day, it just tastes like the most amazing food, rain or shine, humid or very humid. For me, it’s the bbq chicken wings at this zichar place just round the corner where I live. I don’t quite remember how I chanced upon this place, because it is a little out of the way, but I suppose I probably have all the food within 2km radius of my home under my radar! Leave no food un-eaten! The zichar place is a little quirky, and because I’ve patronized them for such a long time, I kinda know all of the people working there. There is a forgetful uncle who takes drinks orders, who has forgotten to collect money from me before (don’t take advantage!), an Indian uncle who pengs the chicken wings and is very fluent in Mandarin, the black dog that is always around, and the ah lian auntie who is erm, never at the stall but comes scurrying when you need to order.

Their chilli is super good, and their wings are finger licking good. You gotta try them if you come by Choa Chu Kang! It’s along the row of shophouses behind Keat Hong Shopping Centre, opposite the defunct Keat Hong Camp. They sell out usually about 10-ish at night, so do come early. They used to cost $1.00 each, in the days of yore, but now they cost $1.30 each. I know right, inflation affects even chicken wings! I’ve seen the price rise with the years and I still love their wings. It’s just very sedap!

Choa Chu Kang Chicken Wings, Singapore

216 Coffee Shop (Hong Kiat Seafood Restaurant)
Blk 216 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1 Singapore 689477
Opening Hours: Dinner Time
Closed on Mondays.

Hummerstons Restaurant

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

After some entries of food from US, let me abruptly switch over to the local SG scene, because I just went to this awesome brunch place over the weekend, and I would like to share a bit on that.

One of my friend, Adam is relocating to Melbourne real soon (like tomorrow), and so we met up for brunch on Sunday. I had the Herculean task of deciding on the location, and after a struggle between a few good brunch places, I settled for Hummerstons at Robertson Walk for a couple of reasons.

  1. It’s opened by the previous executive chef of PS Cafe, ergo, decent food definitely, and of course, a huge vase of flowers ala PS Cafe style
  2. I like the deco from what I saw online; vintage chairs and a rather industrial kinda feel to the place
  3. Location. Adam wanted to have coffee after brunch at Toby’s Estate, which was at Rodyk St. So I was looking for some place within walking distance (although in the end we drove there, LOL)

The last reason had the most extensive clout, btw. Location, location!

Well, it turned out to be a good decision because we all loved the place and the food was good. It’s on the second level of Robertson Walk, so it’s quiet and conducive for chatting. What I appreciated most was the space utilization; Hummerstons is spacious but they did not try to cramp too many tables in it, and so one doesn’t feel like their conversation is being broadcasted to their neighbours. And it’s not one of those sound trapping spaces where you gotta compete with others to be heard. It’s really just right for a lazy brunch to read or to converse. Food-wise, we all had differing opinions on the taste but we generally enjoyed the meal. There were 4 of us, so this is one of the rare chances I get to take photos of so many dishes. 🙂

Hummerstons

The Hummerstons Breakfast
Eggs of choice (scrambled, sunny, poached, fried), bacon, smoked pork & garlic sausage, mushroom, roasted tomato, toast, homefries

Hummerstons

Traditional Pasta Carbonara
Spaghetti, mushrooms, bacon, onion, garlic oil, parmesan, basil & fresh egg

Hummerstons

Eggs Benedict
Toasted English muffins, poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, homefries

Hummerstons

Breakfast Tostada
Grilled smoked pork & garlic sausage, asparagus, caramelized onions, herb scrambled eggs & spiced pepper sauce, crispy corn tortilla

The food is more than decent, although the carbonara was a little dry and seemed more like an aglio olio dish, rather than creamy carbonara. That was the only gripe we had. Other than that, everything else was good. I will definitely take T here when he’s back, and that’s a good testimonial for the place, coming from me!

Hummerstons Restaurant
11 Unity Street
#02-14 Robertson Walk
Tel: +65 6737 8863
Tue to Fri: 12pm – 4pm (Lunch)
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 12am (Dinner)
Sat, Sun & PH: 10am – 4pm (Brunch)