Lunch @ Cafe Melba

June 18, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It’s one of those rare days where my colleagues and I could go for extended lunch. Since such moments don’t come by often these days, we were fast in deciding to head out. And head out? It had to be at somewhere fancier. Haha. And Cafe Melba popped up in our search result when we Google-ed up ‘cafes in the East’.

The good thing about going to cafes during weekday was that we need not worry about the crowd. As compared to the weekend crowd. So yes, we easily got a table for 6 people. We chose to sit within the air-conditioned space instead of taking the alfresco seats. And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), we ordered:-

1) Fries, $8 (above)

2) Mozzarella stuffed potato rosti, $16 (above)

3) Lamb vindaloo, $26 (above)

4) Chicken parmigiana, $22 (above)

5) Catch of the day, $30 (above)

6) Smoked carbonara, $21 (above)

7) Three little pigs pizza, $18 (above)

8) Granny apple crumble, $12 (above)

9) Latte, $6 (above)

My colleagues and I had a good lunch at Cafe Melba. We were pleased with our choices of savoury dish, although we couldn’t say the same for our (one and only) dessert. So while the dishes were slightly pricier, I would recommend Cafe Melba. It has a good capacity for big groups too.

But if one is hoping to nail a instagram worthy shot of the food… Don’t expect anything hipster. Which is a compliment. A good cafe should keep patrons’ stomachs happy and not the eyes. o_O

90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Blk N, #01-56, Singapore
6440 6068, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 10:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Sat – Sun : 08:30 – 22:00
Value: 7
Service: 7

Brunch @ Bee’s Knees at The Garage

February 14, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having heard of a new cafe opening at Botanical Garden, my ex-colleagues and I decided to head over for breakfast. And we decided to meet early at 10am since the cafe doesn’t take reservation, and mainly because I had to rush off by 12.30pm. Keke.

The building which houses Bee’s Knee at level 1 (cafe during the day) and Botanico at level 2 (restaurant by night) is called The Garage. And The Garage is located at the end nearer to Bukit Timah (Botanic Gardens MRT station) rather than Tanglin (Orchard MRT station). No surprise we ladies all arrived by cabs. Haha.

And we chose to sit in the air-conditioned unit instead of alfresco area. However, when we were placing our orders at the cashier, we realised the pasta and pizza were only available at 11.30am. We were slightly disappointed to hear that. It was not mentioned anywhere on their menu.

But thankfully, we had lots to catch up. And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Waffle, $14 (above) – Caramelised apples, greek yoghurt, cranberries. A pure disappointment. I didn’t like anything about it.

2) Smokey salmon focaccia, $14 (above) – Smoked salmon, cream cheese, herbs, beetroot, marinated Japanese cucumber. It would be better if they were more generous with the ingredients. But the accompanying chips were addictive.

3) Truffle carbonara la pasta, $18 (above) – Spaghetti, truffle, bacon, parmesan, rocket, confit onion. It’s probably the air-conditioner that’s pretty strong. Cause by the time we portioned the pasta into quarters (which I did pretty quick), the pasta was cold. Cold pasta? That’s a big no, no. My ex-colleagues also agreed the taste was just normal. Nothing impressive.

4) Carnivore la pizza, $25 (above) – Tomato, mozzarella, Italian sausage, smoked chicken breast, salami. For non-beef eaters like me, do note the salami contains beef. That said, the first few bites were salty. But it got better as we ate towards the crust…

5) Chai latte, $5 (above) – My ex-colleague was disappointed with the lack of latte art.

6) Strawberry milkshake, $8 (above) – Nice.

I won’t say Bee’s Knees is a cafe worth making that special trip down just for their food or ambience. Instead, Bee’s Knees is a nice place to rest and grab a quick bite if one is (already) at Botanical Gardens.

50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
6264 7978, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 08:00 – 18:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 6
Service: 6

Dinner @ Hyde & Co.

February 10, 2017 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

It was a Muslim colleague’s birthday, and we decided to celebrate by having dinner at Hyde & Co. together. Am totally blessed to find friends among my colleagues. =) Reservation was not necessary for weekday evenings, but we still went ahead to make one because we were a big group of 7.

Parking was limited to the parking lots in front of the shop houses. But we managed to find one without much difficulty, probably because it was a weekday evening.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) Truffle fries, $15 (above) – Premium truffle infusion with parmesan.

2) Flash fried calamari, $12 (above) – Served with homemade kaffir like aioli.

3) Popcorn chicken, $10 (above) – Chipotle maple drizzle with buttered popcorn. We certainly didn’t expect a very literal take on the dish name. Popcorns with chicken? Now, that’s a really weird combination that didn’t work at all.

4) Truffle crawfish mac & cheese, $22 (above) – Chef Nazz’s truffle mac & cheese with Norwegian crawfish and roasted nushrooms.

5) Miso salmon, $23 (above) – Norwegian salmon marinated in miso, hericot vert served with crushed potato.

6) Curried tempura cod fish & chips, $25 (above) – Cod fillet, Belgian fries, wasabi slaw served with homemade tartar. Batter was weird, and texture of fish was too flaky. This didn’t work for us.

7) Half roasted chicken, $21 (above) – Cajun rubbed half chicken with laksa cream sauce, served with homemade truffle silken mash and roasted vegetables.

8) Ondeh ondeh roasties, $10 (above) – Brioche toast, grated pandan coconut, gula melaka drizzle, vanilla ice cream.

9) Gingerbread Christmas waffle, $15 (above) – Caramelised apples, poached raisins, vanilla bean ice cream with salted caramel drizzle on a cinnamon waffle.

10) Butterscotch popcorn waffle, $15 (above) – Homemade butterscotch sauce, popcorn, bananas, vanilla bean ice cream.

11) Latte, $5.50 (above)

12) Mocha, $6 (above)

13) Into the woods, $7.50 (above) – Iced berries hibiscus tea.

Based on the raves of Hyde & Co. when they newly joined the cafe scene, I honestly expected more from them. So it was disappointing that I left the cafe unimpressed. Would I recommend? No. Not even when one is in the area since there are many other cafes in the vicinity. But for our Muslim counterparts where choices could be limited since not many cafes are Halal-certified, one just need to order the right dishes.

785 North Bridge Road, Singapore
6635 5785, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 5
Mon : 12:00 – 18:00
Ambience: 6
Wed – Fri : 12:00 – 22:00
Value: 6
Sat : 11:00 – 22:00
Service: 6
Sun : 11:00 – 18:00
* Closed on Tues