Brunch @ Whale & Cloud

June 29, 2014 in European (cafe)

“Many will seek but not all shall find.” That is exactly what’s written on their instagram profile. And I must say, it’s true. For one, they have no website. Just an instagram account. It was by sheer chance that I learnt of them while I did my usual instagram-profile-hopping.

Two, it’s not easy locating their entrance! Their entrance is in fact the back door of unit 48. If you managed to park along Niven Road, please walk towards Rex Cinema (Merchant Road) to get to the back alley. We took off in the wrong direction and ended up taking a big detour. Alternatively, if you are taking the public transport (bus / cab), you can alight in front of Hotel 81 Selegie, cut across Hotel 81 (Oh yes, go through Hotel 81) and enter the (shared) back alley to see the blue door of Whale & Cloud immediately.

Uh huh, my friend and I cleverly thought of cutting through Hotel 81. It was by luck that Whale & Cloud is just behind Hotel 81. Keke.

Trying to enter Whale & Cloud is an experience in itself too. Their door is kept locked. Upon reaching, we had to knock, wait for a while before the door was opened for us. Thinking back, it was kinda funny cause when the staff opened the door for my friend and I, she had a surprised look. Well… A hidden gem like Whale & Cloud wouldn be kept long as a secret.

And the whole secrecy of their existence, together with their address having a ¾ , I couldn help but think of Harry Potter and the Platform 9¾.

There’s no menu. Instead, smacked in the centre of the space is a table where baked goodies offered for the day are placed. There was only one staff on duty, who was also the barista that took our coffee orders.

And we ordered:-

1) Carrot cake, $4 (above) – Cake was moist, not overly dense with generous amount of chopped walnuts. My friend felt the cake was a little sweet, but I liked it as it is.

2) Latte (above) – Comes with complimentary old school biscuits!

Our carrot cake was priced at $4, while payment for coffee is by tipping.

I will definitely recommend checking out Whale & Cloud for the experience of trying to locate them, ambience of the cafe and yummy baked goodies. I liked how it felt like we were entering a green house which effect was achieved with the exposed red bricks for the earth-soil feel (haha), potted plants hanging from the ceiling and most importantly, the place being lit with natural light entering through the glass ceiling.

Whale & Cloud makes an ideal place to sip coffee, enjoy a slice of cake while reading a book. Do come with a friend, although I wont encourage coming in a big group as the layout does not allow big groups to huddle. And with word getting round (fast), I am expecting them to get pretty crowded soon (we were told they are into their 2nd month of operation) which would not be a good thing because the very small cafe’s charm lies in its serenity.

I am hoping in the near future, Whale & Cloud will consider opening during weekdays.

48¾ Niven Road, Singapore
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Selected weekends
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
* Follow their instagram for updates
Service: 6

Lunch @ Compl(e)ments of

November 8, 2013 in European (cafe)

I have to admit I was confused between Temporium and Compl(e)ments of. I thought they were 2 different cafes. But… I saw the light. o_O Haha. Temporium is a lifestyle concept comprised of a pop-up store, diner and gallery. And it’s the diner that is called ‘Compl(e)ments of’. And the people behind ‘Compl(e)ments are’:-

  (A) Papa Palheta – Provides the coffee, tea and beers. No orange juice, etc
  (B) Wild Rocket – Dishes out the mains. 1 main for breakfast, 1 main for both lunch and dinner
  (C) Weekend Worker – Supplies ceramic wares on wooden tray

I arranged to meet my friend at 2.30pm with the plan to eat our lunch through to tea period, which starts at 3pm, so that we can then order and try more! However, that’s redundant as tea is available all day with selection of coffee, cakes and crossiants.

Rather, we got lucky.

We came knowing that breakfast is served till 11am and lunch starts at 11am. However we got confused and thought breakfast was available for the entire day as the menu wrote “all-day breakfast”. And we must have looked really disappointed when the staff corrected us at 2.30pm that breakfast was not available because he took the initiative to check with the kitchen if there were still eggs. And yes! We managed to try the breakfast! Keke. Not that I am encouraging everyone to try that (stunt). He was really being nice, and I guess it helped that we came on a quiet weekday afternoon. =)

The main for lunch & dinner changes every month. For the month of November, it’s Pork Donburi.

To those who are interested in previous months’, check out fellow bloggers’ reviews:-
  September: RubbishEatRubbishGrow on Salmon Red Rice Donburi
  October: Ms-SkinnyFat on Chili Crab Burger

And thus, from the menu, my friend and I ordered:-

1) Truffle soft boiled eggs, ‘pancake’ madeleine with bacon sour cream, $8 (above) – This will be the main for breakfast which is available till 11am. At first sight, the eggs look like the normal soft boiled eggs which are easily available from coffee shops. But break the yolk, take a mouthful and one can taste the subtle truffle flavouring in the eggs. Nice. But we did think it was weird to have bacon in the sour cream to go with the madeleine. Like, savoury don’t go together with sweet?

2) 3-courses set, $26 comprised of:–

(A) Latte (above) – We opted for the 3-courses set which gave us better value (for money). 3-courses include coffee / tea, main and dessert / cake. I chose latte for my choice of coffee.

(B) Pork donburi (above) – And what seem to be presented as healthy eating with the red rice, pork was braised with minimal marinade. But don’t judge its taste by its unappetizing colour for Wild Rocket had selected good meat. Pork was tender and juicy with a good amount of soft bone and fats. Nice!

(C) Teh tarik panna cotta, $8 (above) – This was our selection of dessert for our 3-courses. It’s almost like a deconstructed bubble tea (milk tea with pearls). Panna cotta was soothingly silky with the subtle familiar bitterness of tea.

Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Compl(e)ments of. And it definitely helped that we came on a quiet weekday afternoon where we shared the place with 3 other people. We were able to shop next door (which is connected to Compl(e)ments of) while waiting for our food. However, with only 2 long (communal) tables and 1 round tables that can fit 20 people at one time, I wouldn want to imagine how packed it will get on a weekend. Just imagine almost half of the eatery will be taken up with just 2 big families!

And I am making a guess! With the pattern of donburi-burger-donburi, I think December’s main will be a burger. Hmm… Something with lobster? =)

72/74 Dunlop Street, Singapore
6438 0363, Website
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Tues – Thur, Sun : 9:30 – 20:00
Ambience: 7
Fri & Sat : 9:30 – 22:00
Value: 6
* Closed on Mon. Till March ’14
Service: 6

Dinner @ Cocotte

October 11, 2010 in French

Full view of the kitchen!

And I was surprised when my friend suggested ordering 4 appetizers and 2 mains. I assumed he’s a small eater after he commented on my huge appetite on two earlier occasions. (^^lll) But to be able to choose so many dishes really got me very delighted. Haha!

Shared Appetizer #1: Homemade Pork Rillettes

Shared Appetizer #2: Moules A La Normande

Shared Appetizer #3: Escargot Gougeres

Shared Appetizer #4: Pan-Seared Scallops

Shared Main Course #1: Poulet Roti

Shared Main Course #2: Roast Pork Collar

Shared Dessert: Raspberry Cream Cheese Mousse

However, sadly, the food din live up to our expectations. Which was weird especially with all the hype created by the media. Just a day before dinner, Cocotte was published in ‘The Straits Times’. And in the papers, it was mentioned of how good the chicken was. And while we tried the Poulet Roti, the dish was nice. But not exactly worth all the rave. Hmm…

2 Dickson Road, Wanderlust Hotel, Level 1, Singapore
(65) 62981188

There were hits and there were misses. Thus leaving us with neutral feelings about the food.
Polite, friendly staff.
A little dim, but I liked the design and casual dining atmosphere of the place! The washed walls, timber floor and colourful steel chairs.

Must Try: Moules A La Normande, Roast Pork Collar