Famous for their cold brew and waffles, Old Hen is no stranger to the cafe scene. A speciality coffee shop, the interior has an simplistic industrial design. The people of Old Hen are very passionate about the quality of the coffee they serve.
You may have seen this familiar picture repeatedly on every social media platform. Their cold brew has received positive reviews and is a must-try for all. For non-coffee lovers, go for their Valrhona Dark Cocoa. Both bottles are priced $6.50. Perfect for our hot tropical weather, diners never fail to order a bottle or two to cool off. In addition, don’t be surprised to see customers leaving with bottles in tow.
Smoked Salmon and Apple Toast: The combination of apples, raisins, cucumber and cream cheese make a great contrast to the savoury taste of the smoked salmon. Simply out-of-the-box and yet “delish”. Chicken Cheese Burrito: Shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, peppers, onions, melted cheese and homemade honey mustard all mixed up and wrapped up snuggly in a burrito. A hearty dish that promises to give you a satisfying and tasty meal. My companion really liked the dish but I was hoping for a more complex taste profile. I found it a little flat and sweet.
Croque Monsieur: Honey baked ham, bechamel(a rich white sauce made with milk infused with herbs and other flavourings) and melted cheese. Not the best I’ve tried but I love how unpretentious and cosy the dish is. Each bite guarantees you with a decadent mix of ham and cheese.
Never mind that “old hen” is a queer choice of name for a cafe, it is pretty smart to be honest. Despite its “ulu” location at Rangoon Road, the one-year-old cafe is easily crowded on a weekday late morning. The next time I’m back, I’m definitely giving their famed waffles a try!
Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road
#01-03 Singapore 218374
Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
There is something very alluring about Arteastiq: a linguistic play between Artistic, and tea. Interior designs are somewhat whimsical; a partition is created by hanging bird cages. Windows face the streets of Orchard, offering a view of Singapore’s most popular shopping district. Besides the view, Arteastiq is mainly known for 2 things: Their tea blends and its art jamming concept. For just $48, you can pretend to be Picasso for 3 hours and paint to your hearts content. Do check out their weekday promotion prices too. Iced Lycée Tea: One of the drinks that caught my attention was their iced lychee tea. Refreshing and addictive, it is the perfect drink to cool our hot tropical afternoon. Hot Ginger Tea: Ginger Tea has an acquired taste and not many can appreciate it. But it is known for its numerous health benefits and cure for common illness. Green Tea Latte and Chocolate Coffee: The green tea latte was unimpressionable, and in fact a little too milky. However, the chocolate coffee was jaw-dropping. Deep, dark chocolate Viva Duck: One of my favourite dishes at Arteastiq, smoked duck goes extremely well with the wraps.
Prime Dawn: Pan-fried potato-brocoli medallion, scrambled eggs and cheesy roasted tomato with sausage. Ante Meridiem: Cheesy potato gratin with salmon, topped with rockets. As usual, it is hard to find a place who can produce a perfectly seared salmon fillet.
There are many reasons to take a trip down to Arteastiq. Be it to paint or to grab an afternoon tea, one visit would never be enough to try the menu that they have to offer. To date, I’ve been here three times.
Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Weekday: 11am – 10:30pm
Weekend: 10am – 10:30pm
Tel: 6235 8370
My friend brought me here boasting of its great and unique pasta. So I held pretty high expectations of my dinner that night. Fortunately, I was not disappointed when I tried this dish. First impression does matters so at the first bite, you can tell that this is nothing like your typical Italian pasta dish. The special java curry sauce is so flavourful and yet, not too overwhelming for your taste buds. The cream sauce, that carries a mixture of spice and herbs, smothers the linguine, making you crave for that extra spoonful every single time. It is important to take note that the portion was perfect for a girl or a dude with a small appetite. I would recommend you to try out this dish or other pasta variety on a weekday as the corner shop has really limited seats.
Seafood Java Curry Linguine (S$11.90)
100 Beach Road
#01-43 Shaw Leisure Gallery