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The Coffee Daily @Serangoon Gardens

I have a love-hate relationship with cafes situated in ulu and inaccessible locations. Without a car, it is a pain to travel there but yet, these places are usually less crowded and ideal for coffee chats.  The best thing about The Coffee Daily is their free WIFI and availability of power sockets. I may sound like a hobo but I’m sure you understand how we need to drag ourselves out the house to do some work. Be it having a project meeting, mugging for the exams or even setting exam papers, the cafe is the perfect working place(at least for the weekdays).The Coffee Daily serves pretty decent coffee. Creamy, rich and sweet, just how I like my coffee. Rarely do cafe goers order nacho chips at cafes. They reserve their tummy for the rich and heavy stuff. Unfortunately, their Truffle Fries were sold out on that day and we really needed something to munch on. Smoked Salmon: Ever been in a situation where you have to portion each bite of smoked salmon with your croissant carefully because you do not want to be left with a single piece of carbo? Well, you do not have to worry about that here. They serve a generous portion of smoked salmon that goes mighty fine with the creamy scrambled eggs and fragrant croissant. All Day Breakfast: Nothing can go wrong with a cafe brunch staple like this. Every component is prepared with passion and served fresh. And if you need to celebrate a happy occasion, go ahead and order their speciality waffles. They will be more than happy to provide you candles and some extra service.

The Coffee Daily
75 Brighton Crescent
Singapore 559216

Opening Hours:
Mon to Thu: 12pm–10.30pm
Fri: 12am–11.30pm
Sat: 9.30am–11.30pm
Sun: 9.30am–10.30pm
Tel: +65 6284 8894

Old Hen Coffee Bar

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.

IMG_1080You 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

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Sat: 10am-6.30pm
Sun: 10am-10pm

Arteastiq @Mandarin Gallery

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. Photo 29-12-14 3 01 38 pmIced 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. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetHot 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. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetGreen 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 Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetViva Duck: One of my favourite dishes at Arteastiq, smoked duck goes extremely well with the wraps.
Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetPrime Dawn: Pan-fried potato-brocoli medallion, scrambled eggs and cheesy roasted tomato with sausage. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetAnte 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

Opening Hours:
Weekday: 11am – 10:30pm
Weekend: 10am – 10:30pm
Tel: 6235 8370

Pasta with a twist.

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)
Creation Cafe
100 Beach Road
#01-43 Shaw Leisure Gallery