The Dream Cafe – Block 163 Lor 1 Toa Payoh

22/7/2014 – Amidst the rising amount of cafes that are opening in Toa Payoh, The Dream Cafe quietly opened last year.

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The menu here consist of ice cream, waffles, hot and cold beverages such as coffee and tea, and light snacks.
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Do not miss out on the Belgian Waffles here! The Belgian Waffles with Salted Caramel Almond ($7; waffles + 1 scoop of your choice) is a great choice as the waffles had the right amount of crisp to match with the softness of the waffles, though the batter was a bit dense for a Belgian Waffle. The Salted Caramel Almond ice cream is sweet with a distinct almond taste.
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Being in a quiet part of Toa Payoh despite its proximity to the central hub, this place does serve as a great place for people who wants a quiet environment to enjoy their desserts or drinks or to study (as it opens until late).

Ratings:
Food: 7.4/10 (good waffles, great ice cream)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (nicely lit, warming)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.3/10 (great service)

The Dream Cafe
Block 163 Lor 1 Toa Payoh
#01-1016
Singapore 310163
Operating Hours: 1pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri)
Tel: +65 6258 3120
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thedreamcafe

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Seriously Ice Cream – Block 4 Everton Park

25/7/2014 – Everton Park has welcome another cafe to its premises, one that it lacked of – an ice cream parlour. The owner, Daniel Teo, used to own a boutique shop at Haji Lane.

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There are 12 flavors of ice cream available here, which also includes a mystery flavour that is being introduced every day.
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The menu here. There are plain and savory waffles here to complement with your ice-cream, as well as coffee and tea.
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Besides being an ice cream parlour, there is a retail section that sells various accessories (that probably came from his previous venture at Haji Lane)
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The Plain Waffles with Brownies Points ($7.20 for waffles + 1 scoop ($4.50 for waffles + $2.70 for 1 scoop), +$0.80 for premium flavour) was rather mixed. While the plain waffles is soft, it tasted much like its flavour – plain, and is briefly enhanced by the syrup. The Brownies Points ice cream is much better though, as the brownie flavor is much thorough and there are also brownie bits inside.
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Being a 4-day old cafe during the day of visit, they will definitely have time to improvise on the existing food items and introduce newer ice cream flavors. If you are dining in the Everton Park / Tanjong Pagar / Outram Park area and wanting to chill, give this place a visit!

Ratings:
Food: 7.1/10 (great ice cream, waffles needs improvement)
Ambience: 7.4/10 (simplistic)
Comfort: 7.3/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.5/10 (great service)

Seriously Ice Cream
Block 4 Everton Park
#01-44
Singapore 080004
Operating Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Tel: +65 9621 6889
Website: https://www.facebook.com/seriouslyicecream

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Sin Lee Foods – Block 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee

1/7/2014 – Sin Lee Hup Kee used to be a coffeeshop here that is famous for their lor mee and prawn mee. Unable to find a successor to their business, the ex-owner sold the coffeeshop to the current owner. The current owner, Sin Lee Foods, also runs Batter, a small crepe joint at National University Hospital, that sells sweet & savoury crepes. Since we’re around the area, why not visit Sin Lee Foods on their first day?

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They have reused the outdoor seatings left from the former owner to provide alfresco seatings.
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There is definitely a variety of items to choose from the menu!
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Papa Palheta’s Throwback blend is used for their coffee here. The Flat White ($5.50) is chocolatey, high on acidity and left a slightly bitter aftertaste.
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The Big B ($18.90) is the typical big breakfast that comes with scrambled hen’s eggs, streaky bacon, mushroom ragout, thick sausage, roasted russet potatoes, vine tomatoes relish, parmesan arugula salad and thick cut French country toast spreaded with mayonnaise. These were executed nicely, with the mushroom ragout being a personal favourite for being creamy, and the streaky bacon being the least favourite because it was too dry for my liking despite being crispy and savoury.
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The Iron Grill Waffles of the Day ($13.90) are waffles topped with a Hokkaido Milk ice cream, fruits & berries. The ice cream is milky and flavourful, the fruits & berries are fresh and the waffles is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a distinct buttermilk taste.
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The service and environment here is warming as well. A great attempt at preserving a part of the former’s memory still as the outdoor seatings and the signage of the former has been kept despite most of the fixtures of the former coffeeshop being gone. Although it is slightly more expensive than other places of its type and location, why not give this place a visit if you are around the Tiong Bahru / Bukit Ho Swee / Havelock area?

Ratings:
Food: 7.8/10 (great food and coffee)
Ambience: 7.6/10 (nicely decorated)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.6/10 (great service)

Sin Lee Foods 新利合记
Block 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
#01-164
Singapore 162004
Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun)
Tel: +65 6377 3170
Website: -

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Tian Kee & Co. – Block 12 Dakota Crescent

28/6/2014 – Tian Kee & Co. used to be a 54-year old provision shop that was operated by an old couple. The current owner immediately wanted to take over the shop when the previous owners decided to retire. The current shop, a cafe, retains the original name of the provision shop it previous occupies and part of the original decor.

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There is a small selection of bakes and cakes here. Unfortunately, the ice cream section was not fully set-up and the brunch menu was not up on the day of the visit.
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The drinks menu here is mainly focused on coffee, with a small selection of tea.
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The coffee here uses blends from Dutch Colony Coffee. The Flat White ($5) is full-bodied and has a low acidity but is slightly burnt and resulted in a slight bitter taste, a taste that is less apparent in their blends.
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All of the cakes here are supplied by popular online bakery Cat & The Fiddle. The Mao Shan Wang ($6.50) cheesecake comes with generous amount of Mao Shan Wang durian meat, and tasted creamy and indulging! This is a must recommend for durian lovers!
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The Banana Chocolate Muffin ($3.50) is heated up when it was served. It is fluffy and moist with a rich banana taste. The chocolate bits complemented the banana taste as well.
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Although currently most of the food there are pre-made from other places, they have a brunch menu coming up soon and the nostalgic environment and the humble service here will definitely attract people to visit. If you are around the Dakota / Old Airport area, don’t give this place a miss!

Note: As of July onwards, they have started serving all-day brunch menu.

Ratings:
Food: 7.0/10 (good coffee, great bakes and cakes)
Ambience: 7.9/10 (nostalgic environment)
Comfort: 7.7/10 (ample seatings; equally spaced out)
Service: 7.6/10 (great service)

Tian Kee & Co.
Block 12 Dakota Crescent
#01-48
Singapore 390012
Operating Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tues – Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri – Sun)
Tel: +65 9106 6616
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tiankeedakotacrescent

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The Hideout – Block 32 Cassia Crescent

28/6/2014 – The Old Airport estate has been an enclave of cafes in recent times. The Hideout, a 2-week old cafe, that is situated next block to Maple & Market, is one of the newest addition to this quiet estate.

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Besides specializing themselves in ice creams & cakes, a small selection of coffee (from Vittoria Coffee) and tea are available.
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The Blackforest Shortcake ($4.80) is rather normal. The chocolate taste is just nice, but the top layer felt more like cream cheese than whipped cream. The tinge of cherry taste is absent as well, making it feel less like a black forest cake.
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The Buttermilk Waffles with Italian Cookies & Mango Passionfruit ($11.90) is also rather disappointing. The waffles is slightly crisp and soft, but the buttermilk taste was less apparent. The Italian Cookies and Mango Passionfruit ice creams tasted chocolatey, fruity and sweet, but are otherwise rather normal.
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A great addition to this neighbourhood as this place did not had a ice cream parlour (though there is another Korean ice cream parlour that opened recently quite near to Brawn & Brains). The service staffs are friendly though they could have handled orders better. If you are around the Old Airport area looking for something to chill in the hot weather, this place is one suitable place to visit!

Ratings:
Food: 6.5/10 (acceptable waffles and shortcake; need improvements)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (nicely lit)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seatings)
Service: 7.1/10 (great service but need improvements)

The Hideout
Block 32 Cassia Crescent
#01-50
Singapore 390032
Operating Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sun)
Tel: -
Website: -

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Craftsmen Specialty Coffee – Siglap V

19/5/2014 – Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is now open!

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Yes! After a temporary closure due to staff training, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, which specializes in coffee and cakes, had a reopening just few days ago.
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Besides from the food options, they also have appliances for sale here.
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Dutch Colony Coffee Co.’s blends are used here. The Flat White ($4.50) tasted strong and firm, yet has a low acidity that everyone can enjoy.
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The bakes and pastries here are supplied by online bakery Fathiscakes and Bonheur Pattiserie. The Salted Caramel Popcorn ($8.90), one of the cakes baked by Fathiscakes, is firm and satisfying. The caramel taste is just right; flavourful and not too sweet. Add a pinch of salt with popcorns on every mouthful and this will became a delightful cake to have.
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The location also meant that it is a quiet respite for people to relax with a cup of coffee or to study in during the day. With its reopening, the Siglap / East Coast area has now yet another cafe to be added to its list.

Ratings:
Food: 7.6/10 (great coffee)
Ambience: 7.3/10 (dimly lit)
Comfort: 7.2/10 (communal seating; lack of seating)
Service: 7.6/10 (great service)

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
2 First Street
#01-01
Singapore 458278
Operating Hours: 8.30am – 8pm
Tel: -
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Craftsmen.Specialty.Coffee

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The BelGaufre – PoMo

10/5/2014 – PoMo has had numerous change of tenants for the past few years. With Kaplan recently occupying the higher levels of PoMo, the latter has also went through another round of tenant changes. It now offers more F&B choices instead. The BelGaufre is one of the food stalls that resulted from this change.

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There are different type of waffles to choose from, from the savoury wafflewiches to the sweet and fruity waffles, from liege waffles to brussels waffles.
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The Signature Custard & Roasted Almond ($3.80) waffles came in the liege variant. The custard was rather soft and goes really well with the roasted almond. The liege waffle here is similar to the original methods; it tasted rather similar to bread, is filling and chewy.
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The Banana Rumba ($4.50) is one of the chef recommendation. This waffle, made Brussels style, came with lots of sliced bananas and roasted almond and covered with chocolate sauce is a must have. The Brussels waffle is soft and light, allowing the bananas and almond to unleash its full taste. The downside about the Brussels waffle here is that it is less crisp. I would have chose the Liege variant instead as the Brussels waffles, because of its light taste, is not to my preference.
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With the unique type of waffles that they are serving, and its proximity to the Dhoby Ghaut / Bencoolen area, this place has a great potential for more customers to drop by as visitor flow to PoMo increases.

Ratings:
Food: 7.6/10 (great variety and taste of waffles)
Ambience: 7.3/10 (simple; rather dimly lit)
Comfort: 7.0/10 (small space; cramped seating)
Service: 7.4/10 (good service)

The BelGaufre
1 Selegie Road
#01-22 PoMo
Singapore 188306
Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm
Tel: -
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thebelgaufre/

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Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – The Grandstand

16/5/2014 – It has been since some time ago that I had wanted to go to Dutch Colony Coffee Co. because it serves as a roaster, a supplier and a coffee stall at the same time. Than to wait and visit a place that serves its blends, why not visit the source of the coffee?

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Besides selling coffee drinks, they also sell different coffee beans and blends, as well as pies and cakes supplied from Windowsill Pies.
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The Latte ($4.50) tasted strong and firm and is definitely pleasing to those who prefers coffee with low acidity.
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Located within PasarBella of the Grandstand, this may be a inaccessible place to come to so if you are around the Bukit Timah area, this place is just nearby!

Ratings:
Food: 7.6/10 (great coffee)
Ambience: 7.3/10 (dimly lit)
Comfort: 7.2/10 (communal seating; lack of seating)
Service: 7.6/10 (great service)

Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
200 Turf Club Road
#02-K67/K68 (PasarBella @ The Grandstand)
Singapore 287994
Operating Hours: 9.30am – 7pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 9.30am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
Tel: +65 6467 0255
Website: http://www.dutchcolony.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/Dutch.Colony.Coffee

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Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee – 534 MacPherson Road

14/5/2014 – Recently opening their Singapore branch with much hype 2 months ago (to the extent of having to queue up to 2-3 hours just for the food on their first few days), Restoran Kin Kin is a popular restaurant in KL specializing in their chilli pan mee.

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Besides having the original pan mee and other types of you mian, they also have soups.
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The Signature Dry Chilli Pan Mee ($5) looks like an ordinary dry ban mian when it was served out, but after mixing the chilli paste that is provided on the table, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the favourites here. The chilli, while not being overly spicy, brought out the flavour in the ban mian after mixing the minced meat, ikan bilis, poached egg, fried onions and meatballs. It tasted like a dry ramen you can get in a Japanese restaurant, except that this is more flavourful, more filling, less dry and definitely more spicier (but less spicier than other types of noodles).

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The chilli that is responsible for the great tasting pan mee.
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As the hype for this place becomes more manageable, it is now easier to have a meal here (be it for lunch or for dinner, dine-in or takeaway). Given that this place is around the MacPherson / Tai Seng area, this place will be filled with the lunch crowd!

Ratings:
Food: 7.6/10 (great pan mee)
Ambience: 7.1/10 (simply decorated)
Comfort: 7.3/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.4/10 (good service)

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee 建记辣椒板面
534 MacPherson Road
Singapore 368220
Operating Hours: 11am – 8pm
Tel: +65 6743 1372
Website: -

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Brownice – Sin Ming Centre

28/4/2014 – The Upper Thomson area has enjoyed popularity for offering different F&B choices. Ice cream parlours are no strangers here, with Salted Caramel, Udders, NeLi and Scoopz within the shophouses. One of the earliest tenants of the area, Brownice, is located further inwards, within Sin Ming Centre, which specializes in ice cream made from all natural, egg-free and non-dairy products.

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Satisfying my waffle cravings, I ordered the Waffles with Peanut Butter Chocolate ($7.30; $3.80 for waffles, $3.50 for 1 scoop). The waffles is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The Peanut Butter Chocolate accompanying it, while trying to strike a balance between both flavours, tasted more chocolatey than the peanut butter taste.
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Anyone can enjoy the ice cream here without feeling guilty due to the nature of the contents. If you are around the Sin Ming / Upper Thomson area, this is one spot that should not be missed.

Rating:
Food: 7.5/10 (great waffles and ice cream)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (simplistic)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.4/10 (good service)

Brownice
8 Sin Ming Road
#01-03 Sin Ming Centre
Singapore 575628
Operating Hours: 1pm – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 1pm – 12mn (Fri – Sun)
Tel: +65 6456 6431
Website: http://www.brownice.com/
or https://www.facebook.com/BrowniceIceCream

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Bloomsbury Bakers – Block 30 Bendemeer Road

15/4/2014 – Two classmates, Ng Hui Yi and Ann Chong studied at Le Cordon Bleu in London, which is located in Bloomsbury Square. That is how the name of the shop, Bloomsbury Bakers, came about. Situated in Bendemeer, this place is only a 5 minute walk away from Boon Keng MRT.

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The menu here is simple. Cakes are their specialty here, with a small selection of drinks.
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The Lychee Martini Cake ($7) are not for the faint-hearted here as it tasted rather heavy and the lychee bits between the layers of the lychee cake is covered in martini. When compared to Pine Garden’s Cake (the only other place to serve Lychee Martini Cake), Pine Garden’s will fare better as it is more wallet-friendly and the taste of the martini is more distinct and even throughout the lychee bits.
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Despite being located in a relatively aged estate, it is able to even attract aged people as there are old people patronizing the shop every now and then. If you are around the Bendemeer / Boon Keng area, this place is also a quiet area to visit and relax.

Ratings:
Food: 7.5/10 (great cakes)
Ambience: 7.6/10 (simplistic; feels out-of-town)
Comfort: 7.3/10 (wooden chairs that feels uncomfortable at times; ample seating)
Service: 7.5/10 (great service)

Bloomsbury Bakers
Block 30 Bendemeer Road
#01-889
Singapore 330030
Operating Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
Tel: +65 6299 3450
Website: http://www.bloomsburybakers.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/BloomsburyBakers

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Three Hands Coffee – 17 Binjai Park

17/4/2014 – Located within the quiet estate of Binjai Park in Bukit Timah lies 2 rows of shophouses that seemed self-sufficient for the residents there, ranging from F&B establishments to clothings to even furnishings. What seems to be Taberna Wine Academy that is usually closed in the day has since houses yet another cafe that is much like One Man Coffee in Thomson, which only operates in the day.

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The drinks menu. There is also a limited selection of pastries and cakes.
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The Terra Firma blend from Papa Palheta is used for the coffees here. The Flat White ($5.50) tasted strong, while maintaining the milkiness without being too overpowering.
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This quiet estate enjoys a great selection of shops, be it food-related or not. With the addition of this place (although not permanently as this is only a temporary location until they find a place to relocate to), there is now yet another place to choose from for dining or just to relax in the afternoons! If you are around the Bukit Timah area, give this place a try!

Ratings:
Food: 7.6/10 (great coffee)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (classy feel)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.5/10 (great service)

Three Hands Coffee
17 Binjai Park
Singapore 589825
Operating Hours: 9am – 5pm
Tel: -
Website: http://www.threehandscoffee.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/threehandscoffee

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Percolate – Block 136 Bedok North Ave 3

16/4/2014 – Opened about a few weeks back by a barista who worked previously in Loysel’s Toy, Percolate has already gained a name for itself. Selling sandwiches, cakes and coffee, this place is flooded with people during the weekends (which is why I chose to go there on a weekday!)

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It is interesting to note that the bakes and drinks here comes from various sources. The bakes and cakes here comes from Cakestand, a bakery located at Katong Shopping Centre that also operates an online order system. The pastries are from French bakery BAO. The tea comes from local tea company Amuse Projects, and the coffee? Papa Palheta’s Terra Firma blend (of course!)

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The drinks and sandwich menu is rather simple.
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There is a high tea set which cost $8.50, consisting of any cakes + coffee/tea. The Chocolate Cake ($6) here feels firm and tasted great. Chocolate lovers will definitely like this.
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The 5oz White ($4) tasted strong and smooth, but may not suit those who don’t want their coffee to taste too acidic as this one can be slightly stronger.
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Given their location (near the Bedok Town Centre), it is easy to visit the place especially since other cafes around Bedok are further inwards in Fengshan and doesn’t really specialize in coffee.

Ratings:
Food: 7.7/10 (great cake and coffee)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (simplistic)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating; can have more seatings)
Service: 7.7/10 (great service)

Percolate
Block 136 Bedok North Ave 3
#01-152
Singapore 460136
Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 9am – 9.30pm (Sat – Sun)
Tel: +65 8259 0316
Website: http://percolate.sg/ or https://www.facebook.com/PercolateCoffee

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The Cereal Pantry – Block 45 Telok Blangah Drive

4/4/2014 – The Cereal Pantry opened recently at Telok Blangah, within walking distance from The Marshmallow Tree, but instead of having the usual fares like macarons or cakes, they sell cereals here.

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The cereal menu is imprinted on the wall.
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Get the Double Crunch with Waffle Crisp, Honey Crunch Corn Flakes ($3, double scoop), Mini Marshmallows ($0.95) and Fresh Milk ($1.50), which is a sweeter combination.
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The Iced Latte ($4.80) isn’t your usual cup of coffee. It comes in the form of coffee ice cubes, which you have to stir it with the milk provided. This tasted strong even when the milk is added in, which will also pacify those who wants low acidity in their coffee.
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Although the food concept here is rather unique for a cafe, cereal is something that can be easily bought and whipped up at home and will probably serve better for those who doesn’t have the time to do so. The drinks here says otherwise though, but is definitely not their niche here. If you are around Telok Blangah area, do give this a place a try still!

Ratings:
Food: 7.2/10 (good cereal and great coffee)
Ambience: 7.5/10 (simplistic)
Comfort: 7.5/10 (ample seating)
Service: 7.7/10 (great service)

The Cereal Pantry
Block 45 Telok Blangah Drive
#01-171
Singapore 100045
Operating Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Tel: -
Website: http://www.thecerealpantry.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thecerealpantry

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