The first search for the best Kopi in Singapore was organised and conducted by Marigold last year. They have once again travelling to every part of Singapore to search for the best Kopi this year and the top 6 finalst has been selected.
1. Da Zhong Cafe (大众茶室）
Block 105 Hougang Street 1 #02-02
2. Broadway Coffee Shop
Block 862 Hougang Street 8 #01-300
3. Coffee Hut
166 Jalan Besar Stall 43 Singapore 208877
4. Coffee United
Block 325 Woodlands Street 32 #01-131
5. Fook Hai Coffee Shop (福海茶室)
Block 531A Upper Cross Street #02-68
Compound Coffee is newly opened within the Interlace, that is a condominium along Depot Road which was formerly the Gillmans Height Condominium.
I saw their Facebook page and knew they are having a soft launch with 50% off for food and drinks from 19 – 25 Nov and was excited so decided to dropped by for lunch on their first day. Unfortunately, I was told by the security at the guardhouse that the cafe is not opened to public. In short, I was denied access. I wrote on Compound Coffee Facebook Page and they responded to say they are working on it and apologised for it and offered coffee and pastry on the house on my next visit and they said they will let me know when it is settled.
After 2 days, I read about some getting access and in addition, Compound Coffee expressed their gratitude to those who turned up and as I did not hear from them, I wrote on their page again to ask about the status and at the same time expressed my displeasure. This round they responded saying that the cafe is not opened to public at this moment and requested that I do not make another wasted trip or attempt to “sneaked in” and I have checked with Interlace and the same is confirmed. With these facts, I am shocked that they are not putting up the announcement on their page to avoid more patrons from turning up with disappointment and inconvenience.
Personally, I felt Compound Coffee is not sincere about their apology and not planning any remedy for those who wanted to support them but got turned away.
Compound Coffee has mis-managed their marketing, opening and of the whole incidents. The upmost important task for Compound Coffee is to put up the announcement to inform that they are not opened to public. And to do something for all those who are sincere about supporting them but got denied.
Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the No. 1 country to visit in 2015. This is a great news for Singapore tourism but I urge visitors to Singapore to bear in mind and carry out some practices to help keep Singapore clean and green and orderly.
I have noticed that many foreigners are not familar with Singapore so I am listing some points to note to all. I certainly hope all will do what the Rome does when in Rome. And these certainly does not apply only to visitors but any foreigners to Singapore.
1. No Eating And Drinking In MRT And Station
Many countries allow the passengers to eat and drink but not in Singapore as accident does happen, no matter how careful you are. The crumbs attract insects and pests easily.
2. No Littering
There are lots of bins everywhere, please hold on to your waste and drop them when you see one. Do not leave the waste behind or anywhere other than the waste bins
3. No Spilting
I am pretty annoy when I see people spliting. It not only dirty the country but most importantly it is very unhygienic. This helps to spread diseases. I encourage all the split it into a piece of tissue and hold on to it till a waste bin is available and dump it there.
4. No Smoking Area In Prohibited Area
By law, there are a number of area which does not allow smoking, especially any where indoors, either air conditioned or non. Others include linkways, covered walkway, within 5 metres of bus stops, void decks, corridor, stairways, stairwells, lifts, lift lobbies, in public transport.
5. Stand On The Left Of Escalator
In many countries, it is common to stand on the right but Singapore is one rare country where we stand on the left
6. Guard Your Belongings
A common messeage from the police, Low crimes doesn’t mean no crime. Though crime rates in Singapore is low, you still need to be on guard.
7. Queue Up
In Singapore, we will queue up for everything, from taking the public transport to food. Please do not jump queue even if you are a child or elderly. And when entering a train, please allow passengers to alight first before boarding.
8. Reserved Tables and Seats In Singapore
It is a common sight to see tissue paper pack or tag, name cards and etc on the tables in foodcourt or hawker centre. This is how Singaporeans reserve their seats.
Lastly, I wish all visitors to Singapore an enjoyable stay.
AJ Delights is a modest looking stall at the Alexandra Village Food Centre, commonly known as AV. It is run by a couple offering freshly baked muffins daily and some cookies and brownies too. Most customers are there for their muffins.
At AJ Delights, they offer 16 flavours daily but all the muffins were baked in small batches to ensure freshness so you don’t get all 16 flavours at any one time.
When at the stall, I saw approximately 7 types of muffins and were selling fast.
I got all except the Green Tea Muffin. My six muffines were Mocha, Orange Chocolate, Monster Green Tea, Walnut Banana, Double Chocolate and Oreo.
The muffin is soft and a little dense, not too buttery and has a nice flavour.
A tip from the owner, call them to reserve for the flavours you desire. I will do that the next time.
AJ Delights Pte Ltd Block 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-82 Alexandra Village Food Centre Singapore 150120
Tel: +65 9752 5973
Sunshine Plaza with only a ground floor of shops, congregated a number of eateries, such as Merely for ice cream, Victor’s Kitchen (now known as Regal) for Dim Sum, Parklane Wanton Mee and Oven Marvel for Chicken Pie. An addition is Delightful Signatures for Chinese desserts with a twist.
Delightful Signatures serves mainly desserts with a modern twist, though there are a few mains such as noodles with either Smoked Duck, Smoked Salmon or Crab leg. There are some cookies and other beverages too.
A total of 8 desserts are served in Delightful Signatures. Their desserts are on the healthier end and are with some health benefits too. Some support heart health, digestion, sleep, nervous system and so on. Look out for the icons that are next to the dishes.
I was tempted to try everything that are on the menu.
I started with the Avocado with Walnut Ice Cream. Something which I don’t usually order as I fancy neither Avocado or Walnut. The dessert were served in very bright coloured bowls. The Avocado cream is smooth, light, refreshing and full of Avocado goodness. But I find the taste weird when it is eaten together with the Walnut Ice Cream. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean it is no good, just that I am not used to the taste yet. It could be an acquired taste, I suppose. I like the extra crunch from the chopped walnut that they sprinkle on the top.
Followed by the Yam Paste with Almond Cream Served in Young Coconut. I never like Almond Cream but thought this combination interesting. To my surprise, I like this. The Almond Cream and Yam Paste provided not only an interesting and unique combination but also an unexpected delish creation. The almond cream is lightly in flavour, not very strong while the yam paste is smooth and tasty. And it is slightly sweetish. There were also some shredded coconut flesh added to provide an extra texture. This is truly amazing. On a side note, I will still not eat Almond Cream on its own, except for this dish, when it is with Yam Paste. :P
The desserts at Delightful Signatures are on the lighter end, it is not heavy with strong flavours and slightly sweetish so it tend to be healthier. I will be back to finish trying all that are on its menu. LOL!
Delightful Signatures 91 Bencoolen Street #01-59, Sunshine Plaza Singapore, Singapore 189652
A very cool cafe has appeared at Upper Circular Road, The New Black.
This cafe has a different concept from what is available now. Their objective is to provide different coffee beans for the patron to use from. They also intend to change the menu every 3 – 4 months. Besides the usual Espresso based coffee, they have various brewing method too. Another cool fact about The New Black is they are totally Cashless. You pay by cards. I like it.
One of the goal is to bring the concept by setting up coffee counters at the office lobby so that the office workers could get hold of a cuppa easily. I certainly hope they will set up one around my office.
The New Black offers mainly drinks. Beside the coffee that they offer, there are also various tea.
The interior is really simple. You don’t find the usual tables and chairs but only some platform for the patrons to sit.
So how does it works, first of all, decide what type of bean you would like. There are two categories, beans for espresso or beans for brewed coffee. Next whether to have it with Milk. If with milk, let the Barista know what’s your preference, Latte, Flat White or Cappuccino.
I have ordered the Cult with Done Version, the most expensive on the menu so I decide to have it straight, that is to have it as an Espresso.
The coffee was medium to low acidity with medium body. The flavour note was extremely fruity with raisins and I find lots of citrus notes too. And there’s also the taste of chocolaty and a little toffee. And the sweetness of the coffee lingers over the palate for quite a long time. The texture is smooth, easy on the palate too.
A nice coffee concept as they have more than a type of beans for customers to choose from. And what’s best? We have a chance to try beans from worldwide without travelling.
The New Black 1 Upper Circular Road Singapore 058400
Tel: +65 6443 0332
Monday – Friday 0800 to 1830; Saturday 0800 to 1600; Closed on Sunday
By MRT: North-East line – Clarke Quay station
- alight at Boat Quay along South Bridge Road 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 174e, 197, 851, 961
- alight at Clarke Quay Station along Eu Tong Sen Street 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851, 961
- alight opposite Clarke Quay Station along New Bridge Road 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190
Since I got to know that Chotto Matte has started to serve lunch with set menu, I have been trying to pop over to try but it has been not quite successful due to the rain. Finally, the opportunity came.
Chotto Matte does not have the usual Japanese decoration cum setting. Instead it has a modern looking decoration, very much like contemporary, I suppose. With nice orange for the wall which gives a warm feeling to the restaurant.
Set Lunch Menu
More Set Lunch Menu
There are a total of 5 different lunch set menu catering to different budget and preference.
Ala Carte Menu
Ala Carte is also available. On the Ala Carte, you can find some pretty Western dishes such as the pasta, Foie Gras, Lamb Rack which I suppose, it will be some Japanese Fusion dishes.
My purpose at Chotto Matte was to try out their Lunch Menu so surely I am going for it. Out of the 5 menu, there are 2 six-courses set lunch to choose from. The difference between the two was the Main; either Pork Belly and Garlic Fried Rice or Wagyu Tamago Don. I was in the mood for Pork so naturally I went with the Fried Rice.
First course was the appetizer and it was some chopped octopus Sashimi in some savoury sauce with a little hint of chilli spiciness. It was pretty appetising.
Followed by Sashimi; there were 5 different types. All were very fresh. There were Octopus, some kind of shell fish, tuna, salmon and one other which I have no idea what it was, all I know was I like the taste and texture. lol.
The third course was Yakimono (Grilled or Pan Fried dish). It came with 2 pieces of Kaki Metaiyaki (oysters) with some cheese like taste on top of the oysters. It was awesome. The oysters was so sweet and the rufescent savoury top enhances the whole experience.
For the Musihmono (steamed dish), it was a soup, Signature Dobinmushi. The soup was excellent, it has both the sweetish flavour from the vegetable and seafood and not at all fishy. I saw some leek, mushroom, fish, octopus and a scallop in the soup, lots of ingredients. Though I am not a soup “drinker”, I enjoy the soup very much. One of the best so far.
It was time for the main. In fact, after the soup, I was filled to brim. But as I like the Japanese Garlic Fried Rice and was in the mood for pork, no way I was going to miss this. Interestingly, the garlic and egg flavours were more concentrated when the dish was cooler. It was flavourful and pork belly was tender.
Lastly, I ended my meal with a dessert. I added $2 for the premium ice cream (which they called flavoured ice cream). There were Matcha, Sesame and Yuzu to choose from and from the photo I am sure you already knew about my choice. The Yuzu was not too sweet, a good balance of sourish and sweet. There were some Yuzu bite to give the extra texture and extra Yuzu flavour. It was fantastic.
My lunch at Chotto Matte, on a Monday, certainly has removed all the blues. I enjoyed the food, service and the ambience. Food was certainly delish. I am keen to try their grilled items, sushi and yakitori on my next visit. Perhaps, I will do dinner next.