Ice Cream Selection

Pick Me Up Cafe At Parkland @ ECP

PickMeUp Cafe, at East Coast Park, is at the newly built Parkland which was occupied previously by a golf driving range. If you still have no idea where it is, along the East Coast Service Road, look for Parkway Parade which is acrossed the ECP expressway and you should be able to locate it easily.

Exterior Overview
Exterior Overview

I was there with my brother on a Saturday night and maybe it was still a pretty new place so it was still quite quiet. There were ample parking lots available.

Interior Overview
Interior Overview

On the exterior of the cafe, the design resemble a garden on one side and on the other side, it was a little playground for kids; while the interior was modern, sleek and simple, pretty spacious.

The menu in PickMeUp Cafe revolves around ice cream and waffles (both sweet and savoury). There are some bread on the counter as well.

Single Scoop of Coffee Crunch with Museli topping
Single Scoop of Coffee Crunch with Museli topping

We tried various flavour and finally settled for a coffee crunch, single scoop. I was surprised to know that the ice cream comes with a topping. I choose museli.

The Manuka Waffle
The Manuka Waffle

There are three different types of waffles, the usual buttermilk, peanut butter and miso waffle. I was keen to try the Miso Waffle but my brother usually resist such usual flavour. So we went ahead to get The Manuka which has a buttermilk waffle, a Greek Yoghurt Gelato, and various toppings. I requested to replace it with a scoop of Strawberry Yoghurt Gelato and they agreed. I like such flexibility.

The waffle has a crispy edge and a fluffy pancake like texture, not the eggy or buttery kind. It was decent. We find that their fruity flavour ice cream fare so much better than the non-fruity ones. The other flavour which my brother like it during the trying was the Honey Melon.

It is a nice addition for a cooling treat after activities at the park. A nice cosy cafe to rest and relax before going home.

 

PickMeUp Cafe
Parkland @ ECP | Blk 1A Unit 02, 920 East Coast Parkway #01-02 Singapore 449875
Tel: +65 6348 1909

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday 1000 to 2200; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 2200; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus: alight opposite Singa Inn along East Coast Park Service Road  – 401

Selling Out Fast

Out Of The Cake Box At Telok Blangah Drive

Out Of The Cake Box, another shop that opened on 18 Oct. Is that day a golden day for opening on the Almanac? Besides Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Out of The Cake Box, there were a number of other cafe that opens its door on that day. What an interesting phenomenon?!

Menu
Menu

Out Of The Cake Box is currently for mainly take away. Located near the MRT station and a bus stop, makes it convenient for patrons. For those who know Marshmallow Cafe, it is on the next block.

I have been following their Facebook closely for their opening date as the cakes in the photo on their Facebook looks so delish. It was so tempting. I can’t wait for them to their start business. The wait is now over. I went down to get some of their cakes on their first day of business.

My take away consist of the Gnome Dome (Espresso), the Horlick flavour was sold out, the Lemon Tart, Chendol Fudge Cake, something unique, and the Chicago Styled Cheesecake.

My Take Away, from top left, clockwise: Gnome Dome (Espresso), Lemon Tart, Chicago-styled Cheesecake & Chendol Fudge Cake
My Take Away, from top left, clockwise: Gnome Dome (Espresso), Lemon Tart, Chicago-styled Cheesecake & Chendol Fudge Cake

The first I tried was the Lemon Tart. The Lemon Tart supposed to come with a jelly like layer but somehow it came off while on my trip home. So I ate it without the layer. The lemon curd was creamy and a little sourish.

I like the choux pastry of the Gnome Dome. It was very superb. There were some small chocolate chunk on in the coffee cream that enhance the texture. The coffee flavour was lightly scented.

As always, Cheesecake was reserved for my brother so I didn’t try. The Chendol Fudge Cake was the last I tried, leaving the best for the last. There was a good amount of the Gula Melaka flavour and sparingly red bean and the green jelly like in the cake. The creation was unique.

I will return for the Cheesecake soon.

 

Out Of The Cake Box
Block 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173 Singapore 100045
Tel: +65 6271 1975

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday 1200 to 1900; Saturday 1200 to 2100; Sunday 1000 to 1700; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By MRT: Circle Line – Telok Blangah station

By Bus:
– alight at or opposite Telok Blangah MRT station along Telok Blangah Road- 10, 30, 57, 61, 93, 97, 97e, 100, 143, 166, 176, 188, 963;
– alight at Block 50 along Telok Blangah Drive – 124, 273

Rating: 7.5/10

Cafe Exterior Overview

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, Continuity of Oz Specialty, At Upper Thomson Road

When a chapter closes another begins. This is very true for Oz Specialty when they closed their door on 12 Oct and now a new beginning at all new Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters.

Soft Opening
Soft Opening

Re-started on 18 October, having a soft launched, I can’t wait but went down on the day itself.

Interior
Interior

Some similarities between Oz Specialty and Pacamara Boutique existed; both are whitish in colour theme. But the feel of both cafe are some what different. As the new Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roaster located at a corner shop along the row of shop houses at Upper Thomson Road is many times more than the size of Oz Specialty, though you don’t get the homely feel but what you get is the hip, modern vibes. Nevertheless, it is a cosy hangout cafe.

Pacamara Boutique cafe has an all new menu to accompany the new cafe. You won’t find the regular latte, flat white or cappuccino, instead, either white, black or iced coffee. You no longer find the Belgian Liege Waffle on the menu too.

My Order, White Coffee 5oz
My Order, White Coffee 5oz

The coffee is still ever good as before. It is smooth, rounded, low acidity, medium aroma with riped fruits, caramel, nutty, chocolate milk hint.

My Order, Red Velvet Pancake
My Order, Red Velvet Pancake

I actually was hoping that they have cakes or pastries but since there was none, I opted for a Red Velvet Pancake instead. Three thin slices of reddish coloured sweetish soft pancake that are a little dense were stacked together and a generous amount of sourish mascarpone cheese poured on the top with sourish fruits and chopped almond to give the extra crunch. It was only towards the end that I tasted the red velvet flavour and personally, I find the entire creation a little too sour.

Personally, I like the ambience and the coffee. I am sure I will return to try out other food on its menu.

 

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574333

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 0900 to 2300; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By MRT: Circle Line – Marymount station

By Bus:
– alight at before Thomson Ridge or after Thomson Post Office along Upper Thomson Road –  52, 132, 162, 162M, 163, 165, 166, 167, 410, 855, 980

Rating: 7.5/10

 

Pasta

Ah Bong’s Italian At Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is getting all the variety it requires. The addition is Ah Bong’s Italian, operated at a corner of a very old cornered coffee shop bringing Italian pasta to the vicinity. Located on the right (at the next block) of Kisses Bakery (for those who know this bakery).  If I remember correctly, it was occupied by a Vegetarian Mee Hoon stall previously

During lunch hour
During lunch hour

Ah Bong Italian is the second Italian stall, after Savis Food, operating out of non-aircon  enivornment that I tried within the same month, October.

Menu Board
Menu Board

Ah Bong’s Italian has a limited menu but the dishes prepared in the stall is very unique. The menu is change at some interval, check Ah Bong’s Facebook page for the update. There were four pasta choices for selection and one dessert. I won’t missed out the dessert that’s for sure. As for the pasta, the chef mentioned that for something special, I should go for Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta so I trusted his view and I went for it and I did not regret. It was a great recommendation.

Ah Bong's Birthday Pasta
Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta

Spaghetti was used for the Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta, tossed in broccoli cream and bite-sized bacon added. The entire dish was so good. It was creamy, flavourful, rich and of course very tasty as the bacon added the saltiness to enhance the taste. The portion is considerable small for most but at Ah Bong it is quality over quantity that matters. It was great that they threw in a few broccoli into the dish adding a different texture to the creation.

Earl Grey Creme Brulee
Earl Grey Creme Brulee

What about its dessert? Without doubt, it was excellent. The Earl Grey Creme Brulee is creamy and smooth and it has a good amount of Earl Grey flavour, lightly scented. The entire dessert has an excellent balance. Nothing overshadow the other element.

The price is very affordable and reasonable. The only shortcoming about Ah Bong’s Italian is the short opening hours. It is a shame that it doesn’t serve dinner and on Sundays.

Back to my lunch, it was absolutely enjoyable. A great main followed by a lovely dessert. What a great way to end the work week. But the remaining puzzle awaiting to be solved is why is the stall named as Ah Bong’s.

Ah Bong’s Italian
Block 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-46 Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 9650 6194

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/abitalian

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 1000 to 1430;  Saturday 0930 to 1430; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: East-West Line – Outram Park or Tiong Bahru station

By Bus:
– alight at Blk 55 along Tiong Bahru Road – 5, 16, 33, 63, 75, 123, 175, 195, 851, 970
– alight at Eton House Pre-School along Outram Road – 33, 63, 75, 851, 970

Rating: 8.5/10

Almond Croissant & Choux Creme

Pantler, A Cakes & Pastry Shop, At Telok Ayer

The Pantler is suited in the Telok Ayer conservation area, nestled in one of the lovely preserved shophouses, has a contrast design from its area. It has a contemporary design, simple, sleek and modern-looking.

Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter

Over here, you won’t find cushy seats nor free WiFi, but you find an array of mouth-watering pastries and cakes.

Cakes Available
Cakes Available

Just minutes after it opened for the day, the counters were already fully filled with its baked goods. The gluttony part of me acted when I see all the lovely food on display.

My Order, Cappuccino, Almond Croissant and Choux Creme
My Order, Cappuccino, Almond Croissant and Choux Creme

I couldn’t restrain my greed and so I ordered two pastries; an Almond Croissant and a Choux Creme. The Almond Croissant has a good almond flavour, slight sweetish and it was very flaky and crispy. Pantler’s croissant was not the very buttery kind, lightly flavoured. The Choux Creme has a crispy choux pastry and it was filled with rich and smooth vanilla custard.

Pantler serves not only the usual pastries such as plain croissant, au pain chocolat and cakes, they have several tarts choices, Pâte de fruits (Fruits Jelly Sweets), roll cakes and macaroons.

On the same day, after work, I went down to take away to share with my mom and bro.

My Takeaway, Apricot Tart & Pantler Cheesecake
My Takeaway, Apricot Tart & Pantler Cheesecake

The tart base was dense and sweetish but I find the apricot a little too sour. The Pantler Cheesecake was excellent. The cheesecake was smooth and rich but not overly rich. They actually missed out my Mango Shortcake, will try that at my next visit.

On the whole, Pantler serves pretty delish pastries.

Pantler 
198 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068637
Tel: +65 6221 6223

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pantlersg/

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 0800 to 2200;

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station; Downtown line – Telok Ayer station

By Bus:
– alight at the bus stop opposite GB Building along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 186, 700, 970, 971E (nearest bus stop to Telok Ayer Road)
– alight at the bus stop after Capital Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 97, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
– alight at the bust stop at UIC Building along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 97, 97e, 100, 106, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 186, 196, 196e

Rating: 7.5/10

The Mama Shop At Pearl’s Hill Terrace

By now, most cafehoppers would have known or heard that Media Corp artiste Felicia Chin and Sora Ma together opened The Mama Shop perched at Pearl’s Hill Terrace, the former Police Operational Headquarters. For the history of Police Operational Headquarter, you can click here to read more.

Cafe Front
Cafe Front

I popped by the cafe at a Friday night. Why in the night? For a simple reason. Read on and you will know why. It was packed. There was two empty tables good for twos but only two chairs avialable. The rest were occupied.

Courtyard
Courtyard

Basically, there is no air-conditioned. The seats are in the open space, rain or shine or under the moonlight, very much Alfresco style or rather looked very much like how you dine in the 60s. Here you are the answer to my earlier point. Since it is Alfresco style, it will be too hot in the afternoon. The shop front decoration are very much vintage, like the 60s and the menu somewhat. And there is a turntable, playing the same music again and again. Looks like they have only 1 LP. LOL.

The menu has only a few items for food and few items for drinks. There are quiche, curry pies, burgers and waffles (sweet or savoury), while drinks, there are Iced or Hot Kopi, Sparkling Limau, Red or Green Bean Slush, Peanut Prince, Italian Soda and Hot Tea.

I feel like having some munch besides the drink. A little boring only to have drinks. My brother have a Iced Kopi which he felt is not too bad while I have the Sparkling Limau and I have the same comment. The Okaasan Waffle, a savoury waffle sandwiched with chicken cutlet, seaweed, the Takoyaki sauce, Mayonnaise and dried bonito flakes. The feel is like eating a sandwich. We find that the entire creation is pretty good. The waffle is crispy and a little eggy, though it could be better. Overall, pretty interesting and decent food and drinks.

It seems to me that the cafe is mainly patronised by the owners’ fans. We spotted Felicia at the cafe before we left. She went round to certain tables to say hi.

Getting there is not an easy task when you don’t drive, you either take the long winding walk or climb a flight of stairs with about seventy odd steps, according to my dad, he counted. The environment feels historic, vintage, romantic when you are there in the night but as it is opened, there are many smokers. I was coughing badly on several occasions, when the smokers smoked near our tables. Not a good place for asthmatics, lung diseases sufferers or those who are sensitive to cigarette smokes. So I don’t see myself going back there for this main reason.

Mama Shop (妈妈店)
195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Old Police Operational Headquarters Singapore 168976

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mama-Shop/1499558526956124

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday 1200 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1200 to 2300

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station

By Bus:

- alight at New Bridge Road bus stop 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

- alight at South Bridge Road bus stop 61, 80, 145, 166, 197;

- alight at Eu Tong Seng bus stop, outside People’s Park Complex 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

- alight at Eu Tong Seng, outside People’s Park Center 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

Rating: 7/10

Our Order, Coffee, Lemon Tart & Tiramisu

RoyceMary Cafe In Sembawang, Homely.

RoyceMary Cafe was our second stop after Mootime. Both are in the same building, Victory 8.

Counter
Counter

My brother was asking what’s RoyceMary Cafe offers. Strangely, I didn’t seems to have a good idea after exploring the Instagram and Facebook. I just named him what I saw in the photos.

At a corner
At a corner

So what’s RoyceMary Cafe actually offers? They offer cakes, pastries (both sweet and savoury), heart-shaped macaroons and sandwiches for food. While drinks, they have a very comprehensive list. Besides the usual coffee (hot, iced, blended), there are also matcha, chocolate, tea, soda drinks and fresh juices. But I don’t see the usual breaky items like eggs and sausages. The service crew highlighted that their specialities are the Lemon Tart (Journey of Love) and the Chocolate Truffle Cake.

What did we order then?

Naturally, we will order coffee, cappuccino for me and flat white for my brother. The coffee was decent. It has low acidity, low aroma and medium to full body with nutty hint.

Our Coffee (from left): Cappuccino & Flat White
Our Coffee (from left): Cappuccino & Flat White

Without failed, my brother went for Tiramisu. Since the Lemon Tart is their speciality, I certainly wouldn’t want to miss it. The Lemon Curd on the Tart has a great balance of sweet and sourish taste. I enjoyed the Tart very much. The Tiramisu was not good though not the best. It was pretty icy. They must have left it in the freezer and it wasn’t well thaw when served. The sponge cake layered between the Tiramisu was a little dry. We prefer it to be moist with more espresso and liquor.

The best part about visiting a newly opened cafe is the promotion. There was a 10% off total bill and a free heart-shaped macaroon with $20 purchase. There were four flavours; matcha, rose, yuzu and lemon, if I remembered correctly. I chose the matcha as recently I am into Matcha madness. :P Macaroons as always is on the sweet side. The matcha macaroon has a good amount of Matcha flavour. I like it.

Matcha Macaroon
Matcha Macaroon

We like the ambience, the decor. It was homely especially at the corner, next to the glass panel. There were sofa seats with cosy pillows and coffee tables and with curtains added the homely feel. And the pretty ornaments place on the shelves of a wall.

RoyceMary
8 Jalan Legundi #01-13 Singapore 759274
Tel: +65 6753 4224

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1030 to 2230; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 2300

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Sembawang (followed by a 10 -15 min walk or take the free shuttle bus to Sembawang Shopping Centre)

By Bus:
– alight opp or after Sembawang Shopping Centre along Sembawang Road – 167, 856, 858, 859, 980

Rating: 7.5/10

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