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.
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.
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
Sunday – Thursday 1200 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1200 to 2300
By MRT: Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station
– 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