Capitol Cafe is within the roof of The Working Capitol, a coworking workspace with desk for rental, for a day ($50 per desk) or for a month ($750 per desk).
I hopped over to the Capitol Cafe for lunch on a weekday.
It has a very limited food menu, with mainly bread items. I must say, it has the most boring menu. And I only spotted 2 cakes; a Carrot Cake and a Brownie.
I still proceeded to order a Sandwich, Beef Pastrami Sandwich on Ciabatta for lunch. It was a simple sandwich with melted cheese and tomato slices on one side of the bread and mustard spread on the bottom half, sandwiched with beef pastrami and lettuce. The bread proved too tough for my jaw.
The coffee seems to be a blend. I was surprised by the strong flavour notes of both dark and milk chocolate, nutty and berry. It was a medium to low acidity and a full body cuppa.
Capitol Cafe has a pretty huge space with good spacing between the tables. As it doesn’t offer much munch, I feel that it is a cafe more for a coffee when you feel like it. And maybe a good space for working too as it provides free Wifi.
Capitol Coffee 1 Keong Saik Street Singapore 089109
By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station
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When I first heard of The Clueless Goat At Thomson Road, I didn’t quite like the name. “Clueless” sounded not too nice. Apart from the name, the cafe is pretty awesome in all aspects, from the interior design to the food to the service.
The menu isn’t the most tempting or most interesting. They serve only simple Brunches and Sandwiches items with Salad, sides and Waffles and of course coffee and tea and some other drinks too. Even though, that’s the case, all the items I tried so far were pretty outstanding.
The Avocado BLT was on a Sour Dough, but I never like Sour Dough so I requested for a change to Multi-grain Toast. The ingredient were simple but it was this simplicity that attracted me. It was certainly delish.
For the Eggs Benedict, the hollandaise sauce was awesome too, creamy and not the over sourish kind. The only complaint I have is the yolk was a little too cooked, not runny.
I tried one of the dessert too, the Lemon Meringue Tart. I like the tart base though the portion of Tart versus Lemon Curd versus Meringue could be altered to get a more zing flavour.
Finally the coffee, it was awesome. The way I like it. It was medium to full body, low acidity with a strong nutty and chocolaty flavour note.
I like everything about The Clueless Goat though the dessert could be improved. I was at the cafe three times before I came up with this post and each time when I was at the cafe, the service was certainly friendly, warm and prompt. This is so even on occasion where the cafe was extremely busy. Well Done The Clueless Goat!
Brunches Cafe at Rangoon Road is at the same side of Old Hen but further down (if you are coming from Farrer Park MRT station).
The cafe has a vintage and maybe a little retro theme.
You can find lots of vintage items, from Television, Telephone, Typewriter, some ornaments, toys and etc. All these are for sales.
And the highlight in the cafe is the retro car which is refurnished into a comfort seats for 4. I have been occupying this table on 2 visits so far. Hehe!
It has an extensive Brunch menu. There are lots of egg dishes and others such as Granola and Pancakes are also found on the menu. There are quite some Starters and Sides, Pizza, Sandwiches, Burgers and Waffles too. And over at the display, you will find a range of pastries, bread and cakes. Pretty spoiled for choice.
The Egg Florentine came with some Sauteed Mushroom, Grilled Tomato and a Salad ($15). The portion is pretty reasonable. I find the dish quite tasty, especially the Sauteed Mushroom.
I was surprised to find that the Grilled Shrimp Sandwich ($17) has Truffle Fries, instead of the normal fries. In the sandwich, there were generous amount of creamy sauce with roe and cheese together with Greens and slices of Tomato. Personally, I find this dish tasty but the creamy sauce is a little too abundant.
I actually ordered a Tofu Cheesecake ($3) but after it was served, I was informed that it may not have set perfectly yet so the service crew suggested that I should change to the Cupcake ($3.50) without extra charge. I appreciate the gesture as they know the importance of serving only the best. And they were very apologetic about it too.
They highly recommended me the Red Velvet or the Chocolate, which both are similar in a way in my opinion. And I opted for the Red Velvet that came with Mango Sauce. The cupcake was soft and moist. It was not the spongy, fluffy kind but more on the dense side. It has a lovely chocolaty flavour and the mango sauce added a nice fruity fragrance to it.
To sum up my experience, Brunches Cafe offers delish food though it doesn’t come cheap. The exception were the cakes which were pretty reasonable priced. Service were mainly self service from ordering to collection of food, except for coffee which was served. Will I go back again? For the ambience, yes, I would. So, I would say, it would very much depend, on mood, and etc.
Paddy Hills at South Buona Vista is the place I experienced the most awful service I ever have. I have to end up walking out of their door hungry and angry after 60 minutes of wait. Who would ever want to do this unless you were extremely upset. This was the first and I hope the only time, I got to do this.
I was at the cafe on a Sunday for lunch. I arrived at about 12.15 pm, the cafe was packed but I still managed to get a seat at the bar since I was alone. I waited for quite a while to get someone to take my order and it was done at about 12.30 pm. I ordered a Cappuccino and The Maze.
My Cappuccino was served after 20 minutes and it was only after I asked them to check my order. I only started requesting them to check when I saw the Barista was no longer busy and started cleaning up. With that, it was a signal that she has missed out my order. When she served me the coffee, at the very least, she was apologetic. And I continued with my wait for the food.
I waited for another good 25 minutes, by now, it was a total of 45 minutes. Moreover, quite a numbers of table were already empty and the chaotic activities ended, so I grabbed hold of a service crew and once again requested them to check and was told I needed to wait for 15 more minutes.
15 minutes was up, I walked up to confront the guy who was kind of “heading” the kitchen and I asked him how long more do I have to wait since I was told 15 minutes more and in total I waited for 60 minutes. To my horror, he was not at all apologetic but was extremely rude. I admit that I was not nice in my tone too. In fact, I was demanding now or I walked out. And under pressure, his respond was that now is not possible and next were his exact words “And you can walk out“. I was amazed that a service crew can utter such nonsense. This pissed me off further. Don’t Paddy Hills Cafe knows Hungry Man Is Angry Man!
And I walked out … as that guy was not at all interested to salvage the situation and to win back the customer.
This was not my first time walking into a crowded cafe or restaurant. It was never 60 minutes of wait and still no food and worse still I have to walk out hungry and angry. The service staff will do their best to pacify me and serve me the food as soon as the can.
Being new and having to learn and tweet the process and so on will result in hiccups which may be unavoidable but being rude is never acceptable. Instead, a better approach is to seek the understanding from the customer and being apologetic.
Moreover, I do understand that there is a substantial waiting time when it is crowded but to endure the wait and coupled with the rude service staff, this is extremely awful to the maximum. It really sucks.
On the side note, most of the service staff were friendly and warm, except for this guy. Such a team player around, is certainly damaging to the brand too. During my wait, I observed his actions and how he worked with his co-workers, I was totally unimpressed. I certain hope either Paddy Hills ensure that he has more training to up his service level or fire him. Do not allow one man to destroy the hard works and good works that were contributed by the rest of your staff.
And Why, a cafe at Bali Lane, sandwiched between Stateland and Honeycomb has a New York Deli concept which was well executed in all aspects. From the interior design to the menu to the waiters’ uniform. And Why is bought to us by the folks of I Am. They use very intriguing names. Interesting! Since it is by I Am, so this is another Halal Cafe. Definitely great news for our Muslim Cafe Hoppers.
And Why does something very different to their coffee. They do not serve Espresso based coffee, something that we are very familiar with. For pure Espresso based coffee drinkers, you might be disappointed. Instead two brew method were available; the Chemex and V60. And there are 3 beans to choose from; Panama Boquete SHB, Sumatra Mandheling Gayo and Guatemala Puerta Verde. They provide a good mix of choices and I like this concept. One good point about And Why is they do provide milk or soda water, at least for now, if you do need them to mix with your black brew coffee. In addition, you will find the Cold Brew on the menu too.
If you do not prefer the Black Coffee, there are Mocktails and other hot beverages such as Tea and Chocolate and Sparkling or still Water.
Mocktails and Others Drink
Food-wise, you will find mainly Sandwiches and Salad. There are also pastries, Cheesecakes and Muffins too. For the Sandwiches, there are 3 selections of bread, the Foccacia, Italian Bread and the Baguette.
Now the big question. How does the food and drink fare? Was it good?
When I saw And Why’s menu, immediately, I knew what I wanted. It was the “Lobster Mobster” Sandwich. I have it with Italian Bread. Each sandwich comes with a side of either Salad or Chips. I chose Salad, a healthier choice, though I prefer Chips. When served, I find the portion a little too small. I am sure most will not be filled after a portion but it was good for me. The open sandwich filling of lobster was well mixed with rich mayo and lots of chopped celery and onions were added to enhance the taste. I like such strong tasting food. But I find that I should have requested for Foccacia instead as the herb taste was a little too strong for the lobster filling.
Now, the coffee. I always like Sumatra Manhedling. So when I spotted Sumatra Manhedling Gayo on the menu, I was pretty excited. I always enjoy the earthly, heavy body of this coffee. Likewise this coffee has this characteristics. But somehow, it was a little too acidic then the usual. Not too sure why.
The service in And Why was friendly and warm. And what I really like about And Why is that they provide a very good introduction to the menu. While I was enjoying my food, they even posed for a fun photo upon a request from a customer. I enjoyed that sight. I am keen to try other sandwiches from And Why when I am in the mood for sandwiches. And I am sure I would be trying the Sumatra Mandheling with the V60 at my next visit.
And Why is the name And Why? Hehe!
And Why 31 Bali Lane #01-01 Singapore 189867
Tel: +65 6291 0993
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar was opened on 1 January this year and I knew about Fatcat Ice Cream Bar when they were in preparation and was following them closely. But it was only after two months, that I found the time to visit them. It was like finally, I did it.
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar is very marketing-savvy and have created a storm as they invited lots of famous Instagrammer to savour their creation before their official opening. As a result, lots of amazing looking photos were posted. And after two full months of operation, there were still lots of photos on Instagram and were looking awesome.
The menu on Fatcat Ice Cream Bar is extremely small. There are only 2 plated desserts each day, one sphere and the other was some creation (similar to the ones offered by Selfish Gene Patisserie). And of course you get about 18 flavours of ice cream and standard beverages. In addtion, you will find Wine and Beer on the menu too. They are fame for their Charcoal Waffle with Salted Egg sauce with sprinkled of dried Lavender was termed as Gourmet Waffle.
I was at Fatcat Ice Cream Bar on a Sunday at 1pm (1hr after their opening). I stressed the time here as I needed to be there as soon as they opened their door due to all items, except ice cream and beverages, were limited in quantity each day.
On that day, there was Banana Nutella, left with 10 while the Pina Colada Sphere was left with 20. In addition, the ice cream bar was packed with customers almost to the brim. Luckily, there were 2 seats at the bar tables. Anyway, while I was waiting for my food, I got a “normal” table.
As I was there alone, I couldn’t be trying everything on the menu despite it was limited. So I went ahead with the Gourmet Waffle and the Pina Colada Sphere.
Firstly, I have the Pina Colada Sphere. As the name suggested, Pina Colada mixed was stored in a jelly-like material which burst easily after popping into the mouth. This can’t be shared, so you just need to order one for each diner. I liked the moment when the sphere burst in the mouth with the Pina Colada flowing out and mingling with the tastebuds. One was not enough. I will have two the next time. 😛
While ordering, I was wondering which ice cream flavour would go well with the salted egg. I wanted a flavour that blend well with the salted egg sauce, not anything that will mask it. I have no idea which was the best so I just went ahead with Hay Honey, no regret. So, personally, I think anything that is light and non-fruity would go well with the Salted Egg. I think the tea flavoured ice cream would go well with salted egg too. I will try it out next.
The waffle was crispy and fluffy. The Charcoal as an ingredient also cause the waffle to be crumble-like. Besides the salted egg sauce, which I would prefer it to be stronger, there was a caramel (or maybe was toffee sauce) surrounded the waffle with some dried lavender sprinkled on it. I was surprised that the lavender went so well with the salted egg. It was remarkable.
Fatcat Ice Cream Bar is certainly a gem to cafe hoppers or rather desserts lover in the East. Apart from the limited number of plated desserts offered each day, Fatcat Ice Cream Bar is awesome.
Tamper & Co, I believe it was re-branded from the previous La’Coffee. As I saw the same lady (I think she is the owner) also at Tamper & Co. Moreover, I spotted the la’coffee chicken wings on Tamper & Co menu.
When I entered the cafe, I thought it was a new cafe taken over la’cofffe which I previously blog about and wasn’t impressed. So when I notice that it was probably a re-branding, I was feeling a little peeve. Unfortunately, I discovered the traces only after I have placed my order.
I was recommended the Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich, priced at $20. When I saw the price, I feel the pinched, nevertheless, I went ahead with it. There was an option of either Baguette or round bun for the bread. I opted Baguette
When I was served with two thin slices of baguette, some (though good amount) of Smoked Salmon, two Sunny Side-up (per my request) and a Spinach salad with simple Olive Oil mixed with Balsamic Vinegar dressing, my heart sank. For $20, I wasn’t impressed.
Next, my Cappuccino, there wasn’t any Latte Art. As I could pour a decent Tulip at my first and only attempt, after which whenever I don’t see a Latte Art on my cuppa, I some how will never feel satisfied with the coffee. The coffee was on par, certainly no where near good.
The design was pretty much like la’coffee with only some re-arrangement and changes to the colour of the table top.
If I am correct about it is a re-branding, I am surely disappointed as I don’t see much improvement to the execution of the cafe. It’s only a change from the highly priced traditional coffee to another highly price typical cafe food.