Capitol Cafe at The Working Capitol On Keong Saik Street

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.

Food and Drink Menu
Food and Drink Menu

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.

Beef Pastrami Sandwich
Beef Pastrami Sandwich

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.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

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

Opening Hours

TBC

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:
– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 7/10

BOCA Portuguese Restaurant At Bukit Pasoh Road

BOCA Singapore is a Portuguese Restaurant located at Bukit Pasoh Road. I hardly am exposed to Portuguese cuisine so I went with a pretty open mind with no expectation.

The first time I have Portuguese food was several years ago when I was in Macau but I could hardly remember what the taste was and worse what I have eaten then.

This Portuguese Restaurant, BOCA, has a very small menu with only about 4 starters, 6 mains and 3 desserts for selection.

We ordered 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts for sharing.

The first starter was Octopus Salad ($24). The octopus was tender with its natural sweetness retained. It is certainly refreshing and appetizing.

Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) - Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar
Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) – Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar

Our second starter was the Flamed Chorizo ($25). You get to admire the flame before enjoying the chorizo. Though it was a little too salty but we enjoyed it. This dish is certainly rich and strong in flavour.

Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) - Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy
Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) – Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy

For our mains, both were served at the same time. First, we tried the Octopus ($38). We kind of regret ordering 2 Octopus dishes as we wasn’t Octopus fan.

Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro" octopus) - Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil
Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro” octopus) – Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil

A must have in Portuguese restaurant is the Bacalhau ($28). There were 2 others Bacalhau for selection. Basically, with different ingredients mixed with the codfish. The portion was a little too much for 2 and it was a pretty rich dish with onions and oil making it a little too heavy for 2. If there is a little green to tone down the taste, maybe it would have been better. Nonetheless, it was certainly delish. We felt that this dish is very much an acquired taste.

Bacalhau a Braz ("Braz" codfish) - Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives
Bacalhau a Braz (“Braz” codfish) – Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives

Last part of our meal was the desserts. First, the Vanilla Custard ($15) was creamy and smooth. With the Passionfruit, an extra sourish was added to balance the sweet custard.

Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white "clouds" in caramel)
Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white “clouds” in caramel)

Next on the list, which is also the last, is a must try; the Portuguese Egg Tart ($4.50 each). The tart was flaky and buttery while the egg custard was rich, smooth, creamy and flavourful. I was comtemplating to have a second tart.

Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)
Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)

We enjoyed the delish food served at BOCA Singapore. The service was warm and friendly. I like especially the turquoise blue wall with porcelain swallows. Food served was swift too though it was fully booked that night, and it was a weekday when we dined at the restaurant. I would highly urge you to make a reservation before going down, or else you might be disappointed.

BOCA Singapore
6 Bukit Pasoh Rd Singapore 089820
Tel: +65 6221 0132

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Boca-Singapore/424998484314105?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1200 to 1400, 1800 to 0000; Saturday 1800 to 0000; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8/10

Monochrome Fusion Bistro At South Bridge Road Chinatown

Chinatown has always been dominated by Chinese food. Now, it welcome Monochrome Fusion Bistro to its vicinity. It is occupying a space along South Bridge Road.

Another view
Another view

Monochrome Fusion Bistro has a black and white colour theme as the name suggested. This theme is very well executed to every aspects. Even their uniform and a few dishes.

Starters and Sides Menu
Starters and Sides Menu

Look, and the menu gets the Monochrome theme as well. The selection in the menu was pretty extensive. On it, I could find many dishes that aroused my interest.

Mains and Desserts Menu
Mains and Desserts Menu

On my first visit, during their soft launch, I tried one of which the Monochrome themed dish, the Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto. I never quite like Squid Ink Risotto as most has a modest amount of a fishy taste, which I find it unpleasant. The service crew was in awe with this dish and highly recommended this to me and assured that it didn’t contain that kind of taste so I braced myself up and gave it a try. Luckily, that fishy taste that I dislike was bare minimum. I find it very much acceptable. There are lots of mushroom in it and the pan seared quinoa provided the crisp and is a great add. This certainly differentiated their risotto apart from others.

Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto
Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto

Another highly recommended dish, a dessert, the Sticky Date Pudding was excellent as well. Though it was pretty sweet. But what really disappointed me was Monochrome served me a scoop of melting ice cream.

Sticky Date Pudding
Sticky Date Pudding

I would not go for its Coffee on my next visit. It was below par. It has a low acidity and full body with a slight bitter after taste.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

I visited Monochrome again, after they ended their soft launch. I tried the Snapper Loins Cha Soba. Basically, the soba was on a shallow soup of miso, topped with a snapper loin and sprinkled with bonito and seaweed flakes. Personally, I find this dish a little bland for my liking.

Snapper Loins Cha Soba
Snapper Loins Cha Soba

It was the dessert that I really enjoyed. I wanted the Molten Chocolate cake but it wasn’t available. Instead the service crew was quick to recommend me the Mint Chocolate Lime Cake. I never thought Lime and Mint could pair so well. It ended up as a minty, sourish, chocolaty cake. You could taste each individual flavour without any being overshadowed. I tend to savour the refreshing mint first and ended with the lime sourish taste and throughout both the mint and lime blended with the chocolate cake. Degusting it with the ice cream, gave a different perspective to the dish which I enjoyed more. And I noted that this round the ice cream wasn’t melted when served.

Monochrome Fusion Bistro -

Service at the Monochrome Fusion Bistro was friendly and warm, and they actively sought customer feedback and I am certain, I will return.

 

Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6221 1798

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 1100 to 2200; Friday, Sunday 1100 to 0000; Closed on Monday and Saturday

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station or Northeast line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opposite PWC Building along Cross Street – 186, 970

– alight opposite Sri Mariamman Temple South Bridge Road – 61, 166, 197

– alight opposite Hong Lim Complex along Upper Cross Street – 51, 63, 80, 124, 174, 174e, 186, 851, 961, 970

Rating: 7.5/10

Mad About Sucre At Teo Hong Road Outram Park

After Les Delices, Mad About Sucre is also a French Patisserie is now open within the same vicinity, around Chinatown.

Mad About Sucre baking team is led by Chef Lena, a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, who specialises in lovely Fondant Cake.

Fondant Cake
Fondant Cake

I was honoured and thrilled to be invited for a cake tasting session of 5 cakes by Eric and it was so sweet of Eric to extend the invitation to my companions. I bought my Mom and Sis along who are also avid cake lovers like myself.

Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Mad About Sucre presented us with was a 5 course cake dessert feast. And naturally, we were served from the lightest in taste to the richest. We started with the Moulin Rouge, a burnt caramel with walnut parfait and some almond crunch in the centre, seated on a short bread pastry was amazing. It has a somewhat milky taste and the nuttiness gives a sweet finish. We were surprised by how light and lightly sweet this cake was though the ingredient is caramel. Our usual experience with caramel is SWEET but after indulging in this piece of delight, it has redefined caramel. It was absolutely awesome.

Coco Lemon Tart
Coco Lemon Tart

Next, the Coco Lemon Tart was served. The top is a Coconut mousse sprinkled with dropping sugar sat on a sweet Lemon Tart with a shortbread crust. My sister who doesn’t like the coconut refused to try the Coconut mousse but happily went on to the Lemon Tart. This is a pretty light and refreshing cake. If you don’t like sourish Lemon Tart, like my mom, this is perfect for you. My Mom loves it.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Our third course of the dessert feast was the Chocolate Raspberry Tart. One of our favourite after the Moulin Rouge. This tart uses the Mexican Chocolate which are found both in the ball and the tart with different percentage of chocolate, 41% versus 66%. In the centre of the ball is a raspberry jelly while in the tart is raspberry puree. The entire cake provide different texture and chocolate experience. And importantly, the sourish raspberry balances the bitter sweet chocolate resulting in a sweetish sourish chocolaty tart.

Passione
Passione

The Passione was served before another chocolate cake. The intention was to wash the palate. There are two layers, the Passionfruit mousse and the cheesecake on top of the coconut sable sponge and the shortbread tart base, topped with a gooseberry and a cocoa nibs cracker. This is a sweetish passionfruit with nice passionfruit fragrance. The mousse was certainly very smooth.

San Domingue
San Domingue

And our finale, presenting the San Domingue. This sphere-shaped cake uses 77% San Domingue Chocolate with a Rum box topped on the cake. Within the sphere, it consists of chocolate mouse and another sphere of vanilla mouse with banana. We were expecting it to be a strong and rich bittersweet chocolate as it uses 77% of chocolate but it was not. It was in fact a sweet fruity chocolate flavour. The key in enjoying this cake is that you need to first eat the Rum box and follow closely with the rest of the cake. The aroma of rum which lingers in the mouth, blended with the sweetish San Domingue chocolate and together with the banana brings you to the next level of experience. If you degust only the cake without the Rum box, you won’t experience this magic. Maybe it is a good idea for Mad About Sucre to have additional Rum Chocolate Box for consumers to add-on to the purchase.

You need to consume the cake with an open mind as you may not be expecting what you are going to experience. The ingredients that sounded rich may end up subtle while the opposite is true likewise.

We fall in love with the creations from Mad About Sucre and no doubt we will be going back for more and soon too.

Mad About Sucre
27 Teo Hong Road Singapore 088334
Tel: +65 6221 3969

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Mad-About-Sucre/1515959831984590?pnref=story

Opening Hours

Sunday 1200 to 1700; Tuesday – Thursday 1230 to 2230; Friday – Saturday 1230 – 2300; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8.5/10

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Les Delices At Kreta Ayer Road

Les Délices, a little gem, a French Patisserie has descended upon Chinatown. It came to me as a surprise, a good one, I wouldn’t have thought or rather imagine one to be in such a Chinese populated or cultural area. If my limited French did not fail me, délices has a meaning of delicious, delight. It is so apt for such a lovely, elegant cake shop.

On the display, there were 8 types of cakes and pastries. There were 3 Choux and the remaining were cakes; 2 Chocolate selection, 2 fruity cakes and a Cheesecake. Out of the 8, I bought 4 home to share.

Lemon Strawberry Rosette
Lemon Strawberry Rosette

First, we tried the Lemon Strawberry Rosette. Both Lemon and Strawberry are sourish fruit so you can imagine how sour can this cake be. So if you does not like sourish stuff, this is a “No! No!” for you. It garnered only 50% of likes in my family.

Choco Nana
Choco Nana

The Choco Nana, from the name it suggested two ingredients. The Choco refers to the Chocolate while Nana refers to the Banana. My sister didn’t degust this at all, as Banana is her enmity.

Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux
Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux

l got only a Choux. There were Matcha, Chocolate and Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux and I got the latter. The choux pastry was slightly chewy while the cream has a very nice fragrance of Earl Grey Tea. We enjoyed this pastry.

Popping Berry Cheesecake
Popping Berry Cheesecake

Lastly, the Popping Berry Cheesecake. It has a lightly cheese flavour and full of berries goodness. The uniqueness about this cake is the Popping Candy, sugar-like crystals, mixed in the biscuit base, popped in the mouth with a sizzling sensation. The entire cake tasted more of a sweet berry than cheese flavour.

Interior
Interior

Les Délices offers some dine-in option as well, not a lot and so there is a bare space.

Beverage Menu
Beverage Menu

And as such, they offer beverages. The Cold Brew is getting popular. First we have it for Coffee, now we are getting it for Tea and this is on their menu. I might try it when I dine-in the next time.

Personally, I find that Les Délices offers some of the prettiest and delish cake. We enjoyed the cakes and I am hoping to see more unique creation coming from them.

Les Délices
Block 333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14 Singapore Singapore 080333
Tel: +65 6536 8087

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/lesdelicessg

Opening Hours

Sunday – Monday 1200 to 1700; Wednesday – Saturday 1200 to 2130; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Blk 333 along Kreta Ayer Road 80, 145

– alight at Maxwell Road Food Centre along South Bridge Road 80, 145

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8/10

Old House At Neil Road, White Lor Noodle & Dinosaur Prawns Noodle

Once a upon a time, there was an Old House and it was at Neil Road. Lol!! This Old House that I am talking about in this post is not found in any fairy tales but it is a Zi Char Restaurant. What is Zi Char? For the benefit of my overseas readers, let me explain what is Zi Char. When it is translated literally, Zi means cook while Char means fried. So to put it simply Zi Char means they offer a wide range of variety of Chinese food coooked in any methods.

The Old House has a long history and it is famous for its Dinosaur Prawn Noodle and White Lor Mee (Mee means noodle). The White Lor Mee is its signature dish. For the menu, you can click here. Since those are the acclaimed dishes, I must give them a try. I went down on separate occasions to try the two noodle dishes

Dinosaur Prawn Noodle
Dinosaur Prawn Noodle

At my first visit, I was too enthralled to try the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle. I don’t usually go for the yellow noodle (shown in the photo) as it has an unpleasant alkaline taste which I dislike. But I have some feedback that it has minimal so decided to give it a try and indeed I could hardly taste the alkaline taste. The Dinosaur Prawn was huge. There are also pork ribs. The meat was tender and melted in the mouth. And the soup was rich in prawn flavours. It was an awesome bowl of noodle for lunch.

Beside the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle, there other various selection for Prawn Noodles. You can go for purely prawn noodles without pork ribs and various sizes of prawns.

White Lor Mee
White Lor Mee

The next I tried was the White Lor Mee. When I see the word Lor Mee, I was doubtful about its taste. As I am not a fan of the Lor Mee that we normally find in the Food Centre. This one was exceptionally tasty. The soup was flavourful and the best part, the noodle isn’t the yellow noodles but kind of look like the handmade type. I am very impressed with this dish.

I have passed by the Old House on several times, and it is only till now that I decided to give it a try. I have a very good impression of Old House based on the 2 dishes I tried. Both are equally good. I am gonna try more of their dishes.

 

Old House (老屋)
25 Neil Road Singapore 0888166
Tel: +65 6223 1633

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 0400

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Fairfield Methodist Church along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145

– alight after Kreta Ayer Road along Neil Road 61, 166, 197

By MRT: North East line or East-West line – Outram Park station; East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station

Rating: 8.5/10

Xiang Xiang Cooked Food At Chinatown Serves Local Delights, Putu Mayam

It’s difficult to find Putu Mayam these days. But lucky, there’s a store, Xiang Xiang Cooked Food, at Chinatown selling this particular local delight. Usually, this snack is sold at Indian store but the one at Chinatown Food Complex has Chinese owner.

Store
Store

The Putu Mayam is as good as what I had in the past. The rice noodle like is soft and has a little chewiness. Each packet has two pieces. Most importantly, there were enough red coconut sugar and coconut flakes for the two pieces.

Putu Mayam
Putu Mayam

Besides the Putu Mayam, Xiang Xiang Cooked Food sells other kueh too, such as the sweet potato balls, Tapioca Kuih, Ondeh Ondeh, Tapioca Sandwich, Fried Sesame Ball and Fried Dumpling

Menu
Menu

We tried two of my favourite Kueh, the Tapioca Kuih and Ondeh Ondeh. Most would know about the famous store at Maxwell store selling these 2 kueh. The one from Xiang Xiang are as good as the one at Maxwell.

Top to Bottom: Tapioca Kueh and Ondeh Ondeh
Top to Bottom: Tapioca Kueh and Ondeh Ondeh

I will be back for more.

 

 

Xiang Xiang Cooked Food (香香小食)
Block 335 Smith Street #02-68 Chinatown Complex Market, Singapore 050335

Opening Hours

Daily 0730 till sold out

An Update – I was informed by a beloved NAHMJ’s reader that they usually sold out by noon daily [Credit @Mun Fei]

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: 8/10

 

Tip: The stall is located at the green zone. The food center is divided into four colour zones; yellow, red, blue and green. You can identify the zone by looking at the colour of the tables and chairs.