The Laneway Market At Tanjong Katong

The Laneway Market, a cafe, is another recent addition to Tanjong Katong. Though the address is Tanjong Katong Road, you won’t be able to spot the cafe along the main road. The cafe is facing Boscombe Road, a lane off Tanjong Katong Road.

Interior
Interior

The cafe is mainly on the Scandinavian theme and a vintage feature wall. I like the homely feel very much. I dropped by the cafe twice; once to try the breakfast and the other time to try the lunch.

The Laneway Market offers three main menu. One for Breakfast.

Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Menu

One for Lunch.

Lunch Menu
Lunch Menu

And Dinner. Two others; a snack & soup and the last a Beverage menu.

Beverages Menu
Beverages Menu

I tried the French Toast from the Breakfast Menu as I was in the mood for something sweet. I dislike baked beans but was hoping that this dish would change my perception.

French Toast
French Toast

When it was served, I almost acclaimed aloud “Oh No!!” as the baked beans were sandwiched between the Brioche Toast, together with the Bacon (another item which I don’t fancy). The consolation was they were generous with the Maple Syrup, almost a full small jug. Nevertheless, I still went ahead to try with an open mind. Hopefully I didn’t deceive myself. ūüėõ I didn’t enjoy the¬†dish as I find the tomato sauce from the beans and the maple syrup didn’t go well together. The mixed for the toast wasn’t as good as some other cafe that I have tried too.

Dashi Risotto
Dashi Risotto

At my second trip, I tried the Dashi Risotto from the Lunch Menu. I was contemplating between this and the Gambas Soba and I decided on the¬†Risotto anyhow. The reason? Maybe I like the description of the dish. It goes “Arborio rice cooked in stock of kombu and dried bonito, bay scallops, thyme infused mushrooms, sous vide egg”. It sounded very much like a flavourful dish with the essence of seafood. However, it was to some disappointment in terms of taste. It tasted very much like a vegetarian dish. It wasn’t as flavourful as my expectation. I thought I saw scallop as part of the description but I didn’t see any. In addition, I find the rice a little under cooked.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

The two drinks I tried was the Cappuccino and Iced Earl Grey. The coffee was with a medium to full body and the taste was pretty intense with mainly a nutty flavour note and lightly spiced, almost like a dark roast but to my surprised, I was informed by the barista that it was a medium roast.

Iced Earl Grey Latte
Iced Earl Grey Latte

The other drink was the Iced Earl Grey Latte. It wasn’t too sweet so that was the right sweetness for me.

I like the variety of dishes offered by The Laneway Market and the presentation, they were absolutely awesome but somehow I felt it falls a little under my expectation. Will I return to The Laneway Market? I guess I will, as the food isn’t that bad, pretty delish after all. Maybe it is just about personal preference here.

 

Laneway Market
266 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437053
Tel: +65 6719 8832

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thelanewaymarket

Opening Hours

Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday 1000 to 2130; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 2130; Closed on Wednesday

Getting There

By Bus:
‚Äď alight at or opp Tanjong Katong Girl‚Äôs¬†School along Tanjong Katong Road 10, 31, 32, 40, 43, 76, 135, 197, 401

By MRT: East-West line or Circle line ‚Äď Paya Lebar station

Rating: 7/10

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Black & Ink At Changi Road

Black & Ink, from the name, I wouldn’t have guessed a cafe or coffee bar but a book shop or something related to literacy. The name was chosen with great thoughts by¬†the owner, Roy, who is a chatty famous food blogger. To find out the meaning behind the name, do drop by and speak to him.

Interior
Interior

This cafe is setup along Changi Road, at a very strategic location, as it is next to a bus stop. I went down on a weekday morning before my lunch with my aunt.

Black & Ink has a modern looking kopitiam decoration with stone tables, square tiles wall, that is typical of an old kopitiam look. As it is black and white as colour theme, these give the space a modern feel.

Cakes and Pastries Counter
Cakes and Pastries Counter

The cafe doesn’t serve much food, except for some simple cakes and pastries. Its focus is to serve excellent cup of coffee that are value for money. Black & Ink serves about 3 – 4 different types of cake baked by his friend who is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate. It was a pity it wasn’t available when I was there in the morning.

Menu
Menu

Their beans are roasted by a local micro-roaster and currently, there was only a House Blend with¬†Organic¬†Ethiopian Amaro Gayo and Colombian Excelso Timana. I have it as White. It is a blend with a pretty good balance of acidity and medium bodied. Its flavour note is a lightly scented¬†strawberry fragrance in the begining of a sip and mainly dark chocolate tone. So many a times, I couldn’t taste the strawberry in fact. The strawberry is more obvious when the coffee was cool.

A Single Origin will be available weekly, starting with the Ethiopian Amaro Gayo.

Do take note of the cup as well.¬†They are using the Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glass which you won’t feel hot to the touch. So do sip with care especially when you order the Black Coffee.

Black & Ink Coffee Bar believe in service and is established with a mission, sourcing beans from some social enterprises and working with small and medium enterprises. It is selling coffee with a good cause. Black & Ink also has some vision established for its cafe.

And oh ya, this cafe is in the East, so fabulous news for cafehoppers in the East.

 

Black & Ink
168 Changi Road #01-01/02 Singapore
Tel: +65 96201022

FB: https://www.facebook.com/blackandink?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday – Friday 0800 to 2000; Saturday & Sunday 0900 to 2000; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Eunos station

By Bus:
– alight after GE Life along Changi Road 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 60, 61, 63, 63M, 67, 93, 94, 155

– alight at Eunos Station 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 30e, 51, 60, 61, 63, 63M, 67, 93, 94, 155

– alight after Lorong G Telok Kurau or at Flora East along Still Road 15, 55, 966

– alight at Eunos interchange 154

Rating: 8/10

CHŚŹČR (Char) Cantonese Restaurant At Guillemard Road

I was attracted by a Char Siu (BBQ Honey Pork) photo from Instagram that got me excited to try Char, a Restaurant along Guillemard Road whipping Cantonese cuisines.

Interior
Interior

I went with my aunt and uncle on a weekday for dinner and to our surprise it was crowded. We were in the queue for almost 30 minutes. Remember to make your reservation if you are going there.

Sambal Kang Kong
Sambal Kang Kong

While we were waiting, we started looking at the menu and decided what we wanted for dinner. Immediately, we placed our order when we were seated. It was a shame that their signature Char Siu were sold.

As usual, we will have a vegetable. We opted for Sambal Kang Kong. The sambal wasn’t too spicy and it was tasty.

Double Roast (Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly
Double Roast (Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly

Since it is a Cantonese Restaurant, Roast is a must. We ordered a double roast of Roast Duck and Roast Crispy Pork Belly. We love the Roast Duck. It was tasty with a good crisp skin. The Roast Crispy Pork Belly was equally awesome. Our only complaint was it was too fatty. The skin was excellent, as you bite, you can hear the crunch of the crispiness.

Minced Meat with Aubergine in Casserole
Minced Meat with Aubergine in Casserole

The last dish was Minched Meat with Aubergine in Casserole. Among the dishes we ordered, this was the least delish, nevertheless still above average. It was a great dish to go with rice.

My uncle also ordered a Shredded Duck Noodle Soup. I didn’t take a photo and I didn’t try as I was too full. The portion was huge.

We enjoyed our dinner at Char. No doubt, I will be back for the Char Siu and I am keen to try their Beef Hor Fun too. Oh ya, do remember to make reservation before popping by.

CHŚŹČR
393 Guillemard Road Singapore 399790
Tel: +65 68427759

FB: https://www.facebook.com/charrestaurant?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1130 to 1430, 1800 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at or opp Kwong Hwa School along Guillemard Road 7, 70, 70M, 197

By MRT: East-West line or Circle line – Paya Lebar station

Rating: 8/10

Do.main Bakery, A French Bakery, At Tanjong Katong

Along Tanjong Katong Road, there are already lots of eatery and now there is an addition, Do.main Bakery. A different category to the area, it is a French Bakery, so you can expect to find Crossiant and Croque Monsieur and some French pastries as well.

Interior
Interior

I was there for lunch at this one week old cafe. The ambience is very much casual with black and white as colours theme. All the food displayed at the counter look extremely delish. There were about six different danish, two types of quiches, about 4 different sandwiches, and some sweet pastries and cakes.

The crew recommended me the sandwich + danish lunch set which comes with a drink with option of tea, coffee or soft drink. It sounds good so I opted for this. It was an easy decision for the Sandwich, I opted for Croque Monsieur while I struggle to decide for the Danish. The warmed service crew recommended the Almond Raisin Danish among the 6 different types.

Croque Monsieur with Side Vinaigrette Salad
Croque Monsieur with Side Vinaigrette Salad

The Croque Monsieur is on Healthy Rye served with a side Vinaigrette Salad. In the Healthy Rye, it has pumpkin seeds among other ingredients in it. The cheese used in the Croque Monsieur seems to me was Emmental Cheese. It was an awesome sandwich for lunch.

Almond Raisin Danish
Almond Raisin Danish

I like Do.main danish very much as it isn’t the extremely flaky and crispy kind but a good balance of flaky and crispy outer layer of the Danish and soft bread like but firmer texture in the centre. It has a good centre of almond and the raisin added a fruity taste to the Danish and that was awesome.

For the drink, I chose Earl Grey tea. They are using Gyphon Tea in the cafe.

Before I left, I actually got a Quiche Lorraine home to try but as I was visiting my aunt, impromptu decision as she leaves nearby, I left it for my cousin. The food offered in Do.main Bakery is too good not to go back for more. I am eyeing on their Quiche and the Eclairs.

 

Do.main Bakery
226 Tanjong Katong Singapore 437015
Tel: +65 6348 1406

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 0800 to 2100; Friday – Sunday 0800 to 2230; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at or opp Tanjong Katong Girl’s¬†School along Tanjong Katong Road 10, 31, 32, 40, 43, 76, 135, 197, 401

By MRT: East-West line or Circle line – Paya Lebar station

Rating: 8/10

The Hideout, An Ice Cream Palour, At Cassia Crescent, Singapore

The Hideout is an Ice Cream Palour at Cassia Crescent, with neighbours like Maple and Market. An addition to this used to be quiet estate. I am sure it is a welcome addition.

I saw some photos of The Hideout ice creams and waffle from a friend’s FB post and was excited to try them out ASAP. Since I have some time today so this is the day.

Ice Cream Palour Front
Ice Cream Palour Front

The Hideout though an ice cream palour, it has some potato chips and breakfast items and various beverages too.

The Menu Board
The Menu Board

I was very focused only on the ice cream and nothing else.

Ice Cream Selection
Ice Cream Selection

After trying a few flavours, I settled for a double scoop of Salted Caramel and Green Matcha Ice Cream.

My Order, Salted Caramel and Green Tea
My Order, Salted Caramel and Green Tea

The ice cream has a good amount of creaminess and it is very smooth and milky. Good for those who love milky stuff. Unfortunately, the Green Matcha ice cream has some icy crystals so it wasn’t too good. Strangely, a sweet taste linger in the mouth instead of the flavour of the ice cream. Not sure why is this so.

Comparatively to other local ice cream palour, I think The Hideout is a little not so competitive in terms of ice cream taste. I certainly hope to see a little uniqueness coming from The Hideout too.

 

The Hideout
Block 32 Cassia Crescent #01-50 Singapore 390032
Tel: +65 9756 7781

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thehideoutsg?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Monday 1200 to 2200; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line – Dakota or Mountbatten

By Bus: alight at Blk 22 or Blk 39 along Old Airport Road – 10, 13, 16, 30, 31, 32, 33, 401

Rating: 6.5/10

Coast and Company, A Bicycle and Coffee Love Affairs

On the weekend, I decided to check out the other bicycle cafe at Siglap, Coast and Company. Within a week, I visited two cafe with the bicycle as the focus. The first was Wheeler’s Yard and I have written a post on it. Click here to read. Both are equally cool.

Getting to Coast and Company could be quite a challenge to those who don’t drive as it is not very accessible. Though this is the case, the cafe was very crowded. There were 5 groups / pairs in front of me waiting for their seats.

The entire cafe is rather “raw” with only mainly, cemented walls and floor for both the interior and outside walls of the cafe. Even the counter has it cemented. The look is very industrial. It is sleek and simple. I quite like the design. Unlike its competitor, Wheeler’s Yard, it doesn’t place the bicycle as a key decoration element throughout the cafe. Coast and Company is very thoughtful towards the bicycle riders, providing some bicycles’ stand outside the cafe for the riders to “park” their bicycle so that they could enjoy themselves in the cafe.

The menu was pretty simple, a few mains and some beverages.

I was curious to try the Beef Rendang Hotdog. The description on the menu was “Hotdog bun, Pork sausage, Beef Rendang, diced Onions, Coriander Leaves, Honey Dijon Potato Chips”. Sounds intriguing, isn’t it? And I ordered the Beef Rendang Hotdog with my all-time favourite coffee.

The beef Rendang Hotdog serving was pretty huge. The sausage was pretty delicious but I find that it didn’t go very well with the Beef Rendang. The Beef Rendang did not taste very much like Rendang but more like curry minced beef. It wasn’t cooked the traditional way. I think it will taste better if they paired it with the traditional Beef Rendang to the dish. The Hotdog Bun was soft, fluffy and slighlty sweetish. I love the Honey Dijon Potato Chips. They were very addictive. Overall, the dish was innovative and there is certainly room for improvement.

The coffee was pretty good. It has a medium to low body with medium acidity and some notes of berry.

Overall, I have a pretty decent experience with Coast and Company. The cafe is pretty comfy serving nice coffee and above average food, but I don’t think I will make a trip there unless I am in the vicinity as it is really not very accessible.

 

Coast and Company
54 Siglap Drive Singapore 456176
Tel: +65 6448 7608

FB: https://www.facebook.com/coastandcompany

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 0900 to 1900; Friday – Sunday 0900 to 1900; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus: alight before Carlton Avenue along Siglap Drive – 42

By MRT: East-West line – Kembangan station

Rating: 7.5/10

Best Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, Delicious

The Putu Piring by Traditional Haig Road Puti Piring is the best. My family and I love their Putu Piring. There are two outlets in Geylang. Whenever I am in the area, I will drop by the stall to buy a few packets home without fail. It has been quite some time since I last have these Putu Piring, I missed them.

Tristar Complex Outlet
Tristar Complex Outlet

There is always a queue at the stall but it is definitely worth waiting.

Putu Piring
Putu Piring

The Putu Piring is a traditional Malay cake. It is made of rice flour with coconut sugar as the filling. The outer side is fluffy, soft and thin. They added generous amount of coconut sugar in the filling. It is very delicious. Highly recommended to all.

Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring
@ Mr Teh Tarik (Onan Road)
Tristar Complex 970 Geylang Road #01-02 Singapore 423492
Tel: +65 9422 9017

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 1100 to 2200; Friday – Sunday 1100 to 2300

@ Haig Road Hawker Center
Block 14 #01-18 Singapore 430014
Tel: +65 9688 3067

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2230

Rating: 9/10