Chapter 55 At Tiong Bahru, Crowded

Chapter 55, a restaurant serving Italian food is located at a corner of Block 55. For those who know Kisses Bakery, it is on its left. I dropped by twice at the restaurant, once at weekend evening with my brother and another was at weekday lunch time, alone. Both time, the restaurant were packed to the brim with some patrons waiting. And it was barely a month old and it has such a tremendous level of business.

The setting of the restaurant is casual though there is a chandelier at the centre of the restaurant, giving a touch of elegance.

Chapter 55 serve a good range of Italian classics. You will find Pizza, Pasta, Risotto, Seafood and Meat, some very typical Italian desserts such as Tiramisu.

Seafood Saffron
Seafood Saffron

I tried mainly their desserts. The only mains I have from Chapter 55 is the Seafood Saffron Risotto. Personally, I am not a risotto fan but I find it pretty awesome with very fresh seafood and it was served piping hot. The amount of seafood was pretty substantial. I enjoyed.

Chapter 55 Gelato Waffle
Chapter 55 Gelato Waffle

Chapter 55 Gelato Waffle is one of their recommended dessert. The waffle comes with a choice of single or double scoop of gelato. The waffle was pretty decent. The 2 scoops of gelato for our waffle were Strawberry Cheesecake and Lychee Martini.

Chocolate Lava Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake

I never could resist the Chocolate Lava Cake and Durian Ice Cream. Since I could have both, it was simply fantastic. The Durian Ice Cream has a pretty good Durian aroma and good amount of Durian taste too. The Chocolate Lava Cake was a little disappointed. It has a good amount of chocolate lava that are bitter sweet chocolate but the cake was not as chocolaty as the lava.

Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee

The other dessert I tried was the Creme Brulee. I find this rather disappointing. Though it was creamy but the texture was a little too dense till I would describe it  hard.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

As for the coffee, it was with full body, medium acidity, pretty decent though.

In a nutshell, I love their mains more than the dessert though I only tried one out of the many others. I am sure I will return for more of their other food, perhaps I will skip their desserts totally on my subsequent visits.

 

Chapter 55
Block 55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-37 Singapore 160055
Tel: +65 6221 2219

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/chapter55

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 2300

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: 7/10

Le Halo At Bukit Ho Swee, Warm and Friendly Service

Le Halo, with a vintage plus a little whimsical theme, is the latest addition to this residential area, Bukit Ho Swee and it is on Sin Lee Foods‘ left.

I like the colours palette used for the furniture. Beside creating the whimsical feel, it also brighten up the ambience, giving me a very joyful feeling when I stepped foot into the cafe.

Immediately after I settled down, the service crew, whom is also the owner came forward to serve me a cup of water.

It has a pretty simple menu. A page devoted to All Breakfast items, another page for Pasta, Soup and Salad while the last page is for beverages. While I was browsing, once again, she came forward to introduce and at the same time recommend me the signature dishes. I was pretty impressed with such a service level.

The signature dishes were Piggy Stew and Meatball Pasta and Mushroom Carbonara. But I have neither, I decided to go with Otak Egg instead. This round, I decided to have tea instead of coffee as they were serving Nepresso coffee, something that I don’t prefer.

Otak Egg
Otak Egg

The Otak wasn’t very spicy, a little crispy on the outer edge. Personally, I find the ratio of Otak and toast were not proportionate. On a hindsight, I think it lacked of certain spice in the Otak too. I certainly like the runny egg yolk and the bed of vinaigrette Rocket Salad.

Once again, the highlight of my lunch was the dessert. I have the Soursop Sorbet, to cleanse the palate after the spicy food before I have my finale. On the sorbet, there were some finely grated lime peel that gave off a nice citrus peel fragrance. It was a perfect combination with the sweet-sourish Soursop Sorbet.

Finally, I have my creamy Durian ice cream which was filled with Durian goodness. The texture was certainly very smooth and creamy. It was certainly one of the best Durian ice cream.

Osmanthus Peach Oolong
Osmanthus Peach Oolong

As for the tea, I tried the Osmanthus Peach Oolong from Gryphon Tea Company.

I rarely find cafe owner so willing to even accepting negative feedback. I like her warm, friendly, sincere attitude. With such an impressive service, I am sure I will return, and it is going to be very soon. Moreover, Le Halo Cafe aims to change their menu every 6 months;  I certainly like the idea. This is surely another added reason for visiting them often.

 

Le Halo
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-162 Singapore 162004
Tel: +65 9736 8087

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Halo/1566210050259297?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Monday 0900 to 1800; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Tiong Bahru station

By Bus:
– alight at Blk 1 or Blk 18 along Tiong Bahru Road – 5, 16, 33, 63, 123, 195, 851

– alight at Blk 2B along Zion Road – 175, 970

– alight opposite Harvest Mansion along Ganges Avenue –  64, 186

– alight at Granges Centre along Ganges Avenue – 51, 64, 186

Rating: 7.5/10

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 Street #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

Kisses Bakery At Tiong Bahru, Sweet

Kisses Bakery has been around for quite awhile though it is in Tiong Bahru, pretty near me but somehow I always missed it, been to everyone else except Kisses Bakery.

Counter
Counter

Kisses Bakery has a very sweet design, mainly due to the sweet pastel pink walls.

Whale & Cloud Cold Brew
Whale & Cloud Cold Brew

It was so nice to see Whale & Cloud Cold Brews in the bakery. This is a great collaboration. For those who want to try their Cold Brews can get it from Kisses Bakery as well. I didn’t have try when I was at Whale & Cloud. I ordered one to have it at the Bakery as I couldn’t resist having it, though I have two cups of coffee earlier the day. Since I am going to enjoy the drink, I got myself a cupcake as well. My initial plan was to have a takeaway, I ended up enjoying my tea break at the bakery.

My Order, Cold Brew & Special, Chocolate cupcake with Mint Buttercream
My Order, Cold Brew & Special, Chocolate cupcake with Mint Buttercream

The first sip was choking. I felt that it tasted a little like some herbal medicine. Subsequently, I felt I like the unique herbal taste. It was a pity that it didn’t go well with my Chocolate Cupcake with Mint Buttercream.

My Takeaway, from left, clockwise: Carrot Cake, Special, Gula Melaka & Salted Caramel Cupcakes
My Takeaway, from left, clockwise: Carrot Cake, Special, Gula Melaka & Salted Caramel Cupcakes

After all, I still got some takeaway to share. I feel that the Carrot Cake lacks of the spice flavour and the cream cheese frosting has a unique flavour, tasted a little like brown sugar or gula melaka, quite interesting. The carrot cake texture was a little too hard and it wasn’t moist enough. I really think there are room for improvement.

As for the rest of the cupcakes, the cake was fluffy and soft and flavourful but as all the cream were butter cream, I felt that it was a little too much for a small cupcake. Good for people who enjoy cream, like my mom, but I don’t.

 

Kisses Bakery
Block 55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-02 Singapore 160055
Tel: +65 6536 7470

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/kissesbakerysg

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Monday 1100 to 1900; Closed on Tuesdays

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: 7/10

Whisk Cafe In Tiong Bahru, White & Dreamy

Whisk Cafe, a latest addition to Tiong Bahru area is quite easy to locate the cafe as it is opposite of the famous Tiong Bahru Food Centre and Market.

Front View
Front View

It has an all white dreamy elegant feel; from the facade of the building to the furniture and the wall of the cafe, everything I see is white.

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Cake Display Counter
Cake Display Counter

There are some selection of cakes and pastries. I was informed by the staff that their signature cake is the Carrot Cake. Since it is their signature, no reason for not trying.

My Order, Cappuccino & Carrot Cake
My Order, Cappuccino & Carrot Cake

I have a Cappuccino with my Carrot Cake. The Carrot Cake is a nutty one. Lots of chopped walnut in the cake and on the side, there are more nuts, it tasted like peanut. It is also filled with shredded carrots. The cake itself is fluffy, soft and flavourful with a good amount of spice. The cake itself is so flavourful till you do not need the cream cheese frosting. If you are a Carrot Cake fan and loves nut, this is like tailored made for you.

The coffee serve is good as well. It has a medium body with medium to high acidity and nutty hint.

My Takeaway, from top, clockwise: Strawberry Shortcake, Cheesecake and Lemon Tart
My Takeaway, from top, clockwise: Strawberry Shortcake, Cheesecake and Lemon Tart

I wanted more sweets so I got more for takeaway for sharing. A total of three other items. We like the Lemon Tart. It is a little sourish but with a smooth tangy lemon curd. The biscuit melted in the mouth. The cheesecake is great as well. The texture is smooth and cheesy with a more lemony tangy flavour. The least on our chart is the Strawberry Shortcake as we find the cake a little rough. We prefer a smooth spongy cake instead.

The cakes offered in Whisk is considerably delicious but selection is a little limited. I will want to try their macaroons next, though I am not a fan.

 

Whisk
Block 58 Seng Poh Road #01-15 Singapore 160058

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 0900 to 1900; Friday – Saturday 0900 to 2300; Sunday 0900 to 2100; Closed on Mondays

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: 7.5/10

Dough and Grains, Chinese Herbs and Bread

Dough and Grains has very intelligently added Chinese Herbs into bread. It is not only both creative and innovative but also very healthy as these Chinese Herbs will nourish the body. Beside using Chinese Herbs, Dough and Grains has wisely combined normal ingredients such as using walnut, green tea, lychee, apricot and etc for the many benefits of health. They must have understand the properties of the ingredient very well. In Chinese there are two words 食疗 which means using food for the benefit of health.

The Dough and Grains originated at Tiong Bahru area. Now it has an outlet at Chinatown Point; it is an extremely convenient location. It’s good news for all patrons who are interested trying out.

I went on two occasions and bought three kinds of bread and a tart; the Lychee Jade, the Chocolate Malt, the Black Pearl and the Chinese Yam Tart.

Top to bottom: Chocolate Malt Bread and Jade Lychee
Top to bottom: Chocolate Malt Bread and Jade Lychee

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