Re-Group X Scoop Therapy At Kim Keat Road

Re-Group x Scoop Therapy is by the folks behind Group Therapy. I quite like the food served at Group Therapy so I went down to check on them twice.

The first time, I ordered Shepherd Pie. This is not commonly seen in cafe. This dish is best for cafehoppers who like potato and meat as you get the best of both world. When it was served, I thought it was a pretty small portion but to my surprise, it was very filling due to the potato. This Shepherd Pie has a pretty equal portion of mashed potato and meat. The Mashed Potato has a crisp crust on the outer layer and soft inside. It was quite an awesome dish. The best part was, it came with a side salad of Mesclun Mixed drizzled with Japanses like Sesame salad dressing.

Shepherd Pie
Shepherd Pie

And I ordered a Cappuccino. It was pretty decent; medium body and acidity with nutty flavour note.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

The ice cream was too tempting to give it a missed. I spotted an interesting flavour, Maple Bacon. I never like Bacon, so I still don’t fancy this flavour. As for the texture of ice cream, it has a pretty creamy texture and medium sweetness. Beside this interesting flavour, there are some others such as Coconut Mango, Butter Beer and Malted Cornflakes which I am very keen to try.

On my second visit, I tried their Pumpkin Pancake. The Pancake was very soft and melted in the mouth. The Poached Eggs were with runny yolks, that was awesome. While the Hollandaise Sauce was creamy and slight briny, that was nice too. But the Pulled Pork was a little to salty. As the Pulled Pork was with some gravy, and it sat on the half the Pancake, resulted in this half a little soggy. The other half was covered by the salad and the Pancake was fine. As it was Pumpkin Pancake, it was a shame that I could not really taste the pumpkin. It was too subtle. The Pancake does taste extra sweet as I am sure the Pumpkin contributed to the sweetness. The side salad was similar to the one offered with the Shepherd Pie.

Pumpkin Pancake
Pumpkin Pancake

This round, instead of having coffee, I ordered an Iced Matcha Latte. I find the taste a little too dilute. The Matcha flavour was a little weak.

Iced Matcha Latte
Iced Matcha Latte

I like the ambience of the cafe as the few large glass panel allows natural light to penetrate into the cafe creating a bright, warm feel. The theme seems very much like Scandinavia style. All in all, it is very soothing and comforting as a whole.

Interior
Interior

As for the page, two pages. You will find food on the front and beverages and desserts on the back.

Menu
Menu

I find that some of the food served at Re-group was pretty interesting. There are many interesting items on the menu that I wanted to try such as the Mushroom Gnocchi, Crunchy French Toast and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The menu “Wow” me but somehow, the food doesn’t. It is without doubt that it was delish but the Wow factor is somehow missing.

Re-group X Scoop Therapy
12 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328841
Tel: +65 6258 3688

Opening Hours 

Regroup: Tuesday – Friday 1200 to 2030; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 1000 to 2030; Closed on Monday

Scoop Therapy: Tuesday – Friday 1200 to 2200; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 1000 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Balestier Point along Balestier Road – 21, 124, 125, 130, 131, 139, 145, 186

– alight after Pegu Road along Balestier Road – 21, 130, 131, 145, 186

Rating: 7/10

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The Daily Press At Toa Payoh

I was in anticipating since their facebook was up. It took them a pretty long time to start operation. I am not complaining. This may be a good thing so that they will be more prepared.

Interior
Interior

When I got to know that they have opened their door, I planned for a visit as soon as I can. For those who know Frozen By Thousand Blessing, it is at the same block.

The cafe has a vintage vibe due to the flooring with some industrial element that blended pretty well. It was a pity that there were a structural pillar that kind of hindrance for moving through the cafe.

Food Menu
Food Menu

Currently, they were serving only sandwiches for their soft launch. I certainly hope, they will have more variety when they officially open. Besides sandwiches, there are drinks and cakes too.

Babi Ponteh Sandwich fillings
Babi Ponteh Sandwich fillings

Their most popular items for now is the Korean “Fried” Chicken, but I was in the mood for pork so I went with Babi Ponteh. It was a sandwich filled with slice Pork Belly well cooked in dark sauce and some spice. The Pork Belly was nicely scented with the sauce. There was a bed of lightly preserved prickles of shredded carrot and cucumber with some chopped chilli and a leaf of lettuce together with the slice Pork Belly were on Ciabatta. Personally, though I felt a little disgusted by the thick layer of fat, it was simply delish.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

For the coffee, I would say it was decent, medium to full body, medium to low acidity with some bitter dark cocoa and somewhat nutty taste note. And perhaps with a little dark berries too.

The sandwich I have was certainly fantastic and I am impressed. I am keen to return to try their House-Cured Salmon and the popular Korean “Fried” Chicken. Nevertheless, I hope The Daily Press could have a little more food on their menu when they officially launched their cafe.

 

The Daily Press
Block 126 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-56 Singapore 310126
Tel: +65 6258 0167

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1030 to 2130

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line – Braddell

By Bus: alight outside, opp Philips Singapore, at Blk 166 or Blk 128 – 59, 231

Rating: 8/10

Gratitude Snack Bar, Ice Cream Parlour In Toa Payoh With Improved Waffles

Gratitude Snack Bar is an Ice Cream Parlour located in Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. I have read quite some not too positive reviews about Gratitude Snack Bar. So I have been putting it on hold until yesterday I saw a post by Gratitude Snack Bar informing about the modified recipe for its waffle so I was excited to see if it indeed is good.

Overview
Overview

The small little cafe does not have much seating capacity. There are only two tables with quite some chairs and a bar table and chairs. The above overview photo shows it all.

Though it is small, with not much design or theme. But it has little countries theme ornaments place randomly throughout the cafe does bring warmth.

Ornament
Ornament

It is mainly a Waffle with Ice Cream shop with some Savoury Waffle Sandwiches and Beverages.

Menu Board
Menu Board

When I was there, there were a number of flavours. I remembered seeing Strawberry, Yuzu, Pistachio, Chocolate, Vanilla, Mango. I tried the Thai Milk Tea and immediately I like it. So I ordered a scoop of Thai Milk Tea Ice Cream with Waffle.

Single Scoop, Thai Milk Tea on Waffle
Single Scoop, Thai Milk Tea on Waffle

The big question, how’s the waffle? The waffle has a good amount of eggy flavour, soft and fluffy inside and pretty crispy on the outside. But I find it on the whole a bit drying. I would prefer if they have drizzled more maple syrup over the waffle.

I quite like the ice cream as it has a nice Thai Milk Tea Flavour and it was strong enough. It would be better if it was a little more creamy.

Gratitude Snack Bar, a small and pretty home-like environment, serving decent ice cream and waffle, is still a pretty decent hideout. Most importantly, the prices are considerable pretty low.

Gratitude Snack Bar
Block 85 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-332B Singapore 310085
Tel: +65 9799 5237

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/GratitudeSB

Opening Hours

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

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Toa Payoh station

By Bus:
– alight at Blk 140 or Blk 84B along Lor 2 Toa Payoh – 232

– alight at Jackson Square or at Block 56 along Lor 4 Toa Payoh – 28, 56, 73, 88, 105, 153, 155, 157, 159, 163, 231

– alight at Jackson Square or opp Jackson Square along Lor 3 Toa Payoh – 235

Rating: 7/10

Frozen By A Thousand Blessings, Frozen Yogurt At Toa Payoh

Frozen By A Thousand Blessings, is Frozen Yogurt originated from Melbourne, set foot in Toa Payoh. I love all the ice cream stuff so I can’t wait to check it out.

Interior
Interior

The design of the store is sleek and modern looking. I like the simplicity. The concept is very much a self-service store; from dispensing the yogurt to adding the topping and the sauce.

First, decide the flavours you like. There are six flavours; Pomegranate,  Green Tea, Mango & Soy, Coconut, Chocolate and Natural. All except Mango & Soy are made using organic milk from Australia. Mango & Soy uses Soy Milk. I chose Pomegranate and Coconut.

Yogurt Dispensing
Yogurt Dispensing

Next, proceed to the toppings. There was an array of topping. I didn’t count but I suspect there are about twenty odd toppings, ranging from fruits, chocolates, cereal, pearls, cakes to nuts. I chose almond flake, toasted coconut and Pomegranate Pearls.

Lastly, the sauces. There are Chocolate, White Chocolate and Caramel. I like White Chocolate on my yogurt.

Sauces Selection
Sauces Selection

Finally, the end product is the below photo. Now bring your end product to the counter to weigh and pay before you can start enjoying the froyo.

My First Attempt, Coconut & Pomegranate
My First Attempt, Coconut & Pomegranate

The yogurt is on the sweeter side, like Beegurt which I tried days before. It is smooth and creamy. The flavours blend well with the yogurt. It isn’t common to find coconut flavour in yogurt so I was excited to give it a shot. It was good. I like the pearls. It popped when you bite on the pearl, very interesting.

It was so good till I crave for more the next day and I went down with my brother for more. This round I tried the Mango & Soy and Green Tea. My favourite after all is still the Coconut, followed by Pomegranate. My brother likes the Mango & Soy which I don’t enjoy at all as I don’t like the taste of the Soy Milk.

Though the yogurt from Frozen By A Thousand Blessings is very delicious and made from organic milk but I find it very expensive. Per 100 grams, including the topping and sauces, is priced at $3.80. The one you saw in the photo cost me $11.30. I suppose once in a while is fine. 😛

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Frozen By A Thousand Blessings
Block 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-551 Singapore 310126
Tel: +65 6259 8028

Opening Hours

Daily

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line – Braddell

By Bus: alight outside, opp Philips Singapore, at Blk 166 or Blk 128 – 59, 231

Rating: 8/10

Les Patisseries At Toa Payoh

I have a sweet tooth so I am glad that Les Patisseries came to the scene. This Patisseries is located at Toa Payoh Central though a little further from the MRT station and Bus Interchange, still pretty easy to locate

The design is pretty simple, nothing fanciful. Some simple tables and chairs with a few Al Fresco seats for those who loves the outdoor or even the sun.

My Order, Cappuccino & French Apple Tart
My Order, Cappuccino & French Apple Tart

I ordered a Cappuccino and the French Apple Tart. Since the coffee beans was from Pacamara, similiar to Oz Specialty Coffee, it is for certainly great coffee. As for the French Apple Tart, it was amazingly light, I mean the weight. Tastewise, I didn’t quite like the French Apple Tart. As the tart base though sweetish while the apple is sourish and the crispy crunch of the fresh apple still maintain, somehow it doesn’t blend in taste. There isn’t any cream or custard in the tart and both the apple and tart were rather dry.

My Takeaway (From top left, clockwise): Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu, Strawberry Shortcake, Planisar
My Takeaway (From top left, clockwise): Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu, Strawberry Shortcake, Plaisir

Despite I didn’t enjoy the French Apple Tart, I still went ahead to get more pastries and cakes. I got a Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu for my brother, Plaisir and a Strawberry Shortcake. All, except the Tiramisu as I didn’t try, was exceptionally delicious. In particular, the Salmon Quiche was excellent though the tart was a little dry. The Hazelnut has a good nutty, chocolaty hazelnut tart with lots of hazelnut crunch. A little lesser caramel on the top would be perfect. The Plaisir and Strawberry Shortcake were as good as the rest. I was glad to try more items.

The cakes and pastries, except the French Apple Tart, served at Les Pastisseries were delish. I would certainly return for more.

Les Pastisseries
Block 186 Toa Payoh Central  #01-428 Singapore 310186

FBhttp://www.facebook.com/lespatisseries.com.sg

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Toa Payoh

By Bus:
– alight at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange – 8, 26, 28, 31, 73, 88, 90, 139, 142, 143, 145, 155, 157, 159, 163, 231, 232, 235, 238

– alight at or opp Toa Payoh Swimming Complex along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh – 57, 59, 506

– alight at or opp Blk 177 along Toa Payoh Central – 56, 105, 153

Rating: 7.5/10

Ice Cream Cafe @ Toa Payoh

Toa Payoh is getting hippy. There are 2 addition of Ice Cream Cafe after Shrove Tuesday and Creamier. As an ice cream enthusiast, I visited both the Little Prince Creamery and The Dream Cafe to try their ice cream.

 

Little Prince Creamery

I was overwhelmed by the Little Prince when I stepped foot into the cafe as the entire cafe has traces of the Little Prince.

 

I really mean entire as you can even spot him even on the floor.

Menu Board
Menu Board

They serve not only ice cream but some sandwiches and drinks.

Ice Cream Flavours Available
Ice Cream Flavours Available

There were over a dozen of ice cream flavours available. I tried a few of them but I like none but out of courtesy I ordered the Nutty Nutella. I didn’t like the texture of the ice cream as it very mousse like. And the main taste of the ice cream was sweet. The flavour of the ice cream was subtle. I was extremely disappointed.

 

Block 47 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #01-134 Singapore 310047

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday 1200 to 2200; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There:
By MRT: North South line – Toa Payoh station
By Bus:
– alight at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange – 8, 26, 28, 31, 73, 88, 139, 142, 143, 145, 157, 163, 155
– alight at Blk 163 along Lorong 1 Toa Payoh – 59, 231

Rating: 5.5/10

 

The Dream Cafe

The Dream Cafe is located next to CHIJ Toa Payoh, within a short walking distance from the MRT station.

The name of the cafe and the decoration doesn’t go hand in hand. I was expecting something more fancy or fairytale like. It was a simple cafe with a wall of New York (I like) sky scrappers.

Beside ice cream and waffles, there are some light snacks option and beverages too. For the flavours of ice cream, nothing unique or extremely exciting. The flavours were pretty standard fare.

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

I tried the Green Tea and I like it instantly. I like the texture, the taste, the flavour. So I ordered a double scoop with Salted Caramel Almond as the second scoop. The salted caramel has a milky, slight caramel and saltiness and it has quite a good amount of almonds added. Somehow, the almond gave the ice cream the additional almond taste. Try it and you know what I mean.

 

Block 163 Toa Payoh Lor 1 #01-1016 Singapore 310163
Tel: +65 6258 3120

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/thedreamcafe

Opening Hours: Daily 1300 to 2230

Getting There:
By MRT: North South line – Toa Payoh station
By Bus:
– alight at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange – 8, 26, 28, 31, 73, 88, 139, 142, 143, 145, 157, 163, 155
– alight at Blk 163 along Lorong 1 Toa Payoh – 59, 231

Rating: 8/10

FIX Cafe At Home Team NS-JOM SPANS Clubhouse, Balestier

Fix Cafe located within the premise of the Home Team NS-JOM Spans Clubhouse at Balestier is by the poolside. It has quite a good view of the pool. I was there with my cousin so that was good. I could order a little more than usual. LOL.

Counter
Counter

One of the highlight in Fix Cafe is the Naanwich, basically is a sandwich using Naan bread. Others include mains like Fish & Chips, Gratin and Quiche. There are starters, soup and cakes as well. For drinks, beside the usual coffee and tea (Clippers Tea), you can find Milkshakes too. They have set lunch where you get a main and a drink.

Chicken Tikka Naanwiches with Nachos
Chicken Tikka Naanwiches with Nachos

We ordered the Chicken Tikka Naanwich. The ingredients in the Naanwich were Chicken Tikka and some Chinese Preserved Vegetables (Achar). We find it very appetising due to the sweet and sour taste from the preserved vegetables. We felt that the Chicken Tikka tasted like Butter Chicken.

Fish & Chips
Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips were average. At least, there was potato taste in the shoe string fries.

Donut with Lemon Curd Dip
Donut with Lemon Curd Dip

We ordered the Donut too. I was interested to try it with Salted Egg Dip but my cousin wasn’t game for it. So instead, it was Lemon Curd dip. We like the dip but not the donut. The donut did not have a good usual donut fragrance and it was a little too chewy. The lemon curd dip has a good tangy lemon taste that has a good balance of sweet and sourish taste too.

Since milkshake was something not usually found in cafe and there was a lemon curd milkshake on the menu, something really unusual, we decided to try it. The Lemond Curd Milkshake was like drink some liquid dessert, pretty interesting. We enjoyed it.

Fix Cafe is a nice quiet cafe but it gets quite noisy when rain as the rain spatted into the pool of water creating what I would call noise. We experienced that as we were there on a rainy day. It serve some interesting food and drink, good for some change.

 

FIX
31 Ah Hood Rd, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse Singapore 329979
Tel: +65 6256 1484

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/FIXsg

Opening Hours

Daily 0930 to 2100

Getting There

By Bus: alight after or opposite Mouliem CC along Balestier Road – 21, 130, 131, 145, 186

By MRT: North-South line – Toa Payoh station

Rating: 7/10