Habitat Coffee is no stranger to both the Upper Thomson neighbourhood and cafehoppers in Singapore. This cafe has after all been one of the pioneers in the scene that has survived the test of time and remains a firm favourite with the crowds. Swing by during the weekdays and the place is packed, weekends brunch hours too are as expected, even more challenging to get a table. Fret not though, Habitat Coffee is now on Chope.co! Simply make a booking online and you will be ushered to a table the moment you reach. No waiting time necessary.
It is no secret that Habitat Coffee serves good food and good coffee, which is what keeps the regulars coming back for more over the years. Not just your regular cafe grub but more than decent quality fare with huge portions and affordable prices. Brunch mains range from $11-$16, sandwiches start from $8 and pastas are $17 and below. What’s not to love? On top of that, to mix things up a little, Habitat Coffee recently also introduced a number of new dishes to their already rather extensive menu.
Raffles Hotel in Singapore is iconic and I think we can all agree on this. Being invited to dine in a restaurant within the enclosure of one of the few remaining 19th century hotels had me thrilled. I had dined at Royal China and The Halia before, with much enjoyment, but tried to temper my expectations as it was my first time at Long Bar Steakhouse.
We started the night with a sampling platter of seared scallop with green tea foam and barley, smoked salmon on a slice of beetroot, and a crab cake. I was not expecting fine dining standards so the portion, palate and presentation of this was lovely.
I am interrupting the chronological order and giving my thoughts on the dessert first because something as colossal as the Tomahawk steak needs to be left to the last!
The Westin Singapore pulls out all stops with their newly launched Afternoon Tea of Seafood and Champagne. Fancy a three course set featuring a whole poached Canadian lobster and two freshly shucked oysters, a three-tiered platter of seafood delights and canapés, and ending it all off with an assortment of sweet treats such as eclairs, chocolates and cakes. Complimented by a stunning view of the Marina Bay at level 32, I dare say that this Afternoon Tea is by far one of the most luxurious and decadent ways to spend with that special someone. The icing on the cake is that this entire three course tea set including two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is $85++. Top up to $130++ if you want the whole bottle to make the occasion even more memorable.
Our first course as mentioned earlier was all about the cold seafood. A whole poached Nova Scotia Lobster rustically presented in its shell, simply prepared to allow the natural sweetness of the lobster meat to shine through- a little firm, yet tender with a good bite, 1/2 a shell each was definitely not enough! The shucked Oysters paired with three different sauces too were nicely plump and delightfully slippery, complete with a salty finish and sweet notes. We were only on the first platter but already very much impressed.
It is almost too easy to walk past Tuk Tuk Cha (TTC) and not notice it because that was exactly what happened to us when we went looking for it on Saturday morning. An unassuming takeaway kiosk with less than 10 seats, TTC is by the same people behind Boat Noodle House at Bedok Point and specialises in all things Thai. The kitchen is decidedly modest in size- put 2 people inside and it is already filled. Yet somehow in this cosy space, they are able to churn out one of the best Shibuya toasts in town.
For starters, get their Thai Milk Tea and Thai Green Milk Tea $2.80/$3.20. Both equally refreshing and great thirst quenchers. We thoroughly enjoyed the full-bodiedness of the tea and the delicate balance between the sweetened condensed milk and the hint of spices. A commendable effort and almost as close as you can get to the real thing in Thailand.
From the same young lady behind Mean Bean & Wicked Grind, comes a new start-up which is slated to be the next it-place for after dinner desserts. Kaffles- a play on the word waffles and the owners’ initials (Kimberley and Kenny) is a waffle specialty eatery which shares the same space as The Stirling along Cheong Chin Nam Road. Opened only on Saturday nights between 6pm to 1am, Kaffles serves up a variety of waffles and ice-cream combinations from $9.50 to $12.90.
The Klassic Kaffles $9.50 which is buttermilk waffles served with your choice of ice-cream (Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Coconut etc.) comes complete with an inverted wafer cone dipped in chocolate and colourful sprinkles, and pocky sticks in between the waffle stack to keep them crisp and not soggy. A refreshing and interesting new look to the usual waffles combinations that we would see in cafes, I am sure this novel presentation will be a hit with many.