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Bee’s Knees Cafe by The Garage @ Singapore Botanic Gardens (Cluny Park Road)

From the same people who opened One Rochester Group and 1-Altitude, comes a new two-storey dining destination at Singapore Botanic Gardens called The Garage. Combining two concepts in a single building, level 1 is the family-friendly, more convivial younger sibling- Bee’s Knees while level 2 houses the slightly more serious older sibling with a contemporary flair- Botanico.

The now transformed terrace space at level 1 was an actual garage where cars used to park back in the day during the 1920s. Much of the exterior architecture has been retained as well as the iconic seven arched entryways that now serve as pick-up points for the open-concept kitchen.  Seat offerings include indoors with regular dining chairs and bar stools or the al fresco area with high velocity fans to help you combat the heat. Regardless of your choice, it will be a quiet respite away from the city.

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We had brunch here on a public holiday and it came as no surprise that the place was packed. Mostly filled with large groups of families and friends, many also brought their dogs along to enjoy the pet-friendly garden cafe with its casual and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu is all about pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Not extensive but decent enough to find something you will enjoy. Prices start at $15 for a pasta, $22 for pizza and $14 for waffles. No service charge is added to your bill because you order and make payment at the counter. The food will be served to your table once it is ready.

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Between the three of us, we ordered the Tiger Prawns $18 pasta, Truffle Carbonara $26 pizza and Caramelised Apples Cranberries and Greek Yoghurt $14 waffles.

Hong Kong Eats: Chau Kee 周記點心 @ Sai Ying Pun

I have just returned from my short weekend getaway in the land of Dim Sum and needless to say, we squeezed in as many eateries and restaurants as we could during the short 2 days we had in Hong Kong. Some were not too impressive, others we simply could not stop raving about even till today. One such example is Chau Kee 周記點心, located in the quiet and relatively obscure neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. Famed for their Golden Lava French Toast and classic Dim Sum items, we also heard stories about the crazy queues and lacklustre service but was delighted to find none of that when we went down ourselves on Friday morning at about 10am.

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The space was very quintessential Cha Chaan Teng style- small tables huddled together with tight walking areas that were narrow in width. Lucky for us, the lady at the front counter gestured for us to sit at a corner where five of us fit rather comfortably.

Prices for the Dim Sum items range from HKD$18 – HKD$35 (the exchange rate was SGD$1 = HKD$5.70) so that worked out to approximately SGD$3 – SGD$6, which was still rather affordable. Menus were also translated in both English and Mandarin, for those whose grasp of their Mother Tongue (like us) is rather limited and although the range offered was not extensive, it was more than sufficient. We did find it difficult to decide who should make the short list.

Rise & Grind Coffee Co. @ Bukit Timah Plaza

Opened for almost a year now, Rise & Grind Coffee Co. located at the annex of Bukit Timah Plaza has been the answer to the prayers of all the people staying in the western part of Singapore- decent breakfast offerings in the mornings, quality lunch and dinner items, affordable pricing and great coffee. Judging from the crowds that Rise & Grind Coffee Co. packs in on both weekdays and especially weekends, it seems that this cafe has gotten the winning formula.

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The menu here is never dull, which is why despite having eaten here for a couple of times, there is still always something new to try. The menu is refreshed periodically and so during my recent visit two weeks back, I did get to order a few items that I have not tried before.

First up was the Sweet Potato Fries $10 served with Mentaiko Mayonaisse and sprinkled with nori seaweed and spring onions for a pop of colour. Crisp, not too oily and sufficiently satisfying, this was certainly great to snack on while waiting for our mains to arrive. Great for sharing as it might get heavy towards the end. The RGC Honey Wings $9 was also another appetizing option. Crunchy to bite with just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the savoury fried batter and juicy meat.

Atlas Coffeehouse @ 6 Duke’s Road

From the folks behind the wildly popular Assembly Coffee on Evans Road comes a new cafe concept located just a few minutes away along Bukit Timah Road- Atlas Coffeehouse. Markedly more spacious in shades of blue and white, with marbled tiled walls and matching marble top tables flanked by wooden chairs, the decor of Atlas Coffeehouse ticks all the boxes for that minimalist, stylish yet cosy feeling. The menu here has also expanded, with more savoury options and a wider variety of sweets to accompany your cup of coffee expertly brewed by Daphne (owner and barista) using Two Degrees North Coffee Co coffee beans.

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We went straight for the Nutella Brioche French Toast $15 which got us girls squealing when it arrived. Think thick slices of toast soaked in a beaten egg custard concoction and fried till golden brown with a generous layer of hazelnut chocolate spread topped with a huge scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream and smothered with berry compote to balance out the sweetness. This one is definitely made for sharing but we promise we will not judge if you choose to finish it all on your own!

BRIDGE Restaurant & Bar

Located along Seah street is an eatery by the name of BRIDGE. Cafe in the day but restaurant and bar when night falls, BRIDGE is practically an enigma that keeps things interesting for their customers by changing things up regularly with their food suppliers and dishes offered on the menu.

We dropped by one Saturday afternoon for brunch and the place was expectedly quite crowded. Seating options include the dimmer lit indoors with comforting air-conditioning while the outdoors albeit the heat, was enjoyably strategic for people-watching and had much better lighting.

Our lunch started off with a hearty bowl of Pumpkinoa $16. Instead of the usual boring carbs, BRIDGE focuses on tasty healthy alternatives such as organic quinoa and roasted rosemary pumpkin to bring new flavours and excitement to the dish. Tender and sweet, the chunks of golden pumpkin paired easily with the grains of quinoa and the tangy carrot vinaigrette. The pumpkin seeds too added a nice crunch while the crumbs of feta cheese gave the overall dish a creamy finish. Good to know that healthy food can actually taste this good after all.

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The next dish served was the 62°C Egg $19. Sou vide egg served on a thick layer of truffle mash potato, surrounded by sautéed wild mushrooms, chicken jus, prosciutto di parma, sourdough and seasonal truffle slices. The best part was definitely breaking that beautifully poached egg and letting the soft yolk flow. Slightly rich in flavours but no doubt a party in my mouth.