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One of the first third wave coffee movement joints to hit the scene back in 2010 and possibly also the first of many cafes which laid the blueprint for the hip indie estate the Tiong Bahru enclave would become today, 40 Hands by Harry Grover and Spa Esprit Group has since undergone a facelift and a bit of a sprucing up before reopening its doors at the beginning of April this year.
While the former space had a bit of a grungy and brooding soul, the revamp has made it a tad more polished, furnished with glossy tiling and all, adding a little bit more personal space between you and the neighbouring table. The menu is refreshed too, with brunch being served daily from 8am-4pm, complimented by the usual specialty coffee blends from Common Man Coffee Roasters that are pulled here.
Big cheers for no more having to squeeze with the crowds 40 Hands used to always pack in- back when brunch was available only on weekends. Weekdays are not that empty now either by the way. We came on a Wednesday morning and it was full house. Clearly, regulars are thrilled that this hipster coffee joint is now back in business.
New on the menu is their selection of Salads priced at about $15. The gym junkies will love the Muscle Mary which is extremely high in protein and low in fat, with ingredients of quinoa, broccoli, pickled beetroot and greek yoghurt. We ordered it because the name was just too tongue-in-cheek not to. Add $3 for a side of chicken as well. For a salad that even non-salad people will eat, The Megs is a great option- think bacon, feta cheese, macadamia nuts and roasted sweet potatoes.
From the brunch selection are offerings of Eggs Benedict with Juicy Steak/Organic Bacon $16- both served with a side of spicy roasted potatoes, Eggs Cocotte $16 and Brioche French Toast $15 with lemon curd. The eggs were beautifully poached, just like those at CMCR and those potatoes cooked with sun-dried tomatoes were so addictively good- they deserve a solo spot on the menu. The steak was bit too tough for our liking though, possibly because we took way too long with our photography as usual.
Inspired by the term used to describe the process by which a flower reaches its full bloom- Anthesis, is a 6 month old bakery and cafe joining the row of restaurants and eateries along Robertson Quay. Serving up a wide variety of international breads baked in-house every morning by Chief Baker Gan Eng Ling, daily brunch specials of eggs and toasts till late afternoon and a drinks menu comprising of artisan teas imported from Art of Tea in Los Angeles as well as a fair range of craft beers, Anthesis sure tries to differentiate itself from next door specialty coffee neighbours.
Our visit here was our 3rd and final stop of a cafe hopping trail we had been doing since early afternoon. Very naturally, having walked here all the way from Clarke Quay, we made a bee-line for the seats indoors and was promptly served with iced water- a welcoming gesture much appreciated by us.
We settled for an Eggs Done Three Ways, Truffle Fries and a pot of Chamomile Clementine to share between us both.
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The Paddington House of Pancakes franchise, a specialty pancake full- dining restaurant, has finally reached our shores, after having opened four outlets all over Malaysia since 2004. This pancake house features more than 100 different types of pancakes from more than 10 different countries all around the world. With an all-encompassing menu which include pannekoeks, American stacks, poffertjes, blitzes, blinis, crepes (names of the multiple variations of pancakes you find in America, France, Europe, Britain and even Russia), the world is your oyster here at Paddington House of Pancakes as you travel round the world one pancake at a time.
From savoury to sweet pancakes, the menu is crazy extensive and it is not surprising to find yourself getting giddy with excitement as you flip through those pages with extremely vivid descriptions and mouthwatering pictures. No one will blame you for taking more than half an hour to decide what to order because you will definitely be spoilt for choice.
Pancakes are usually my staple at breakfasts and brunches. Nothing says Good Morning better than a stack of pancakes and drizzle of maple syrup. BUT if sweet stuff arent your thing so early in the morning, the Oslo $18 just might be. An extremely generous serve of smoked salmon fashioned into a flower with green grilled zucchini as the bud, sitting on two spicy mashed potato pancakes and cheesy scrambled eggs at the side. This was absolutely irresistible to both the eyes and taste buds.
Putting a twist on Fish N Chips, the Alaska $15 is a great lunch or dinner option. And despite being a specialty pancake house, it came as a nice surprise that the battered dory fish had a nice crumb and crunch. The fish itself was also moist and fresh, an absolute delight with that squeeze of lemon. The Alaska also comes with spicy mashed potato pancakes and a creamy mushroom sauce with whole mushrooms at the side, making it a nice complete meal.
I have a confession to make. We were actually en route to Hummingbird Bakery when we got distracted by L’Eto Caffe’s glass window display of cakes, cupcakes and pastries. It was simply inviting and we just had to forgo Hummingbird and walk in instead (the two bakeries are actually next door to each other and yes we never made it to Hummingbird in the end).
L’Eto Caffe reminds me much of Ottolenghi with their overwhelming display of baked goods just sitting on the counters, topped with mouthwatering cream swirls and gorgeous finishing touches of candied fruit, cherried glaze and chocolate shavings, waiting for you to pick them up. The menu also offers a great selection of Antipodean coffees, all kinds of teas and juices for you to complete that perfect afternoon tea experience.
This is a compilation of two visits here. The first was the attempted Hummingbird post-dinner dessert episode while the second was actually a brunch visit to The Breakfast Club, which was unfortunately closed that day due to piping problems so we ended up back at L’Eto Caffe for their breakfast items!
Eggs Benedict £6.95
A very classic brunch order that many cafes offer but not many actually do a good job at. At L’Eto however, even though the eggs are unconventionally served as sunny-side instead of poached, it was a very different but welcoming experience of having every part of your egg white so thoroughly and appropriately covered in that buttery tangy Hollandaise. The yolks were runny good and ham difficult to fault. The sourdough held everything beautifully together though my only picky complaint would be that the crust was exceedingly hard to cut through and not good for chewing.