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Dining in cafes and restaurants can get annoying sometimes when it comes to settling the bill and you realise that the total amount on the receipt does not reflect the prices you had seen on the menu earlier. It also gets frustrating when splitting the bill and the best in Math at the table always gets arrowed to calculate an extra 17% for every person in the group. And so sometimes having a meal at a place that offers NETT PRICES is extremely helpful, convenient and straightforward.
This is a list of 25 places (fast food places & hawker centres not included) in Singapore which will come in handy when you want to avoid those complications. These places have either already included the GST in their prices or simply absorbed it themselves, some may require you to order your food at the counter before it is served to you while for others, service begins the moment you walk through their doors. Either way, prices at these eateries are ‘what you see is what you pay’.
P.S. But do endorse good service with a tip or two especially when they make the extra effort for you!
Inspired by her two month long holiday in Europe, 23 year old Kimberley Yeo made her dream a reality when she opened Mean Bean & Wicked Grind at The Plaza last month. Selling primarily what she is most passionate about- coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. And being a perfectionist herself, you can be assured that Kimberley only puts quality delectables on display for sale all while keeping prices affordable- even if it means lowering her profit margin.
Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, the young owner shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. Regulars do keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms though and are willing to come down specially just to buy their favourite baked goods when Kimberley posts up what is on sale for the week.
And if you like the crockery that you are having your cake or éclair from or even the light bulb hanging over your head, simply ask Kimberley for the price- they are all for sale. Every cake stand, fork, clock, plate to even the tea cups and saucers you see in the cafe have all been thoughtfully picked out by Kimberley herself. She does have an eye for pretty things, if I might add.
Cupcakes here are $3.50 for the regular sized ones (flavours include Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate, Kaya, Pineapple Tart, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel). If you find the combinations familiar, this week’s cupcakes supplier is Kisses Bakery! Special mention goes to the festive Pineapple Tart flavour which paid a good tribute to my favourite CNY snack.
Afternoon tea is always a much welcomed affair with the ladies and it comes as no surprise that reservations for hotels offering a good buffet spread of pastries or gorgeous tiers of treats do not come easy. 10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore is no exception and you are advised to make your booking at least 2 days in advance. Priced at $43++ per person with a top-up fee for champagne, afternoon tea here is not exactly cheap, but is considerably one of the more affordable options especially in the heart of town.
I brought mummy here for an afternoon of luxury one day and was fortunate enough to get hold of a reservation at the first seating beginning at 12pm. Located at the lobby level of the hotel, the lounge greets with elegance and posh as do the polite and cheerful waitresses with a smile. Within seconds of waiting, we were led to our table and invited to pick our choice of tea, Dammann Freres no less.
Meanwhile, another server brought out a two tiered display of savouries- a nice mix of western and local delights. On the top tier, there were mostly ham & cheese and smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches among others, with prosciutto & pesto and goat cheese & anchovies on homemade toasted bread filling up the empty spaces on the tray.
The bottom tier held popiah, crab cake in remoulade sauce, curry puffs and a mozzarella salad. These items on the stands are all refillable and the waitresses are quick to offer to replace any items you may like once they notice that you have finished your portions. Plates are also changed efficiently in between items.
Every night at 8pm, The Club located at level 57 of Marina Bay Sands is transformed into a beautiful decadent display of chocolate desserts and pastries, taking you on a gastronomical journey as the myriad of textures and flavours tease and rapture.
Be enthralled by 40 chocolate themed desserts and 12 different types of fine cheeses from France, Italy, Spain and the UK as Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher and his team entertains and tempts with their hand-crafted creations available at this one-of-a-kind dessert pinnacle experience.
I was extremely impressed with my last visit to The Chocolate Bar about 2 years back and that indulgent evening easily found its way to the top of my list of Chocolate Buffets in Singapore, yet to be displaced since. With a gorgeous view of our city skyline with all its lights complimented by the evening breeze blowing ever so gently and spontaneously, savouring desserts have never been more alluring.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to be back for an elevated and heightened experience of the newly introduced Cheese and Chocolate Bar Buffet, where the incorporation of a cheese bar coupled with six specially paired wines is set to tip the scales and bring the already glorious Chocolate Buffet to a whole new level.
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine. Need I say more?
Located right smack in the middle of the Tower 2 lobby of Marina Bay Sands is FUSE- a classy elegant lounge with a cool laid-back vibe drawing guests in to simply kickback with a cocktail or two paired with live bands and tunes from retro to modern rock. To sweeten the deal further, FUSE has also rolled out a couple of Happy Hour Specials from Sundays to Thursdays, 4pm – 9pm.
Enjoy a slice of Chocolate Raspberry Cake (U.P. $15) with either a Grey Berry Bramble or Raspresso Martini (U.P. $22) for just $28 from 12pm – 6pm.
The cake, with its layers of Dark Chocolate Sponge interlaced with Homemade Raspberry Jam and Raspberry-Chambord Ganache charms with its intense notes of sweet and sour, finishing off with a crunchy feuilletine layer of hazelnuts at the bottom. Lovely for afternoon tea and ideal for an post-dinner treat.
The recommended pairing of the duo of signature cocktails with the Chocolate Raspberry Cake is with good reason. A fancy alternative to the usual coffee and tea offerings during afternoon tea, FUSE instead concocts a tea and coffee- inspired cocktail to tease the taste buds just a little bit.
My pick of the evening was the Grey Berry Bramble- French Earl Grey infused Gin, Blueberry Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Soda. Delightfully refreshing and great for the ladies. The alcohol taste in this one was subtle and complimenting instead of being overwhelming while the Earl Grey infusion was hard to miss and plain soothing. Undeniably good.