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Roots Kitchen & Bar @ 30 Dickson Road

Nestled in the vibrant shop houses of Little India lies Roots Kitchen & Bar, a casual fine dining restaurant that promises quality European food whilst keeping it affordable and delicious! Despite its seemingly inaccessible location, diners can be assured as the restaurant is literally a stone’s throw from Rochor MRT station. For those who might be driving, do remember to come early as there are limited parking lots along the stretch.

Although Roots may have a comparative duller shopfront to its restaurant counterparts, its interior décor is indefinitely charming with a warm, cozy ambience befitting of this hidden gem. The preservation of brick walls, as well as the clever use of wooden tables, aid in creating the humble, rustic setting. Combined with warm hanging lights and a romantic candle centerpiece, all the elements set the mood for a lovely dining experience.


Food, of course, does not fall short as the Egg & Truffle Mousseline $4 appetizer had already gotten our eyes and taste buds excited! Served in adorable egg shells, the truffle infused mousseline was smooth, creamy and almost weightless. The sautéed mushrooms residing at the base gave the dish a nice earthly depth whilst the herring caviar was unfortunately somewhat forgotten in the process.

The Plain Jane Cafe @ Blk 221 Serangoon Ave 4

Located at the ground floor of a HDB block opposite Serangoon Stadium, is a humble quaint little cafe that specialises in Swiss Rolls, both for dining-in and takeaway. Opened in Dec last year, The Plain Jane is definitely not plain at all with its marbled and wooden accents, pretty accessories and delicate touches that makes this space cozy and ideal for an afternoon tea session with a good friend. Brownie points too for their special attention to the crockery and flowery plates that compliment the old-school feeling of this place.

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Serving up to 7-8 different flavours of Swiss Rolls such as Matcha, Yuzu and Raspberry each day, it is interesting to note the disproportionate ratio of cream to sponge here at The Plain Jane. That said, we were certainly not complaining because the essence of each flavour is most pronounced in the whipped cream that interlace each spiral. Between us two and after much debate, we eventually settled for the Earl Grey Tea, Thai Milk Tea and Nutella Swiss Rolls. Prices are $4.90-$5.90 per individual slice.

Les Patisseries @ 222 Upper Thomson Road

Previously located at Toa Payoh Central, Les Patisseries has since found a new home alongside the row of shophouses in Upper Thomson Road. Much more spacious, airy and naturally lit with rows of long communal tables set against the granite walls and a full view of their pastry kitchen, this cafe definitely got an upgrade from its former digs.

Currently still in its soft launch phase, Les Patisseries offers a small range of classic branch items and a slightly more extensive list of waffles dubbed the “Les Ultimate Waffles”. Prices start at $11 for brunch while the waffles range from $10 to $15.90.

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Between the six of us, we ordered the Croissant Benedict $14 and The Royale $15 for our choice of savouries. The former with its perfectly poached eggs and fried bacon strips neatly stacked atop an open faced buttery-crisp croissant was easy to like and enjoyable to eat. Though admittedly, the highlight had to be that torched creamy thick hollandaise sauce which smothered the eggs so effortlessly for the delightful smokey finish!

The Populus Coffee & Food Co. @ 146 Neil Road

From the same people behind the wildly popular Department of Caffeine, comes a new collaboration with Two Degrees North Coffee Co. called The Populus Coffee & Food Co., located along the row of shophouses on Neil road and a mere distance away from newcomers The Daily Roundup, Luxe Singapore and heavyweight The Lokal. Slated to be the next big hipster cafe to hit the scene, its industrial chic look with copper border tables, wooden accents and marble notes is creatively on point and hard to fault. The food too with unique offerings such as “Spring Pancake & Fried Chicken” and “Ginger Beer Pork Collar” makes it an interesting stop for a refreshing change from the usual cafe brunch menu dishes.

We visited The Populus Coffee & Food Co. on a weekday afternoon after lunch hours and while the cafe was only in its soft launch phrase, most tables were already filled. Not difficult to imagine how much more crowded it can get during peak hours or after it officially opens on 11 November 15. Prices of the food here range from $16 – $23 while a Macchiato starts at $4.50. Orders are taken at the counter while the food is served to you.

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Between the four of us, we went straight for The Populus Scramble $17. Think soft creamy lusciously smooth scrambled eggs tucked on a bed of toasted croissant with a topping of marinated feta, slices of cut chilli and strips of streaky bacon for a decadent touch. We dare say that this glorious plate of breakfast elements was easily one of the best we have had. Enjoyable textures with a pop of colour, the portion was just right for either a hearty meal for one and also great for sharing.

Twenty Grammes @ Ang Mo Kio Ave 10

About a month ago, Twenty Grammes opened their second outlet in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio. The flagship at North Bridge Road had earned a reputation for their waffles and salted egg yolk sauce served alongside and so they brought those very signatures to the North as well. But not just that, Twenty Grammes AMK also has new exclusive items such as the Yuan Yang Waffle and Soft Serve ice-cream at this outlet.

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I came here twice within the span of one month and both times had experienced a sizeable crowd. There were however many tables available both indoors and outdoors so getting a seat was not really an issue. The first visit saw us zooming in for the Yuan Yang Waffles $15– which offers you the best of both worlds with 1/2 a charcoal waffle and the other 1/2 made up of the Belgian classic served with a twirl of milk soft serve and hazelnut sauce on the side to drizzle at your own pleasure.