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Hidden inside the Ngee Ann Poly campus at Blk 16, is a cutesy gem of a cafe called Cupplets run by ex-students of the school. If you are not a current student or ex-student of Ngee Ann, I will save you the trouble of turning a few rounds and getting lost in the process by telling you to head towards to the Sports Complex, walk pass the food court and you will see it. It is on the ground level.
This was meant to be a simple coffee-run with a fellow foodie friend of mine who is also a Westie but I ended up really impressed with the quality of the tarts and drinks we had there and decided to blog about it. But not just to share about the great find, but to also support the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people in Singapore.
And if you are one for the rustic aesthetics, mismatched tables and crockery, then Cupplets is the perfect place for you. It does make a much more affordable alternative compared to other whimsical vintage-feel cafes around the area that tend to overcharge for their ambiance.
Cupplets serves mainly cakes, tarts, muffins and brownies- the usual sweet stuff but savoury pies such as Chicken or Tuna are also available. The coffee beans are the same ones used at Common Man Coffee Roasters- I am no coffee expert but my coffee fanatic friend did enjoy her cuppa very much. I on the other hand, had a Matcha Latte that was beautifully rich and smooth- not to be missed by Matcha fans.
From the same Japanese food chain which brought you LENAS, Dolce Tokyo, My Izakaya and AmaSoy, Ministry of Food (MOF), adds yet another to its brood with the recent launch of Social Square at level 3 of Parkway Parade. Serving up a wide variety of European-Japanese influenced gourmet delights with three full-fledged menus, the people in the East definitely have a new option for large group gatherings or even intimate twosome meet-ups.
The food here at Social Square is divided into three main categories- Western, Japanese and Desserts. Each menu is crammed full with options and I have never said this with so much conviction but everyone will certainly find something to eat here. And it is also because the restaurant offers such a diverse range of foods, the larger-than-usual open-concept kitchen is always bustling with activity and you might even be able to catch some live action going on from your seat!
A key attraction of Social Square is their All-Day-Breakfast offerings which are extremely hearty in portions and frankly, quite affordable in price. But I think what won me over from the start, was the fact that the food on my table looked exactly like it did in the menu! The presentations were true to their printed pictures. We tried the Essential British $12.80 and Smoked Salmon Benedict $18.80 which were both decent and satisfying enough to curb your breakfast-for-dinner cravings.
Snacks such as the Chicken Wings $6 which were deep-fried and seasoned well, received our thumbs-up. This might be one of the most common appetizers but there was no doubt that it was done well here.
Mains include the Pan-fried Salmon Mushroom $20 which came with a choice of 2 side dishes. Generous portions though the salmon was a little too overcooked for our liking. Those criss cut fries with a dash of parmesan did however make for great munchies.
A dining experience at HOUSE is always a pretty affair. Subtle vintage touches, dainty crockery and the polished vibe makes one feel pampered and a tad luxurious just by walking through those floor-to-ceiling- glass doors. I have long been a fan of HOUSE’s Vintage Hi-Tea Party which is only available on Thursdays and Fridays for $30++. The gorgeous display of cakes and pastries in such an elegant fashion with scores of scrumptious treats to feast on like there is no tomorrow, it is little wonder why reservations are mandatory and the last minute ones do not stand a chance.
But! For those of you cannot get off on the weekdays or find Dempsey a wee bit inconvenient to get to, I am super excited to share the good news that HOUSE has recently revamped its ala-carte dessert menu with 8 brand new offerings which you can enjoy everyday and even some at the Skinny Pizza branches. From good ol’ American pies to simple comfort fare of toasted brioche with salted caramel, this refreshed menu is not for the faint-hearted but so irresistible on the eyes that everyone will find it hard to say no.
Starting with the cakes, the Lemon Curd Cheesecake $9.50 though appearing seemingly plain, was a delightful tangy surprise with its layer of thick velvety lemon curd beneath the surface. Smooth and creamy, with its sourish notes, the curd cut through the richness of the cheese so effortlessly. The Mango Coconut Passionfruit Cake $9.50 on the other hand, with its elaborate pipings of cream and lashings of coconut flakes was such a pretty picture but a clash of flavours within.
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.