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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.

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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.

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!

Whisk & Paddle @ 10 Tebing Lane

Priding itself as a “cafe along the river”, the newly opened Whisk & Paddle facing the Punggol Reservoir certainly delivers that experience. An open bistro with a panoramic view of the mangrove vegetation and meandering river, there is an air of tranquility and peace found here that is hard to come by amidst the hustle and bustle of our cosmopolitan city.

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We made our way here on a quiet Saturday morning just when the joggers were returning from their exercise along the park connectors and the cyclists had completed their rounds. Being the early comers at the cafe, we had first dips on which table to sit at and had a bit of fun deciding between the long communal wooden bar tables, the round colourful tiled ones or the low rise benches that flanked the friendly little playhouse put up for the kiddies. The space of Whisk & Paddle is huge by the way, offering more than enough distance between your table and the next, ensuring that your conversation was not within earshot of others- a luxury that is hard to find in most cafes these days.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters @ Upper Thomson Road

Fans of the now-defunct OZ Specialty Coffee will be pleased to know that the cafe has undergone a major revamp, got an upsize, a new name and postal code. Named after a hybrid blend of coffee hailing all the way from El Salvador, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is probably the most talked about cafe in town at the moment- it is essentially your dream location for an Instagram photo op. The walls are white- really white. The tables are mostly wooden and communal while small pots of plants placed at random spots add a touch of green. Overall, spacious, airy and minimalistic with clean lines.

Taking over the corner unit where Liquid Kitchen once stood and just opposite the Shell petrol station, Pacamara is hard to miss. This boutique coffee cafe joins the growing vibrant cafe scene of the Upper Thomson area which includes but is not limited to Habitat Coffee, One Man Coffee, Salted Caramel and Ply Baked Goods. While it may seem difficult having to stand out from the already established brands within the vicinity, judging from the crowds that fill this place even on the weekdays and the rave reviews it had received on Instagram, Pacamara has clearly already won the hearts of many. Mine included.

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The menu features a good mix of brunch items with a price range of $10-$20, starters such as salads from $8-$16 and fancier mains of Wagyu Burger, Miso Glazed Salmon and the likes for $16-$25. None too pricey, with no service charge added and GST already included- essentially all nett prices.

For more eateries/cafes in Singapore with no GST or service charge, check out my list of 25 Places to Eat in Singapore with Nett Prices.

Souper Sarnies @ 1 Tras Link

The newest addition to level 1 of Orchid Hotel, Souper Sarnies is a sandwich cafe opened by 2 young aspiring girls who are passionate about making the best sarnies (slang in Australia for sandwiches) and serving it to their customers. Not to be confused with Sarnies at 136 Telok Ayer Street, this modest and cosy space which can seat approx 10-15 people, prides itself for using only quality ingredients and making all their sauces, mayonnaise and vinaigrettes from scratch. Most items on their menu are prepared a la minute which explains the slightly longer waiting time but do be patient because the food is quite worth the wait.

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On weekday mornings from 08:30-11:30 am, Souper Sarnies offers affordable toast sets from $2.90 and up for the working crowd who simply wish to just grab and go on their way to the office. Top up $3 for a coffee to go. The beans used are from Highlander.