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If you have not heard of “Tai Cheong Bakery”, then you, my friend, might just be missing out on what was deemed as ‘the best egg tarts in the world’ by Chris Patten. That said, some probably might not even have a slightest inkling as to who Chris Patten is, except for the fact that he was the last governor of Hong Kong. Notwithstanding, let’s just say that these custard-filled tarts are popular and charming enough to form hour-long queues at both the Takashimaya and Holland Village outlets.
The Holland Village outlet is the brand’s first dine-in-concept in Singapore which opened its doors in mid-November 2016 to allow customers to enjoy an authentic cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style teahouse) experience. This 42-seat restaurant comprises two sections – an air-conditioned indoor space for guests to relax amidst an open-concept kitchen and an outdoor area for those who prefer a warmer, windier environment. Dine-in customers would also be pleased to know that the restaurant does not impose service charge and prices stated on the menu are already inclusive of GST.
Christmas is just around the corner and if you have not yet found the right place to celebrate the special occasion, Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant might just be the one-stop solution for you! Available from now till late January, Clinton St has introduced 4 new creations alongside their original menu to bring forth the spirit of Christmas on every plate. Diners, or simply pancake fanatics, would be intrigued to find a delightful twist on their signature pancakes which will be revealed shortly.
Do read on as we slowly unravel the individual creations for the Christmas season that surprisingly does not feature any turkey drama at all.
Starting the meal on a lighter note, we were introduced to the restaurant’s signature Neil’s Biscuits (served on the house for dinner) which are deemed as the ‘king of biscuits’ by Martha Steward. These delightful buttermilk treats boast of the fluffiest interior hidden beneath the golden-crisp skin. Although it can be rather plain tasting on its own, a generous spread of butter and raspberry jam easily solves the problem and even had us wanting seconds!
Sneaking into the local café scene is 6-month old Common Chefs – an unassuming café located right below Victory 8 Condominium along 8 Jalan Lengundi. This hidden gem offers a delectable selection of Western classics ranging from grilled beef burgers to chicken and waffles to make up for that 15-minute walk from Sembawang MRT.
Although the layout and decor of the space is modest, Instagrammers and fellow foodies would be enthralled by the seats near the glass windows for that Instagram-worthy shot amidst the natural lighting. Those simply seeking a cuppa to relax and let loose on the other hand, would prefer to sit beneath the warm downlights to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. We came here twice in a span of two months and got to sample a number of items on their rather concise menu.
The café’s signature Truffle Tater Tots $12 was certainly a dish to rave about. Crispy potato nuggets deep fried till golden brown before being tossed in fragrant truffle oil and served with generous shavings of aged Parmesan. Despite its slightly greasy appearance, we were centrally charmed by the warm potato puffs encased within its crispy outer shell.
For something thicker, meatier and juicer, the café has got you covered with an explosive range of flame-grilled burgers! The Boss ($19 for Beef/$18 for Chicken) was literally the big daddy of all their other burgers which showcased a jam-packed layer of flavoursome ingredients – sautéed mushrooms, grilled beef patty, sharp cheddar, fried egg, pickles, bacon and caramelized onions – to create an umami explosion in every bite. The best part was of course the succulent double-layer beef patty packed so snugly between two well-toasted brioche buns.
Nom La La by Bakerzin is a homegrown F&B enterprise armed with a second-line dining concept that is very much similar to Ikea’s. Drawing inspirations from popular dining expressions, “Nom nom nom” and “Ohh La La”, the aptly named restaurant offers a melting pot of international cuisines ranging from sophisticated European fare to popular British classics and not forgetting, old school local delights with an elevated twist to the nostalgic flavours! To top it off, main courses start as low as $6.90, and every dish on the menu does not contain pork or lard (do note however that the restaurant has yet to be certified Halal).
Nestled within the scenic Punggol Waterway Park, the 92-seater restaurant occupies a floorspace of approximately 200 square meters on the second level of SAFRA Punggol. Lit with the warm glow of incandescent lights, the restaurant’s interior provides a comforting atmosphere for diners to relax and chatter amidst the chic, industrial décor of pristine wood panels and edgy brick walls. For a vibrant touch of colours, the room has been adorned with a cornucopia of collectible knick-knacks from around the world to contrast with the wooden and metal furniture.
Tossed in an inviting marinade of spicy-tangy sauce, the Yum Woon Sen $7.50 is essentially a Thai style spicy glass noodle salad with a generous mix of assorted seafood to allow a piece of protein in every bite. The al dente cook on the glass noodle was truly phenomenal as it retained the desired chewy texture without being a tad too soft or hard. This dish pretty much sums up my love for Thai cuisine, and was deemed as the perfect starter to commence dinner!
Built on the culinary success of Waku Ghin, Patisserie Platine – the brainchild of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda – offers an incredible selection of cakes, tarts and other delectable entremets that will charm in both taste and appearance. Every component in these desserts is painstakingly made in-house, using only the finest and most premium ingredients from Japan and Europe to offer the highest quality in taste. Giving form to these beautiful works of art is a talented pastry team led by Chef Yasushi Ishino whose 16 years of experience in the pastry sector has made him a veteran in French and Japanese Pastry techniques.
Having chanced upon the pastry maestro this afternoon, we simply could not forgo the opportunity to capture a photo of Chef Ishino plating a dessert in his sweet-scented playground.