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It is hard not to fall in love with this place once you step through the modest, unassuming white doors of May May restaurant along Tras Street. Beyond that inconspicuous entrance that most would almost simply just walk past, this 40 seater space inside boasts of marbled black and white table tops, wooden accents and a glass roof that allows natural light to flood the place so beautifully. Not forgetting too that floor-to-ceiling vertical garden plot anchored against the wall, making quite a statement by adding some pop of colour and touch of nature to an otherwise sleek and modern interior design.
Lunch here is all about Asian-inspired rice bowls with varying choices of protein, complimented by an onsen egg, oven roasted tomatoes, amongst other healthy toppings of veggies such as mushrooms and wasabi sprouts. Between the four of us, we had the Red Chilli Chicken $15, Beef Rendang $16, Braised Pork Belly $16, Butter Poached Cod $18 and Cold Somen $15. You can also choose to add $2 for a change of rice to quinoa.
Dinner on the other hand is a whole different menu featuring sharing plates- big and small, like Fried Cauliflower $14, Confit Potatoes $14, Chilean Sea Bass $32 and Lobster Rice Noodles $28.
Tea is from Tea Bone Zen Mind while the coffee beans are from Nylon Coffee Roasters. They actually do do decent latte art here as well. Cocktails and bottled craft beers are also available.
Another cafe in the West has opened and despite being only barely a week old, Paddy Hills has already created quite the sensation across social media for its gorgeous natural lighting, photogenic dishes that are so prettily plated and the laidback Aussie vibe that it sells. True to Aussie style as well, the prices on the menu are all nett.
The space itself was surprisingly big with communal tables, window and booth seats, and even coffee counter seats where you can catch the barista in action. And if you were wondering, Paddy Hills serve coffee roasted with Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee beans and the tea is from 1872 Clipper Tea & Co.
Food wise, their Daytime Eats comprising of Breakfast (0830-1730) and Lunch (1130-1730) offer mainly cafe-type food with Australian-Japanese influence and a unique spin to each item. Expect creative culinary innovations such as Plantation (Quinoa, puffed rice, pine nuts & pomegranate), Salmon Carpaccio (house-cured salmon, pickled wakame, yuzu caviar, cream cheese & baby radish) and The Asian Brick (thick brûlée brioche french toast, goreng pisang, butternut squash puree, yam ice cream & marcona almonds). Fusion is key here at Paddy Hills. After 1730, the Nighttime Nosh menu is all about sharing plates and Yakitori, with a heavier emphasis on local flavours.
Paddy Hills recently made adjustments to their operating hours and they now only open at 0930.
The Mama Shop at Pearl’s Hill Terrace opened to much fanfare in October last year when word got out that the cafe had two pretty lady bosses who were also popular TV actresses – Felicia Chin and Sora Ma. Set up at the former Police Operational Headquarters, the area is a tad run down and takes a bit of navigation skills to get to. The space itself too was surprisingly modest with no more than 5-6 tables set up.
Menu wise, The Mama Shop offers mainly burgers, waffles and pies/quiches with a touch of local flavour with items such as satay and peanut paste with glutinous rice balls. Between the three of us, we ordered their highly raved Happy Peppy Lobster Burger $16.90, Otah Roll $7.90 and Okaasanwaffle $4.90. Yes, the prices here are rather affordable.
With a land scarce city like Singapore, parking lots are often a nightmare to find. Free parking is even more so a luxury and possibly a rare commodity. Still, we managed to rummage for 15 places in Singapore with free parking all day long– this list does not include the shopping malls that offer free parking during lunch hours from 12-2pm. No more having to be on your guard or look out for the “summon auntie” while dining or worrying about the value your CashCard reader is going to reflect when you drive out of the carpark. Simply park the car, stay as long as you want and enjoy your meal.
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The amalgamation of the words “boutique” and “cafe”, Boufe is the it-cafe of the moment on Instagram. White-washed walls, clean lines and vases of baby’s breath on each table, I was sold the moment I walked in. Actually, the love affair may have already begun when I first laid eyes on the swing set parked just at the entrance. It is not hard to foresee many OOTD shots being taken against this backdrop as the place starts gaining popularity.
Boufe actually has a corner space dedicated to selling clothes from online women’s boutique- Ohvola so yes ladies, you can shop while you wait for your food to arrive. Possibly any girl’s dream come true- one stop shop and cafe.
Getting here may be a bit tricky though with an approximately 10 minute walk in from the nearest bus stop though word has it that you could hitch a ride from the buggies at the guard house if you asked nicely. Alternatively for those taking cabs or driving, take the left turn from the entrance and drive all the way in, you will soon spot block 308. Parking here is free.
For more eateries in Singapore with free parking, check out my list of 15 Places To Eat In Singapore with Free Parking.