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It is almost too easy to walk past Tuk Tuk Cha (TTC) and not notice it because that was exactly what happened to us when we went looking for it on Saturday morning. An unassuming takeaway kiosk with less than 10 seats, TTC is by the same people behind Boat Noodle House at Bedok Point and specialises in all things Thai. The kitchen is decidedly modest in size- put 2 people inside and it is already filled. Yet somehow in this cosy space, they are able to churn out one of the best Shibuya toasts in town.
For starters, get their Thai Milk Tea and Thai Green Milk Tea $2.80/$3.20. Both equally refreshing and great thirst quenchers. We thoroughly enjoyed the full-bodiedness of the tea and the delicate balance between the sweetened condensed milk and the hint of spices. A commendable effort and almost as close as you can get to the real thing in Thailand.
Lepark, the newest hipster hangout at the rooftop carpark of People’s Park Complex has a laid-back vibe and grungy attitude to boot. Playing on the Malay word- “Lepak”, which means to loaf around or to spend one’s time aimlessly i.e. “chillaxing”, this refreshing F&B concept is all about comfort fusion bar grub- tapas style, craft beers and a creative space for arts and music to come together. Since its inception into our local food scene few months back, Lepark has already played host to multiple live music gigs, outdoor movie screenings and even getai shows- all in a bid to support local musicians and artists, and promote our culture.
Getting to Lepark itself is a bit of a challenge and requires strict adherence to the following set of directions or you might find yourself a little lost: take the lift up to level 5 and climb up the dingy albeit dodgy flight of stairs to level 6 where you will reach this hole-in-a-wall opening with its aluminium shutter sliding doors, which leads to a spacious, airy canteen-like space.
Ordering of food is done at one end of the counter while drinks on the other, and your order number will be flashed on the electronic display when the food is ready for collection. Simple, straightforward and mostly self-serviced. With that said, prices are all nett.
The menu offerings were fairly decent and affordable. Tapas such as Chunky Spam Fries, Poached Chicken Sushi and Otah Bomb start from $8, Spicy Seafood Salad at $12, Mains of Slipper Lobster & Crabmeat Tom Yum Pasta from $18, and Shared Platters ranging between $18 – $40.
L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle has finally opened their brick and mortar store in the heart of Orchard Road. Dubbed as Singapore’s first eclair boutique, L’ÉCLAIR located at the ground level of Singapore Shopping Centre brings a bit of Paris to our island with their exquisitely designed cream-filled choux pastries. Aesthetically charming and simply pleasing to the eyes, each eclair is practically an art piece served on a plate that has been taking social media by storm with how photogenic they are on camera.
The duo behind L’ÉCLAIR- Sarah and Michelle, initially started out as an online business, supplying eclairs to other cafes such as Mean Bean Wicked Grind (where I first got a taste of those pretty little things) before moving on to pop-ups hosted at Three Years In A Balloon and Artistry. The establishment of this physical store has therefore been long time coming.
Previously located within the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) campus, Bread Yard has since moved to a cozy corner space of the Galaxis Building at 1 Fusionpolis Place. Specialising in handcrafted breads, the menu is decidedly modest, offering sandwiches, toast, bread puddings, all day breakfasts and naturally-leavened pancakes. Prices are extremely affordable as well, with full platters starting at $10 and sandwiches at $7. No added service charge or GST either.
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.
We made our way here for lunch on a Thursday and the cafe which seats about 50 pax, was packed with hardly an empty table around. Filled mostly by staff from the surrounding offices, Bread Yard is certainly a crowd favourite with their fuss-free ordering system and laid-back setting.
Spa Esprit Group has done it again with their hottest new collaboration- Open Farm Community (OFC). Teaming up with Tippling Club’s Ryan Clift and Edible Gardens’ Bjorn Low, OFC is more than just a restaurant and fancy cocktail bar. It is instead an initiative to create a sustainable farming concept which supplies the greens and exotic herbs featured in the dishes at OFC- all grown and harvested in the backyard garden of their 6,000 sq metre property.
The restaurant itself seats about 60 people with an open-concept kitchen and glass panelled floor-to-ceiling windows allowing just the right amount of sunlight to flow through. Service was great, effortlessly smooth and attentive without being overly intrusive. I do appreciate it when service staff are enthusiastic to share more about the dishes and make informative recommendations on what to order. OFC had that part covered quite well.