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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.
The Lorong Kilat neighbourhood has recently come alive with the opening of a whole slew of new cafes. And the eye-catching colourful circus-themed Revelry is one of them. Priding itself as a waffle specialty cafe, this family-run business is all about, as you may have guessed, waffles. Offering not just the usual sweet ones but also uniquely savoury combinations, you probably will find a waffle here to suit your mood for the day.
From low-lying lanterns that flood the ceilings, to flamboyant murals of life-sized elephants painted on the walls, and a vibrant red and white colour scheme going on for the decor, the vibe here is definitely exuberant and a little theatrical- a nice change from the minimalist theme in cafes that is honestly getting a tad dated. The menu too, which opens up like a fan, adds to the cafe’s overall distinct eclectic appeal.
Having been under the weather for the past week, I was having a serious craving for noodles. Random perhaps but I was looking for springy, QQ texture-like eggy noodles with some spicy chilli for a punch. Needless to say that when I saw Nat’s post on I Want My Noodle, I knew that there was no better place to satisfy that craving. Because with a shop name this straightforward, it was obvious what the place had to offer and I was curious to try.
Located at the newly renovated wing of Shaw Centre, just next to Hainanese-Western restaurant The Ship, this 80-seater space with an outdoor terrace is certainly not small, and may seem quite a gamble for owner Derrick Kuah, for whom I Want My Noodle marks his first foray in the food industry. With an open-concept kitchen, long wooden communal tables and stools to sit on, there is a certain grungy charm to this eatery- an attempt to create that old-school nostalgia to compliment your bowl of craft noodles.
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.
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.
Backstage Cafe has been around for more than a year now and considering its rather secluded location and inaccessibility, I must say they have done quite well for themselves. Located in the industrial area, the cafe is known for its spacious area and high ceilings. I for one, was very impressed when I first stepped in because the space felt like a huge warehouse which was both inviting and comforting without being stifling. A great place to spend the weekend catching up on your reading or work with ease and not having to worry about the person from the next table looking over your shoulder.
For the food, I was told that Backstage Cafe had recently welcomed a new chef and so there was a whole new menu of savouries launched as well. And instead of plainly serving the usual cafe grub, Backstage Cafe actually does “serious” food such as Spring Chicken $15, Breaded Pork Chop $14, Angus Ribeye Steak $23, Pan Fry Salmon $16 among others at pocket-friendly prices that have no added GST or service charge either. Drop by for lunch between 11am-2pm and you get to enjoy a complimentary soup and ice-cream too. We had the Duck Confit $18 and both agreed that it was honestly tasty. The duck which had been marinated in red wine was roasted to a crisp and had meltingly tender succulent meat beneath. The duck leg itself was fleshy so there was sufficient to share. Served with mashed potato and a honey balsamic glaze, this dish could possibly be passed off as one from a restaurant.