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Bee’s Knees Cafe by The Garage @ Singapore Botanic Gardens (Cluny Park Road)

From the same people who opened One Rochester Group and 1-Altitude, comes a new two-storey dining destination at Singapore Botanic Gardens called The Garage. Combining two concepts in a single building, level 1 is the family-friendly, more convivial younger sibling- Bee’s Knees while level 2 houses the slightly more serious older sibling with a contemporary flair- Botanico.

The now transformed terrace space at level 1 was an actual garage where cars used to park back in the day during the 1920s. Much of the exterior architecture has been retained as well as the iconic seven arched entryways that now serve as pick-up points for the open-concept kitchen.  Seat offerings include indoors with regular dining chairs and bar stools or the al fresco area with high velocity fans to help you combat the heat. Regardless of your choice, it will be a quiet respite away from the city.

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We had brunch here on a public holiday and it came as no surprise that the place was packed. Mostly filled with large groups of families and friends, many also brought their dogs along to enjoy the pet-friendly garden cafe with its casual and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu is all about pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Not extensive but decent enough to find something you will enjoy. Prices start at $15 for a pasta, $22 for pizza and $14 for waffles. No service charge is added to your bill because you order and make payment at the counter. The food will be served to your table once it is ready.

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Between the three of us, we ordered the Tiger Prawns $18 pasta, Truffle Carbonara $26 pizza and Caramelised Apples Cranberries and Greek Yoghurt $14 waffles.

The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook

The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook is by no surprise, opened by the same people behind Carpenter & Cook- the “Alice In Wonderland” vintage themed cafe serving up freshly baked pastries in Lorong Kilat. Fast forward three years later and C&C introduces The Bakehouse, also located in the west and at the ground level of Alexandra Central next to IKEA Queensway.

Unlike their flagship outlet, The Bakehouse features more savouries such as wood-fired pizzas, tapas, gourmet sandwiches and pastas, as they cater to the lunch crowds from the offices in the area. Not forgetting however, their homemade cakes, scones and quiches are also still available on display. Decor wise, The Bakehouse stays true to the C&C style with vintage paraphernalia, sturdy wooden cabinetry and quirky wall-mounted lanterns for lighting.

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Priced at $12, their sandwiches had options ranging from Chorizo, Crab Cakes, Portobello and Grilled Chicken. We had their Pulled Pork with homemade pear compote and rocket. Decently portioned but none too memorable because while the pork was delightfully tender, a bolder flavour profile for the marinate would probably have tied this whole sandwich together more cohesively.

CRAFT Bakery & Café @ Holland Village

Occupying the space that used to once belong to Cold Rock Ice Creamery, a new bakery/cafe has recently joined the slew of eateries in Holland Village. From the same creators of Molten Chocolate Cake Specialty House- 3 Inch Sin, CRAFT Bakery & Café is instead a full-fledged eatery, offering an extensive menu of refreshing Salads ($11-$14), Mains such as Bacon Mac N’ Cheese and Prawn Aglio Olio ($12.50-$18), Grid Pizzas smothered in homemade tomato sauce ($9.90-$12.90), exotic Desserts like Orange French Toast ($7.90-$9.90) on top of their famous Chocolate Molten Cakes in 5 different flavors ($9.50).

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Barely opened for a month, but already fast earning a following, CRAFT has just the right combination of Papa Pahelta Coffee, Gryphon Teas, Asahi Beer specials, Cakes & Pastries for a lovely afternoon or chill-out evening. To sweeten the deal further, they are also offering a 1-for-1 deal on all their mains and sandwiches from 12-2pm on weekdays.

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From the full-paged list of Sandwich options, we quickly narrowed it down to The Craft $11.50 which simply stood out because the description read ‘maple-candied bacon in between waffle grids’! How does one say no to that? For the complete experience, cut through the waffles to get a bite of that fluffy dough, mustard dressed green apple slaw and a punch of sweet and savory from the candied bacon altogether.

Social Sin | Gastrobar & All Day Breakfast Bistro

Social Sin is the latest dining concept by Ministry of Food (MOF), the very same people who brought you MOF @ My Izakaya, Lenas, DANRO Japanese Hot Pot and AmaSoy. This gastrobar offers All Day Breakfast, Happy Hour Drink Specials and even 50% off all 2nd main courses when you dine from 11.30am-8.30pm. With a rustic contemporary theme for the decor and a striking resemblance to House/Skinny Pizza’s menu newspaper style, augmented by Wild Honey’s naming system for their egg-centered breakfast platters such as English and Tunisian, Social Sin offers a plethora of dining experiences all in a single space.

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The Light Bites and Snacks section of the menu is considerably straightforward, with choices of Chicken Wings $10, Beef Meatballs $9, Chunky Cut Fries $7, Popcorn Chicken $9 and even Tomato Bruschetta $8, best paired with their beer specials of the day written on the board.

We tried the Sweet Potato Fries $10 and Crunchy Calamari $9, both served in aluminum cans, with dips of tar tar sauce, sweet chilli and wasabi mayo. The latter was so creamy addictive, we could not resist asking for seconds. I liked how we had thick round substantial squid fried with a golden brown batter that remained crisp down to the last piece and a decent chunky cut of sweet potato fries, not too over the top unlike the ones at Skinny Pizza which had an extra coat of white sugar. These two light bite options passed satisfactorily.

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We settled for a Parma Ham Pizza (8 inch $17) for our main as recommended by our server. Unfortunately they were out of rocket salad so the kitchen substituted the greens with other types of lettuce. The pizza crust was biscuit-like crisp and almost brittle, extremely enjoyable to munch upon, while the parma ham on the other hand, was missing that quintessential preserved saltiness of dry-cured meat, so that was disappointing. Peperoni still holds top ranks for a good parma ham pizza in my opinion.

Peperoni Pizzeria @ Greenwood

The casual dining sister arm of the Les Amis Group, Peperoni Pizzeria is notorious for their family sized XXL pizzas that is simply a party on a wooden board. It’s a family affair here at Peperoni Pizzeria as these ginormous pizzas are definitely for sharing and is indeed double the fun when everyone is fighting for one more slice of cheesy dough. With four branches all around Singapore (Greenwood, Binjai, Frankel and Zion), everyone is assured a bite of that authentic Italian wood-fired oven thin-crusted pizza that Peperoni Pizzeria does such a great rendition of!

Six of us patronized the Greenwood branch one Wednesday evening, which also happens to be the original outlet which first opened back in 2004.

We started off with an appetizer to share before diving straight for the pizzas for which we ordered the family XXL size for both!

The Funghi Portobello con Pollo $20 was actually a crumbed battered whole portobello which was deep fried and topped with a heap of caramelized onions and sautéed chicken fillets in red wine sauce.

Mushroom lovers will rejoice at this dish and non-mushroom fans will become converts. The portobello was thick and juicy while the sautéed chicken fillets and onions lent a subtle sweetness with the red wine sauce and added a softness to the crunch of the portobello exterior. We cleaned this up quickly, not even leaving a single onion strip left on the plate.