Tag Archives: Specialty Coffee
Montana Brew Bar has been generating quite a bit of hype across social media since it first opened at the beginning of this year. From the same people who brought you Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar, Montana is all about the waffles. But not just any ordinary waffles, the choices here are innovative and the concoctions work out surprisingly well. Think Breakfast Waffle BLT, Matcha Strawberry Field Waffles, Red Velvet Waffle Stack and Cinnamon Apple Pie Waffles.
After hearing so much about “THE ULTIMATE” Truffle Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Waffle $12.50, we just had to order it. Montana has also earned a reputation for being receptive towards feedback on their food and acting on suggestions almost immediately. We heard that this is probably already version 2.5 and honestly, it was really quite good. And if you are wondering where the mac & cheese is, it is actually incorporated within the waffle itself so that every bite of that truffle scented waffles is oozing cheese and mac bits. Do not forget to dip those waffles into the curry salsa dip on the side for an accentuation of truffle flavour.
Joining our burgeoning list of cafes in Singapore that serve up specialty coffee, is a new cafe in the west that is hidden beneath all the tall science buildings of the Biopolis, at level 1 of Nucleos to be exact. The name is Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar and not surprisingly, it is yet another one of those inaccessible hidden places that require 4 wheels to get to. Not that I am complaining because its lack of accessibility made it quite the perfect candidate for a hangout place to catch up with friends over some food and drinks on a public holiday afternoon. The cafe had just turned exactly 1 month old on the day we visited as the young aspiring owner- Samantha excitedly shared with us and while the menu they have right now is modest, Sam says that it will be expanding very soon.
The only ‘Brunch item’ on the current menu was the Eggs & Toast $9 (+ mushrooms $3 + smoked salmon $5) and so we ordered it. Our scrambled eggs were not too bad, rightfully creamy and runny while the ciabatta bread was worthy of a mention. On the down side however, we did not quite like how our salmon slices were cut so thickly and how the bacon were a little too crisp- we prefer our bacon to maintain some chewiness. Other mains include Cod Fish & Chips, Mac & Cheese and The Cheeseburger- all priced between $15-$18.
Adding to my list of Hidden Finds in Singapore, is one year old Revolution Coffee tucked at level 1 of Singapore’s newest media hub- Infinite Studios. This cafe is not one of those places that you can ‘stumble upon’ because quite honestly unless you work in the complex itself, you will never be in that area. It is that isolated and secluded. Needless to say, one needs to drive in order to get here. A more friendly alternative (that is only available on weekdays) would be to take a shuttle bus from One-North MRT station.
Revolution Coffee, as its name describes it, is yet another third wave coffee movement cafe that has joined our ever-growing specialty coffee culture. The beans used here are imported from Sydney’s Single Origin Roasters while the menu was conceptualized by Shen Tan- formerly of the now defunct Wok & Barrel and current chef/owner of Ujong at Raffles Hotel. While some may find the homemade gula melaka butterscotch sauce used to dress the Pancakes or Sticky Date Pudding here familiar- from memories of Wok & Barrel, the rest of the menu comprises of mostly salads, sandwiches and pastas with little or none of the mod-Sin fancy that Shen is famous for.
Price-wise, most items on the main menu are less than $10 while the Big Brunch Breakfast $16.90 is the most expensive item on the brunch menu. The scrambled eggs which were rich and creamy was a pleasant surprise for us and there was little to fault about the sour dough toast, pork sausages and mushrooms that were served alongside. For those with a sweet tooth, the Pancakes with Gula Melaka Butterscotch and Bananas $11.90 comes highly recommended as well. We also thoroughly enjoyed our The Mad Chef’s Sticky Date Pudding $9.90 which was superbly moist, not too dense and even a little fluffy. Extremely comforting to tuck into especially when paired with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream. This gets two thumbs-up!
One of the first third wave coffee movement joints to hit the scene back in 2010 and possibly also the first of many cafes which laid the blueprint for the hip indie estate the Tiong Bahru enclave would become today, 40 Hands by Harry Grover and Spa Esprit Group has since undergone a facelift and a bit of a sprucing up before reopening its doors at the beginning of April this year.
While the former space had a bit of a grungy and brooding soul, the revamp has made it a tad more polished, furnished with glossy tiling and all, adding a little bit more personal space between you and the neighbouring table. The menu is refreshed too, with brunch being served daily from 8am-4pm, complimented by the usual specialty coffee blends from Common Man Coffee Roasters that are pulled here.
Big cheers for no more having to squeeze with the crowds 40 Hands used to always pack in- back when brunch was available only on weekends. Weekdays are not that empty now either by the way. We came on a Wednesday morning and it was full house. Clearly, regulars are thrilled that this hipster coffee joint is now back in business.
New on the menu is their selection of Salads priced at about $15. The gym junkies will love the Muscle Mary which is extremely high in protein and low in fat, with ingredients of quinoa, broccoli, pickled beetroot and greek yoghurt. We ordered it because the name was just too tongue-in-cheek not to. Add $3 for a side of chicken as well. For a salad that even non-salad people will eat, The Megs is a great option- think bacon, feta cheese, macadamia nuts and roasted sweet potatoes.
From the brunch selection are offerings of Eggs Benedict with Juicy Steak/Organic Bacon $16– both served with a side of spicy roasted potatoes, Eggs Cocotte $16 and Brioche French Toast $15 with lemon curd. The eggs were beautifully poached, just like those at CMCR and those potatoes cooked with sun-dried tomatoes were so addictively good- they deserve a solo spot on the menu. The steak was bit too tough for our liking though, possibly because we took way too long with our photography as usual.
Hidden inside the Ngee Ann Poly campus at Blk 16, is a cutesy gem of a cafe called Cupplets run by ex-students of the school. If you are not a current student or ex-student of Ngee Ann, I will save you the trouble of turning a few rounds and getting lost in the process by telling you to head towards to the Sports Complex, walk pass the food court and you will see it. It is on the ground level.
This was meant to be a simple coffee-run with a fellow foodie friend of mine who is also a Westie but I ended up really impressed with the quality of the tarts and drinks we had there and decided to blog about it. But not just to share about the great find, but to also support the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people in Singapore.
And if you are one for the rustic aesthetics, mismatched tables and crockery, then Cupplets is the perfect place for you. It does make a much more affordable alternative compared to other whimsical vintage-feel cafes around the area that tend to overcharge for their ambiance.
Cupplets serves mainly cakes, tarts, muffins and brownies- the usual sweet stuff but savoury pies such as Chicken or Tuna are also available. The coffee beans are the same ones used at Common Man Coffee Roasters- I am no coffee expert but my coffee fanatic friend did enjoy her cuppa very much. I on the other hand, had a Matcha Latte that was beautifully rich and smooth- not to be missed by Matcha fans.