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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.

Atlas Coffeehouse @ 6 Duke’s Road

From the folks behind the wildly popular Assembly Coffee on Evans Road comes a new cafe concept located just a few minutes away along Bukit Timah Road- Atlas Coffeehouse. Markedly more spacious in shades of blue and white, with marbled tiled walls and matching marble top tables flanked by wooden chairs, the decor of Atlas Coffeehouse ticks all the boxes for that minimalist, stylish yet cosy feeling. The menu here has also expanded, with more savoury options and a wider variety of sweets to accompany your cup of coffee expertly brewed by Daphne (owner and barista) using Two Degrees North Coffee Co coffee beans.

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We went straight for the Nutella Brioche French Toast $15 which got us girls squealing when it arrived. Think thick slices of toast soaked in a beaten egg custard concoction and fried till golden brown with a generous layer of hazelnut chocolate spread topped with a huge scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream and smothered with berry compote to balance out the sweetness. This one is definitely made for sharing but we promise we will not judge if you choose to finish it all on your own!

Les Patisseries @ 222 Upper Thomson Road

Previously located at Toa Payoh Central, Les Patisseries has since found a new home alongside the row of shophouses in Upper Thomson Road. Much more spacious, airy and naturally lit with rows of long communal tables set against the granite walls and a full view of their pastry kitchen, this cafe definitely got an upgrade from its former digs.

Currently still in its soft launch phase, Les Patisseries offers a small range of classic branch items and a slightly more extensive list of waffles dubbed the “Les Ultimate Waffles”. Prices start at $11 for brunch while the waffles range from $10 to $15.90.

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Between the six of us, we ordered the Croissant Benedict $14 and The Royale $15 for our choice of savouries. The former with its perfectly poached eggs and fried bacon strips neatly stacked atop an open faced buttery-crisp croissant was easy to like and enjoyable to eat. Though admittedly, the highlight had to be that torched creamy thick hollandaise sauce which smothered the eggs so effortlessly for the delightful smokey finish!

Twenty Grammes @ Ang Mo Kio Ave 10

About a month ago, Twenty Grammes opened their second outlet in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio. The flagship at North Bridge Road had earned a reputation for their waffles and salted egg yolk sauce served alongside and so they brought those very signatures to the North as well. But not just that, Twenty Grammes AMK also has new exclusive items such as the Yuan Yang Waffle and Soft Serve ice-cream at this outlet.

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I came here twice within the span of one month and both times had experienced a sizeable crowd. There were however many tables available both indoors and outdoors so getting a seat was not really an issue. The first visit saw us zooming in for the Yuan Yang Waffles $15– which offers you the best of both worlds with 1/2 a charcoal waffle and the other 1/2 made up of the Belgian classic served with a twirl of milk soft serve and hazelnut sauce on the side to drizzle at your own pleasure.

Five By Five @ Thomson V One

Opened by the same people behind the now-defunct November 8 which was formerly located next door at Thomson V Two, Five by Five is the newest all-day-breakfast cafe to open in the Thomson area. Unlike its predecessor however, the latter is instead a white-tiled space with glass doors that allow natural light to stream through. The furniture too with its marbled tops and wooden accents sets the stage for a food photography shoot. Quite evidently, it was not too difficult to capture a good shot here at Five by Five.

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From the Mains, we had the Salmon Florentine $16.50 which came with two layered muffins of honey ham, smoked salmon and baby spinach- essentially an Eggs Ben + Eggs Royale + Eggs Florentine all rolled into one. While I would have preferred a creamier and richer Hollandaise sauce, the eggs were poached just right and it was overall a heartily portioned brunch item. Not one of the best I have had but still enjoyable. The cafe also offers other dishes such as Miso Roasted Pork $16.50, Japanese Beef Stew $18.50 and Chicken Bleu $15.50.