Food worth leaving home for
By Alexius Chua
December 23, 2014
The holidays are here and you know what this means – food and more jolly good food! What better way to celebrate life’s guilty pleasures and end the year with a sumptuous feast with your best friends. No reservations? No worries. Here we list down some nice, fuss-free gems that offer a chillin’ vibe for a lazy day’s grazing, while not getting mobbed by the expected queues in the malls.
1. Cheeky Chicky
Tucked along 774 North Bridge Road, Cheeky Chicky is a cosy hangout spot especially for those who are fond of cute chicken drawings and hearty, comfort food. Serving a fusion of Eastern and Western style cuisine, the set meals are basically a mix-and-match of mains, sauces, side dishes and drinks. Spoilt for choices? Well, you wouldn’t go wrong with grilled beef, teriyaki black pepper sauce, pasta and a citron tea combo. But our favourite is their signature Beer Can Chicken. The meat turned out so moist and tender, grilled to loving perfection. And the juiciest part, the beer and chicken essence, full of flavour, were extracted out for a toast. Yummy!
774 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198742. Opens Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm. Sundays reserved for events.
2. Common Man Coffee Roasters
Heard of the idiom ’the early bird catches the worm?’ This definitely rang true at Common Man Coffee Roasters, welcoming customers with reinvigorating scent of freshly roasted coffee beans every morning at 8am. Nestled in the decorative street of Martin Road, the décor of this artisanal café can be described as rather eccentric - entering from the grandeur door you’ll be stunned upon exposed lightbulbs and a rooster a masterpiece. Nevertheless, the all-day breakfast and lunch menu is simply superb. If you’re hungry as a caveman the Common Man Full Breakfast would more than satisfy. The fluffy scrambled eggs (you can choose how you want your eggs to be prepared) sat nicely on the crunchy sourdough, while the Portobello mushrooms, house-made Chorizo baked beans and the flavourful sausage creates textures and give the dish a lovely earthliness. Not to mention that the organic eggs come from free-range chickens.
22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058. Opens Monday – Sunday, 8am – 7pm.
3. Ice Edge Cafe
Despite its inconspicuous location and near proximity to the popular Lola’s café, Ice Edge café has managed to work its low-key charm by offering delicious comfort food in a sprightly, spacious environment. The setups are arranged to serve big groups, and with its scrumptious, shareable dishes and long opening hours it’s easy to see why youths like to flock here. In the mood for some hearty chew? Go for the Buffalo Wings. With its huge serving portion its best to order when you’re dining with friends. Their wide selection of gelatos is one of the must try too. Top it on the waffle or brownie to make a perfect, sinful dessert.
2 Kovan Road, Simon Plaza, #01-10, Singapore 548008, Opens Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am daily.
Photo sourced from Drips Bakery Cafe Facebook Page
4. Drips Bakery Cafe
Who can be tired of the hippy cafes in Tiong Bahru? Famed for its savoury fruit tarts, Drips Bakery Café is a great hangout place for after meals desserts. Step into the café and you would be swayed by the alluring smell of freshly brewed coffee perforating the laid-back décor. The cushioned back seats, whimsical furniture and cosy ambience ambient lighting are more than comforting, inviting you to enjoy an intimate chat with friends in a casual, relaxed environment. If you’re lucky try their Strawberry and Blackberry Tarts and the popular Mixed Berry Fruit Tart, as the menu changes often and their fruit tarts sell out fast. The egg custard and the crumbly tart base complement well with the sour sweetness of the berries without overpowering, resulting in an epicurean moment that would sure whet your appetite for more.
82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05, Singapore 160082. Opens Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9.30pm, Friday – Saturday 11am – 11pm.
Photo sourced from Laurent Bernard Chocolatier Singapore Facebook Page
5. Laurent Bernard @ Portsdown
Lauren @ Portsdown would be the ideal choice if you’re looking for somewhere reclusive to indulge on some high calories, chocolaty dessert. Located amidst the lush garden overlooking National University of Singapore, this French café serves casual meals and their signature Lauren Bernard chocolatier desserts. Spoilt for choices? Try the Chocolate Truffle. Well-layered with rich chocolate fudge, the moist sponge cake is sinful with a lusciously smooth ganache. The best thing is the place’s obscurity, which tones down the noise from the bustling city, a luxury haven of its own.
Wessex Village, 5B Portsdown Road #01-02 Singapore 139311. Opens Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 10pm, Friday – Saturday, 10am – 11pm, Sunday 9am – 10pm.
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