Noshery by Nosh – Rochester Park

The upscale restaurant Nosh has been around for years in the quiet enclave of Rochester Park. The more casual version of this restaurant is the relatively new space, Noshery which is a cafe by day and a bar by night. With this extension, Nosh has embraced the all-day dining concept. The cafe is an idyllic getaway that’s reminiscent of a cabin in a hill station. Decked out in wood, greenery seems to be the theme of this cafe – from wall motifs to the potted plants adorning the tables. I like this kind of setting for a weekend brunch as it enables an intimate dining conversation. The view from our table was this outdoor patio that gave a sense of instant calm. This space would also be perfect for small private events.

Noshery by Nosh

Noshery by Nosh

The Orders
If you go for a brunch, make the calories count! And so we ordered the ‘French Fries’ to start the meal. The portion size was huge and that was a welcome sight when the dish of fries was placed on the table. These fries were long and thin and had a crispy texture. The thick ketchup on the side went well with the fries.

French fries

French fries at $5


I love ordering salads if I can visualize them to be colorful. The description on the menu helps me to determine if my interest is sufficiently piqued to try it. I chose the ‘Pesto Salad’ in the same manner. The salad was simple just with four ingredients – tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, mozzarella and pesto. The simplicity turned out to be the best part as the generous use of pesto brought all the ingredients together and made it a very tasty dish. The quality of the ingredients was top-notch. Highly recommended.
Pesto Salad

Pesto Salad at $12


My husband ordered the ‘Shakshouka’ which is a Middle Eastern dish. Tomatoes are the backbone of shakshouka and the only common thing across variations of this dish. The peppers had a touch of crunch and the onions were soft and folded wonderfully into the sauce. The eggs were correctly soft cooked and the yolks added a touch of richness. The only disappointing parts of the dish were the eggplant fritters. Thankfully, they are served separately and don’t affect the dish itself.
Shakshouka

Shakshouka at $19


Thirst quenchers are always welcome to beat the humidity of Singapore. I found the mention of ‘Yellow Watermelon Juice’ to be intriguing. To begin with, it tastes quite different from the red watermelon. This juice was refreshing but had a bitter note at the end, maybe because of the rind. So as the juice came to room temperature, the bitterness was more pronounced. Hence I have mixed feelings about the juice – refreshing but not instantly appealing.
Yellow watermelon juice

Yellow watermelon juice


With its scenic locale and eclectic mix of delicious food, Noshery is a lovely hideout. Its ideal for midday catch-ups and a good conversation. Head there for this long weekend maybe? On that note, wishing all of you a very Happy New Year! Thank you for reading this blog filled with vegetarian rants and also patiently waiting for new posts.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
Address: 9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220
Timings: Tue-Fri: 11.30am – 4pm ; Sat-Sun: 10.30am – 6pm
Website: http://www.noshery.com.sg/
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Fresh Fruits Lab – Kembangan

Nestled in the calm neighborhood of Kembangan is a fun cafe called Fresh Fruits Lab, a laboratory themed joint serving Western cuisine with a fruity twist. And yes, it is as exotic as it sounds – science themed decor with burettes, pipettes, magnifying glasses to read the menu, test tubes and colorful diagrams! We went for a weekend brunch and the restaurant was full! It definitely looks like they have regular customers. They have high tea, a la carte, brunch and even supper menus. It is around a 10 min walk from the MRT but the different dining experience made the travel worthwhile. Also worth mentioning is their periodic table drawn with symbols of fruits which was very innovative and unique.

Fresh fruits lab

Fresh fruits lab


FFL periodic table

FFL periodic table

The Orders
To begin with, they serve complimentary juices filled in test tubes. This helps you try out different flavours and then order according to your preference. Water is served in beakers and juices in conical flasks and thus they stay consistent to their theme.

Welcome drink

Welcome drink


For me, tomato soup is a familiar and beloved comfort food. FFL offers the ‘Roasted Roma Soup’ which is a herbed stew made with Roma tomatoes, zucchini and croutons. The colour was dark and looked like a thicker version of homemade pasta sauce but the taste was good. There was slight sweetness in the soup which was nice.

Roasted Roma soup

Roasted Roma soup at $8


Brunch and pancakes go hand-in-hand. The ‘Fruity Berries’ pancake was fluffy and moist made from a seasonal berry batter. It also had apple compote and strawberries drizzled with maple syrup. The fruity twist along with sizable portions made it a good order.
Fruity berries pancakes

Fruity berries pancakes at $11


For brunch, a ‘Frittata’ works as a ready-to-go egg dish that is somewhere between a quiche and omelette. The folding and flipping technique in the dish made with eggs, potatoes and mushrooms was done in a compact manner. It was served with fruity salad and toasted multigrain buns. Highly recommended. (if you eat eggs)
frittata

Frittata at $15


For a refreshing feel, try any of the fruit juices or sodas from their beverage section. The notable ones are ‘Strawberry Soda’ and Three to Tango which were rightly marked as the Lab Bestsellers. They were bursting with flavour and topped off with real fruits.
Strawberry soda

Strawberry soda at $6


We ordered the ‘Lychee Cake’ to try a unique dessert. The layers were drenched with lychee syrup and it became a sugar overload after a few bits. The texture was almost like a marshmallow and it was a bit too sweet for my liking. They have many cakes on their display counter, so maybe I’ll try something else the next time.
Lychee cake

Lychee cake at $6.5


For the vegetarians, there are some more soup and salad options. The staff are friendly and attend to your needs immediately. They also have ongoing lunch promotions with a menu change every fortnight. For a different dining experience, for chilling out on the weekends, for striking a chemistry with your special someone and for its good food, FFL is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Kembangan
Address: 351 Changi Road, Lor Mazuki, Singapore 419818
Timings: Tue-Thu: 11am – 10pm ; Fri: 11am – 11pm ; Sat: 10am – 11pm ; Sun: 10am – 10pm
Website: http://www.ffl.com.sg/menu/

Bridge Restaurant and Bar – Seah Street

Seah Street in Singapore has a variety of restaurants just waiting to be explored by foodies. I am always on the lookout for fun weekend brunches and one such walk along this street led me to Bridge Restaurant and Bar. This place had a relaxing and friendly vibe. The interiors are done well and make a great first impression. They serve modern European fare at wallet-friendly prices which makes the brunch experience worth a visit.

The Orders
As we settled in, we ordered ‘Fries’ for the table. Fresh and crunchy, they were a good option to pass the time as we placed the order for the brunch mains.

Fries

Fries


The traditional breakfast order was the ‘Veggie Breakfast’ which comes with roasted potatoes, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms and choice of eggs. If you do not eat eggs, you can choose to have the dish served without them. Since my husband eats eggs at brunch menus, he ate the scrambled eggs which according to him was done quite well. I liked the freshness of their ingredients like the cherry tomatoes and asparagus and the dish was enjoyable.

Veggie breakfast

Veggie breakfast at $22


A friend had the same dish, and chose the Sunny side up egg. Bridge uses edible flowers in their plating which adds to the appeal of the dish.

Veggie breakfast

Veggie breakfast at $22


For the toast lovers, do not miss the ‘Honey French Toast’ at this place. The plate was presented beautifully with the edible flowers gently adding a purple touch. Drizzled with the right amount of honey, cinnamon and sugar, every bite of this dish was enjoyable.

Honey french toast

Honey french toast


For a sweet treat, go for the ‘Waffles’. This is another well plated dish with hot and crisp waffles served with ice cream and fruits. We chose the chocolate ice cream and bananas.

Waffles

Waffles


If you are spending time there with a large group of friends the ‘Coffee’ at this place is quite good. They have a barista counter with a decent selection.

Coffee

Coffee


If you are looking for a weekend brunch with wallet-friendly prices coupled with smiling staff who are prompt in their service, then Bridge is worth heading to (and centrally located!).

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Modern European ★★★
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address: 31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387
Timings: Tue-Thu: 3pm – 11pm; Sat: 3pm – 1am; Sat: 11am – 1am; Sun: 11am – 5pm
Website: http://www.dineatbridge.com.sg

Whisk and Paddle – Tebing Lane

Weekends are perfect days to enjoy a lazy brunch. I was looking for a place with a relaxed ambiance and located by the river when I came across Whisk and Paddle situated along a section of the Punggol Waterway. When I reached the cafe, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was abundant greenery around. It is situated next to the PCN cycling track. The cafe offers indoor as well as alfresco seating. The music in the background was soft and soothing. We were immediately seated by the staff and were handed the menus. The neatly displayed dessert counter did catch my attention. To beat the heat, we promptly asked for water and I liked the serving mugs 🙂

Whisk and paddle decor

Whisk and paddle decor


Water mugs

Water mugs

The Orders
The staff informed us about the daily specials and I decided to go for the ‘Bread Box’ since I was intrigued by the name. It was a visual delight when placed on the table. It was filled with bread cubes, a large scoop of ice cream, custard, fresh fruits like strawberries and lychees. I was in for sweet breakfast! It was a sizable portion – enough for two people. It looked like a delicious treasure box with fresh quality goodies filled inside.

Bread Box

Bread Box at $13


Eggs are standard in a brunch menu. Since my husband eats eggs once in a while during brunch outings, he ordered the ‘Whisk Breakfast Set’ which had customizable options mentioned on the menu. The salad was extremely fresh, especially the cherry tomatoes. The sunny side up eggs were perfectly cooked. The whites were set and the yolks were runny. The mushrooms were well cooked and seasoned and the bread was fresh as well. The staff is accommodating of substitutions in case you don’t eat meat.
Whisk Breakfast plate

Whisk Breakfast plate at $19.8


As we enjoyed the gentle breeze, we also decided to order Fluffy Italian soda to beat the heat. We chose ‘Pomegranate Wild Berries’ Soda. It had the right amount of fizz and was quite refreshing. Order this if you like pomegranates.
Pomegranate ice soda

Pomegranate ice soda at $5.5


Next time I plan to try the other things on their menu like pizzas, pastas and nachos. For their isolated getaway-like location, for their quality desserts, for their friendly service and for their decent food options, Whisk and Paddle is totally worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Riviera LRT
Address: 10 Tebing Lane. Singapore 828836
Timings: Tue-Fri: 3.30 am – 10.30 pm ; Sat-Sun: 9.30 am – 10.30 pm
Website: http://whiskandpaddle.com.sg/

Drury Lane

The café culture is definitely on the rise in Singapore. The neighbourhood cafés act as a place to catch up with friends on weekdays. Families can get together over special weekend brunches. One such café that has sprung up is Drury Lane situated in Tanjong Pagar. It was a little difficult to find the café as there was no visible signboard. It is actually a two-storey shophouse. For those who want a landmark – it is a distinctly red-colored café on that road. The lower floor is generally used for quick bites whereas the upper storey is for casual conversations. We headed there for dinner, and the first thing that struck me as I entered the upper storey was the interesting décor comprising of wooden tables and crates recycled as stools. The tables are wide and will remind you of the old college canteens. Orders are placed on the lower floor and you typically carry a glass carrying your order number – and an interesting message.

Order number

Order number 9

Sufficient water was provided in a large bottle. In these times when water is charged at certain places, places where water is free receive brownie points from me.

Water serving

Water serving


The Orders

My friend ordered ’94 Goes Green’ which was the part of All-Day breakfast menu. It was a decent sized meal. The baked beans and avocado acted as good complements to the whole meal.The tomato relish which came as a side could have been much better.

94 goes green

94 goes green at $13

I decided to go for the ‘Veggie Sandwich’. Unfortunately, it was too small in size to act as a main for dinner. The sandwich could do better in terms of striking a balance between the leafy and non-leafy vegetables. The taste was strictly ok and could do with some flavor enhancement.

Veggie sandwich

Veggie sandwich at $8


We did not got for the coffee or muffins, but the place does have an interesting range of brews and muffins at affordable prices. I intend to head there one time just to taste them. I also noticed that since there is low cellular signal availability, they have free wi-fi. If you want to laze around, catch up on some decent conversation and want some place for a quick gathering / caffeine fix, then Drury lane is definitely worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: All-Day breakfast ★★★
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Address:94 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088515
Timings: Mon-Fri: 9 am-10 pm ; Sat-Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/drurylane.sg