CATfeine – Cafe with a relaxed vibe in Bukit Timah

It’s always fun to spot a new cafe while exploring your neighborhood. Nestled in The Hillford on Jalan Jurong Kechil is the warmly-lit cafe called CATfeine that exudes a relaxed vibe when you see it from the road. The interiors exhibit a liking for cats, right from the decor, to plush toys, to the ordering counter. The owners clearly have an affinity towards the feline creatures. Though pets are not allowed inside the cafe, there are some seats outside which are are pet-friendly.

Catfiene

Catfiene

The Orders
Other than specialty tea and coffee, CATFeine offers sweet and savoury bites like waffles, pies, sandwiches, bagels and cakes on their menu.

A good croissant pairs best with a cup of coffee. CATfeine’s ‘Croissant’ was buttery and flavorful and not at all greasy. Served warm, the thin and light layers were beautifully flaky and had a lovely aroma.

Croissant

Croissant at $3


When we visited the cafe, we observed that was a waffle order on almost every table. So we decided to try the ‘Honey B ‘ which is the most basic version of the other tempting homemade buttermilk waffles on their menu. When the waffle was served, it was so appealing that one can just admire it for some time. It was served with honey, butter, biscuit crunch and tasty sea-salt caramel ice cream which was quite indulgent. Everything about their waffles is top-notch – from the texture to the overall doneness. The sea-salt ice cream lent the right balance and was just perfect in taste. It can easily be shared by 2 people. For me, it easily made it to the Top 5 Waffles in Singapore – so quite highly recommended.
Buttermilk Waffles

Homemade Buttermilk Waffles at $11


If you are not looking for a quick caffeine fix, then try the ‘Spiced Hot Chocolate’. They have kept it simple and that makes it a delectable cup of hot cocoa.
Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot Chocolate at $6.5


Overall, CATfeine is a must-visit if you are fan of coffee, waffles or desserts. Additionally their friendly service deserves some brownie points.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Cafe ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Beauty World
Address: 182 Jalan Jurong Kechil, #01-50 The Hillford, Singapore 596152
Timings: Wed-Fri: 8am – 8.30pm ; Sat: 9am – 9.30pm ; Sun: 9am – 7pm ; Mon: 8am – 8.30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Catfeinecafe/
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Boyle’s Coffee – Bukit Timah Plaza

Do not underestimate the power of the coffee, especially when its situated next to a taxi stand! Yes, that’s how I spotted the newly opened Boyle’s Coffee – when the wait for a cab seemed endless. Situated in the old shopping mall of Bukit Timah Plaza, Boyle’s Coffee lures you inside with its warm decor and robust coffee aroma. The seats are in the form of long communal tables which makes it great to strike up conversations with coffee aficionados.

boyles coffee

Boyle’s Coffee


boyles coffee

Boyle’s Coffee cake display

The Orders
They have a three page menu serving hot and cold coffees and light bites. Their cake display boasts of a variety of cakes with different flavours. Apart from the standard offerings, this artisanal cafe has a variety of specialty brews across the spectrum – from the Ethiopian and Kenyan beans to the adventurous Yuzu Latte. For the tea lovers, they have some TWG teas on the menu.

When I want the perfect coffee fix filled with warm flavors, I tend to go for the ‘Caramel Latte’. Since it was a rainy day, I ordered the hot version. This was well-made with the subtle flavor of caramel cutting through the thick creamy milk and foam layers and made me happy. The latte art was also very good. Highly recommended.

Hot Caramel Latte

Hot Caramel Latte at $6


What’s perfect with a good cup of coffee? The answer is a cake, especially when the cafe offers an assortment of them. I got drawn to the ‘Tiramisu Cake’ instantly due to its presentation. The checkered coffee effect on top with a mille crêpe bottom had immense visual appeal. Its on the lower side on the sweetness quotient and hence pairs well with coffee. On its own, I found it to be less sweet and a bit dry.
Tiramisu cake

Tiramisu cake at $7


In the form of vegetarian light bites they have the ‘Cheese Grilled Sandwich’ and the ‘Butter Jam Toast’. Savour the goodness of simple toast along with your cup of coffee or tea. I wish they had softened the butter before serving it.
butter jam toast

Butter and Jam Toast at $4


Boyle’s Coffee is famous for their cold water drip Dutch coffee which I definitely intend to try sometime soon. For their coffee quality, quick service and welcoming ambiance, Boyle’s Coffee is worth visiting.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Coffee and light bites ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Beauty World
Address: L1 Near Bukit Timah Plaza Taxi Stand, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996
Timings: Mon-Fri: 9.30am – 9.30pm ; Sat-Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boyles-Coffee/1135634869814118

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/

Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe – Chinatown

If you are a (local or tourist) vegetarian/vegan visiting Chinatown and looking for some great food, look no further than Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe, a vegetarian eatery located in South Bridge Road, right below Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant (run by same management). It is a small and charming cafe that serves a variety of dishes – wraps, sandwiches, curry sets, juices, smoothies and desserts. Attractive food posters hang from the walls and I loved their menu board which stated ‘Meatless does not mean Tasteless’. I believe that no diet form is monotonous as long as you find ingredients to create dishes that are flavorful, healthy and tasty. Vegans also have a lot of options in this cafe as they can easily customize your dishes.

Well dressed menu board

Well dressed menu board

The Orders
The menu is full of interesting things and I knew instantly that I would have to visit the place again 🙂 For starters, we ordered the ‘Broccoli Soup’ to give a green start to the meal. The soup was well salted, wholesome and a nice way to start the meal. It did need a dash of pepper to add depth to the flavour.

Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup at $3.5


Called as Wrap Stars on their menu, we tried the ‘Wrap of the Day’. Neatly stacked with layers of purple cabbage, carrots, lettuce, tofu and vegan cheese, this was a vibrant wrap. It had a citrus dressing which lent a burst of flavour to the veggies. The wrap was packed to perfection which made it extremely convenient to eat. Apart from this, you can also customize a wrap along with the ingredients at the salad counter. We tried another wrap with bell peppers, corn, beans and lettuce which was quite good. Ensure not to mix too many water-leaving veggies together so that your wrap remains non-soggy.
Veg wrap with vegan cheese

Veg wrap with vegan cheese at $10


Customized veg wrap

Customized veg wrap at $10


For the rice lovers, there are ‘Veg Curry Sets’ which come along with brown rice and a flavorful curry along with seaweed crackers. The curry was slightly under seasoned, but the veggies were plentiful and cooked just right. The seaweed crackers were yummy and addictive that I actually placed an order for an extra bowl of crackers. Highly recommended if you like munchies.
Veg curry set

Veg curry set


Seaweed crackers

Seaweed crackers


I have always had a weakness for fresh fruit juices and hence I was happy to see the variety on offer. I ordered the ‘Carrot and Apple Juice’ which was made by the owner and it was one of the best I ever had. Strained finely, there was no grainy texture of the carrots and it was a refreshing glass of juice. Do not miss this!
Carrot juice

Carrot Apple juice


I had heard a lot about their desserts and ordered their famous ‘Orange Slice Cake’ which was moist and extremely tasty. The orange zest notes run through the cake and help offset the richness. Note that it is also eggless. Apart from this, they have an extensive display of cakes on their counters – some of them are French rose vanilla cake, Matcha cake etc.
Orange cake

Orange cake


For the chocolate mavericks, just delve right into their ‘Raw Chocolate Molten Cake’ oozing out delight in terms of taste. The caramelized bananas on the side act as a worthy accompaniment.
Raw chocolate molten cake

Raw chocolate molten cake


Also noteworthy are their newly launched ‘Vegan Donuts’ in interesting flavours. As they are in the initial phase, right now its better to place an advance order for these and keep track of the delivery schedules by following their Instagram handle. I packed a box of 6 and I must say that there is no compromise on taste or the feeling of eating a donut except that the size is a bit small. My favourites are Pink Blueberry, Fresh Lemon and Cinnamon Sugar.
Vegan donuts

Vegan donuts (Box of 6 for $12)


Its heartening to see a vegetarian joint offering innovative and healthy offerings in the area. For its menu variety, for its fresh fruit juices, eggless desserts, Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe is highly recommended. And irrespective if you eat meat or not, support a place that dishes out good food 🙂 I know I will visit the place again!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
Address: 282 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058831
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://www.8treasuresgroup.sg/well-dressed-contact-us/

Hungry Heroes – Tessensohn Road

With Batman vs Superman not hitting the mark, a lot of expectations are pinned on Captain America: Civil War for the superhero crowd storming the theaters. Nevertheless, we always look forward to this genre for the larger-than-life characters to infuse entertainment into our daily routine. Hence, I finally decided to visit Hungry Heroes, a superhero themed cafe situated at Tessensohn Road in Little India. Located in an unassuming alley, the cafe lights shone bright through the dark night. They have a cool logo that looked quite interesting. There are fewer options for vegetarians on the menu but my fascination to explore a different dining ambiance led me to this place.

Hungry Heroes

Hungry Heroes


This two floor cafe has the decor nailed to the T. Large figurines adorn the walls – most of the superheroes are from the owner’s personal collection. There is a huge chandelier made with tiny superheroes stuck together. The place is a delight for fans of superhero memorabilia – there’s a lot to look at and admire. Needless to say, this cafe is quite a hit with children and a good option if you want to throw a birthday party for large groups. The placemats were newspaper style and quite hilarious to read. They helped in bringing the superhero world to the forefront on the table.
Hungry Heroes decor

Hungry Heroes decor


HH placemats

HH placemats

The Orders
As a refreshing summer salad, we ordered the ‘Super Corn-y’ salad which was fresh corn shucked from the cob and served along with a tangy twist. The charred effect on the cob was definitely a hit and the tomatoes and onions lent balance to the salad.

Super Corny

Super Corny at $5


As a complete no-brainer, I had to try their (only) vegetarian burger offering called ‘Mario’s Lifeline’. Neatly stacked with layers of vegetables on the breaded and fried portobello mushroom, this burger was damn good! I was glad the the mushroom patty had a crisp bread covering which gave the necessary bite to the burger. Having said that, I really wish F&B outlets think of using ingredients like beetroot, chickpeas, zucchini etc. instead of the traditional mushroom offering everywhere. (Just a thought!) The fries and the side salad were well made.
Veg burger

Mario’sl Lifeline at $21


As a fun accompaniment to the burger, we ordered the ‘Colossal Coke Float’ which was a refreshingly bubbly ice cream float. Imagine a mammoth 1 liter mug on the table – that quantity is obviously to be shared 🙂 The vanilla ice cream was delicious and as it melted and blended with the coke, the drink became more tasty!]
Colossal Coke Float at $10

Colossal Coke Float at $10


Along with the food menu, they have an extensive drink selection in the form of beers, ciders and wines. Happy hours ends at 8pm, so if you are in the weekend mood, place an early beverage order.
Red wine

Red wine glass at $10


Advance reservations are recommended for this place. A special mention to service staff who clearly knew that I had vegetarian food requirements (as I had mentioned during reservation) and they were helpful, provided guidance and followed up when I actually visited the restaurant. For their superhero memorabilia, for their unique implementation of the themed cafe concept right from decor to the menu, for their service and good food, Hungry Heroes is worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: American ★★★
Nearest MRT: Little India/ Farrer Park
Address: 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656
Timings: Tue-Fri: 4pm – 11pm ; Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Website: http://www.hungryheroes.sg/

Delicius Pasticceria – Lau Pa Sat

Its been quite a while since the extremely popular Lau Pa Sat got refurbished. It now has a lot of stalls offering a variety of cuisines to office-goers in the area. When I was roaming this area post-dinner, I spotted a well-lit cafe that had a very enticing cake display counter which was visible from the road. That’s how I landed at Delicius Pasticceria, a cafe serving interesting pastries. It originates from Osaka, Japan. After glancing through the pastries, their names sounded on the French-Japanese side. But what surprised me the most was the affordable prices in this central area of town!

Delicius decor

Delicius decor

The Orders
Chocolate lovers should not miss the delicious ‘Chocolate Raspberry’ cake. The tangy raspberry taste cuts through the moist chocolate and gives a refreshing feel. Their plating was quite neat and artistic. It definitely added a visual flair.

Chocolate raspberry

Chocolate raspberry at $5.8


For those who prefer not to taste berries in their desserts, they have an option with the ‘Caramel Chocolate’ cake. It looked like a mousse cake but had a firmer texture. Have a bite with the cream served on the side for an enhanced taste.
Caramel chocolate

Caramel chocolate at $5.5


And for the exclusive chocolate lovers, there is the ‘Chocolate Cake’. Well, this could definitely have been better in terms of texture and taste. Since I have tasted quite a few chocolate cakes around Singapore, my standards are higher in this regard.
Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake at $5.8


We also decided to try one of the many fruity offerings they had on display. We chose the ‘Green Apple Tart’ as we found it to be unique. It was quite tangy and the green apple presence was quite strong. So you will have to pace your dessert and savour the taste. Other than that, it was interesting to try as a different option.
Green apple tart

Green apple tart


Apart from these options, their fig tarts, apple cheesecakes and matcha soft serves are supposed to be pretty good which I plan to try next time. They also have cookies and candies that you can buy off-the-shelf. For their really unique offerings, for the price point and for their continuous change in variety of cakes, Delicius Pasticcerie is highly recommended.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Cakes ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Timings: Mon-Sun: 8am – 11pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/DeliciusSG/

Long Black Cafe – Biopolis

Biopolis is predominantly a workplace area. There are however, quite a few eating joints here that deserve your attention. On a friend’s recommendation, I reached Long Black Cafe to try their food. The cafe serves Western cuisine at affordable prices and has an extensive menu with diverse items. They are pretty crowded during lunch, but if you reach a little after 3 pm, you will find the place to be calm. The alfresco seating is well laid out and you can catch up on a book or just enjoy a nice breeze and the space. This is a good place to chill-out with friends (or even if you are alone) in the off-peak hours.

The Orders
In the mains, there are limited options for vegetarians. They have bruschetta and mushroom sandwich in the mains. I ordered the ‘Aglio Olio Classic’ pasta which was well-made. The spaghetti was cooked al-dente and served with a garnish of parsley and chilli. The chilli had a kick to it and hence the pasta had a spicy bite. It turned out to be a good option to order at this cafe.

Aglio olio classic

Aglio olio classic at $8.90


The hot weather and such a relaxing ambiance demanded a cold beverage. The ‘Strawberry Fizzy’ fit the bill perfectly. Refreshing, with a slight hint of mint, this drink was perfectly balanced. I also liked the fact that it was not extremely fizzy.

Strawberry fizzy

Strawberry fizzy at $3.50


If you are a fan of chilled espresso, then their iced lattes were good. I tried the ‘Iced Hazelnut Latte’ which was sweet and tasty. It was a pleasant sip to break away from the day’s work.

Iced hazelnut latte

Iced hazelnut latte at $5


Coffee breaks get enhanced with sweet bites like this ‘Carrot Cake’. Beneath this unpretentious appearance there were layers of moistness in this lightly spiced cake. It was a delectable dessert and hence stands highly recommended.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake at $4.50


If you are in the area for work and looking for good food at affordable options along with a calm setting, then Long Black Cafe is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Cafe style ★★★
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
Address: 20 Biopolis Way, Centros Block, Singapore 138868
Timings: Mon-Fri: 8am – 7.30pm
Website: http://www.longblack.com.sg/