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
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Nung Len – Mackenzie Road, Little India [Permanently Closed]

When the atmosphere of Thailand gets transported to Singapore with a hipster vibe, you get Nung Len, a Thai eatery in Little India. A white tuk-tuk parked outside the restaurant along with wooden benches, auto rickshaw wall art, non air-conditioned space (which you don’t mind on a rainy evening) and Singha beers immediately remind you of Bangkok. Helmed by a Le Cordon Bleu chef, the hints of Western and Thai fanfare that form this fusion menu are quite evident.

Nung Len wall art

Nung Len wall art


Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk @Nung Len

The Orders
For the vegetarians, there are limited options on the menu. Since they did not have a menu online, I called them and asked for their veg-specific items while making a reservation. They have some starter and rice options but they were kind enough to accommodate my Green Curry request since I had inquired about it in advance. With Thai cuisine being vegetarian friendly on the whole, I really wish Nung Len adds vegetarian curry options on their menu.

What better way to start a Thai meal than to order ‘Fried Spring Rolls’ for a crunchy and crispy experience. Brimming with vegetables and lot of flavor, these spring rolls made an excellent appetizer.

Fried spring rolls

Fried spring rolls at $6


The Thai signature dish presents itself on the menu in the form of ‘Pineapple Fried Rice’. It was loaded with Thai flavors, pineapple and some Asian vegetables to make it a wholesome offering. The taste was quite decent and it helped that the rice grains were separate.
Pineapple fried rice

Pineapple fried rice at $15


After tasting so many ‘Veg Green Curries’ across Singapore, I have to say this was different. It was not loaded with veggies, and I could only notice eggplant in the gravy which was topped off with huge pieces of grilled tofu. So I had a mixed reaction since I am a fan of veggies in Thai curries. The curry was also thinner than usual and it seemed to have no body. Having said that, the taste was mild but flavorful.
Veg Green Curry

Veg Green Curry at $15


They have a variety of sweet dishes – from the standard Thai ones to cakes and ice cream. We ordered the ‘Mango Sticky Rice’ with a lot of hope and it lived up to the expectation. It was presented beautifully and the blue rice made it visually more appealing. Though this dessert also depends highly on the mango season, I would say it is highly recommended.
Mango Sticky rice

Mango Sticky rice at $6


Another interesting item on their menu was the ‘Mango Lassi Ice cream’. It looked delicious and had a great fragrance. Unfortunately, the taste didn’t live up to expectations. It’s good, but not great.
Ice cream

Mango Lassi Ice cream at $3


Though I am normally not a fan of cheesecake, the ‘Nutella Cheesecake’ looked tempting. It’s a well balanced dessert with the richness and sweetness of the Nutella coming through every spoonful. The toppings add a pleasant contrast to the smoothness of the cheesecake.
Cake

Nutella Cheesecake at $7


Since it was a humid evening, we ordered the ‘Thai Pink Milk’. This drink turned out to be absolutely fantastic. Cold and refreshing with the right notes of sweetness – this drink had it all. Recommended.
drink

Thai Pink Milk


On the whole, there was a wait for at least 30 mins for our orders to appear. I feel this can be improved. There can be more vegetarian options on the menu since what they had to offer did have traditional flavours. The desserts are worth trying. If you are in the area and in a mood for eating Thai, then Nung Len is just a stone’s throw away from Little India MRT.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Thai ★★★
Nearest MRT: Little India
Address: 33 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228686
Timings: Mon-Sat: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nunglensg/

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/

Redpan – Marina Square

When food meets design, you get Redpan, a relatively new restaurant which has opened at Marina Square. Located in the new wing of the mall, the decor of the place is like an upmarket bistro. The restaurant is well-lit and the furnishings are designed in a way that they stand out. The menu focuses on giving Western food a Singaporean twist, throwing a spotlight on local ingredients and familiar flavours.

Redpan

Redpan

The Orders
If made well, a soup serves as a great way to begin any meal. Hence, we right away ordered the ‘Smokey Tomato Soup’ which turned out to be a satisfying dish. The tomato soup served with garlic croutons had an additional depth to it due to the chargrilled effect.

smokey tomato soup

Smokey tomato soup at $7


For the mains, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Lasagna’ for a wholesome dish. The dish was a colorful medley of vegetables like baked pumpkin, grilled eggplant and mushrooms along with tomato sauce and curry bechamel. Going meatless does not mean giving up on flavour and this dish proved its point with its great taste. Highly recommended.
Vegetable lasagna

Vegetable lasagna at $14


One of my go-to pasta dishes to order is the ‘Roasted Vegetable Aglio Olio’ because its a toss and serve kind of dish that spells comfort. This pasta at Redpan could have been better, both in terms of taste and seasoning.
Roasted vegetable aglio olio

Roasted vegetable aglio olio at $12


It is never surprising to see a ‘Portobello Mushroom Burger’ being offered as the sole vegetarian burger option in many restaurants across Singapore. I have always maintained that there should be more varieties tried in this segment for sure. Having said that, the size of a grilled portobello perfectly fits the size of a burger bun and is liked by mushroom lovers. Here, it was served with cheddar and lettuce in toasted ciabatta buns and was a solid rendition of the dish. The fries on the side were addictive!
Portobello mushroom burger

Portobello mushroom burger at $12


The desserts at this place really impressed me and the variety is mindboggling – they have the dessert options listed on the menu and the daily specials displayed on their cake counter. To begin, we ordered the most unique ‘Teh Halia Creme Brulee’ which was a classic dessert infused with ginger and tea. As weird as it sounds to imagine tea in a dessert, this offering incorporating the local milk tea is top-notch as the ginger subtly cuts through the dish and keeps the sweetness of the dessert intact. Highly recommended.
Teh Halia creme brulee

Teh Halia creme brulee at $7


The restaurant nailed it again with yet another impressive creation in the form of ‘Red Date Butter Cake’ which was fragrant and rich. A delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream mounted on a butter cake that rested on a bed of sticky local red dates and caramel sauce was a tempting sight. Worth trying for enjoying a different creation using local flavours.
Red date butter cake

Red date butter cake at $8


If you are looking for cake options, then try the Red Velvet Cake and the Dark Chocolate cake which disappeared from the table in no time. But if you are looking for a refreshing concoction then ‘Roselle Sour Plum Soda’ acts as a perfect match to a delicious meal.
Sour plum soda

Sour plum soda at $5


Considering the overall experience of the meal, the prices at Redpan are very reasonable. For its ambiance, for its experimentation in food offerings and for its exquisite desserts, Redpan is definitely worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western / Modern Singaporean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://redpan.sg/

Panchtantra Restaurant – Syed Alwi Road

Bringing Indian folklore to the forefront right from their name, Panchtantra is a newly opened fully vegetarian restaurant located at Syed Alwi Road at a stone’s throw from Mustafa. The Panchtantra is a collection of Indian fables that has made its way globally through their interesting story narration. So it is only befitting that a story unfolds here on the culinary journey that I embarked at in this North Indian gem. Added to a predominantly Punjabi food menu are mouthwatering chaats and kebabs. With a chaat counter neatly placed on the roadside, it also helps when you want a quick chaat bite as you finish your grocery shopping in the area.

Panchtantra

Panchtantra restaurant

The Orders
Most popular among the Indian chaats is the trusted Pani Puri. Keeping up with changing times, Panchtantra have given this popular item a twist by serving them as ‘Pani Puri Shots’. The fried puri with the ragda filling was firmly placed on a shot glass containing cold and spicy paani. The flavored paani served in the shot glasses are of two types: the spicy and sweet varieties , or as we say theeka and meetha paani. When it came to taste, this non-alcoholic concoction turned out to be quite good and is worth a shot.

Pani Puri shots

Pani Puri shots at $6


Another sure-shot item to try in a Indian chaat place is the chaat variations with yogurt. On the owner’s recommendation, we ordered the ‘Dahi Papri Chaat’ which is basically a dish that consists of puris at the bottom layered with onions, tomatoes,sev, tangy chutneys and finally topped off with curd. But what clinched this dish for me was the addition of crunchy cucumbers – such a win! It also helped that the yogurt was not sour. For vegans, you can order the dish without yogurt and most of the chaat items can be modified accordingly. Highly recommended.
Dahi papdi chaat

Dahi papdi chaat at $4.90


Elevate your lunch to a royal experience by ordering the ‘Panchtantra Special Thali’ – a plate that brings the authentic taste of Punjab right to your table. Please note that as of now thalis are available only at lunch time. For dinner, items can be ordered a la carte. The plate comes with a starter, three curries, one dal, rice, a dessert and garlic naans. For the starter, there was Achari Paneer which was tasty. The Chole/ Chana Masala was top-notch with homemade Punjabi spices perfuming and flavouring the dish beautifully. The quality of paneer (which was soft) made all the smooth curries taste heavenly on the palette. The Dal Makhani which is lentils simmered in an aromatic buttery tomato sauce transported me back to the dhaba taste in the fields of Punjab. The Garlic Naans made in the form of a small potli (pouch) gave a visual twist to the plate. The Gulab Jamun was delicious too.The food is quite rich, make sure you keep space in your stomach if you order the Thali. Definitely worth ordering.
Panchtantra special thali

Panchtantra special thali at $14.50


We also ordered the ‘Patiala Shahi Thali’ which is a slightly smaller version of the Special Thali. By that I mean, this plate has one curry lesser than the main version. The Thalis are served in traditional copper plates and are quite heavy to hold but it definitely adds to the authenticity of presentation.
Patiala Shahi thali

Patiala Shahi thali at $13.90


To add the refreshing touch, both the Thalis are served along with ‘Punjabi Lassi’. It serves as a welcome relief to the humidity of Singapore.
Punjabi Lassi

Punjabi Lassi


Due to its ample offerings, there are many more items like Kebabs and Jalebis that can be tried. Also, they have launched a 1-for-1 lunch deal for the whole month of July – Order any gravy from the Main Course selection and receive a complimentary Bread Basket to go with it. Drop by at Panchtantra between 12 – 4 pm for an unforgettable lunch experience starting at just $7.90.
Its so refreshing to see a restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine getting added to the culinary scene in Singapore. For its use of traditional homemade ingredients, for its convenient location, for the variety in menu, for delicious food, Panchtantra restaurant is definitely worth visiting.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: North Indian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park, Little India
Address: 83 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207762
Timings: Mon-Thu: 10am – 11.30pm ; Fri-Sun: 10am – 1am
Website: https://www.facebook.com/panchtantrasg/

Slappy Cakes – Grandstand

When you are racking your brains on what to do on the weekend with your kids, friends, or your SO, head over to Slappy Cakes situated in Grandstand in the Bukit Timah area. Here you can cook pancakes at your own table! The idea is to simply create, design and have loads of fun. Each table contains a high-quality non-stick griddle that is attached to the table.

The Orders
This make-it-yourself place has a variety of pancake batters to choose from – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Wholegrain, Zucchini and Buttermilk. The process is to choose your pancake batter, then the add-ons and finally the toppings. We ordered the Chocolate and Buttermilk pancake batter priced at $8 each. When you go as a group, you can order more batter mixes to share among yourselves. The Zucchini batter might sound weird, but makes a good choice if you don’t mind experimenting with new flavours. For add-ons, we went with strawberries, hazelnuts and toasted almonds and topped it off with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. The squeeze bottle makes it very easy to dispense the batter. Complimentary butter is provided on the side if you want to add more taste to your pancake. You can be creative and go crazy by trying out smileys, alphabets and get pancake doodling!

Pancake griddle

Pancake griddle


Apart from the pancakes, their menu has all-day breakfast items. From the classic favourites section, we went for the ‘Potato Soup’ which turned out to be great comfort food. It was a creamy soup with chunks of baked potatoes, leeks and onions. It was rich and velvety and made for a nice start to the meal.
Potato soup

Potato soup at $7


If you are a fan of eggs in your breakfast, try the ‘Vegetable Scramble’ served with mixed greens and toast. My husband ordered this dish and he was quite satisfied with it. The scramble consists of roasted zucchini, leek, corn, capsicum, onions and scrambled eggs topped with blue cheese. If you are not a fan of blue cheese because of its hard-hitting taste, you can ask it to be removed or replaced while ordering.
Vegetable scramble

Vegetable Scramble at $14.5


To beat the heat, we tried the ‘Pink Thyme Lemonade’ which was refreshing and very good. The pleasant colour added to the visual appeal of the drink.
pink thyme lemonade

Pink thyme lemonade at $4.3


On the whole, its a fun place for a brunch out with family and a good way to engage kids. And even as adults, we can be kids at heart and try out our artistic skills. Just for a different experience with fluffy pancakes, Slappy Pancakes is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★
Nearest MRT: Clementi (shuttle bus to Grandstand)
Address: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-20/21, Singapore 287994
Timings: Tue-Fri: 10am – 9.30pm ; Sat-Sun: 8am – 9.30pm
Website: http://www.slappycakes.com.sg/

The Green Bar – Millenia Walk

More often than not, we look for healthy lunch or dinner options after an indulgent weekend. Salad bars fit perfectly into this mindset and you end up getting a lean and green dining experience. Thus, on a healthy note, I made my way to Green Bar, a gourmet salad bar situated in Millenia Walk. Frequented by business executives working in the area, this place is crowded during lunch time. It seats no more than 15-20 pax. If you are in a hurry, they have takeaways as well. They have limited options for vegetarians on the standard menu – but what works is the fact that you can customize your own salad with different combinations of dressings. The queuing system uses a display number token system which makes it organized – though during lunch time it ends up in a bit of order confusion.

Green Bar

Green Bar

The Orders
Salads can be made to taste interesting by creating different flavour profiles and combining textures. We ordered the ‘Moroccan Couscous Salad’ as the focus was to get more fibre and less fat. This salad was a mini-adventure of raisins, chickpeas and olives in buttered couscous on a bed of baby spinach and arugula leaves. This was finally drizzled off with a lemon dill dressing which was top-notch. What was striking was the large wooden serving bowls – and the quantity of the serving was perfect for lunch. The salted cashews on the side lent a nice balance to the sweet raisins. Bread (which can be dipped in olive oil) is served on the side and this was a good wholesome meal.

Moroccan couscous salad

Moroccan couscous salad at $8.90


For those who are fan of grilled veggies, the ‘Grilled Veggie Foursome’ is a riot of colours with red bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes. If you are wondering what makes this combination work – it’s when all these ingredients come together with the coriander pesto dressing. The ingredients used are fresh which imparts a crunch to the vegetables – both leafy and non-leafy. If required, extra bread can be taken at the bread bar.

Mushroom salad

Grilled Veggie Foursome salad at $10.90


On the whole, the salads might seem a bit pricey but that could mainly be because of the location and the sourcing of high quality ingredients. For its gourmet salad concept, for the portion sizes and for a healthy but tasty meal, the Green Bar is worth a visit if you are in the area.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Salad Bar ★★★
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-91, Singapore 039596
Timings: Mon-Fri: 11am – 8pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenBar/