I used to love checking out new cafes every now and then but these days I like to stick with the tried and tested. We made an exception for Atlas Coffeehouse because it’s along Bt Timah Rd and the location is rather convenient for us. Since then we’ve been back quite a few times and I find myself there at least once a week since it’s near where I work as well.
The menu is small and most of the items are pretty decent. The waffles are always a good option if you’re not sure what to order. I like the coffee but the standard varies and it can be a little too bitter sometimes. The place can get cramped especially when people insist on pushing their giant prams in instead of leaving them outside. They do have a good number of baby highchairs but no child-friendly cutlery. The food comes quite quickly, even when it’s crowded and Atlas tends to fill up after 10 am on weekends.
salted caramel waffle
big breakfast and latte
6 Duke’s Rd
Hours: 8 am – 7 pm (Closed on Mondays)
So the other day we were looking for a place to have breakfast before heading to Children’s Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks and a friend of mine suggested Paddy Hills at South Buona Vista Rd. The address sounded really familiar but we couldn’t figure out why until we arrived at our destination – it’s where our favourite duck rice place used to be!
I like that they open at a decent time on weekends because so many cafes only open at 10 or 11 am these days. The place gets lots of natural light and the food is very photogenic and Instagram-able. The menu is interesting, the coffee is good, and the hot chocolate is awesome. They have a good number of high chairs for babies/ kids as well as children plates and cutlery.
However, they are quite expensive. The kids had 3 Little Pillows ($22) and it was pancakes with berry soup, yuzu sorbet, and goodness knows what else. It was so fancy that Adrian remarked that it reminded him of a Balinese spa. We also had Hash Hash ($24) and the beef shank tasted good but wasn’t particularly filling. Adrian wanted his usual hearty big breakfast but there wasn’t anything like that on the menu.
The staff could have had a bit more initiative. I walked in with three kids (Adrian was parking) and there were only a couple of tables occupied at that time. They saw me coming in but didn’t get me a table so I dragged two tables together by myself while carrying the baby. They also didn’t offer us children’s cutlery until we asked if they had any. Since my kids just need boring old pancakes with maple syrup, Adrian wants his Big Breakfast, and I’m after Eggs Ben, we probably won’t be going back there for breakfast again. Still open to trying lunch or dinner there though!
fooling around while waiting for food
3 Little Pillows
secret message that appears midway
murdering the pancakes
great light in the cafe
38 South Buona Vista Rd
Weekday 10.30 am – 5 pm; Weekend 9 am – 5 pm; Dinner 6 – 9.30 pm daily
Dakota Crescent is slated for development by the end of 2016 so we decided to pay a visit before it’s gone for good. We haven’t been there in more than 4 years but the sleepy housing estate still feels largely the same. The Tian Kee & Co. provision shop is now a little cafe and we had breakfast there before heading over to the Dove playground. I still think it looks more like a Seal than a Dove though!
The food at Tian Kee & Co. was pretty decent and these days I’m delighted if a cafe serves proper hot meals and not just sandwiches, cakes and pastries. There are so many hipster cafes now that only assemble food but don’t actually cook anything. The kids loved the rainbow cheesecake and inhaled it in a matter of minutes.
The Dove playground is actually in better condition than it was in when we visited some years ago. At that time, it was pretty grubby and Adrian didn’t even let Anya touch it. Either that or we have lowered our standards now that we have 3 kids! Haha.
Blk 12 Dakota Crescent
Tian Lee & Co.
this is his ‘sleeping hamster’ pose
baked macaroni cheese
Adrian’s breakfast thing
rainbow cheese cake
laughing at something or other
the whole family
the slide is not very slippery
crossing the bridge
attempting to slide down the fireman pole
with Auntie Fifi
A few days ago, Facebook reminded me a post I’d written 2 Mother’s Days ago about how I felt unappreciated and also wanted to make it clear that my life as a mother is hardly Instagram-worthy. After being a mother for so many years, I think I’ve come to terms with what I can expect for Mother’s Day.
This year’s Mother’s Day was pretty good, actually. Adrian insisted on having my favourite HaiDiLao Hotpot for an early Mother’s Day dinner even though he hates steamboat. The kids all made nice cards, and we even managed some rather decent photos at the very photogenic Wheeler’s Yard on Mother’s Day. So all in all, I had a lovely time and I’m so thankful for my family.
two cooperative kids
on the other side of the door
loads of natural light
on a Vespa
waiting for his haircut?
watching the rain
The older kids were at a drop-off birthday party one Sunday (I love drop-off parties!!) so we went to Coast and Company a few minutes away to grab a bite and a drink. Now my main grouse about the cafes popping up all over the place these days is that many of them don’t serve proper food! They look really nice and you can get a decent cup of coffee, but you have to eat cakes, muffins, sandwiches or something that has been hastily assembled/ microwaved.
Coast and Company is much the same. The whole bicycle thing going on definitely makes it more interesting than your usual cafe (especially if you do cycle) but the menu is limited, the food is so-so and everything is pretty expensive.
bicycles out front
Coast and Company
on the glass
bicycles at the back
more bicycle stuff
everybody needs some time to coast
Mexican Coke (yes, it DOES taste better!)
beef rendang hotdog
I haven’t done a cafe post in the longest time, not because we haven’t been to any new places, but because it’s really hard to take decent photos when there are 3 restless kids to feed!
We checked out On The Table at Pasir Panjang on Saturday. It’s by the Lola’s Cafe people but in a much better location for us. There’s quite a bit of parking at the side road and a bus-stop right outside the cafe. Pasir Panjang MRT Station is about 250 metres away. We were the only customers there at about 10.30 am but the crowd started coming in from 11 am.
On the Table
I love the happy yellow seats in the cafe, especially the elastic string chair. The kids were
fighting taking turns to sit in it and I could barely get them to settle down and eat. The place is also significantly bigger than Lola’s Cafe so it’s easier to get a table even during peak periods.
strange barefooted children running around
springy string chairs
David doesn’t want to share his chair
happy yellow chairs
We had a rather satisfying brunch: the food is very decent and the coffee (from Dutch Colony Coffee Co.) is great. I liked that my Eggs Ben ($13) was served on super-soft brioche and with a substantial side salad. Adrian (and the kids) enjoyed The Big One ($16). The bacon is the juicy fat type that I like and the mushrooms were really flavourful. The kids also shared waffles ($8) which stayed crisp till the end even under all that ice-cream.
lots of beer
big brekkie for Adrian
waffles and ice-cream
We’ll definitely be back because the good food, excellent coffee, friendly service and reasonable prices are simply irresistible. I’m hoping to see some good ol’ IKEA plastic plates, cups and cutlery for the kids when we return so I don’t have to worry about them dropping and breaking stuff!
On the Table
118 Pasir Panjang Road
Tue – Fri: 8 am – 10 pm
Sat & Sun: 10 am – 10 pm
The husband and I are always hunting for the perfect brunch place. Ideally, it should have good food, great coffee, accessible location, convenient parking and reasonable prices. To be more accurate, I’m eternally on the look-out for such a place and he’s happy to tag along and order the breakfast platter and a latte.
We checked out Common Man Coffee Roasters and there were quite a few things we liked. The food is above average and so is the coffee. It’s centrally located and can hold quite a number of people. Parking is okay but may prove troublesome on weekends/ public holidays and rainy days. It’s open every day and opens early at 8am. Service is prompt and friendly and food comes fast. BUT it’s really a bit too pricey for our liking! Our mains were $20-something each. The common man will not be able to eat here.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
filled up very quickly
love the latte glass
his breakfast platter
my eggs ben
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00
Mon – Sun: 8am – 7pm