Featuring Sarnies (Telok Ayer), Elixir Boutique Roasters, Breko Café, Botanico at The Garage, Maxi Coffee Bar, Tiong Bahru Bakery (Dempsey)
shania s
shania s

Good food, good coffee ☕️ in a gorgeous roadside cafe along Telok Ayer. I love the outdoor seating — perfect for natural sunlight, fresh air and a lot of people watching 👀🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏾

One of my go-tos at the CBD. I was SO delighted to know that this was newly added on #burpplebeyond 🤩Being able to enjoy yummy food while being a thrifty kween sends fireworks through my synapses 😂

Grilled Salmon was served with hummus, cauliflower, pomegranate seeds. I’ve had many grilled salmons... even expensive ones and this IS. THE. BEST. The salmon is cooked through but still so juicy, pink and tender. And the SKIN IS SO CRISPY without being greasy?!?! Wow. I must say the portion has shrunk though 😂 (2/3 of before but it’s ok! since it’s cheaper now too!)

Also tried the Aubergine Wrap that was stuffed with grilled bell peppers, hummus & alotta feta cheese also. I wished the aubergine was more “grilled” and flavourful but overall a very satisfying wrap

I had the Iced Oat Milk Piccolo Latte. Idk why I thought I was so cool getting piccolo but omg it was tiny gonna stick to flat white ☕️ on IG

Set in a revamped colonial building, you’ll find Botanico at the Garage along the Botanic Gardens trail. With many fusion creations on the menu and a sleek minimalistic interior, I was intrigued. Expecting the waiter to show me to my seat I was puzzled when led outside. To my surprise, we had a table at the loveliest outdoor hidden bar. While we were able to enjoy the fresh air, natural sunlight pouring in and a peak into the flora of the gardens, the air-conditioning ensured that the sweltering heat of the tropics did not compromise on our experience. With regards to food, I tried to order the less meat heavy recommendations and also the more exotic sounding ones. Perhaps that was the wrong move as food was good but not as spectacular as the ambiance made it to be. Would I return? Probably for the beautiful space to hang out in and to try the other dishes! But will not order these few again... (read below) —

Slipper Lobster Tagliatelle: thought the pasta was really fresh and had a good bite to it but the XO sauce base was far too diluted and watery... it was seriously lacking a punch in spice or umami. Felt like it had so much potential! esp w the super succulent sous-vide lobster 🦞 —

Jalapeño Ice cream was a wacky mishmash of flavours that did not go together. It was basically spicy pickle juice with vanilla ice cream... why... quite nauseating actually... would 10/10 recommend the Ondeh Ondeh w kaya ice cream or Lemongrass pannacota instead #regrets —

Cauliflower was delicious. Mushroom soup latte was too frothy and not as poignant as I like it to be. Scallop ceviche was good but pretty darn pricy. —

Food 6.5/10. Ambiance 10/10.

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Tiniest coffee shop ever! Came here bc it was on #burpplebeyond 1 for 1 and I really wanted to try the CEREAL MILK LATTE 😱😱😱. While I loved the cozy interior and minimalistic-artsy accents in it, I must admit I was quite disappointed that 1) the taste of this unique milk didn’t really come though in the latte (but the barista was nice enough to let me try the milk on its own and it was mellow and sweet!) 2) IMPORTANT TO NOTE that it’s not #vegan cereal oat-esque milk it’s cereal + normal milk... We also had the banana cake which was really moist and not too sweet, served with a line of coffee butter. Again I wish the bitterness of the coffee was stronger bc it could easily pass off as normal butter. Basically more oomph please thank you 😊 —

Overall, really happy that I finally checked out this little tranquil nook amidst the bustling cbd stretch. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends over good quality coffee beans!

Finally checked this out bc 1) I’ve never tried the famous Tiong Bahru Bakery classic croissant 🥐 2) Safari themed cafe at Dempsey?! Love the vibes already. As expected, the venue was LOVELY... see the last video for a somewhat dramatic we-have-been-trekking-through-the-wilderness-and-we stumbled-upon-civilisation cut. All the chill positive brunch vibes are intensified by this rustic setup. It truly felt as if I had been transported to another world. Definitely 100/10 for ambiance. Now with regards to food, I like how you can help yourself to water, jams, Nutella. Plain croissant is $3.50 ++ ($4.12) which I think is ok-ay since most bakeries sell at this price + it was HUGE + Super flaky and look how perfect it is inside!! I’ve had the almond croissant at the Raffles City outlet and a few other pastries here and I wish to COMPLAIN that the service staff is so rude 😤 Super impatient w taking orders, got annoyed when I asked about a product @ the dempsey outlet, overall grumpy... stop killing the good brunch vibes! Also, all the pastries I’ve had are always not hot enough. Having read other reviews, I see that this is a common complaint... hopefully @tiongbahrubakery can tweak their standard heating duration bc it really makes a difference to the delicate texture of the croissant. I was ready to join the bandwagon and crown this the “best croissant in SG” but I think the slight cold-staleness was a major bummer.

Overall, I’ll be back for the ambiance and perhaps the plain croissant. Don’t think the other pastries are worth the $ bc it’s much more expensive ($4-6) and it was pretty average eg the Pain Au Chocolate (meagre line of Choc) and you can’t appreciate the signature airiness of the croissant in the dense Almond Croissant.

Elixir Boutique Cafe is a sleek brunch spot in the day that transforms into the swanky Fat Belly in the night. With it’s picturesque thick toasts and specialty beans, we were thrilled to try their breakfast menu.

Truffle Eggs Prosciutto($22). These eggs were so silky and fluffy at the same time 😻. A rather generous serving of prosciutto too 🥪!

The brioche toast 🍞however was not as soft and layered as we expected it to be. It had more of a dry, crumbly texture and the sides were quite hard 😞 Considering that this was the base of the dish and there are so many artisan bakeries in the area, we wished for better toast!

Next, the Smoked Eringil Mushrooms & Ricotta ($15) was a well thought out combination of the sweet and savoury. The pellets of pomegranate, bursting with juices, brought out the sweetness of the fresh ricotta — which was soo soft and creamy. The ingredients, from the garnishes to the cheese, were all sooo fresh 🍅.

Will need to come back to try the other items... With the Burple 1-for-1, this is a #worthit brunch spot!

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