Treasures of Tanjong Pagar

Treasures of Tanjong Pagar

Featuring Baristart Coffee (Tanjong Pagar), Equate Coffee (Tanjong Pagar Plaza), Beng Who Cooks, The Tipsy Tavern, Sugar & Tease
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

The mushrooms were too salty and spoiled the whole dish.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ($7): While the strips of chicken breast were moderately juicy, we thought they were over-fried as some parts of the skin were charred. The prawn paste wasn't very distinct as well.

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ & ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜‚ ($10): This came with shimeji mushrooms, tofu cubes, pickled onions, an onsen egg and ๐˜ป๐˜ข๐˜ช ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ over rice. I actually enjoyed this more than the bak chor rice bowl (the pork was under-seasoned, I felt), helped in no small part by the piquant pickled onions. The mushrooms were a tad too salty, though.

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ ($5): Recommended by the waiter, these stalks of broccoli were fried till a nice crisp and addictively salty. We loved this dish.

๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($8): A novel take on the familiar ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ (minced meat noodles) ubiquitous in hawker centres, this features a generous amount of minced pork, an onsen egg and one piece of ๐˜ป๐˜ข๐˜ช ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ (deep fried beancurd skin commonly seen in Chinese vegetarian rice stalls) on top of rice. Decent but not fantastic.

Unsurprisingly, the ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป ($24) was unable to match up. The eel, gloriously glazed with teriyaki sauce and competently grilled, possessed a seductively sweet, smokey profile. Although Iโ€™m a big fan of scrambled eggs, the overly runny eggs that blanketed the rice were too wet. Here, the pickled carrots and ikura were unsuccessful in elevating the dish past the wetness. Still, this was a commendable dish.

Dining in a restaurant may be the only opportunity I get to shout โ€œObjection!โ€ to see someone elseโ€™s shocked expression โ€” not when the waiter asks you to pay, though โ€” but returning to @thetipsytavern.sg for Burpple Beyond deals is something Iโ€™d not object to.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐“๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง
32 Maxwell Road
Unit 01-08 Maxwell Chambers
Singapore 069115

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Maxwell Chambers is, in laymanโ€™s terms, a venue for dispute resolution. I wasnโ€™t there because I was a lawyer; I was there for The Tipsy Tavern. While it does offer beer on tap, cocktails and all manner of bottled alcohol, I came specifically for the 1-for-1 mains on Burpple Beyond.

The ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜†๐˜‚ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป ($32) was a stunner. Beautifully-torched beef slices formed a ring around an onsen egg, and were sprinkled with spring onions. The beef, perfectly pink and justifiably juicy, was phenomenal. The pickled carrots added zest, the ikura were a joy to bite into, and the egg gave every component a creamy complexion. Outstanding!

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐“๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐“๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง
32 Maxwell Road
Unit 01-08 Maxwell Chambers
Singapore 069115

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We also liked the ๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ($5) for its smoothness, but the ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ ($5) could be improved because the matcha flavour was too faint. The beverages were served with homemade cookies, which was a nice touch. We preferred the butter cookies to the chocolate ones because they emitted a fabulous fragrance.

This tiny cafe is definitely worth visiting for its desserts and the watermelon cake has been placed on the top of my to-eat list.

๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ & ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž
11 Kee Seng Street
Unit 01-04 Onzeย @ Tanjong Pagar
Singapore 089218

Chanced upon a little patisserie called Sugar & Tease located in Onze, which tbh is a building most people tend to overlook. The friendly gentleman at the counter informed us the most popular item was their watermelon cake. I saw a few dozen of them displayed in the glass counter, but sadly they were all pre-ordered and none were left.ย 

We settled for the ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ($9), which looked gorgeous. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries adorned the tart, making it look like a tiny fruit garden. The juicy fruits provided a nice textural contrast to the firm tart shell, and we found this dessert immaculate.ย 

๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ & ๐“๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž
11 Kee Seng Street
Unit 01-04 Onzeย @ Tanjong Pagar
Singapore 089218

Equate Coffeeโ€™s minimalist interiors with white and grey walls and furnishings are certainly easy on the eye. My ๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ($5.50) was smooth and robust, providing respite from the scorching weather.

๐‘ฌ๐’’๐’–๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐‘ช๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’†
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza,
Unit 02-25
Singapore 082001

We also ordered a ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ, which contained Baristart's signature BIEI Jersey Milk. Smooth, creamy and robust, I like it!

๐๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž
65 Tras Street
Singapore 079004

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