24 August 2013

Singapore Food & Travel 2013 @ Part 1

Last month, I had the chance to take a break down to Singapore for some relaxation. Instead of visiting tourists spots, I ventured into some of Singapore's food delicacies with the help of some local Singaporeans who are also keen into food hunting. Read on below!


Chye Seng Huat Hardware

If you brand yourself as a coffeephilic addict, indulge your cravings into a run-down looking coffee joint located at Jalan Besar, Lavender. Don't be fooled into thinking that they are selling bolts, screws & nuts (not that kind of nuts!), instead its a modern, trendy coffee space that really gets packed with patrons of all ages & was brought by the trendsetters of Papa Palheta and Loysel's Toy. Malaysia embarked on the coffee experience much later than Singapore, but I find the quality here much better and classier. 

Coffee @ Chye Seng Huat
The coffee served was a beautiful interpretation of simplicity & taste. It was decorated with a stunning latte art and enough "kaw" in its flavour.

Hot Chocolate
As I cant consume too much caffeine in one day, I've settled for their hot chocolate which was a perfect balance of sweet & bitterness, finished with a simple latte art. You can also find snacks & pastries to complement your food. Price ranges from $8-$14.

Hot Chocolate
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Interior of Chye Seng Huat
Interior of Chye Seng Huat
Other than just coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, this flagship store features a roastery, an island coffee bar, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room. I am not sure about the details of the school though. In addition, do drop by one floor up to their souvenir store to find amazing handcrafted, locally made & designed items such as bags, books, phone casings, or paintings that are really inspiring & beautifully crafted.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Address:
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Tue to Thu: 9am – 7pm
Fri to Sun: 9am – 10pm


Windowsill Pies

Out next location was just nearby CSH Hardware in the same vicinity. Windowsill Pies brought a different experience of colorful, vibrant, and energetic concept that mainly focuses on their selection of luscious pies. Seating are limited so head down earlier to grab a seat and enjoy a slice a pie with their locally brewed coffee or Gryphon teas fueled with an all-day gossip chatters.

Grasshopper & Coconut Lime Vodka
We had 3 slice of pies for tea, Grasshopper that infuses peppermint & cream doped with bits of dark chocolate & salted chocolate cookies. All of this mouth watering goodness was baked on a flourless chocolate base. The grasshopper was really fresh as it leaves a coolness breeze in your mouth. Next, the coconut lime vodka was a twisted cheesecake blended with zesty lime curd, vodka jelly, and coconut cream. This alcoholic cake was a little too sour for us as we could not eat much further.

Morello Cherry
Lastly, the Morello Cherry or "bleeding" pie which I called it after observing their staff slicing through the cherry that "bleeds" the entire pie plate. The sugar crunchy crust was really good as it has a sweetness to it but not empowering the sourness of the Morello cherries in our mouths. Pies price averages about $8.

Windowsill Pies
Address:
Windowsill Pies
78 Horne Road
Singapore 209078
Tel: (+65) 9004 7827

Opening Hours:
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11:00 am – 09:30 pm
Fridays: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Closed on Mondays


Desserts at Dolce Tokyo @ 313 Somerset

To complete my high blood sugar session (=.='), we ended our day in Dolce Tokyo at 313 Somerset, Orchard Road with a whole lot of graphically beautiful array of desserts. Honestly, I felt Malaysia still have not reach this level of dessert preparation that amazes people.

Green Tea Matcha
This drink was not a surprise as it as just simple and average to what you can get in Starbucks.

Berry-licious!
My apologies as I don't remember the name; the vanilla ice cream was cool and soft with a layer of sliced berries to bring sweetness to this dessert. However, the tasteless cube jellies on the bottom was not appealing to us. 

Berry-licious!


This dessert infuses a cold blend of fruits, cube jellies, ice cream, and warm mochis that were a great combination. The sliced peaches & strawberries was fresh and lovely. Loved it to the core with their idea of harmonizing cold & hot essence! 

Banana Split
Their banana split was certainly a big hit for us. Three scoops consisting of green tea, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream were dripped with marshmallows, cookies, chopped almonds, chocolate chip bits, and chocolate sauce that were really a sweet explosion fiesta. The sliced glazed banana was placed underneath and it was just magnificent in our mouths as it was just in the right amount of taste.

Banana Split

Dolce Tokyo
Overall, a great place for chit-chat with friends and family. This Japanese-Italian cafe (Note: they are not the same with Tokyo's branch) also serves great main meals but since we had dinner an hour ago, we settled for their as-mentioned desserts. Stay tune for Part 2 of our Singapore food hunt!


Address:
Dolce Tokyo
Address: 313 Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #03-23, Singapore 238895
Contact: +65 68365612
Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 11.30am - 10.30pm / Fri - Sat, Eve PH 11.30am - 11pm

*Picture credits to Ken Wong for the great shots!*