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Gudetama Cafe Singapore

I have egg-citing news: the eggs-quisite Gudetama Cafe Singapore is opening tomorrow on 30 November! I attended the media preview yesterday and it was everything I eggs-pected and more. The decor and food are eggs-actly what a Gudetama fan wants to see in a Gudetama cafe.

Some theme restaurants can look very good but the food may be a total letdown. Fortunately, Gudetama Cafe Singapore is by the people behind The Soup Spoon and Joe & Dough so the food is very decent. Also, Little Miss Bento is the co-creator of the menu and food styling so the food looks as good as it tastes. Will let the pictures do the talking so you can see how eggs-traordinary the place is.

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Gudetama welcomes you!

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sitting in one of the egg booths

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egg carton table

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how cute is this??

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with Little Miss Bento

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some of the food available

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just eat me already…

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bacon!

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so nua

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twin Gudetama!

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desserts

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time for lunch!

 

Gudetama Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-361
Singapore 038983
(psst, it’s really near the Suntec Convention Centre)

Open Farm Community

We had brunch at Open Farm Community a few Saturdays ago. To be honest, I wanted to visit Open Farm Community because of their playground. I saw it on someone’s Instagram account and just had to take the kids there to play. The cow and pig are too adorable for words and the sand is nice and clean.

I love how bright and open the place is and the staggering amount of greenery surrounding it. The food is great and the service is very decent. Adrian is happy to go back again just for the coffee. There’s a large garden area where the kids can explore and run around before the food comes. There’s even a little shop selling children’s clothing, bags, waterbottles, etc.

Even though we really liked the food, it is quite pricey and portions are rather small. I also wish they would open earlier, especially on weekends. But I like that they are trying to promote local farming and cooking with locally-grown produce through events such as community gardening sessions (last Sat of the month) and workshops like Pasta Masterclass and Jam & Sauces Masterclass.

Open Farm Community

Open Farm Community

I do not have a green thumb

I do not have a green thumb

climbing into the cow

climbing into the cow

adorable playground

adorable playground

a game of ping pong, perhaps?

a game of ping pong, perhaps?

some retail therapy

some retail therapy

gardening needs

gardening needs

the restaurant

the restaurant

inside

inside

lovely children's plate

lovely children’s plate

from the outside

from the outside

exploring before brunch

exploring before brunch

eggs

potato rosti served with scrambled eggs, sliced pork sausages, crème fraîche & red onion brown jus

pasta

taglierini with fresh clams & garlic sauce, parsley shad, lemon butter

pasta

rigatoni, local mushrooms, smoked pancetta topped with stilton & balsamic reduction

pasta

open-face lasagna with bolognese and béchamel sauce

kids loved the food

kids loved the food

OPEN FARM COMMUNITY
+65 6471 0306
130E Minden Road
Singapore 248819
enquiries@ofcsingapore.com.sg
Mon – Fri: 12pm to 3pm; 6pm to 10pm
Sat/ Sun/ PH: 11am to 10pm

Paddy Hills

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

fooling around while waiting for food

hot chocolate

hot chocolate

Hash Hash

Hash Hash

3 Little Pillows

3 Little Pillows

secret message that appears midway

secret message that appears midway

murdering the pancakes

murdering the pancakes

great light in the cafe

great light in the cafe

posing outside

posing outside


Paddy Hills
38 South Buona Vista Rd
6479 0800
contact@paddyhills.com.sg
Weekday 10.30 am – 5 pm; Weekend 9 am – 5 pm; Dinner 6 – 9.30 pm daily

Dakota Crescent: Tian Kee & Co. and Dove Playground

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

Blk 12 Dakota Crescent

Tian Lee & Co.

Tian Lee & Co.

this is his 'sleeping hamster' pose

this is his ‘sleeping hamster’ pose

baked macaroni cheese

baked macaroni cheese

Adrian's breakfast thing

Adrian’s breakfast thing

lasagna

lasagna

Eggs Royale

Eggs Royale

rainbow cheese cake

rainbow cheese cake

laughing at something or other

laughing at something or other

the whole family

the whole family

Dove playground

Dove playground

the slide is not very slippery

the slide is not very slippery

swinging around

crossing the bridge

crossing the bridge

looking down

looking down

attempting to slide down the fireman pole

attempting to slide down the fireman pole

with Auntie Fifi

with Auntie Fifi

On The Table at Pasir Panjang

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

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

strange barefooted children running around

springy string chairs

springy string chairs

David doesn't want to share his chair

David doesn’t want to share his chair

happy yellow chairs

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

lots of beer

Eggs Ben

Eggs Ben

big brekkie for Adrian

big brekkie for Adrian

waffles and ice-cream

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
Closed: Mon

Happy Birthday, LolliBox!

We celebrated LolliBox’s 2nd birthday on Saturday with a crafty party held at Treehouse Cafe at Grandstand. It was a very chill party and we just sat around and did some craft while munching on breakfast. I made a door knob hanger and Anya made a bunch of flowers. Happy birthday, LolliBox, and we wish you many more crafty years ahead!

craft materials

craft materials

birthday cake

birthday cake

artsy cupcakes

artsy cupcakes

nom nom nom

nom nom nom

we're missing Adam!

we’re missing Adam!

Happy birthday, LolliBox!

Happy birthday, LolliBox!

Common Man Coffee Roasters

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

Common Man Coffee Roasters

inside

inside

filled up very quickly

filled up very quickly

love the latte glass

love the latte glass

his breakfast platter

his breakfast platter

my eggs ben

my eggs ben

sulky Batman

sulky Batman

Tubbers

Tubbers

Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00
Singapore 239058
6836 4695
Mon – Sun: 8am – 7pm