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Atlas Coffeehouse

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.

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Atlas Coffeehouse

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flat white

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salted caramel waffle

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big breakfast and latte

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the kids

Atlas Coffeehouse
6 Duke’s Rd
Singapore 268886
6314 2674
Hours: 8 am – 7 pm (Closed on Mondays)

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

Mother’s Day at Wheeler’s Yard

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.

open

open

two cooperative kids

two cooperative kids

Wheeler's Yard

family photo!

family photo!

on the other side of the door

on the other side of the door

loads of natural light

loads of natural light

bikes galore

bikes galore

on a Vespa

on a Vespa

waiting for his haircut?

waiting for his haircut?

lounging about

lounging about

watching the rain

watching the rain

Coast and Company

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

bicycles out front

Coast and Company

Coast and Company

bicycle inside

bicycle inside

the crowd

the crowd

on the glass

on the glass

bicycles at the back

bicycles at the back

bicycle art

bicycle art

more bicycle stuff

more bicycle stuff

everybody needs some time to coast

everybody needs some time to coast

coffee

coffee

Mexican Coke (yes, it DOES taste better!)

Mexican Coke (yes, it DOES taste better!)

hotdog

beef rendang hotdog

outside

outside

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

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