I’m officially two steps away from the big three, but none the wiser. We had a quiet birthday celebration at Tomi Sushi, Katong V. I muttered a short eulogy for the passing of another year before morphing into a mega sushi monster. Now every little blessing – like getting ’em socks to dry in time for work – seems to be a good excuse for an encore celebration.
30 East Coast Road #02-14/15/16, Katong V, S(428751)
Open daily 1130am – 230pm, 530pm – 1030pm
As much as I would like to attribute my recent silence to the absence of my pet camera – it went trigger happy in China with my brother – honestly, I was just feeling uninspired and lazy (See: Blog Title). Pinterest became my new best friend, and every morning I practised saying “G’day, mate!” as I counted the days to a much anticipated trip down under.
Anyway. Relational Goods, opened by the folks from Group Therapy, is now a takeaway cafe. So we packed some food and headed to the nearest playground where we watched neighbourhood children ride bicycles in giggles.
29 Everitt Road, S(428576)
Open Tue-Sun: 9am-6pm
Penny University is a new cafe serving beans from Oriole Coffee and Nylon Coffee Roasters, as well as pies from Windowsill Pies. Which begs the question: What’s the difference between pies and tarts? If it’s only a matter of having open or closed faces, then why do they sound so different from each other?
As we dug into the S’mores Pie (above), those inconsequential questions quickly gave way to a sweet, crumbly mix of chocolaty melt. Coffee (below) was smooth and lovely. As usual, 5oz for me, and 7oz for X.
And now, I should no longer deny my real purpose of visit: to hold and admire the beautiful letterpress works done by The Gentlemen Press. The coffee menu (below) was particularly impressive.
Good coffee, good desserts. This snug little waterhole sure makes us want to linger.
402 East Coast Road, S(428997)
Open Tue-Fri: 830am-930pm, Sat-Sun: 830am-1030pm
Who wouldn’t love a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows to go with a good read?
The Little Bookshop conducts storytelling sessions on weekends for the children and offers membership for access to their in-house library.
The Little Bookshop
Open Wed-Fri: 1pm-10pm, Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-9pm.
Many new cafes and ice-cream parlors have popped up over the years along Katong. Wonderful as they are, but often, the most satisfying foods are the simplest ones.
Toasted kaya buns with a smooth slab of butter, who can resist?
But I think their coffee’s better than the tea.
Flowy gooey eggy love!
Complete with grumpy old aunties to seal in an unpretentious nostalgia. May I have another kaya bun please??
Chin Mei Chin Confectionary
204 East Coast Rd
Opens Tue-Sun: 8am-430pm
Photo on top was breakfast and bottom was supper, who’d tell the difference?
Fei Fei would always pop up on our minds when we’re in Katong at wee hours. Well, either this or bak kut teh actually. Whether this is truly the best wanton mee is highly debatable, but homemade egg noodles and dark sauce is definitely the way to go.
Fei Fei Wanton Mee
62 Joo Chiat Place