Jewel Cafe and Bar

The Easter weekend whizzed by with plenty of food and vodka leftover in the fridge. Can someone devise a method that ensures just the right amount of food whenever a potluck is called for? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the booze.

As the dreadful weather left us feeling sluggish and listless, we headed down to Jewel Coffee‘s new establishment next to Liberty Coffee to perk ourselves up. I especially loved the Shio-Koji Octopoke. Portions are generous, so sharing is advisable.

Jewel Cafe and Bar
129 Rangoon Road S(218407)
Open Tue-Sun: 8am-10pm

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Liberty Coffee

A trip to Liberty Coffee can be very frustrating, and dangerously addictive at the same time. As much as I crave for the Banana & Toffee Nut Pie (below) — soft, light banana mousse atop sweet, crunchy toffee nuts — there is simply no guessing when the cafe would open its doors again.

We loved everything. Coffee was bold and smooth, and the Chocolate Fudge Cake (below) was perfectly moist and rich, but regrettably ugly (a fault that’s only mine).

No opening hours. No fixed menu. Follow their twitter, stalk their Facebook page, join the mailing list and cross your fingers for updates.

Liberty Coffee
131 Rangoon Road s(218409)

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is the newest and biggest establishment yet by Papa Palheta. Just a little into their second week and the cafe’s overflowing with eager customers — looks like the coffee fever in Singapore is still going on strongly.

Lovers of single origin beans would be happy to know that at CSHH, they use a string of different beans for the various brewing methods. Which is great because everyone has varying preferences, so if you know how you’d like your coffee to be (milky/bold, strong/light, acidic/bitter) then you can’t go wrong with this menu.

As the orders for hand brews were piling up, I settled for a cold brew (above left), conveniently sealed in a… cough medicine bottle? The cold brew method helped to bring out the bright flavors of the ethopia sidamo beans — sweet citrus notes with mild acidity and a clean finish.

The hazelnut muffin (above right) went hand in hand with a regular cup of espresso with milk (below). Just like how it works at Nylon Coffee, the mini 3oz contains less milk than the regular 5oz. So if you’d prefer a stronger cup, go for the mini.

Some other bakes we’ve tried include the raspberry financier (above left), pistachio cranberry tea cake (above right) and butter croissant (below). Decent, but weren’t quite impressed. Anyway, the coffee’s what we’re all after, right?

Adjacent to the cafe is a small, curious room called The Annex. It’s an experimental bar with an evolving menu, perhaps something like The Steeping Room, where coffees would be paired with light bites to spark discussion and a deeper appreciation.

Priced at $23/pax, sessions are held Tue-Thu at 3pm and Fri-Sun at 3pm & 8pm, each lasting for at least an hour. If you’re interested, email surpriseme@cshhcoffee.com for reservations.

Another noteworthy setup at CCSH is the working gramophone and the wide collection of records used to serenade the ears. Many customers might not even notice, but it’s these little details that make all the difference.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, S(207563)
Open Tue-Thu: 9am-7pm, Fri-Sun: 9am-10pm

Cocotte

Had a satisfying set lunch at Cocotte, Wanderlust Hotel. Especially loved the grass-fed striploin steak (medium rare) and crème brulee. ♥

Cocotte
2 Dickson Road, S(209494)
Opening hours
Mon-Thu: 12pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Fri: 12pm-2:30pm, 6:30 pm-11:00 pm
Sat: 11:30am-3pm, 6:30pm-11pm
Sun: 11:30am-3pm

15 Minutes.

“In the future, everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” — Andy Warhol

And that’s how 15 Minutes came into being, appropriately located at Laselle College where everybody strives to make a name for themselves in the creative industry.

They don’t specialize in coffee, nor smoothies, so focus on food and booze yeah?

One of their signature dishes, the Oriental Duck Pizza. I personally prefer thin crusts, so this suited me just fine — a thin, chewy crust smeared with sweet flavorsome sauce and topped with tender duck meat and tangy orange slices.

We love the creamy avocado sauce of Chicken Guacamole Linguine. Chicken chunks are blahs but the sauce is pure addiction.

Great for some pretty decent comfort food in the day, and sprinkle in some friends, booze and music for extra fun at night.

15 Minutes
Blk D, #01-01, 1 McNally St, LASELLE  College of the Arts, S(187940)
Open Mon-Sat: 1115am-11pm, Fri: 1115am-12am