Pic Dump: Working Title

Did a super quick drop here; only had limited time! Grabbed a ginger beer and a “damn good chocolate cake” (which was… quite good lah) before rushing off for a meeting.

Interesting place, an extension of a hostel (next door). When I went, they had an area at the back in the making for a space for gigs and/or movie screenings. Coffee beans from Dutch Colony. Should be good! Prices for craft beers are also really reasonable, most going for $7-$9, including fruit beers, ginger beers and ciders.

In fact, the whole menu is $10 or below, sandwiches and pizzas included.

Pic dump below, seems like a super nice place to chill. Plus points? This is really unhealthy but shisha’s right around the corner. Arab Street too, for some indie shopping. Aaaand it’s open till late.

Fun fact? All the furniture was built by the owners! They had to pull it all together in a very short period, couldn’t really settle on a name for the place, and that explains the working title.

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Better pics over at their Facebook Page.

Working Title
48 Arab Street
Singapore 199745
Tel: 9734 4187
Email: ask@workingtitle.sg

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 09:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sun: 09:00 – 00:00

Casa Lapin x49 – Bangkok

Because we love cafes, Bob and I couldn’t miss out on visiting at least one in Bangkok. Of all the cafes we looked to visit, this one was really hard to find! It didn’t help that it was set in a little unnamed road across from Samitivej Hospital, somewhere near Sukhumvit Soi 49. Try looking for these signs:

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Casa Lapin x49’s is the wooden one. Walk right in and you’d find yourself in a residential looking area, that houses an eclectic mix of a tapas bar and an upmarket pet accessories store. This is Casa Lapin x49. Complete with a hipster foldie bike.

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This is the 2nd cafe set up by owner Surapan Tanta (an architect turned barista) – the first being Casa Lapin, which can also be found a little nook at Thonglor Art Village. It’s very tastefully done, I’ll let pictures do the talking. Reminds me of a greenhouse, and even has a little attic like space on the 2nd floor.

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There’s a huge shelf of some of my favourite magazines – like Smith, Kinfolk and even our very own Encounters.

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It was a tad too hot to sit outside, but the external seating area is also lovely. To the left of the photo you can see that there are little tables perfect for an intimate conversation between two, or if someone might prefer to have more privacy to read / do work.

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More one seaters, with little metallic drawers that double up as tables. (we found some stickers from Papa Palheta in one of those drawers!)

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Go upstairs if you’re coming in a bigger group of 4-5

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Plants everywhere! Lends the cafe a very nice touch.

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Even the toilet is brilliantly done up.

Coffee was not bad – I didn’t really study the menu, but they serve cakes and pasta too.

Oh there are power plugs everywhere + WIFI, so I think it’s a perfect place just to sit around, chillax, check your emails or get some work done. Wish we had more pretty little enclaves like this in Singapore!

Casa Lapin x49
Sukhumvit 49, across from Samitivej Hospital, between Thonglor 13 and Sukhumvit 49/7

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri.: 7:30am – 8:30pm
Sat-Sun.: 10:30am – 8:30pm

Drury Lane

New cafe alert!

If the name sounds familiar, you probably know the muffin man.

Do you know the muffin man?
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Sorry. Had to.

Moving on!!
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This is what I had – the Potato Leek Baked Eggs ($8)

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They have bacon, sausage and smoked salmon alternatives going for $10. I’d really recommend this dish cos it’s pretty unique to Drury Lane and though it doesn’t look like much, it really is the sort of dish you’d eat on a rainy day. Or as comfort food. It’s sort of like potato and leek slices, topped with 2 eggs, baked in tomato sauce… my mouth waters just thinking about it.

Other stuff on the menu that sounded great:

Sandwiches ($7) – Steak & Cheese, Chicken Avocado, Smoked Salmon

Marmite with Cheese infused Soldiers (toast & 2 half boiled eggs) ($7)

All day breakkie sets going for $10-12

I’d definitely visit again. Coffee ($3.50 – $5.50) is not too bad too; custom blend from Toby’s.

In a nutshell, Drury Lane’s setup might look a tad bare and makeshift but they make up for it through their food and coffee that’s reasonably priced. I like that it’s hassle and fuss free.

P.S. Eat upstairs, it’s more spacious.

P.P.S There’s free wifi.

P.P.P.S Disclaimer; this is my friend’s place, but I paid for my food.

Nicer pics available at Hey Kumo!

Drury Lane
94 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Singapore 088515
6222 6698

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 08:30 – 21:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00

Bandung Trip: Brunch at Hummingbird Cafe

This is gonna be a pic dump because… I was on holiday, and I didn’t note down the prices of stuff.

Sarah mentioned that Hummingbird was a must-visit in Bandung, so… we visited! I love the branding, the vibe, the attention to detail with the interior (it feels like someone’s living room) and the non-pretentious food. Brunch was waaay more affordable than what you can get here in SingSing, so Alexis and I just went ahead and ordered everything that we wanted to try! 3 drinks and 3 mains totalled up to about SGD$20+++. They have an extensive selection of brunch items and CAKES! (Check out the ombre & rainbow cake.)

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Here’s a better pic of their facade from their website. As you can see, like most eateries / outlets in Bandung, it’s set in a residential space – complete with a “greenhouse” exterior area.

They offer accommodation too. And free wifi. And power outlets to charge your stuff. I love this place.

Hummingbird Eatery
Official Website | Facebook page
JL. Progo, No. 14, Bandung Indonesia
+62 22 4212582
Breakfast is served from 7am – 11am

Psst. Wondering how to get from SG to Bandung? AirAsia has direct flights, from $45.

Necessary Provisions

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A lazy Saturday night called for us to check out another cafe – 2 week old Necessary Provisions tucked in a corner of Toh Tuck (upper bukit timah)

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They were pretty packed for a cafe at 10pm! I was a fan of their pop up (Henry Congressional). Necessary Provisions is much bigger, they even have space for their own roaster and a kitchen. There’s a huge communal space (pictured above) with a large vase of lilies in the middle, people sitting around working on laptops, indulging in conversations or delving into any of the magazines strewn on the table.

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Moor beer, $10

& of course we gave the coffee a go.

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Espresso, $4

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Cappuccino, $5

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Bob checking out their special grinder.

Moor beers are quite reasonably priced, come in a range of flavours and the bottles are relatively big so that’s good for 2 glasses.

Coffee: Their blend of beans is oookay, not too bad, but honestly nothing beats Societe.

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An open table of pastry! Biscuits, cakes and muffins. What I like? They have the classic Pandan Chiffon Cake.

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…and a healthy option of granola. Perfect for breakkie.

Bob and I were famished, we hadn’t had dinner and it was 9ish… so we ordered 3 mains. DO NOT JUDGE!!!

necessary provisions buta donButa Don, $8

Seemed a little overpriced for what tasted like something you could get from any cai fan (mixed veg + rice) stall. A little bit of peppered pork, beansprouts and less peas than I could count on my hand… and the amount of rice seemed disproportionate. Less than average for me, but Bob the fan4 tong3 seemed to really enjoy this dish.

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Tagliatelle Al Ragu, $14

Best of the lot. I liked the texture of the pasta (freshly made!) but the sauce was a little under-seasoned.

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Grilled Prawns, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil pasta, $14

Another miss for me – pasta was nice and al dente, prawns were pretty good, but overall it was pretty bland.

necessary provisions salty sconesThe best thing I ate? Savoury scones ($5). My only must try, you could say.

You get a free appetizer if you order 2 or more mains, apparently.

Overall? The pasta from Necessary Provisions is pretty average but I like that it’s a quiet location, opens till midnight on Friday and Saturday, parking is free and the coffee is not bad.

Would come back to try the pastry and sandwiches.

Oh yes for the scones too.

Necessary Provisions
21 Eng Kong Terrace
Singapore 598993
Tel: 9231 7920
Email: hello@necessaryprovisions.com.sg

Opening hours:
Tue – Thu: 10:00 – 22:00
Fri: 10:00 – 00:00
Sat: 09:00 – 00:00
Sun: 09:00 – 18:00

Department of Caffeine

So, my short lived favorite coffee place closed down. That means Bob and I are back on the quest to find good coffee. This quest brought us to DOC / The Department of Caffeine at Duxton area, after reading so many gleaming reviews online.

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So. Kinda kinda, same old same old. Wood. Cream. Black. All these hole in the wall cafes are starting to look the same! But the exterior and interior looked promising.

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Some pastry and other interesting things on the menu.

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Pear and Amaretto Cake, $5.50

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Mocha, $5.50

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Soy Flat White, $5.60 (+60c for soy)

I usually refrain from giving bad reviews because I feel bad – starting a business takes a hell load of effort and money, but for a cafe that hails itself as the “Department of Caffeine” and had a big shiny Synesso, their coffee left much to be desired.

The soy that they used did not sit well with their blend – the taste was too distinct and overpowering. Mocha was too sweet and cloying (I don’t know why Bob decided to order Mocha), so much so that Bob decided to give their coffee another chance by ordering an espresso shot.

For a blend that was supposedly sweet, rich and heavy it was none of that. Too sour. TOO SOUR. So bad that between the both of us, we couldn’t finish that tiny cup (nice cups though).

The best thing was really the cake. We left really disappointed! I would never go back again.

Bob however is a rather forgiving person. He actually visited today. But once again he was let down. Apparently the pulled pork sandwich is too salty and the cappuccino was really thin.

Sorry DOC… much to be improved. Did I just visit on a bad day? Order the wrong items? Meh. If you’re still interested in giving it a shot:

Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road

Opening hours:
Weekdays, 1030am – 730pm
Weekends, 930am – 730pm

Tel: 6223 3426