I would love to have said that I travelled all the way from the west to Toa Payoh Lorong 4, but I would be joking. With Circle Line, travelling is made so easy and places are so accessible now. It took me only 35 minutes to get to Braddell MRT Station.
The reason for my travel was to check out two places, Tims Restaurant & Cafe and Shrove Tuesday. Tims came highly recommended by my sis for its authentic Nepalese cuisine and steaks, as well as its affordable pricing. You also do not have to pay GST or service charge there.
The place is not that hard to find once you have arrived at the MRT station. My sis told me to take the exit on the right after getting out from the control station. Upon reaching street level, walk straight and then turn right at the traffic light into the estate. Head in the ten o’clock direction, past all the tall blocks and you will get to your destination.
I could not decide what to have. It was really tough to choose between their Authentic Nepali Roast Chicken ($11), which is an oven-roasted kampung chicken marinated with traditional Nepali herbs and spices, served with pulau rice and achar, and their steaks, which is their specialty.
After conferring with the waiter, I decided to choose the Grilled New Zealand Tenderloin Steak 180gm ($16.50), served medium with black pepper sauce. Saving my foray into Nepalese cuisine for another visit.
A basket of garlic bread will be served to you after you are done ordering. By the way, you can add $3.80 to any main course for a set meal, which includes a soup of the day, dessert and coffee/ tea/ milo. It is a very good deal!
Sis had one of the Surf & Turf Combos, BBQ Chicken with Fish ($15.80), served on a hotplate. She requested for more vegetables instead of the usual baked potato that comes with it.
My steak came more medium rare than medium, especially in the middle, but it is still a doneness that I can take. The cut was juicy, soft and tender. The marvelous taste and quality of meat does not coincide with the low price that you are paying for it. Cannot stress how much this is in favour to the customers!
Mum had the Prawn Aglio Olio ($10.80). Linguine with olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, basil, parsley and lemon jus. I do not like my aglio olio with capsicum and also, the pasta was too overcooked for me.
Following lunch at Tims, we headed to the opposite block for some desserts at Shrove Tuesday.
The cafe had such a pretty exterior, you cannot help but notice it. To be honest, I did not really enjoy my desserts here. The staff recommended the waffles and gelato, but I was too full for waffles, so I had the gelato instead.
Their gelato and macaron displays were amazing. They had these huge macarons for sale, which looked really amazing, but I chose not to order them. For me, macarons should not come straight out from the freezer, they need to be defrosted slowly in the fridge, preferably overnight.
The three of us shared two pots of tea, Peach Honeycomb and Melon & Mangosteen tea ($4.50 per pot). They were deliciously scented and fragrant with hints of the fruity flavours.
We had the Carrot Cake ($5), which was a rather flat slice of cake. The cake had bits of carrot and was moist but it was too well blended for me.
The interesting dessert we opted for was The Bomb!!! ($12), a very festive looking gelato ball in a shell of chocolate. The only nice things about this dessert were the presentation and the gelato. I should have ordered the gelato alone and saved my money.
Sis also got me their last box of Holiday Macarons ($4.50, U.P. $6), which are now in my fridge. Hopefully they taste yummy!
Tims Restaurant & Café
Block 95 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-52
Tel: 6250 5246
Opens Daily from 1130-2230hrs
Block 94 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-32
Tel: 6258 2254
Sunday to Thursday 1000-2200hrs
Friday & Saturday 1000-2300hrs