[Newly Opened] Atmosphere Cafe & Bistro @ Alexandra Central (Media Tasting)

If the name Atmosphere Cafe & Bistro sounds familiar to you, it is because you have probably heard of its sister bistro Atmosphere Bistro Bar, located at Parkland Green @ East Coast Park. This is their latest venture further inland from the coast, in one of the newest malls, Alexandra Central.

You will find that the decor here differs greatly from the one at East Coast Park. I love how bright and spacious the place is. A very comfortable and classy hangout with the high back cushioned chairs and marble tables, which makes you feel like spending your afternoon next to the window and savouring a cup of coffee.

What will draw patrons to this cafe is the wonderful 3D coffee art. I shall let the pictures speak for themselves.

We were very fortunate to have the experienced barista in house. We did not request for any specific characters but you can probably tell that she is good at what she does! The price of the coffee ranges from $4 for an Espresso to $10.50 for a Baileys Latte. If you would like something decaffeinated but with 3d art, you may order a hot chocolate.

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[Newly Opened] The Bakehouse by Carpenter And Cook @ Alexandra Central

If you are a fan of Carpenter And Cook, then you definitely have to check out their new enterprise, The Bakehouse by Carpenter And Cook. Located on the first floor of the newly opened Alexandra Central, on the same site as Park Hotel Alexandra, the cafe serves wood-fired pizzas, pastas, gourmet sandwiches and Carpenter And Cook’s signature pastries. The great thing about this cafe is that it is opened seven days a week!

As you place your order at the counter, you can peruse the selection of pastries available that day. From freshly baked croissants to lemon drizzle loaves, as well as cakes in the glass display, they have plenty to offer for the sweet tooth!

John Crabbie & Co. Traditional Cloudy Lemonade ($6.80). The slightly fizzy lemonade comes with a twist of ginger. A renowned brand in the UK since 1800s, the drink is free from artificial sweeteners, colours and flavours.

Crab Meat Pasta ($16). Crab meat fettuccine in brandy and pink sauce. I was not sure how the tomato cream sauce pasta would turn out, but the ample amount of shredded crab meat together with the al dente pasta was surprisingly good.

The pastas above are different renditions of Aglio Olio ($16). The original pasta comes with mix grilled vegetables, however mum opted for squid and mushrooms and I chose grilled chicken. I ordered less spicy, but I think the next time around, I will order a spicy one!

What I love about this place is that all their pastas are priced at $16 and they are open to customisation, so if you prefer to have a different type of meat or seafood, just let the staff know as you are ordering at the counter.

Carrot Cake ($7.50). As you can see from the picture, the cake is filled with carrots, nuts and pineapples! What a delightfully dense and moist carrot cake.

For my next visit, I intend to try Grandma’s Italian Style Chicken Wings ($5.50) and Wild Mushroom Soup with Truffle ($8). Both items came highly recommended by the staff but we did not have much of an appetite that day.

The Bakehouse by Carpenter And Cook 
321 Alexandra Road, #01-14,
Singapore 159971
Tel: 6250 0040
Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday & PH: 0800-2200hrs
Friday, Saturday & Eve of PH: 0800-2300hrs

The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra (Media Tasting)

Have you checked out the new hotel next to IKEA at Alexandra? Shops at Alexandra Central (located on the same site as Park Hotel Alexandra) have also started opening doors like Toast Box and The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook. However, the main reason for my visit was to try The Carvery, a restaurant at Park Hotel Alexandra which opened in June 2015, offering a beautiful pool view and top-grade grilled meats.

Just adjacent to The Carvery, is Aqua Luna, an alfresco pool bar situated upon the 25 metre long infinity pool. You can also watch the sunset through the windows as you unwind at the bar. Aqua Luna is currently having an opening offer till 30 September where you can enjoy a second drink at 50% off from noon to 11pm on Sundays to Thursdays and noon to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, Even of and on Public Holidays.

Now, back to the restaurant. The moment you step out of the elevator on the seventh floor, you can smell the mouth-watering aroma of the restaurant’s premium roasts. The first thing that you will see as you enter The Carvery is the three-metre long meat carving station with an experienced carver ready to serve it up. Besides that, super sharp custom-made designer Laguiole steak knives from France can also be found at the carving station.

The buffet here is actually priced very reasonably for the quality of food:

  • Lunch (noon to 3pm): $38++ 
  • Dinner (Sundays to Thursdays, 6 to 10pm): $52++
  • Dinner (Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10pm): $62++

The roasts available that day were Pork Knuckle, Australian Prime Rib, Herb-Crusted Australian Beef Ribeye and Spit Roasted Chicken. The pork knuckle was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The crackling sound as you bite into it makes it very satisfying. This is best paired with sweet mustard.

The prime rib is dry-aged in-house to intensify its taste and tenderise the meat. It is then lightly seasoned with salt and pepper before slow roasted for about eight hours. Between the two beef cuts, I preferred the ribeye which was very flavourful from the herbs. Also, chef recommended the truffle salt to go along with it, which made the taste more refined.

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Red Barron @ Gillman Barracks

My friends and I decided to check out Red Baron after work the other day because it has been trending on Instagram lately and the place was not very far from us. The cafe is situated at Gillman Barracks, just behind the track at the old Saint Andrew’s Junior College campus, current Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). It is pretty near the main road, and you can get there by walking along the new walkway (ouside AST campus) adjacent to the track.

Most of the tables are alfresco and there are only limited seats indoors. One of the main things that will grab your attention as you enter the cafe is the huge cake chillier at the right side of the dining area.

But first, we got down to having our lunch before desserts.

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Portico @ Alexandra Road

This is my second visit to Portico. I visited the place about two months back with some of my good friends because of the good things that I have heard about their food (read more about it here). I am back again this time because I have confirmed the good things that I have heard about their food.

The prices of the food here are indeed on the high side, especially for lunch, hence this is not a place that I can afford to visit often.

We ordered the 8 Hours Slow-Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek ($29), served in red wine and port bourguignon sauce. We could not identify the round white balls, which we suspect are pear balls, but they added this sweet crunchy flavour to the otherwise thick and rich sauce.

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Two Good Hangouts: Privé and Portico

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I found two good hangout spots for lunch last week with a few of my good friends. The first is Privé @ Chijmes and the other is Portico, both coincidentally start with ‘P’.  I enjoyed the food and relaxing ambiance of both restaurants.

1. Privé @ Chijmes

If you have been to Chijmes, you will know that this historic building dating back to 1841 which has been converted to an entertainment complex is filled with restaurants and cafes. While it may have undergone extensive development and reconstruction, the remarkable facade as well as area filled with rich heritage remain unchanged.

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Privé is one of the restaurants that have set up shop at this unique venue. The restaurant is made up of a combination of indoor and alfresco dining areas. Its glass doors can be tucked away to create a huge open space, which makes it perfect for a casual weekend or a get-together with family and friends.

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