Atlas Coffeehouse @ Bukit Timah

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As some of you would know, Assembly Coffee has closed its doors over the weekend. However, if you still wish to experience the same kind of service and memorable moments, you may head on down to their sister cafe Atlas Coffeehouse. Helmed by the same team behind Assembly Coffee, this cafe is located in the same vicinity and just a short walk from Botanic Gardens MRT Station.

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Initially I wanted to have their signature Atlas Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18). Fluffy pancakes served with caramelised banana and house-made butterscotch & honeycomb ice cream.Many have said that it is worth the 20 minutes wait. Alas, they ran out of bananas at ten in the morning and I ended up ordering Candied Bacon Buttermilk Waffles ($14) to go with my cup of Hot Chocolate ($5).

The waffles was actually a great way for me to have my meat and dessert in one dish. I would recommend this dish if you can take your dessert very sweet (like me). The waffles are crispy on the outside, light on the inside and it comes with an abundance of maple syrup. On the other hand, the hot chocolate was quite a let-down. It arrived lukewarm. The saving grace is that there is no service charge here!

Atlas Coffeehouse
6 Duke’s Road,
Singapore 268886
Tel: 6314 2674
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 0800-1700hrs
Closed on Mondays.
Nearest MRT Station: Botanic Gardens Station (Circle Line and Downtown Line)

A True Taste of Hakata Mizutaki at 鶏金 Torikin @ Crown Centre (Media Tasting)

Other than Crown Bakery, Crown Centre has another interesting food outlet that has been attracting patrons! It is none other than Torikin, a chicken collagen hot pot restaurant established in November 2014. It is the first overseas venture of Kyushu based Ishada Kikaku Group. The restaurant is staffed by both Japanese and locals to ensure that customers can get to taste authentic food from Kyushu.

We started with a Daikon Salad ($9,80), which was served in a cute little bowl with greens and tomatoes. It was an appetising start to our dinner.

Oden ($14 for 5 pieces), a Japanese version of yong tau foo, with yellow mustard on the side. We were served some konnyaku made of potato starch (good for digestion), mochi and fishcakes. According to the staff, the fishcake is originally white, but because it has been cooked in the soup base, it is slightly brown. By the way, the soup stock base is made with bonito.

Tonpei Yaki ($22.80), a type of okonomi yaki, is a must-try here. This is served on a sizzling special earthenware plate and is best eaten hot. The aroma as it was cooking on the plate made us salivate. This is served with pork and vegetables, and then topped with mayonnaise, tonkatsu sauce and chopped spring onions. Compared to the usual okonomi yaki, this has more egg and less flour.

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Freshly Made Pasta at Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore @ Bukit Timah Road

Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore first started operation in 1988 as a three-table restaurant and has since build its reputation and number of loyal patrons. The restaurant located at Bukit Timah is famous for its wide selection of freshly made pasta and sauces, using fresh ingredients imported from Italy.

One whole page in the menu is dedicated just to pasta selection, presenting 15 types of freshly made pasta with no preservatives or additives to customise your pasta dish with your preferred pasta choice! From the common spaghetti and linguine to the more unusual tortellini and rigatoni, Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore has pasta of all shapes and sizes.

Alla Pastora ($17.90). Being a big fan of aglio olio, it is no wonder I ordered from their olive oil based pasta selection. This pasta has a shepherd inspired sauce of bacon (and mushrooms but I asked for it to be without), sauteed in olive oil, garlic and chilli. The chilli was indistinguishable and I had to add chilli flakes for taste.

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Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria @ Binjai Park (Media Tasting)

The only reason why I used to frequent Binjai Park, along Bukit Timah Road, is because of Ivins, one of my favourite places for Peranakan food. This time around, another restaurant drew me to this street lined with shophouses, tucked away in a residential estate.

Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria is a small neighbourhood restaurant which opened in 2011 and went through a change in management in 2014. This restaurant prides itself on authentic Italian preparation and cooking methods, as well as its monthly regional specials menu.

The first sight that greeted us was homemade pasta drying on a pole, which accounts for the light and springy texture in the pastas we had later on. Also, you can also smell the aroma of freshly baked bread and pizzas from the brick oven behind the row of pasta. Both the bread and pizza bread were fresh!

The owner, Fabrizio, was very friendly and even dined with us. We found out that he is very accompanied. Not only is he a Dive Master, he is a judo instructor and a sports enthusiast as well. During the course of the meal, Head Chef Domenico, also made appearances throughout the meal to introduce dishes to us.

Before we got started with our meal, we were offered a drink, Spitz ($15). The beverage is a mixture of Prosecco (Italina sparkling wine) and Aperol (Italian aperitif), and usually served before or after a meal. The alcoholic drink is then infused with sweet oranges, cinchona bark and gentian root.

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