A heavy downpour this morning had us change our plans and we ended up having brunch at Red Star Restaurant instead.
Located on the 7th storey of an old HDB block, this was an old-school, no frills, pushcart style dim sum place. It was a rather quiet Saturday, and we were able to enjoy our food slowly and absorb ourselves in the atmosphere; hubby loved having pushcarts coming our way, as compared to the ala-carte dim sum style.
Each dim sum item ranges from $3.50 to $4.70, and tea was $2/person, plus 5% service charge and 7% GST. They now list the items (instead of just the prices) in the card where they would chop a stamp for each item ordered.
Hubby had read about this supposedly famous dim sum in Chinatown, so we decided to check it out! It was rather crowded on a Friday evening, so instead of joining the queue and waiting for a table within the air-conditioned shop, we chose to take the last remaining outdoor seating. Food was served very quickly, and the staff were also very efficient at clearing the plates; they pop by to pick up the empty plates at least 3 times while we were eating. We also liked that we could order some items such as carrot cake, and custard bun by pieces instead of the usual by the trio style.
Coffee & Tea
We were here for some drinks, after a rather full meal.
Ordered a White Ginger Pear Tea ($6.80++) and a Flat White ($5.80++). The tea had a light sweet taste, which was quite lovely, but the coffee was like plain water… And without latte art. Hubby was disappointed 😦
The sofa seats were quite comfortable, until the air-conditioning started to drip water… Sheesh. We also didn’t really understand why we had to pay service charge when we had to carry our own tray of drinks.. Haha!
I supposed it can be a nice place to people-watch if you pick the seats by the window, and there is free WiFi (ask the staff for password), so it’s not a bad place to hang out for a couple of hours.
- Location: 268A South Bridge Road S(058817)
- Website: www.theloft.com.sg
- Hrs: 7:30am – 11pm (Tue-Sun)
After a lovely porridge dinner nearby, we decided to walk around to look for places to cure Hubby’s caffeine fix.
Chanced upon The Alley Cafe on Keong Saik Road. We wanted pancakes but it was not available, so we ended up ordering the last slice of cake at the counter.
The Flat White ($5) was alright and the Earl Grey Cake ($7.90) had a slight tea flavour that was overpowered by the sweetness…
Not too satisfying for an after-meal, but at least the service was quite good, as the serving staff were all smiles and very quick to replenish our water without us having to ask 🙂
- Location: 21 Keong Saik Road S(089128)
- Website: www.thealley.com.sg
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm (Wed-Thu, Sun-Mon), 9am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
After dinner indulgence
We had a hard time trying to find a cafe on a Monday night… This was our 3rd attempt tonight!
Bread and Hearth is a small little bakery, specializing in handcrafted artisan bread, where every bread and pastry is baked using traditional European methods.
We didn’t had any bread though, but the Latte ($5) and Gryphon Straits Chai Tea ($4.50) were great! We did try the Raisin Roll ($2.80), as there was a current promotion of coffee and any $2.80 bread for $6.90. We enjoyed the rasin roll too!
We loved the relaxed atmosphere, with lovely music and 3 couples having their own quiet moments 🙂
Note that there is a current UOB credit card promotion, 10% off total bill.
Time past so fast, and we were now at the tail-end of our vacation!
You would have read about our London Part 1, and our 5 days in Iceland. After coming back from Iceland, we just wanted to take it slow and did not plan a lot of activities. The previous posts were some of the places we visited and ate.
Preparing for the rush of customers
We met up with Lao Ban Niang again and this time, she was granted permission to come out for lunch!
She wanted to try this new branch of Four Seasons Restaurant, so we met at Chinatown for an early lunch. However, we discovered that all the Chinese restaurants in this area only open after 12noon, so we ended up shopping at the nearby Chinese supermarket instead. We all paused in surprise in the supermarket when we heard traffic announcement over the radio station informing all shoppers of traffic jam at Upper Thomson… Singapore Y.E.S. 933 station, haha!
In this area for an evening meeting, and it was a perfect chance for us to go explore Chinatown!
We walked around the Chinatown area and wandered into the newly-renovated Food Street along Smith Street. With the help of FourSquare, we found Yang Gui Fei, a restaurant specializing in lamb dishes from Xi’an. We were initially quite apprehensive when browsing the menu, as most of the items looked spicy! But we were reassured that most were mildly spicy and we could also request for a non-spicy version, so we bravely entered the restaurant!
Thirsty from lunch, we went to the nearby dr.CAFE Coffee for a drink!
The little corner that dr. CAFE Coffee occupied is perfect for a lay-back indulgence on a hot afternoon, especially with the cosy sofas! We were lucky to grab a couple of sofa seats right at the end of the cafe and happily lounging on it while watching the world goes by…
Braised Pork Rice
After our failed attempt to use our “吃在台北 Eat at Taipei” voucher at Raffles City, we decided to go Chinatown Point to use our voucher because we are sure it’s still opened:P
This time, we tried the Braised Pork Rice 彰化扣肉饭 ($9.90), Mee Sua with Pork Trotters 基隆猪脚面线 ($9.90) and 3-Cup Chicken 三杯鸡 ($15.90). Incidentally the 3-Cup in 3-Cup Chicken refers to one cup of Chinese wine, one cup of sesame oil and one cup of dark soy sauce. 🙂