We are back in Japan!
This trip happened because the promotion for 15% off Krisflyer miles for online redemption was ending (boo SQ!), and we wanted to use up our miles (and the discount) 😛
When we started our planning, we had great ambition to cover lots of places, so we decided to fly in to Osaka and fly out from Fukuoka. And to travel leisurely in between so as to cover the whole stretch of Wakayama, Shikoku, Kyushu and not have to backtrack in order to fly back. But as the planning went, we thought we were too ambitious and reduced our ambitions to just Kyushu. 😛
We were scheduled to fly in and reach Osaka like 9:35pm, so we had planned to quickly go through immigration and dashed to take the train to hotel. We planned to stay two nights in Osaka, and only spent 1 Saturday to explore Osaka since we had been here before.
Therefore, we went to the areas within walking distance of one another, where good food and shopping were concentrated at (as well as the crowds!).
It was time to check out this new little cafe!
This was our third attempt to come here because we kept missing the opening hours, haha.
This place had a minimalist feel to it; its layout allowed for a table in the front, and 2 high tables at the end of the shop, with some standing space in the middle. More of a takeaway cafe, but we also enjoyed sitting at the high tables, and watch the world go by.
- The Miso Cheese Tart ($4.50 nett) here was excellent. We never knew miso and cheese could go so well together!
- The Paprika, Bacon, Mushroom Quiche (P.B.M.Q, $4.50) was served warmed, and it was nice! There was a little heat from the paprika, and the overall texture was quite lovely.
- The Latte ($4) was more acidic and less milky, but the strength was just nice for hubby.
- The Hot Chocolate ($4) was rich without being overly sweet or too heavy; I liked it 🙂
So we past by The Block Arcade during our walking tour on our first day in Melbourne and the beautiful display of cakes and tarts, as well as the classic decor of an English tea room at Hopetoun Tea Rooms wowed us (not to mention the snaking queue outside the cafe)!
So we made a secret pact to come back here for it’s popular 3-tier High Tea (everyday from 10am-2:30pm). But when we found out that the High Tea was fully booked months ago (and also the prohibitive price of A$50 per person), we decided we would just come back for breakfast since we stayed very near.
And so here we are today, early in the morning at 9am, the 3rd customers of the day at the tea room! 🙂
We finally got a chance to try BAKE Cheese Tarts, thanks to hubby who queued 30 minutes to buy them!
At room temperature, our first bite had a rather fluffy cream cheese feel to it. We thought it was rather like cheese tofu, haha! The pastry was soft. Overall, it was kinda addictive without being overly sweet or salty. We liked it and it’s hubby’s favourite.
Our second tart was heated up for 5 minutes in the toaster oven, and the cream cheese became creamy smooth and flowy. You will definitely like it if you enjoy liu sha bao. The pastry became more crispy. It was just nice for 2 of us to share one, otherwise it might have been too gelat.
We will try the other 2 ways of eating (chilled and frozen) and update here!
Oh yes, Les Pâtisseries has shifted from Toa Payoh to Upper Thomson, replacing an ice cream palor, so it is now nearer to us!
On this scorching Sunday, we stopped by this cafe specializing in French pastries and confectioneries to grab some lunch and just wanting to nua the Sunday afternoon away in an air-con room.
Seated by the kitchen, we could see the staff churning out loads and loads of waffles in advanced, and then storing them in the fridge; guess this was in anticipation of large crowds later.
The main kitchen was quite slow probably because there were many tables to fulfill, and we had to wait more than 30 minutes for our mains. So when we finally started our lunch at 2.34pm, we were starving by then.
Another cafe in the heartlands with non-oily batter Fish and Chips as its signature.
Well, we were here for tea break (though everyone else appeared to be having lunch at 3pm).
- Nymph of the Nile ($5): Organic white peony tea with Persian pink rose and Egyptian basil, I like the lightness and flora tones of this Gryphon tea 🙂
- Latte ($5): A nice cup of coffee of moderate strength and mild acidity.
- Summer Berry Yoghurt Tart ($6.50): The thin layer of chocolate at the base helped to balance the tartness of the berries. Not too bad, but the sponge layer was a bit too dry.
We liked the ambience of this little cafe, and spent the hour or so theorising who might be the parents of Rey… Hahaha!
Note: Water is freely available by the side, and there is no service charge or GST.
- Location: 532 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2459 S(560532)
- Website: www.facebook.com/sgmurphys
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
[UPDATE: Batterworks has ceased operation at Everton Park wef 18 Oct 2015]
Super loooong weekend is here, and we went on a staycation in our sunny island amidst all the haze!
This was our first stop of the day and we were the first customers at Batterworks! We started our day with:
It was a full loop, where we took the shuttle service from IMM back to Westgate, and decided to end our night at Paul Bakery, which was just next to Cafe Crema.
We got ourselves a lovely 2-seater by the corner, and we liked the pleasant environment!
Hubby had an original Shakerato ($7.50++), which was served with whipped cream. This version was quite nice, though not as strong as the one we had in Hong Kong.
My Rosemary Lime Iced Tea ($7.50++) was very refreshing, and quite light in flavour.
Most of the tarts and cakes were sold out by 9pm, so we settled for a Raspberry Tart ($7.90++). We enjoyed the nice balance of sweet and tartness, and the pastry was deliciously buttery.
Note that iced and warm water was served for free, which was great, because we were so thirsty despite our drink 😛
With this lovely supper, we ended our day trip to the West 🙂
It seemed like a trip to Dempsey Hill without visiting P.S. Cafe would seem like an incomplete visit, since everyone raves so much about it.
Fresh Mint Moroccan Tea, Iced Wildberries Tea and Coconut Bakewell Tart
So this became our last stop prior to dinner, with an order of hot Fresh Mint Moroccan Tea ($7.50++), Iced Wildberries Tea ($9.50++) and a slice of Coconut Bakewell Tart ($13++).
The first impressions were that the service crew really need to stay alert even during lull periods. Hot tea was served in a plunger without a cup, and the tart was served with no forks. We had to eat with our hands, perhaps? The cup appeared shortly after tea was served, but the forks never did, so eventually we had to try to locate a staff, which proved to be rather difficult as well, since they do not seem to want to make eye contact with the customers *faintz*
The iced wildberries tea tasted strangely like dried Chinese logans, but I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet, and the tart berries gave a refreshing twist to the drink. Hubby’s mint tea was very minty indeed! The soft tart was definitely coconuty, but I thought it tasted rather powdery. There was a very thin layer of berry-flavoured bits near the base, but did not make much difference to the taste.
This was not a bad place to chill, but we definitely preferred HOUSE.
We finally made it here after seeing so many of it all splashed over social media!
It was relatively quiet on a weekday late afternoon, and we had the whole sofa to ourselves. We enjoyed a Flat White ($5), a Blueberry Yogurt Tart ($6), and a Elderflower Soda ($4.90).
The flat white was not bad, but La Ristrettos Coffee Boutique and Yahava KoffeeWorks were still better. I didn’t really like the tart because I had bitten on 2 really hard bits (of fruit I think) in a tiny mouthful of tart. The Elderflower soda was quite fragrant and not too sweet.
It was a nice place to chill out, in fact, we were so chilled out that we fell asleep…
- Location: 28 Lorong Ampas S(328781)
- Website: wheelersyard.com
- Hrs: 10:30am – 10pm (Tue–Thu, Sun), 10:30am – 110pm (Fri-Sat)