As Katong Shopping Centre makes another bid for enbloc sale, we write a post about Dona Manis Cake Shop to help preserve memories of the vanishing traditional confectionaries in Singapore. Dona Manis Cake Shop has been in the basement of Katong Shopping Centre for as long as we can remember. It is a confectionery and bakery that sells hand-made pastries and cakes freshly baked on the premises.
Today’s post is about desserts and coffee at an Italian restaurant, Brunetti Tanglin Mall. We did not know about much this restaurant, but it had the most obscene display of desserts. Cakes of all shapes, gelato, cookies, macaroons – all types of desserts we can think of was there and in abundant quantities. There must be a million calories of sweet things in the display case. We suggest you flip through the photos below very quickly, or you might gain weight just by looking at them.
It has taken us a while, but we finally got to have brunch at Curious Palette, another of the hot cafes in Singapore that seem to attract a strong following. Curious Palette is located in a shophouse on Prinsep Street Singapore. The entrance is quite nondescript. There is no real signboard, just a small blackboard on a chair announced its presence. Yet it was full of people – we were fortunate to get a table without a reservation. It was soon full house in this cafe.
The owners of The Bravery Cafe are quite brave. The cafe was one of the first to be located in Horne Road, when it was a rather unfashionable area. You can’t really tell that it is a cafe from the outside save that “Bravery” is painted on one of the pillars. The facade is made of perspex panels and there is no obvious door. You have to guess which one of the panels functions as a door. The decor inside is as basic as it gets. The furniture, if you could call it that, look makeshift or salvaged from schools’ technical workshops. They currently have a weekday set lunch priced at just $12.90. They advertised the set lunch with a chalk board – which is not placed just outside the cafe but across the road, leaning on a tree.
Some fat cats from Bedok have strayed out of their location in the east and settled on new territory in Orchard Road. The new STRAY by FATCAT Orchard Central cafe was opened in January 2017 by the people behind the FatCat Ice Cream Bar at Bedok . We may not be felines, but we were just as curious to try the food at the new restaurant which they describe on their Facebook as “…a brand new concept restaurant serving progressive Chinese cuisine”.
The new Dutch Colony Coffee UE Square outlet is their third cafe in Singapore. They started with the outlet at Pasarbella in Turf City, followed by the second and bigger one in Frankel Avenue. Branch #3, Dutch Colony UE Square, brings them into the River Valley / Clark Quay area and closer to downtown Singapore.