Old School Delights (OSD) at Upper Thomson is a retro school-themed cafe. It rides on the psychological phenomena where we tend to remember more good times and less negative things as we get older. No matter how much we might have disliked school, we would still tend to gush when a cafe is dressed up to remind us of school.
Old School Delights has a rustic interior design featuring mosaic wall tiles, blackboards and paraphernalia from the 70s. There are many interesting details, well thought out and well put together, which help to evoke memories of old schooldays.
The menu features simple traditional favourites like curry chicken, laksa, nasi lemak and hainanese chicken cutlet. There are banana cake, butter cake and other desserts for those who want something sweet.
Their signature dish is the Mee Siam ($5.80). The secret recipe is one handed down by a grand-aunt of the cafe owners. The rempah (spice paste) for the gravy is what made the Mee Siam at OSD special. The rempah is made from fresh ingredients, grounded and slow cooked each day. The Mee Siam was presented with big pieces of tau kwa and strips of tau pok. The thick gravy was slightly spicy and had a good combination of sweetness and sourness. The bee hoon was cooked just right – soft but not soggy. The Mee Siam tasted good. The nostalgic atmosphere must have enhanced the pleasure of eating the simple dish.
The OSD Chendol ($4.50) is the type with a base of coconut milk, and shaved ice drizzled with gula melaka added. Served this way, you could taste the distinct elements of the Chendol. The jelly had a nice green colour and was irregular in shape (quite unlike those factory-made jelly you find in some food courts). The OSD Chendol was not too sweet and had just the right amount of coconut milk. It was not exceptional, but was a refreshing and enjoyable dessert.
The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was warm and relaxed. Old School Delights certainly did bring back memories of recess time in the school canteen.
We probably would not go out of our way just to eat at Old School Delights. However, if we are in the area then OSD would be a good place for simple traditional local dishes or snacks. There is a popular roti prata house along Upper Thomson Road near OSD; so perhaps, “First To Prata Then To School” !
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs
Average price per person for lunch : $13
Old School Delight
215M Upper Thomson Road
Tue – Fri: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Nearby Stations : Marymount
#Street fact – Thomson Road is named after John Turnbull Thomson, the Government Surveyor and Chief Engineer for the Straits Settlement from 1841 to 1853. The Scot was responsible for extending road network into Singapore’s interior.
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