Mountbatten Road is named after Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Allied Commander (Southeast Asia) and the first Governor-General of India. The Mountbatten MRT Station (CC7) on the Circle Line serves an interesting mix of commercial, public and residential premises in the Mountbatten-Dakota area – including Singapore School for the Deaf, Cassia Crescent Estate, Goodman Arts Centre and Singapore Sports Council.
The area has an interesting history. Singapore’s first purpose-built civil airport was there. The Kallang Airport opened in 1937 and was in operation until the facilities were moved to the Paya Lebar International Airport in 1955. Dakota Crescent was named after the Douglas DC-3 Dakota, a model of the planes often seen at the Kallang Airport. The low rise flats at Dakota were built by the Singapore Improvement Trust, the predecessor of the Housing & Development Board (HDB).
The Mountbatten Station also opens up the unique location as a new accessible destination for cafes with unusual backdrop and interesting stories. One of the more delightful new cafes there is the provision shop at Block 12 of Dakota Crescent, Tian Kee & Co, which is now serving espresso coffee, waffles and egg royale. 33SixtyEight at Jalan Batu serves interesting and delectable gelato.
Here is a list of our favourite cafes near the Mountbatten Station.
Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Crescent, #01-48
Tel: +65 6344 8527
Tue – Fri: 11:00 pm -11:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tian Kee & Co. was a provision shop that had operated in Dakota Crescent for more than 50 years. It is now an artisan cafe with the same name and same signboard. The cafe is not one that is dressed up to look retro; it is occupying the premises in the original condition with some modern updates.
Their long black is $4 and latte & cappuccino $5. They also have interesting drinks like Pink Lady, Snag and mojito mocktails. The Pink Lady is rose syrup with steamed milk, and Snag is espresso and rose syrup with fresh milk. They have a nice selection of pies and cakes. The rainbow cheese cake ($7) looked pretty and tasted good too. Ice cream and pancakes are also available. For savouries, they serve salad and soup, lasagna, breakfast sets of eggs, beans and sausages.
The cafe is a short walk from the train station and a public car park is just across the road. Tian Kee & Co. is a nice cafe in an unusual setting with a good offering of food and drinks. It is hard not to like the place.
90 Goodman Road
Block N #01-56 Goodman Arts Centre
Tel: +65 6440 6068
Weekdays : 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Weekends & PH : 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Website : www.cafemelba.com.sg
Café Melba is a casual all-day dining cafe in the tranquil compounds of Goodman Arts Centre. It is spacious with a resort like atmosphere. Children can run about in the big field in front of the cafe. Cafe Melba offers Asian interpretations of Australasian dishes as well as the usual brunch menu and pizza, pasta and sandwiches. see Cafe Melba.
90 Goodman Road
Block C Goodman Arts Centre
Tel: +65 6346 5813
Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Lunch from 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Dinner from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Brunch 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
Closed daily between 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Website : labarca-sg.com
La Barca, hidden in the grounds of Goodman Arts Centre, is a nice Italian restaurant serving classic Tuscan fare. La Barca is helmed by Executive Chef Michele Sorrentino who received his Michelin star in 1999.
Breakfast is available from 8 am, with items such as Pancakes, Italian Bread and Eggs Benedict available. It is also a quiet relaxing place to enjoy Italian coffee in the afternoons. Desserts like Orange Scented Crème Brulée, Triramisu and Rum & Hazelnut Praline Parfait are available. Choose the resort like outdoor seating or the air-conditioned indoor dining area with elegant white tablecloth setting.
Surface parking in Goodman Arts Centre is available at only 55 cents per half hour.
Bing Go Korean Dessert House
102 Guillemard Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6440 5509
Bing Go is a small dessert cafe located next to a Korean restaurant along Guillemard Road (where the the Singapore Badminton Hall used to be). The specialty is bingsu in different flavours. They also serve yogurt and ice cream and light snacks like toast. They even have salad for those who can resist the tempting desserts. Their latte and cappuccino are priced at $5.70 and Korean tea is $4.50.
The place is not a long walk from the Mountbatten Station if you know the way (take Exit A and walk towards HDB Block 9). Parking in the compound is at $1.40 per hour and there are also surface car park and multi-storey car park in the HDB estate nearby. See Bingsu @ Bing Go Korean Dessert House.
윤종신-팥빙수 Yoon Jong Shin – Patbingsu
Brawn & Brains
100 Guillemard Road #01-17
Tel: +65 6348 8892
Tue – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Website : www.brawnandbrains.sg
Brawn & Brains is a small cafe located in the back corner of the building that was once the Singapore Badminton Hall. It is a charming place to indulge in a good cup of coffee (we don’t know about the name). You can choose to try their specialty single origin coffee or house blend. A long black is $4.30. They also serve cakes, tarts, pastries, wraps and sandwiches. The smoked salmon wrap with wasabi dressing is said to be good. A beef pastrami sandwich id $12.90 and an apple turnover is $3.20.
Block 8, Jalan Batu, #01-07
Tel: +65 6225 3368
5:00pm – 10:00pm (Monday)
12Noon – 10:00pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
Website : www.33sixtyeight.com.sg
33SixtyEight is a small ice cream parlour and cafe located in a HDB shophouse in Jalan Batu. It is a delightful place to indulge in delicious gelato and sorbet. A single scoop of ice cream is $3.60; add $0.80 for premium flavour. A latte is $4.50. They also serve waffle, cakes and toast. Miss Coconut is a wonderful refreshing desert – coconut gelato in a fresh young coconut with the coconut juice served separately. see 33SIXTYEIGHT – a hidden gem in Jalan Batu.
200 Stadium Boulevard
Tel: +65 64406010
Opening Hours: 24 hours
This may be an unexpected entry is the list of cafes in Mountbatten; but McCafe is a cafe and it is in Mountbatten and their baristas are probably better trained than those in many other cafes. With latte at $3.20, free wifi and first hour free parking, the cafe is a good option especially during off-peak hours. They also do iced Himalayan tea and frappe and have decent cakes and pretty macarons.