Tete-a-Tete Cafe is the latest restaurant to open in the Biopolis area in Buona Vista, SIngapore. This modern-looking cafe with an old-fashioned signboard is located on the ground floor of Nucleos North Tower. We discovered this cafe as we continue our exploration of the eating establishments in the well-known but seldom visited world of Biopolis.
The interior of Tete-a-Tete Cafe was bright and spacious. With a small enclosed space for the kitchen, there is also a bank of built-in ovens in one wall of the dining area. Looks like the perfect place to have culinary lessons or cooking demonstrations. The people at the cafe were friendly and appeared to be especially proud of their cakes.
The items on the menu of Tete-a-Tete Cafe are limited and simple, probably designed for the lunch time crowd who like to have their meals simple and quick. Having had enough of all-day breakfasts recently, we ordered the Shepherd’s Pie ($15) and the Wurst Tarte Flambée ($14).
The Wurst Tarte Flambée was like a thin-crust small pizza, except that the tomato paste is replaced by cream. This mini ‘pizza’ was topped with sliced sausages, red and yellow peppers and chopped tomatoes. The sausages enhanced the taste of the dish. The only negative aspect of the dish was that the crust was only crisp at the edge. The centre of the crust did not seem toasted and was soggy.
The Shepherd’s Pie was made with beef instead of lamb and was covered with a layer of mashed potatoes. The dish was pretty and was competently made, but not exceptional. The portion was quite generous.
It would appear that the main attractions at Tete-a-Tete cafe are in the dessert section as the display case contained some interesting looking sweet stuff. As part of their cafe opening promotion, you can buy one cake and one coffee at $3 each to go with each main course ordered. The regular price of cakes range from $6 to $8 and coffee is around $5.
We did not really have room for dessert but seeing the tempting items on display, we made space for one – the chocolate hazelnut cake. It was beautifully plated and the taste was creamy and balanced. The chocolate flavour was not as strong as you would imagine from the look of it but the combination of the cake, the nutty bits and some fruit inside was successful. It was not too sweet and a perfect companion for coffee.
Speaking of coffee, we were really impressed with the coffee served here. The cappuccino was expertly made, both in terms of taste and looks. Maybe its the blend of coffee or the cocoa powder used or both, the flavour of the coffee was very complex and distinctive. The art on top was also different from the run of the mill as the outline of the shapes were sharp and well-defined. Like looking at a high resolution image rather than a low-res one.
In summary, the hot food items were not bad, the cake was good and the coffee was very good. Tete-a Tete Cafe is a nice peaceful place to stop by for a meal and a great cake and coffee place.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Tete-a-Tete Cafe Singapore
21 Biopolis Road #01-01
Nucleos North Tower
Tel: 6397 4268