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A Beautiful Day at PLQ Parkside

It is hard to affix a label to A Beautiful Day Café Tea Room + miniBAR at PLQ Parkside. The tea room with Downton Abbey-inspired interior is also a bar with beer on tap. The pet-friendly eatery can also be a Victorian Chinoiserie themed wedding venue. On the menu are Chinese fine tea, fresh fruit tea, specialty coffee and ice cream as well as Salmon Udon, Chili Crab Sourdough Melt and Hakka Niang Dou Fu.

A Beautiful Day at PLQ

PLQ Parkside

PLQ Parkside

A Beautiful Day Café Tea Room + miniBAR is located in PLQ Parkside which is across the road from PLQ Mall. This portion of Paya Lebar Quarter has a children’s playground as well strolling paths, grass lawns and park benches in the open space between PLQ3 and Park Residences. F&B outlets, including Rempapa and Jimmy Monkey, lined the green space on both sides.

A Beautiful Day Café Tea Room + miniBAR

At first glance from the outside, A Beautiful Day looks like a place that sells ice cream during the day and beer at night. However, the flowers and old English country decor elements will make you do a doubletake. Go inside and you may think that you have walked into a movie set for an English period drama.


The interior is designed to evoke a Victorian era country house vibe. There are floral wallpaper, vintage lace curtains, dark wood furniture and plush upholstered sofas and settees.

Menu of A Beautiful Day Café

You will be surprised if you are expecting English tearoom fare like delicate finger sandwiches, scones and Earl Gray tea on the menu of A Beautiful Day at PLQ Parkside. The menu does have English Breakfast and fine English teas but a large portion of the menu is taken up by items that would never have been on a dining table in Victorian England. The menu is more like a potluck list for a multi-cultural dinner in Singapore – Japanese Ochazuke, Mala Popcorn Chicken, Kimchi Pork Salad and Hakka Niang Dou Fu are some of the dishes on the menu.

Below are pictures of pages of the Menu of A Beautiful Day Café.

    

They have affordably priced lunch specials and chef’s menu that would change from time to time.

Lunch @ A Beautiful Day at PLQ Parkside

We ordered the Aburi Truffle Chazuke ($17.90) and Hakka Niang Dou Fu Noodle ($13.90) when we visited A Beautiful Day at PLQ Parkside for lunch recently.

Chazuke or ochazuke is a Japanese dish made by pouring green tea, dashi, or hot water over cooked rice. At A Beautiful Day, the Aburi Truffle Chazuke was presented on an English afternoon tea tray complete with a bone China English teapot for the chazuke broth. Thin slices of beef were neatly arranged over a plate of rice.

It was an enjoyable dish. The beef was tender. The broth was not Japanese tea or dashi but bak kut teh with collagen. It was rich and tasty. All the ingredients, which included lump-fish caviar, wakame and crispy rice puffs, combined well to produce layers of different flavours.

The Hakka Niang Dou Fu Noodle was delicious but we were disappointed with meager toppings – only some minced meat and a piece of stuffed beancurd and stuffed bittergourd.

The Chendol Ice Cream ($6) and barista-brewed Latte ($5.80) ensured that our lunch ended on a happy note.

Pot Luck in English Tea Room

A Beautiful Day Café at PLQ offers an English tea room ambiance while serving a diverse range of multi-cultural dishes. It may seem a bit confusing in terms of identity, but that may actually make it appealing to a wide range of clientele. The menu is interesting and caters to diverse tastes. The food is good. The service is friendly and welcoming. A meal at A Beautiful Day Café Tea Room + miniBAR in PLQ Parkside can feel like a very Singaporean pot luck dinner in an English tea room.

    

Ratings:
Food: 3
Service: 4
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

A Beautiful Day Café Tea Room + miniBAR
2 Paya Lebar Road, #01 – 09 PLQ Parkside
Singapore 409053

Tel: +65 9855 2826

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11 am – 11 pm
Fri: 11 am – 12 midnight
Sat: 11 am – 11 pm
Sun: 11 am – 10 pm

Nearby MRT Station: Paya Lebar Interchange (EW8/CC9) 

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