It has been two years since Crown Bakery and Cafe opened in Crown Centre along Bukit Timah Road. Yet its popularity is still going strong. On a Saturday morning, brunch business was brisk. All the tables – indoors and outdoors were all taken. We dropped by for a quick breakfast and were fortunate to be able to secure a table without too long a wait.
The Spruce Fire Station Restaurant at Bukit Timah is a restaurant that has one of the most prominent locations in Singapore. It is situated in the former Bukit Timah fire station at the junction of Old Jurong and Upper Bukit Timah Road, a major thoroughfare where thousands of cars pass by everyday. Spruce restaurant takes up the space where the fire engines used to be parked. Spruce’s former space in Phoenix Park, Tanglin Road is now used by Coyote, a sister Tex-Mex restaurant.
The newly opened cafe, Bee’s Knees Botanic Gardens, is housed on the ground floor of a small building called The Garage. A more formal restaurant, Botanico at the Garage, lives upstairs. The Garage’s location may be quite hard to find for those who are not familiar with the layout of the sprawling Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is located right at the end near Bukit Timah Road. Those driving should enter by the Cluny Road Gate. This Garage building looks like it was part of the old University of Singapore Bukit Timah Campus.
Today, we take you with us to our set lunch at Acqua e Farina Singapore, the Italian restaurant at Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah. This restaurant was formerly known as Galbiati Gourmet Deli until late last year. ” Acqua e Farina” means water and flour in Italian – essential ingredients which go into making pizza and pasta. Always popular with folks working in this part of town because of the free parking available, Rail Mall now gets even more human traffic with the opening of the new Hillview Station on the Downtown Line which is a 5 minute walk away.
Last week, we wrote about our visit to the Chinese restaurant at Temasek Club in Rifle Range Road. Today, we will tell you about the other restaurant there, the Spize Rifle Range restaurant – Asian & Western restaurant at Temasek Club. You do not need to be an army officer or MINDEF or a member of the club to patronise the restaurants. Both the restaurants are open to the public.
According to the MINDEF website, “Temasek Club aims to promote greater interaction amongst the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officers, senior military experts and their families as well as to build cohesion within MINDEF/SAF units.” Well away from the main Bukit Timah thoroughfare, the club is located deep inside Rifle Range Road. What is of interest to us are the two restaurants in Temasek Club, which are open to the public. Today, we take a look at the Chinese restaurant at Temasek Club, the Dragon Phoenix Grand.