A happy hour that lasts the whole day makes it a happy day. The happy hour at Kanpai Izakaya lasts till 10.30pm everyday. Kanpai Izakaya is a new Japanese restaurant at Holland Village. They are at the Lorong Mambong stretch of shophouses. Holland Village has two personalities – sleepy in the day and upbeat at night. There are good reasons to visit Kanpai during off-peak hours and one good reason is the package of enticing promotions and discounts.
With the opening of Como Cuisine and The Dover Street Market Singapore, the Como Dempsey cluster of shops and food outlets at Dempsey Hill, Singapore is now complete. They are located in two adjoining buildings – Blocks 17 and 18 Dempsey Road. The first three restaurants to open – Candlenut, Ippoh Tempura and Dempsey Cookhouse are in Block 17. The new kids, Dover Market and Como Cuisine are in Block 18. We decided to have lunch at Como Cuisine and then check out the Dover Street Market next door.
New restaurant, Provisions Dempsey describes itself as follows: “Singapore’s first Skewers & Claypot Cocktail Bar. We serve comforting foods of South East Asia in provincial formats; in an earthen wear vessel and on a stick.” It is located in Block 7 which is right at the back of the Dempsey restaurant area. This part of Dempsey is nice and quiet as the road in front leads to a dead-end. The lush foliage made us feel like we were visiting a restaurant in Bali.
Ippoh Tempura Bar By Ginza Ippoh is one of the restaurants at the new Como Dempsey lifestyle cluster on Dempsey Hill Singapore. Ippoh is said to be Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurant. The Dempsey restaurant in Singapore is their first outlet in South-East Asia. This small Japanese restaurant in Dempsey has a 12-seater bar counter and a small table for four. It shares Block 17 with The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar by Jean Georges Vongerichten on one side and Candlenut Peranakan restaurant on the other.
When Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village opened at the end of 2016, there was widespread excitement in Singapore. This Hong Kong based baker has apparently been in business for almost seven decades. During that time their egg tarts have achieved a strong following. Tai Cheong’s Singapore fans were therefore delighted when they first started selling their goodies from a Takashimaya stall. Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village took their presence in Singapore one step further by having an actual dining location in Singapore.
To be honest we had tried a few times to try out the (then) new Tai Cheong Bakery cafe, but were deterred by the significant queues. Even though separate queues are organised, there had been too much waiting time needed for either options.
We were in the area at 4 pm in the afternoon and fortuitously, there was no queue whether for takeaway or to dine. An impulse decision was made to buy some items takeaway. We decided on 4 egg tarts and 2 bolo paus.
The Tai Cheong egg tarts were packed in an attractive gift box. This will make a lovely gift to someone that likes egg tarts. With each tart costing $1.90, this $7.60 box of four is the best gift idea that we can think of for such a budget.
The char shu bolo paus were not so beautiful. In fact they have a surface texture that reminded us of the skin of the Thing in the Fantastic Four. They were also not packed as beautifully. This turned out to be a tea time combination of the beauty and the beast.
The ugly bolo pau was big but light as most of it was hollow. The skin had a slight crusty texture. The char siu inside was dry – like a mix of char siu and pork floss. The overall taste was very good.
As for the egg tart, we can confirm that it was very good. The pastry was nice and crumbly. The egg part was very smooth. Not too sweet. We can understand the excitement. Overall, the egg tart did live up to its reputation – it gets a “meets expectation” grade. The one that performed “beyond expectation” was the bolo pau as we did not expect much from it. We would certainly buy both at our next visit to Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village.
For more information on Tai Cheong Bakery and its successful journey to Singapore, you may want to read this article in the Straits Times.
Tai Cheong Bakery Holland Village
31 Lorong Liput
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Nearby MRT Station : Holland Village