Dutch Colony Coffee Co. brings to the East Coast coffee derived from ‘Old World’ roasting techniques and ‘State of the Art’ technology. The folks of East Coast now have a place to enjoy cakes and light bites with coffee made from freshly roasted beans with various brewing methods. The new cafe at Frankel Avenue is beautifully appointed and has already become a popular meeting place.
Amidst the low rise residential Opera Estate, along a lane with the cultured name of Swan Lake Avenue, there is a row of scraggy general industrial premises. Amidst the rather unkempt industrial surroundings, there is a charming little bar and restaurant simply called Slake. It has an interesting list of beers and single malt whiskies and a modest menu of unique delectable dishes. It describes itself as a contemporary Asian kitchen and gastropub, though it serves mainly western food with elements from Peranakan and Vietnamese cuisines.
Dining out on weekends in the East Coast area is a bit of a challenge for two reasons. First, the sheer number of eateries in the area makes it very hard to make a selection – do you go for something familiar or take a plunge and go for something totally unknown? Second, parking lots are rare commodities on weekend nights. No point making a decision on where to eat if you have to park a mile away. This time, we decided to let the availability of parking decide our choice. We managed to swoop in on a lot just outside this stretch of shops along Upper East Coast Road just as a car was pulling out. There were a few dining options open to us. We decided on the Perle Noire Oyster & Grill which looks like a posh outpost in this suburban neighbourhood. Is this the Pearl of the East?
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is a cafe in Siglap V that sells coffee and beer as well as ice cream, cakes, waffles and other small bites. They also retail packs of coffee beans, brewing equipment and accessories like syphon and filters.Read More »Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Diamond Kitchen is a Chinese restaurant inside Laguna Park at Marine Parade Road, which serves Cantonese and Teochew food at reasonable prices. The location is a little unusual as it is within the compound of an old condominium. We thought we had stumbled upon a little known secret but apparently the restaurant already had quite a big following. We were told that a reservation would be highly recommended, especially during weekends.