New Cafes Spottings-Telok Ayer/Shenton

With the recent bloom of new cafes in the Telok Ayer/Shenton area, office crowds are spoilt for choices when it comes to cafes to get their caffeine fixes. We went about exploring some of this new coffee hunts and here are some of our discoveries.

1. Stamping Ground Coffee:

A coffee kiosk located in a quiet corner of Club Street, Ann Siang/Duxton district. One might easily miss out on it if not for the aid of googlemap in locating this tiny hole-in-wall kiosk. Having been in operation for about 2 months, Charlene, the barista shared with us, the concept of the coffee kiosk aims to provide convenience to provide the workers nearby with quick coffee fix. Though the space is relative small, it is well-equipped with the necessary coffee brewing equipments. The shop offers a simplistic menu, serving both hot espresso based drinks & cold brew. Sandwiches & pastries are also available for those looking for something to munch on. We ordered the white cold brew (S$7) which comes in a nice brown glass bottle, ideal for a keepsake (^^). The taste was more milky than coffee, and has a lingering taste of fruity, acidic note in it, which may be due to the presence of Ethopian beans in the blend.

Photo Credits: Mark A.T

Photo Credits: Mark A.T

A compact espresso machine brewing all the shots.

A compact espresso machine brewing all the shots.

*Nom Noms* to go with the coffee... Photo Credits: Mark A.T

*Nom Noms* to go with the coffee…
Photo Credits: Mark A.T

  1. Grain Traders:

Newest kid in the block, having been opened for barely half a month, Grain Traders at the CapitaGreen building. The cold brew white has a smooth creamy mouthfeel, with a caramel aroma combining with note of chocolate tasting beans in the main body, making it very addicitive to drink. As for the latte, the beans has a full body yet acidic taste combined with well-steamed milk makes it smooth to drink. As it was jus opened for only a few days when we visited, there were not much bites options avaliable. Hope to return again someday to try out their menu when it’s more ready! (^^)

Grain Traders-Newest Cafe to Shenton.

Grain Traders-Newest Cafe to Shenton.

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Grain Traders Coffee Menu

Grain Traders Coffee Menu

 

Grain Traders' Cold Brew Coffee- An Addictive Drink (^^,)

Grain Traders’ Cold Brew Coffee- An Addictive Drink (^^,)-Photo Credits: Mark A.T

  1. Delicius Pasticceria:

Our final stop for the day, Delicius Pasticceria, a well-established Osaka bakery which has chosen to open it’s first overseas branch in Singapore. It serves a great variety of Japanese pastries that are too scrumptious for words! *Drools* =P

Delicius Pasticceria- A Cosy Japanese Cafe located in a quiet corner Lau Pat Sat

Delicius Pasticceria- A Cosy Japanese Cafe located in a quiet corner Lau Pat Sat

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Cosy Ambience of the Cafe…

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Great Varieties of Delicious Looking Japanese Sweets!!! (^o^)/

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Chestnut Tart

 

The chestnut tart comes with a fluffy textured mousse which is not too heavy, lingering of nutty aroma. The cream has a strong milky flavour that melts well in the mouth. However the ice green tea latte tasted abit diluted, could have been more generous with serve of matcha powder .

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Monteilmar-Honey Mousse Pastry Decorated with A Kawaii Little Bee… (^^,)

 

Monteilmar-each bite brings about a mouthful of almonds flavour, with flaky pastry crunching in one’s mouth. Taste is a little bit on the sweet side. Will recommend this pastry to those who prefer more bites & texture in their desserts.

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Le Cassis-Blackcurrant Cake With A Smiley Macaron

Le Cassis- is a blackcurrant cake, moist with a deep fruity note. The ice chocolate drink tasted a tad too sweet. I guess will just focus on trying out their sweets only next time.

Considering the price range, the cakes are pretty affordable for a relaxing afternoon teabreak. Additionally the cafe has a nice cosy ambience,with the plus point of being conveniently located at Lau Pat Sat . And I personally like how they tried to balance off the richness of the sweets with fruits served along the side, at the same time making it healthier.Worth making one head back again! (^^)

 

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The Neverending Queue Of Tsukiji Fish Market!

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Have you ever wondered how determined is one willing to queue for just a taste of a famous dish? Deciding to find out the answer for ourselves, with fellow gluttons, W & LN, we embarked on a food pilgrimage to the much acclaimed Tsukiji Fish Market which is well-known for its wide selection of fresh seafood & sashimi.

Arriving at about 10am, the market grounds and its surroundings were bustling with people performing their shopping for food, kitchen wares and souvenirs alike. Not wanting to waste anymore time, we decided to make our way to Building 6 where most of the popular sushi joints are being located. What greeted us was endless lines of people queuing for the must eat at Tsukiji Fish Market, Sushi.

The outer market has stalls selling kitchen wares, sake, snacks and other dried seafood etc.

The outer market has stalls selling kitchen wares, sake, snacks and other dried seafood etc.

Tamagoyaki: Something to munch on while queuing for your sushi breakfast. This stall is located opposite Okame Sushi at the far end of Building 5.

Tamagoyaki: Something to munch on while queuing for your sushi breakfast. This stall is located opposite Okame Sushi at the far end of Building 5.

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It’s crazy that the queues extended from the shops to surrounding premises of Building 6. Markers were setup to differentiate the queues of various restaurants. If one must vote, I’ll say the winner for the longest lines goes to Sushi Dai & its sister joint Sushi Daiwa. In fact, a guy queuing for Sushi Daiwa, told me that he & his buddy had been in line since 6am, but had only managed to reach the front of the shop, where many others are still waiting for their turn to be allocated a seat in the tiny restaurant. O_O Speaking of such determination!

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Deciding to settle for Yamazaki Sushi, what followed was an enduring long wait of 2 hrs 30mins, in the cold wind. Sensing our determination in the chilly weather, the lady boss came out to serve hot tea to those who were queuing. Japanese customer service rocks! (^^)

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I must say all the wait is really worth it for we were rewarded with the best sushi we ever tasted!! !

Watching sushi freshly made for you on the spot it’s like watching a food show ‘live’.

Watching sushi freshly made for you on the spot it’s like watching a food show ‘live’.

The Kiku omakase set at ¥3900(S$40+). In this set, one gets to taste nigirizushi with different cuts of sashimi. The sea urchin piece was very creamy & fresh, had a lingering aftertaste of the sea. On the other hand the sashimi pieces where well-sliced, and the fats of the fishes simply melt in one’s mouth. All sushi sets comes with miso soup.

The Kiku omakase set at ¥3900(S$40+). In this set, one gets to taste nigirizushi with different cuts of sashimi. The sea urchin piece was very creamy & fresh, had a lingering aftertaste of the sea. On the other hand the sashimi pieces where well-sliced, and the fats of the fishes simply melt in one’s mouth. All sushi sets comes with miso soup.

If the set is not enough to satisfy your belly, you can always order individual pieces as add-ons. (^^,)

If the set is not enough to satisfy your belly, you can always order individual pieces as add-ons. (^^,)

I will say considering the freshness and quality of the sushi, ¥3900(S$40+) is quite a reasonable price for the omakase set. And with such great customer service, I don’t mind returning to the same shop for sushi again.

As for those who want to avoid a longer wait time, Ryu Sushi, another well-established joint at Building 1 maybe a good alternative. Along the same stretch as Ryu Sushi, are many other restaurants serving various cuisines such as yōshoku (Japanese Western food) and Indian food etc. The crowds seem to be sparser here as compared to Building 6.

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How to Go:  Take the Toei Oedo Subway line (Magenta https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Subway_TokyoOedo.png on maps) to Tsukijishijo Station and walk out through Exit 1A. Just follow the smell of fishes and crowd, you will find your way to the fish market. 😉 At the entrance of the market compound, maps of the Tsukiji Fish Market will be handed to visitors so no worries about getting lost. Have fun eating around!!! (^o^)/

The market may be closed on certain days of every month. For Operating Days, one can refer to their website for more info: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm .