Strangers’ Reunion: Redefining Café Dining with Quality and Upcycled Ingredients

Author: Alex Chua

Home-grown cafe Strangers’ Reunion, located at Kampong Bahru Road just 5 minutes’ walk from Outram Park MRT, is set to redefine and elevate café dining experience with a new all-day brunch menu.

Best-known for serving some of the best coffee and all-day brunches in town, this time the new brunch menu features inventive cooking method with a conscience. Using fresh, seasonal and upcycled ingredients and sauces homemade from scratch, the resulting dishes reveals a level of sophistication more often associated with fine dining establishments. Now that’s more than a cuppa in a café scene.


Take the Salmon Skin Chips ($11.90) for instance. This moreish appetiser utilises salmon offcuts and trimmings from the café’s homemade coffee smoked salmon and deep-fried it to become a dish by itself. Studded with goma, avocado coulis and coffee-smoked salmon puree, it presents a juxtaposition of nutty, salty, sweet and sour flavours without being too overwhelming or oily.


The Snapper Ceviche ($13.90) contain a combination of snapper chunks cured in lime juice, avocado, cilantro and red onions. Light and refreshing, it is the perfect starter dish for a brunch date.


For the vegans and cauliflower fans, the Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($14.50) is the choice pick. It comes in 2 ways – charred to yield caramelised florets with deep hazelnut notes, and pickled in rice wine vinegar infused with black pepper and bay leaves. We had the caramelised ones and it is crunchy and irresistible. It’s just so good I am almost a vegan-convert by this dish.


Coming to the mains, the hearty Pork and Broccoli ($21.90) satisfies me thoroughly. Taking a leaf from the upcycling philosophy, the tender roasted meat uses the under-utilized pork collar ends and broccoli stems as accompanying greens. Complemented with 3 sauces – broccoli puree, coffee shoyu and burnt onion jus to give an extra depth of flavour. Simple, straightforward and in your face delicious.


Here’s the savoury protein – Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($21.90). Chicken breast cloaked in a house-made jerk sauce and accompanying succotash of greens. I like how the sauce compliments and further accentuates the succulent meat.


Here’s a dish common in the café scene, Strangers’ Coffee Smoked Salmon on Toast ($18.90). Well, not quite so. The house-cured salmon is cold-smoked with spent coffee grounds and hickory wood to give the aromatic coffee-smoked salmon, while an espresso-infused crème fraiche is slathered on toasted sourdough bread. Sounds too caffeinated? It is not, the coffee is used just to give that light coffee aroma.

Undoubtedly one of THE go-to cafes for its quality coffee, now the café – in its cool tones of greys, whites and wood – can include inventiveness and upcycling to its name with the introduction of the all-day brunch menu.

Strangers’ Reunion
33/35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355
Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm daily

A Hearty Affair at DC Comics Super Heroes Café – the 2nd outlet at Ngee Ann City, Orchard

Author: Alex Chua

I’m having a relationship with the DC superheroes now. No kidding.

I experienced the déjà vu moment when I first stepped into the DC Comics Super Heroes Café at Ngee Ann City. I found myself surrounded by my childhood wonders. From the high celling to the comfy sofa seat, every inch of wall and even the pizza oven inside the kitchen has a cool batman logo. The warm sunny light illuminates the gorgeous, very illustrious stained-glass window depicting larger-than-life Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern, posed in their heroic Justice League fashion. It was hard not to fall in love with this place.


The casual dining spot was vibrant, filled with various Justice League prints and memorabilia. With a dedicated glass shelf to showcase the rare collectibles, it’s hard for avid fans to peel themselves off from ogling the cool collections.


A life-size Batman in full battle-ready armour watching upon the diners. There are other similar life-size iconic superheroes lurking around the café for your ootd moments.


While the first DC Super Heroes Café made its debut at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands with both a f&b and retail merchandising concept, this 2nd outlet hosts many adorable chibi versions of your favourite characters which you couldn’t find in the first outlet. Chibi means a cuter version of the original character, with shorter limbs and larger face to make it more kawaii!


And look, even the expresso machine has its uber-cool Superman casing, only to be found in Ngee Ann City outlet!


Of course, all the elaborate details don’t matter if the food is not on par with the decor. Thankfully, the main menu is just as extensive. There is a kid’s section, breakfast menu and appetizers that consists of salads, light bites and soups. Mains include pastas, wraps, wood oven pizzas, burgers, grilled meats, live seafood and desserts that consists of cupcakes, waffles, freak desserts, gelato, and cakes.

And oh, the menu reads just like a comic book! Guess it will keep you and your kids awhile to order the food.


The first dish was the Batman’s Dark Kight Wagyu Beef Burger ($28.90). The best-selling dish recommended by the friendly crew, it comes packaged in a neat Batman lunch box (wish I can bring home!). Inside contains a hearty portion of the signature wagyu beef patty sandwiched between Dark Knight imprinted black charcoal buns, a throw of fries with accompanying cheese dip and salad. I loved the caramelised onions and the juicy beef patty. Though I had a biased against the buns, it turns out soft and fluffy as well. I thought it is just the right portion for 1 person.


Next is the King of Atlantis Crab leg Aglio Olio ($26.90), which is available only at the Takashimaya outlet. While I find the pasta pricey at first, the generous amount of crab chunks, poached onsen egg and ikura (salmon roe) atop the al dente linguine makes it worthwhile. Though I personally would prefer to have the Aquaman badge stamp somewhere on the dish itself, the flavours alone justify the positive raves it garnered online.


Another exclusive dish to the 2nd outlet is the Island Warriors’ Chessy Pork Sausage Calzone ($25). Baked in the dome-shaped oven for 3 minutes, the resulting calzone captures the almond wood fragrant and served with tangy tomato sauce. While at first glance it looked like a giant curry puff, the calzone, when sliced, revealed a generous amount of pork sausages, melted mozzarella, capsicum and mushrooms. I actually quite like the soft texture and rich, hearty flavour.


I especially adore The Joker’s Rainbow Freakshake ($16.90) not just because of its whimsical name and happy colours, but also for its not-overly sweet yet strong vanilla taste as well. Dusted with rainbow sprinkles and candies around the top funnel, the rainbow vanilla milkshake would surely be a hit for the kids and the child in you.


The Dynamic Duo Double Chocolate Kraack! ($9.90) ended the course quite satisfyingly. Brought up in a cool-looking Batman cup with a cape, the drink is chocolatey enough to warm my heart and perhaps my insatiable choco-palate to fathom a date for second visit. Till next time then.
Overall, I find this themed café entertaining and gastronomically delightful. It would be worth a visit especially for avid DC Comics fans and family with young kids.

DC Super Heroes Cafe – Takashimaya
391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, #02-13, Singapore 238873 (Next to Taxi Stand)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Reservations: +65 6262 1918

DC Super Heroes Cafe – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, Bay Level, L1-03/04/05, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

Delve into a world of luxury at GODIVA Chocolatier Café


Author: Alex Chua

The ever-graceful Sheila Sim, the GODIVA ambassador, at the ribbon cutting ceremony

As a GODIVA fan, I look forward to the opening of its café similar to the ones in Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. And on 29 June, 2017 is the day when the 140 square-meter lifestyle concept dessert cafe debuts at ION Orchard, marking the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Now not only there’s a new hangout spot to chill with friends, I got to enjoy luxurious dessert at the same time.

That said, sitting down to some posh nosh chocolates on this special occasion is a real treat. How wonderful if everyday life is like this Dark Chocolate soft serve – smooth, creamy and sweet?

The elegant yet unpretentious café is a conducive place for intimate, friendly conversations; a good go-to dessert place with friends or date. Encompassing design elements inspired by GODIVA’s signature gold, white and dark chocolates. The interior of the 40-seater café is reflected to ooze rich sophistication, yet not aloof to the point of being intimidating. It is a casual setting with friendly staffers and I simply adores its soft plush velvety red seats.

At the entrance of the café, the new lifestyle-oriented concept features a huge glass display filled with a wide variety of decadent pralines and another display with an array of curated gifting options from Chocolate Carre Collection to Chocolate Gold Collection to G by GODIVA Collection, to extra special seasonal gift items. If you don’t really know what to give to your loved ones, chocolates are the ideal gift and the GODIVA label spells out its special meaning to the receiver.

Paying homage to its 90-year rich brand heritage, GODIVA Chocolatier takes care and pride in using only the finest ingredients. This café will also offer Singapore-exclusive sweet delights like the well-loved Belgium Waffles and to-die-for Chocolate Fondant with Soft Serve. For me I love Chocolate Fondue where I can choose the items – fruits, macarons, marshmallows – to dip into piping hot chocolate melted from GODIVA Carre Chocolates.

Other special items you can look forward to when you visit this lifestyle café would be their exclusive Chocolate Cakes made from quality GODIVA chocolate. Not only are these cakes aesthetically appealing, they are sinfully deluxe with its well-balanced sweetness and intricate layers.

GODIVA Chocolatier Cafe
ION Orchard, #B1-05
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Tel: 6509 8924
Facebook: @Godiva.Asia
Instagram: @godivaasia

TRAVEL: Where to go in BKK – Cafe Hopping in Bangkok


Author: Maybeline Sim
Camera: Casio ZR5000

I noticed that I get quite a fair bit of hits for my travel articles! So this time round, I am going to share more about Bangkok.

Although you may already know where to visit in Bangkok, I assure you that there are still some hidden cafes you may not know!

Thank you Casio Singapore and Ultravan for bringing us around. I have two extremely nice cafes to share. Do drop by when you are there! However, I am unable to provide you on the information on “how to get there” as Ultravan drove us around.

First up – Featherstone Bangkok

Service: 4 Stars
Food: 4 Stars
Ambience: 5 Stars

Address: 60 ซอย เอกมัย 12 Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

There was no language barrier as their staffs were quite trained in English, not perfect, but understandable.

I love Featherstone a lot as it gave me a very “Harry Potter” feel. I am a fan of the series so all the furnitures were very relatable! Hehe. The entire cafe felt very magical.

Check out their drinks, you can find petals in their ice cubes. Every single corner of the cafe and every single item in the menu was very Instagram worthy.

Their cakes were superb. We did not have a chance to try their mains because we were there in the mid afternoon and all they had were desserts. Nonetheless, it was a nice and memorable visit.

Second – Sundays

Service: 3 Stars
Food: 4 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars

Address: เสรี 8 ซอย 12 Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand

Not sure where the exact location is, but it felt a little far from the city. I love how relax one can get inside this cafe. The only setback was the language barrier. We waited quite long for our food because we realized that the orders were not placed properly. Thankfully, Vincent from Ultravan helped us with the communication.

It seemed to be quite packed that day. And they do not take reservations so be there as early as you can!

Love the interior so so much!

I love the food! Love the pasta, Love the cakes, Love the drinks!! Okay, maybe not all of the drinks but most!

We couldn’t resist the pasta and ordered a second helping.

You can find a lot of OOTD spots in or out of the two cafes mentioned. Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged when you visit them!

Honolulu Cafe Review @ The Centrepoint


For the who have long heard of the signature commonplace ‘Cha Chaan Teng'(Teahouses) in Hong Kong but yet to try it, you can finally have a shot at it in Singapore! This is because Famous Hong Kong Honolulu Café has made its first imprint on Singapore at The Centrepoint!

We were very privileged to be the first few alongside other famous food bloggers to enjoy authentic Hong Kong dishes served in this café one day before the official opening to public!

One thing that caught our eyes the moment we reached the café was the long standing heritage this café has: ‘Since 1940’. That makes it even more ‘senior’ than our homeland, Singapore! To be able to last this long in a competitive Cha Chaan Teng market in Hong Kong, this café must have something really unique we thought!

It wasn’t long before we were introduced to their signature dishes & confectionaries. One of which they are most renowned for is this Egg Tarts! Like what M said in her IG, ‘Bliss can be very simple’. By that, she simply meant that you could enjoy easily the best egg tarts in Singapore for a mere $1.70 here! What makes it stand out is its crispy & flaky shell combined flawlessly with a lightly-sweetened soft egg custard! This created an ironically wonderful texture to this whole pastry!

Pineapple Bun with Butter. The outer layer of the bun was sweet and cripsy but I would recommend to have it while it is still warm.

Fried Egg Puff. For people with sweet tooth, this is something you will like. It taste like a softer version doughnut.

Chicken Wing in Swiss Sauce. This was so good. James finished all 6 at one go.

Curry Fish Ball – When we visited Hong Kong two weeks ago, this was seen almost everywhere. We gave them a try and we are glad to find this in Singapore again! Although it seems like a normal dish but the curry paste is specially imported from Hong Kong!

Pork Chop Bun which taste exactly like how it was when we had it in Hong Kong!

Sweet & Sour Pork, a local delight even in Singapore.

Fried Flat Noodle with Beef

Left to right: Milk Tea, Yuan Yang, Coffee, Red Bean Milk Tea

The milk teas are not too sweet as they are made with evaporated milk instead of condense milk. I love the usual Iced Milk Tea while James thought that the Red Bean Milk Tea is more unique.

In my opinion, this cafe is a must visit. As compared to other Hong Kong cafes you can find in Town, Honolulu Cafe is a more pocket-friendly place. Even their “Instant Noodles” cost only $5/bowl.

Honolulu Cafe is located at 176 Orchard Road, The Centrepoint #01-33F/G Singapore 238843
Nearest MRT: Somerset MRT
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Monochrome Bistro – Shades of Grey in Chinatown

So you caught ’50 shades of grey’ in the cinema recently but have you caught the one lining 291 South Bridge Road @ Chinatown? If not then you might have just missed the Black-&-White themed cafe called ‘Monochrome Bistro’.

Both of us have long wanted to visit this cafe after catching them on 8days. Not to mention that we are both fans of monochromatic colours eg. Black & White. These two colours just seem so versatile & mysteriously captivating; Just like how the shop front blended in so nicely with the rugged vicinity of Chinatown.

Upon entry of the cafe, you will immediately be greeted with an abstract-looking & stylish interior. That explains why if you punched in the hashtag : ‘#Monobistro’ or check out ‘MonoBistro’ in Instagram, you gonna see loads of selfies & wefies of customers who frequent them.

M busy snapping away with her Casio camera as she is so amazed by the furnitures hanging around the walls which  even a designer couldn’t refuse its classically Monochromatic style & beauty. As you can see we were all quite cooperative to blend in with their colour theme. An attempt to camouflaged among the furnitures I would say 😉

So we know the shop does blend in very well. Question now is how about their food? Are they also versatile enough to fit the choosy & difficult palattes of ours?

Anyway, we were very fortunate to have a friendy & handsome host (Kevin) whom hosted us with his great service. Didn take long before we embark on the gastronomic journey of East meets West with his food recommendations that is well-suited for the working executive crowd.

First came Joanna’s Favourite dish, the Chicken wings!

This is definitely the one suitable for the naughtier people! Cos it’s called for the ‘Threesome? Wing it’ – ($16) ><

Basically there are three different flavours: Honey Oat, Chilli crab & the chef’s special thai chilli sauce all in ONE basket! Always wanted a threesome this lifetime, now you can tick it off your bucketlist without cheating on your spouse ! Lol!

Tips to you readers: ‘Don’t ever leave this cafe without trying this dish! Highly Recommended!’

Next, came my own personal favourite! The ‘Squid Ink Risotto’ with Pan-seared scallops, crunchy quinoa, parmesan cheese, edamame beans and alfalfa sprouts – ($23)

It was said that the boss himself order this every single time he visit his own cafe! One bite into it, I can understand why. Wow! I just love the super crunchy texture of the quinoa and the dish’s strong palatable flavouring.

Even the signature Italian dish found its way to the menu. Here we also have their signature ‘Pork Belly Pizza’! Like the fact that it isn’t as oily or fatty as it sounds 😉 Ladies, have a peace of mind with the calories intake for this one!

This is one of the more Unique dishes I have to introduce! It is their ‘Butter-Curry Waffle’ served with fresh prawns and house-made curry butter sauce –  ($16)

A savoury waffle with a fushion of sourish & spicy taste. Feeling skeptical, think again after you tried it! The texture of the waffle was good and I like the sauce for its unique flavouring. This is probably the only one in Singapore!  I give this a 4.5/5!  I fault them for not buttering me enough ! It’s so good I want the sauce not just all over the waffle but all over the plate! Hello! Lol!

Asian Pork Belly ($23) served with criss-cut fries and peaches. Have this the asian way!

‘Monochrome aglio Oglio’ ($19) – one dish that is most representative of the cafe in terms of colour coding will be this one here! Just look at the colour! Portion is just nice for one. But if you are calling as much food as we did here, you better get an extra mouth to help.

To complete our dinner that night, we had one of their most interesting dessert: the ‘Churroffle topped with a scoop of ice-cream’. In short, it is actually a yummilicious combination of churruos & waffles! Had a rough day, don’t worry. Just have this dessert! This dessert with its extra topping of cinnamon sugar confirm gonna sweeten the rest of your night for sure! Double confirm!

Texture wise, you could taste both the churruos and waffles and the good thing is the chef did it at the right denseness. If you are concern with its sweetness level, I would say even with that extra dose of cinnamon sugar, it wasn’t overly-sweet for the palattes & the ice-cream complimented the churroffle very well.

All in all, I think Monochrome Bistro does deserve a toast for providing both visual(cafe interior) and tasting delight! My only regret was not being able to try their famous ‘Spicy Crab Meat Linguine’ 🙁 Heard many good reviews about this one. Nonetheless, that means it gives me a good reason to go back again one of these days!

Cafe Hunting with J

Here in this post is Food For Thought. J brought me there for lunch with his sister. This guy took half day off just to accompany me before I fly off to Taiwan for 8 days and because I don’t work on Monday.

We went to Food For Thought. The service was good but the air-con was faulty that day so it was kinda humid even though we had the outdoor seat. It was still quite empty during lunch hours, I guess not much people working in the central can fork out 2 hours for a slow lunch at a cafe.

Food wise….

The serving of the breakfast was huge, making it value for money. This big plate of full breakfast cost less than $20 (I can’t remember the price). I feel that the scramble eggs were cooked just right. The hash brown balls on the other hand tasted “hollow” and soggy. It wasn’t crispy at all. But I guess, for that amount that you are paying for, we should expect too high a standard.

The pork burger was good although the serving wasn’t as huge as the full breakfast. The pork tasted like duck to me though. J told me that they are famous for their pork burger too.

As for my pasta… Mmmmm, the linguine was too soft. You can’t really taste the chewiness of the linguine and in my opinion, they were too salty. Portion size was reasonable and prawns were rather juicy though. I would not order this again when I dine there the next time.

After the lunch, we went over to my cousin’s place to visit the baby boy! This cutie is already 6 months old but it was only my second time seeing him. He has little “muscles” all over him!! So cute!! He is so round and cuddly! It’s like, if you leave him on the sofa, he might risk rolling around and fall or something. So chubby so cuteeee!

And James couldn’t stop laughing when he saw this photo. 被宝宝翻白眼!!

Till the next entry! 🙂

Couple Day Out 3 with #jamesnmaybel

He brought me to a new cafe in my list which is located at Dempsey. Food and drinks are reasonably priced and there’s free parking which was a bonus!

We brought our laptops to work because there is free plug and wifi. I could stay there all day long!

I love the ambience here. It was a weekend but the crowd wasn’t that packed or noisy, unlike other cafes where you have to queue and queue and queue.

They sell other stuffs here where you can buy them back. From wine, to water, to other food.

I ordered a huge size of rainbow cake at $9 🙂 (The smarties were mine. I brought a huge tube of them out to chew that day hehe)

He likes his fringe down while I prefer it to be up 🙁

Flat White at $4.50 ONLY.

Love the cream cheese. I don’t get sick of it at all.

I hope your weekend was as fabulous as mine! 🙂

Cafe Hunting – Chock full of beans

This is not a sponsored/review post. This is one of the many dates of J and I.

We drove over to Chock full of beans for a light brunch before attending a friend’s birthday party because I have long heard of the cute coffees there!

True enough, we were served cute coffees!! We did not request for any design or cartoon.

They gave me a blue ribbon kitty while J a Badtz Maru. I think he probably look like a bad guy.

Or his hair…doesn’t that look like his long lost twin brother…LOLOL.

Well, if you’re paying almost 10 bucks for a glass of coffee, you better make it worth it by taking more pictures!

Family portrait of kitty, Badtz Maru & Fake Maru aka J. All ready to plunge into the eggish delicacy!

The food was only average. Nothing fanciful, nothing especially tasty or good. The price was quite reasonable though. I think the plate of brunch only cost $12-15.

The omelet was filled with salmon and ham.

I think his two thumbs up says it all for our first experience at chock full of beans! As much as i wanna agree with J, I think it deserves only one thumb up for the interesting 3D latte art which is uncommon among other cafe. One less thumbs up cos i felt the food & coffee was just so-so.

Well, just a matter of time when more cafes with latte art starts peppering the streets of singapore and I will be ready to conquer every single one with J!

So Stay Tuned! 🙂

The Muffet’s Cafe

I always find it a bonus for a cafe to be cosy on top of serving nice signature dishes on the menu.

I enjoy indulging tasty food at places where I find them comfortable, so today, I’ll be introducing you a place where you can add to your “favorite” list if share the same thoughts as me.

When I say that, you know I’ll definitely visit the place again!

I went Boxing Crab @ Sentosa for food tasting the other time and went back for another round with my family so you know I don’t lie! 😀

So the focus here isssssssss THE MUFFET’S ROOM CAFE!!

We will let the interior design speak justice for itself first.

Photos contributed by various photographers and they are changed ‘seasonly’. Some of them are taken by the young boss himself too (I am around his age and he’s already a boss when I am only an undergrad still :O).

Well, I personally like the bricked walls and frames a lot. It gives me a kind of homely feel.

That’s my boy in the little corner waiting for food.

Hidden meaning in the picture below. If you managed to find the promo that is.

Waiting patiently for the fooood.

Signature Beer Battered Fish and Chips ($14) with homemade sauces and homemade truffle fries as side.

The boyfriend could tell that the fries were homemade with just one bite and I was amazed.

He can totally be a food critic because he has high expectations for food!!

I am feeling kind of hungry again while blogging this.

Juicy and tender on the inside. Mmmmmmm..

*chew chew chew*


So I’ll rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Boyfriend’s Muffeteers’ Spread at $18 including 2 battered and pan fish fillet, crispy mushrooms, handmade chips and fruity salad.

It is almost RARE for him to say thumbs up to any cafe but he praised the food we had that day.

You don’t have to worry about the hidden cost because THEY HAVE NO SERVICE CHARGE AND GST. Sooooo all the prices are flat rates 🙂

On top of fish and chips, they have pastas, burritos and other sides too.

Be their fan on Facebook now and enjoy 10% off total bill with a minimum of $15 spent.

Location: 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, #01-16, Singapore, Singapore 078877

Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sat: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Sun: 10:30 am – 8:00 pm

How to get there?

1. Alight at Tanjong Pagar station

2. Exit Exit C

3. Walk into Icon

4. Muffet’s Room is just around the corner

For more information:

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Trust me, I’ll be back there for fish and chips again!