Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hidden Treasures

Tucked away specialty cafes that are worth seeking


Discover the amazing versatility of eggs at Hatched, where breakfast is served all day and is customizable to satisfy any palette. Customers can choose from pre-conceived options on the menu (A highly recommended dish would be the Le Rossini, scrambled eggs with foie gras and truffle oil) or design their own dish: baked, boiled, fried, poached or scrambled eggs with add-ons like black forest ham, smoked salmon or wilted spinach.

For those who are not feeling egg-friendly that day, a juicy cowboy burger is available to tickle the taste buds: a hearty patty served on an English muffin with sautéed Portobello mushrooms and a fried egg. “Customers can even email us their special request in advance for more unique meals and we will try to whip up something good,” said Hatched supervisor Claudia Manap.

Seek it:
#01-06 Evans Lodge, 26 Evans Road.
Tel +65 6735 0012

Papa Palheta

Forget the menu at Papa Palheta. Here, customers order classic coffee items (latte is a hot favourite) and decide how much the coffee they get is worth. Papa Palheta only accepts tips instead of charging customers for their coffee (customers tip $3.50 per cup on average). Specializing in roasting and serving specialized coffee, Papa Palheta’s concept is not exactly that of a café, but more of a coffee retail boutique.

They sell coffee beans, and their quaint little space is more like a “showroom” for customers to try out the coffee before buying the beans. However, most customers keep coming back for the good coffee, friendly and personable service and relaxed ambience.

“Papa Palheta is quite unlike the usual places around town, if you drive along the road, you wouldn't notice us at all because there's no signage. But the good thing is, a lot of people see us as a secret haven to enjoy coffee” says Dennis Tang, one of the partners of the cafe.

Seek it:

140 Bukit Timah Road.

Tel: +65 9799 0420

Arteastiq Tea Lounge by Marxx

Despite its location in town and being way easier to seek out than the previous two cafes, Arteastiq is often missed as is it tucked away behind the showroom of contemporary European furniture house, Marxx, in Mandarin Gallery. Arteastiq is originally an extention of Marxx furniture boutique, to cater to their clientele. “As a styling house, we wanted to provide a space for our customer to consider their purchases,” explains Vanessa Chow, Retail Manager of the boutique.

However, Ever since it’s opening, Arteastiq has served many who visit the cafe especially for their individually brewed beverages and to enjoy the quiet and luxurious space which is kitted out with items from Marxx and shows them off to great effect. Arteastiq’s most popular drinks include the fruit teas and dessert teas, some of which are infused with alcohol and others topped with their premium gelato. Their apple cake and savory wraps are also hot favourites.

Seek it:
333A Orchard Road #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 8705

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