Located on the outskirts of the central business district, a sleepy enclave is heating up its cool quotient with cafes and eateries setting up shop at its nondescript void decks. Here are some places to check out at Everton Park:
Just Want Coffee
Over 30 types of coffee, and cakes from Johor Bahru
The name of this café pretty much sums it all – Just Want Coffee serves more than 30 types of coffee, from espressos to rarer ones such as caramel ice drip coffee and Luwak coffee. The caramel ice drip ($7) is brewed with yellow bourbon coffee beans, and “pulled” through an ice-drip coffee tower for 24 hours. This results in a more intense coffee flavour, infused with a wine-like aftertaste.
Another brow-raising item is the Luwak coffee ($35). Brewed with Liberica beans imported from Malaysia, which have been excreted by civet cats. Coffee aficionados can also customise their cuppa from the range of handmade coffee, and also the brewing method – siphon, flannel or filter drip and five types of beans, from Colombian to Ethiopian (prices start from $5.50). For those who need a bite with their caffeine fix, the 25-seater has a modest range of cakes, such as blueberry cheesecake, mille crepe cake ($5 per slice), pies and sandwiches. The cakes are brought in from its dessert café in Johor Bahru, where the sweets are baked in-house.
Just Want Coffee | Address: Blk 1 Everton Park, #01-27 | Tel: 62258115 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm
| The coffee blends on offer at Nylon | Photo: Dennis Tang|
Nylon Coffee Roasters
A coffee roaster that sells coffee blends
Make no mistake – Nylon is not a café, but a coffee roaster that sells coffee blends, which are roasted and packed in-house. Owners Dennis Tang and Lee Jia Min – former partners at Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy – offer more than six types of coffee blends using beans from El Salvador to Kenya. The fruity El Primero coffee blend is priced at $17.50 for a 300g pack. It also serves a modest range of nine invigorating brews, such as black, white and iced coffees. Be prepared to takeaway your drinks, as this petite place is a humble four-seater.
Nylon Coffee Roasters | Address: Blk 4 Everton Park, #01-40 | Tel: 62202330 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat & Sun 9am-6pm
Bite-sized desserts and snacks
Conveniently located next to Nylon is Batterworks, a pastry shop that serves dainty and bite-sized delights. It offers ten types of cakes, cupcakes and pies. Signature items include the apple crumble tart, which is slightly larger than a casino chip, and the roasted pork pastry – a golden pillow of buttery pastry loaded with meat (95 cents each, six for $5.50). Come weekends, mix-and-match from more varieties, such as fruit tartlet and stout chicken pie. Other popular items include the Austrian-inspired baked apple cheese torte, and cheese tartlets, filled with blueberry or Oreo.
Batterworks | Address: Blk 4 Everton Park, #01-42 | Tel: 64382208 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-7pm; Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Jars cakes that are way easy to bear
Dessert lovers have something to grin about here: mousse cakes, or “jar cakes” – as some customers have christened it. Owner Jody Ang offers more than 20 varieties of jar cakes from this mostly-takeaway joint; slices of light, flavoured chiffon cake are daintily layered with a variety of cream and toppings portable glass jars. A popular combination is Cookies and Cream ($5.50) – chocolate and vanilla cakes, with alternate layers of custard cream. Another is the lychee passion fruit pistachio ($6), made with lychee mousse, vanilla cake and passion fruit puree, studded with baked sea salt pistachio. Customers are urged to “dig in and try a bit of everything in one spoonful, with a contrast in textures and flavours”, says Ang. Recycling is also encouraged – each customer is given a coupon when they return the glass jars. The coupons can be accumulated to redeem items such as jars of dried fruits or cookies. “More than 20 customers will bring back their jars a day,” shares Ang. “Once, a regular customer bought in 40 jars!”
Grin Affair | Address: Blk 3 Everton Park, #01-77 | Tel: 82827375 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-8pm; Sun 1.30-6pm.
| Photo: Walnut Tree|
Homely Korean with limited menu
Walnut Tree is a homely eatery, which focuses on catering Korean cuisine. Besides a colourful array of traditional Korean rice cakes, it also serves hot dishes from its open kitchen, which can be seen from the shop’s front. Its menu consists of 13 items, from appetisers such as gimbap (rice and greens rolled in seaweed, $6), and tteokboki (spicy rice cakes, $5). Mains include kimchi fried rice ($7) and bulgogi deopbab (stir-fried beef with rice, $8).
Walnut Tree | Address: Blk 2 Everton Park, #01-55 | Tel: 62220502 or 81802462 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 11am-5pm
Kenneth Goh is a freelance writer based in Singapore. When he is not writing, he is busy flexing his leg muscles queuing up to check out new food haunts around the island. He enjoys anything edible with cream, from pasta to pastries.