Well-loved HungryGoWhere writer and professional foodblogger Daniel Ang of Daniel Food Diary, took over our Instagram account for a day on 19 June as our guest instagrammer (follow #HGWGuestIGer). He asked for recommendations on Instagram and armed with an arsenal of information, he set forth to (new) cafe hop. Eight stops and several cups of coffee later, here is the report of his fun, fab and full day:
Daniel started his day at The TasteMaker Store. The yam cake ($3.80) was already sold out in the morning, but he managed to have the homemade glutinous rice cake ($3.80). These are not quite what you expect in a cafe. This cafe that opened in the beginning of June 2014 features honest food with a local twist. Do try out their lemon curd with clotted cream spread across hot muffin buns ($3).
CBD executives take note: One Raffles Place has finally reopened with many exciting F&B outlets in the basement to satisfy lunchtime (and tea time) cravings. On the fourth level, there is the new Three Cups Coffee Co. The "three" refers to three special ingredients - coffee, "D'lish Food" and friendship. Daniel tried their Three's a Company ($9.50) – that's herb-roasted chicken, egg mayonnaise and bacon in a sandwich.
At the basement of the newly revamped One Raffles Place, is small cafe JAB. The name was inspired by the owner's doctor friend. If you need a jab of caffeine, coffee beans are from Toby's Estate. It's so new the hoardings are still up, there is no cashier, and for "payment", you tip as you please. Service is friendly and sincere.
The weather was so hot Daniel was ready to flee away! Flee Away Cafe is new at Dunlop Street (near Rouse), and what you get there will bring out the child in you. There are little toys on sale in their mini flee mart, old cartoon posters, Lao Fu Zi comic books and childhood games. Their desserts are also localised desserts are also localised: waffles with sago pudding, topped with gula Melaka ($8.50). Ooh la la. We know you want to take a bite of this!
There were plenty of recommendations for the the coolest new cafés in Singapore from you. Many of you were voting for The Lokal Singapore, so Daniel followed your lead. The Lokal serves Western-style comfort food (we hear that the chef used to be from Tetsuya's) and great coffees with Sarnies' coffee beans. Daniel's iced mocha ($7) proved to be very refreshing in the hot weather. Where do you think you led him next?
When someone mentions Mackenzie Road, we think: curry puffs. That was until Daniel found this hole-in-the-wall cafe. Though small, Noir Art Coffee insists on roasting their own beans. When asked, they recommended their dark chocolate drink ($5.50), which Daniel agrees is gao gao (Hokkien for "thick"). Cakes, such as this yuzu cheesecake ($5.80), are said to be brought in from Hong Kong.
Your recommendations took Daniel to Tian Kee & Co at Dakota Crescent. This cafe used to be a provision shop which started in 1958. Today, it is a retrolicious and nostalgic cafe that continues to preserve many of its original items, such as its signboard and Milo tin, both of which have been used since the beginning of its days. Its offerings include cream puffs, yuan yang cake, and homemade pies ($3.50-$7.90). You might, no, will find a piece of your childhood here.
This is the last cafe-hopping stop of the day for Daniel. It's never too late to have brunch. This is The Assembly Brunch ($19.50) from The Assembly Ground. He loved the juicy wiener sausage and sautéed mushrooms. The cold drinks come with a scoop of ice-cream – they know how the hot weather had been affecting Daniel. What an adventure you've put Daniel through! Eight cafes later, he signs off with: "I had fun, hope u did too! Handing this account back to the HungryGoWhere editorial team now. Till next time!"