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Potion

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Potion is the open-air restaurant of Nostalgia Hotel at Tiong Bahru, featuring a menu of fusion dishes inspired by Australian and Asian cuisines.

Mon - Sun: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Sun: 18:00 - 00:00

+65 68081818
$35 based on 9 submissions
Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (4 votes), Breakfast (4 votes), After Work (3 votes)
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Karl L
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Ideal breakfast buffet

What can I say - this is THE place to pig out on American or Continental breakfast without burning a hole in the wallet.  Top of the list is the egg benedict - runny with sour cream and bacon served on muffin.  Must try.  Next up, omelete with mushroom and tomato and side salad.  Moist and good.  Hashbrowns, sausages, bacons and pancakes are pretty acceptable too.

To avoid - fruits with yoghurt as well as cereals.  Not worth the stomach space.

Take your time to laze, watch TV, read newspapers, and idle the whole morning away while being served by well-trained courteous service staff.


The HGW community like this place for...

  • Eggs Benedict2 votes
  • Grilled Tomato that came with Eggs Ben2 votes
  • CHCOCLATE PUDDING1 vote
  • CRAB CAKE1 vote
  • CRAB CAKE.WAGYU STEAK1 vote
  • Egg omelette1 vote
  • LAMB CHOP1 vote
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14 Mar 2015 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Ideal breakfast buffet

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What can I say - this is THE place to pig out on American or Continental breakfast without burning a hole in the wallet.  Top of the list is the egg benedict - runny with sour cream and bacon served on muffin.  Must try.  Next up, omelete with mushroom and tomato and side salad.  Moist and good.  Hashbrowns, sausages, bacons and pancakes are pretty acceptable too.

To avoid - fruits with yoghurt as well as cereals.  Not worth the stomach space.

Take your time to laze, watch TV, read newspapers, and idle the whole morning away while being served by well-trained courteous service staff.


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25 Jun 2013 • 5 reviews • 20 followers

Great a-la-carte buffet breakfast

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Went there for alacarte buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. It is a small but cosy area. Their eggs benedict are the best i have ever had. Only one service crew but very good and polite serivce given by him. Basics, non-extravaganza breakfast but love the privacy as it is quite a secluded area.
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06 Nov 2011 • 85 reviews • 2 followers

No Love Potion

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We came here after it was featured on TV for its Eat-all-you-can Breakfast Buffet for $19.90.

We were told that we can't sit inside (the air-con area) as it is for the hotel's in-house guests. We have to sit in the alfresco sitting outside.

After looking as it's pathetic breakfast selection, we thought we would just settle for ala-carte instead. Our orders were the American Breakfast ($16) and Eggs Benedict ($12). These sets include coffee or tea.

Eggs Ben was decent but paled when I compared it with the one I had recently at Tasting Room. The American set comprised 2 slices of toasted but stale tasting bread, chicken sausage, 1 miserable piece of bacon (cut into 2 parts), hash brown and scrambled eggs. Although the menu indicated that we have a choice of how we like the eggs to be done, we were never asked! Food arrived shortly but no cutlery. We were left there sitting staring at our food while they took their time to come with the cutlery.

To conclude, food is very average. For such standards, I am better off eating at Hans. For such prices, I am better off going back to Tasting Room; better quality fare and my prerogative of where to sit.

Staff are not well trained. The service guy who took our orders had to ask twice about our beverages.

We ordered a black coffee and tea. Despite asking twice, our order of black coffee came white, while they did not bring any milk for the tea. We also had to ask for basics like butter for the toast. The bill was incorrect - they charged us for 2 buffets. Most customer-oriented staff was the the friendly and helpful bell hop/doorman of Nostalgia Hotel who helped led us to Potion's staff so that they can sit us, and helped us get the bill.

If you wish to visit, suggested parking would be at the open air carpark of Link Hotel which is located right across from Nostalgia Hotel. Don't bother trying to park near Tiong Bahru market, it's a nightmare on

weekend mornings.

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20 Feb 2011 • 84 reviews • 8 followers

Good Pasta. Value for $!

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I visited Potion using coupons I'd just gotten from liveoffcoupon, which was really an excellent deal cos each pizza/pasta cost only $9.90nett.

I didn't know what to expect, but when the food came, we were more than pleased. My prawn/mushroom pasta with olive oil was delicious. The spaghetti was very bouncy, while the prawns were big and fresh. My mum's lasagne was different from the usual boring ones and we liked it so much we were stealing it from her plate. It's very cheesy mind you so avoid it if you are lactose intolerant. My brother ordered the common bolognese and he loved his dish too. The pizzas were okay. Crispy at the edges with fresh ingredients to match. Overall, all of us were very satisfied with this meal.

As the name of the hotel suggests, the ambience is nostalgic, with beautiful huge armchairs you can sink into. I don't know if this is the way they usually run but one issue for us was that there was no music in the background and the tv was playing channelnewsasia, in a nostalgic bar setting.... which was like eh-uh boring.

Service was okay. They didn't have many customers so the only waiter around was rather attentive. He was polite, but not cheerful or friendly. The only thing I didn't like was that he gave us a whole jug of water when I asked for refills.

Price seems rather reasonable. Pastas range from $12-$20. It's a nice hideaway with nice food. Rather cozy for a quiet date. But for families, especially with children... definitely a no-no!

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08 Nov 2009 • 1 review • 0 follower

Motion for the Potion

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It was a Friday night and I decided to dine at Potion with an intention of celebrating a friend's birthday.

Upon arrival, there was nobody at the hostess stand. Not a very good first impression. However, as we took out seats and placed our orders, we got a little excited to see what the food will turn out to be, at least for me. No water was served during the 20 minutes wait until I prompted a service staff.

Simple gestures like, "okay" "wait ah" "oh" "can I place your order from the other side because it's more convenient for me?" are not accepted in the hospitality industry. It does not matter where the establishment is located, hospitality should be present across the board.

At this point of time, the red wine was poured. Too much were poured into our glass. The intention of pouring the wine was to allow it to breathe. And with so much in each glass, it was simply impossible? And what more to swirl.

When food arrived, I and my other dining companions were surprised to see the portion sizes, however the food was good. Simple, hearty dishes were plated with care. A good influence of thai and asian herbs /spices gave the dishes a different dimension and sure did interest us. For starters we had: Calamari, Soft Shell Crab and Crab Cakes. The Crab Cakes were good. Calamari and Soft Shell Crab were ordinary but sauces were fairly good.

The Mains were: Lamb, Pork Belly, Wagyu, Aglio Olio.

Lamb's doneness was good, sauce however was on the sweet side.

Pork Belly was a little overcooked, sauce was however good. A little more chilli wld be good !

Wagyu turned out well, doneness was perfect. Mushrooms were earthy and umami packed !

I didn't try th Aglio Olio but it seemed to be a good one since my very picky dining companion did not complain.

Desserts were excellent. We had the Chocolate Pudding, Banana Fritters and Passion Fruit Mousse. A good balance of hot and cold, acidity and sweetness, textures for the desserts respectively.

The Chef did a great job in making us feel welcomed and constantly checked on the dishes and our views. Certainly made up for the fairly good service.
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