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The Assembly Ground, The Cathay


If you’re thinking of a full day shopping trip in town, why not start your day with The Assembly Ground? Located at The Cathay which is a good landmark for the start of your shopping trip, The Assembly Ground serves coffee and food to start your day right.

The Assembly Ground has got a very relaxing interior. It is one of the better designed cafes in Singapore.

Truffle Scented Mushroom and Egg Pizza, $22.

You can’t really go wrong with this combination of truffle, mushroom and egg. While the crust was light and crispy, I would prefer if there were more mushrooms though. The pizza does get boring towards the edges, and unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to finish the ends. The pizza was also served on a metal tray, which can be a little hot to the touch if you’re not careful. 

Salted Yolk Chick ‘N Waffles, $19.

Southern fried chicken with waffles, my comfort food. With so many elements on the plate, you kinda don’t know which one to chiong first. I went for the potato gratin and wow! It went beyond my expectations. The potato gratin was soft, flavourful and nicely layered. 

The main star of the dish, the southern fried chicken, was crunchy and not at all oily. Dip it into the salted egg yolk sauce for that oomph!

The charcoal waffle was a little disappointing because it wasn’t warm enough to melt the butter so I had to cut the butter into bits and fit them into the waffle squares. 

I think the best way to eat this dish is to combine everything together – waffle, fried chicken with salted yolk sauce, and potato gratin on top. Yummy.

The Assembly Ground offers a rather extensive lunch menu with local touches such as Bak Kwa Carbonara and Rendang Mac and Cheese. Would love to be back to try these dishes out.

2 Handy Road, #01-21, S(229233)

+65 6733 3375

Weekdays: 11am to 10pm

Weekends: 10am to 10pm

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware Cafe, Tyrwhitt Road

imageYou’re wondering: how on earth does the name of this place sound any good for brunch and coffee?! Read on to find out if it’s worth going!

Sitting right in the middle of Tyrwhitt Road, Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) hardly looks popular on the outside. I was wrong, so wrong. In fact, this was my second attempt at pinching a bite there. The first time I was there, the queue had formed all the way to the entrance. Boo.

The interior was bustling with people. People sitting around the counter overlooking the many baristas preparing fresh, aromatic coffee, and people waiting to place their orders. It’s free seating, so you’re lucky if you managed to find a place in the packed air conditioned area. If not, it’s up to you to decide if you want to sweat it out outside while sipping your piping hot coffee.

imageLooks quite out of place in a well developed Singapore, right?

Unfortunately, I had to munch down my brunch in the heat. It’s sheltered though, just really, really warm. The fans were of no use at all.

imageHam omelette with baked beans and toast, $9.

In my opinion, I belive that everyone can make this at home. The least I would expect is for them to use French toast. Toast that’s slightly thicker, and not the usual Gardenia bread.

Smoked chichen wrapped with mango and Thai chilli sauce with salsa nachos, $12. Freshly squeezed orange juice, $5.

Now this is so much better! Lovely favours from the wrap, matched with delectable mild spicy salsa for the chips. I made sure nothing else was left on the plate. Thumbs up for this!

I’m not really a coffee drinker, so I doubt I would be back again anytime soon as ther food menu was rather limited. Plus the crowd.

…. Nonetheless, worth a first try!

Where: 150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: 63960609
Opening hours:
Tues – Fri 9:00am–7:00pm
Sat – Sun 9:00am–10:00pm

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Chock Full of Beans, Changi Village

Changi Village. Unanimously known for great seafood, great zi char, great hawker food and the gateway to the likes of Pulau Ubin and Kelongs.


How about the idea of a cafe in Changi Village then? Unlike the little cafes that have begun sprouting in the quaint district of Tiong Bahru (there’s so many of them I have problems keeping track and even locating simply because it’s just allies and allies of cafes), this little cafe, Chock Full of Beans, actually planted itself quietly in one corner of the HDB apartments. So inconspicuous that the shop right next to it sells my favourite neighbourhood mattresses.

This place is more well known for their speciality coffees but too bad I’m no coffee drinker. Ah I’m missing out.

Roasted beef sandwich ($13).

I super liked the bread. It’s soft!!! Ever since I ate really stiff bread from Flock, so stiff and hard that the knife provided wasn’t good enough to make a clean cut, I have this little doubt whenever I am served bread at such brunch places. This sandwich was pretty decent. The ingredients that made up the dish came together nicely and flavourfully. I finished my sandwich in no time!

New York breakfast ($18).

I particularly liked this for the caramelised onions scramble egg. Umph so good!!! I want more!!!!

Strawberry lemon ($7).

It tasted more strawberry than lemon, so it really wasn’t quite what I expected. Have you tried McDonald’s Strawberry McFizz? This is a less sweeter version, almost to the point that it tasted diluted rather than refreshing. The plus point is that it comes with fresh strawberries!

Noticed I had moved the drink a couple of times? I sat outside where the tables were the wooden type with long gaps in between. As soon as they served me my drink the water started seeping through, dripping on my legs. I could have asked for a coaster, but moving it away solved my problem, so I did just that.

Chock Full of Beans is worth a go, if you happen to be at the very east of Singapore. What was I doing there? I wanted to see aeroplanes hover over my head as they prepare to land in Singapore! Oh they do serve alcohol, so I guess it’s a good place to chill with friends (and mozzies) at night!

Where: 4 Changi Village Road (HDB) #01-2090
Hours: Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am-10pm
Website here.

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