3 mornings in Melbourne.

Flinders Street Railway Station

It’s hard to be in Melbourne and not get sucked into the cafe culture here. After all, Melbourne is synonymous to cafe.  I’m putting up at Collingwood, Inner East of Melbourne till end November so I’ve begun starting my mornings on Urbanspoon before heading out for a coffee run. So here, let me introduce 3 cafes in the area to you.

1. Proud Mary

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Potato Hash with Smoked Salmon, AUD 19

Proud Mary is one of the more popular cafes in the hood and my friend decided to take me there for brunch after picking up from the airport. Apparently, this cafe sees queues snaking out of the door on most days. I guess we were in luck as we managed to grab a table within 5 minutes. I ordered potato hash and changed the add on to salmon instead of bacon. The portion was really filling, which was good, for a famished and jet lagged soul.

Address:

172 Oxford St, Collingwood, VIC

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

For more information:

http://www.proudmarycoffee.com.au/

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2. South of Johnston  

A hidden gem

Interior of South of Johnston

This rather unassuming, cosy and quaint cafe tucked along Oxford Street is a real deal. Thanks to Urbanspoon, I stumbled upon this gem and begun my weekend well with some takeaway breakfast.

Corn fritters with add on, scrambled eggs, AUD 22

Corn fritters aren’t my usual order for breakfast but I was definitely pleasantly surprised with this. Definitely going back to try out other dishes on the menu. It also has a nice courtyard to chill with some friends over coffee or just with books in the afternoon.

Address:

46 Oxford St, Collingwood, VIC 3066

Opening hours:

Every day: 7.30am-5pm

 

For more information:

http://southofjohnston.com.au/

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3. Lemon, Middle and Orange

Full breakfast, AUD 18.90

Nothing too fancy in terms of food but service was pretty great. They took out my iced coffee from the bill for having missed out poached eggs from my sister’s full breakfast. 🙂

Address:

25 Rokeby St, Collingwood, VIC 3066

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 7.30am-3.30pm

Sat: 8am-3pm

Sun: 9am-3pm

For more information:

http://www.lemonmiddleandorange.com/

Chew on this till next time!

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Forty hands.

Forty hands is one of those cafes tucked away in the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, so best option would be catch a taxi so that you don’t end up walking in circles. This cafe opens early at 8am so it’s perfect for those looking for a early start and avoid the “brunch crowd”, especially on weekends. But, for those who want to sleep in longer, fret not, it’s all day brekkie on weekends.

Iced Mocha (SGD 8)

You have to make do with a narrow walkaway when you want to order at their counter. But, I assure you their coffee makes up for it. I definitely enjoyed my Mocha, which explains why I ordered another glass after my meal.

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Salmon Hash (SGD 16)

Salmon slices soaked in creamy potato sauce accompanied with crisp toast and fries, was definitely my selection, as I did not want to settle for my usual brunch staples (i.e. big breakfast or eggs benedict). Salmon hash was well worth it and addictive after a while.

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No service charge and only GST at Forty Hands. Plus, decent food spread and good coffee. I will definitely be back despite the limited weekend brunch menu options and rather cramped environment (narrow walkways).

Forty hands is just opposite Books Actually, so after a good meal you can just wander in and browse around or explore the rest of this quaint neighbourhood.

Rating: 4/5

Address

78 Yong Siak Street #01-12

Singapore 163078

Tel : +65 6225 8545

For more information: http://www.40handscoffee.com/main.html

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Manly’s 5 cafes.

I miss nearly everything about Manly. I’m so glad I spent spent 2 nights in Manly doing absolutely nothing, before concluding my Sydney adventure last month. My days were spent literally waking up into a coffee house. Then, whiling away the rest of the day away, either by strolling into Coles and people surfer-boy watching or cycling up all the way to foot of North Head. (My next post is gonna be on this!)

1. Barefoot coffee traders (EXCELLENT COFFEE!)

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Their belgian hot chocolate is to die for! I’m not even joking. If I was dying and I could choose my last drink, I’ll choose this hands down. The chocolate is so rich and blended to perfection, that even now as I’m typing this, I can feel this drink down my throat. Okay, I shall stop here. Just go and try coffee from here, whenever you are in Manly, Sydney. If you ever are. You can take my word on this.

Rating: 5/5

Address:

18 Whistler St

NSW 2095

Sydney, Australia

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 6.30am-5.30pm

Sat-Sun: 7.30am-5.30pm

For more information:  http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/venues/4661/barefoot-coffee-traders

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2. Three beans

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The one thing you’ll love about Manly is that it’s such a small town you can hardly miss a cafe that is worth checking out. Just basing on the crowd, I stumbled into three beans. And of course, I surely wasn’t disappointed. Definitely decent food and, needless to say, iced chocolate was a bomb.

Rating: 3/5

Address:

2A darley road

NSW 2095

Sydney, Australia

For more information: http://www.threebeans.com.au/

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3. Belgrave Cartel 

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Rita’s baked bacon and egg

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You get a very cozy and indie feel when you step in Belgrave Cartel. It’s quite a different cafe as you don’t have staples like, eggs benedict for instance, which is a refreshing change. Instead, you have interesting twists to your first meal of the day. I loved my egg which was wrapped in baked bacon. Toast came along with avocado and pesto. Definitely a cafe you should try!

Rating: 4/5

Address:

6 Belgrave St

NSW 2095

Sydney, Australia

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 6.00am-3.00pm

Sat-Sun: 7.00am-3.00pm

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4. Moo Gourmet Burgers

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MOOteaser – maltesers, chocolate syrup & malt

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Mini Cheese Burger

Not only is Moo Gourmet a cute, little burger joint in Manly but also easily one of the top 5 in town. Just look at how cute straw is?! And also, from the menu I’m sure you can tell, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There have THAT many variations for a burger. I’m not huge on burgers, but I liked Moo Gourmet.

Rating: 3.5/5

Address:

Level 2 & 3

33 South Steyne

NSW 2095

Sydney, Australia

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 6.30am-5.30pm

Sat-Sun: 7.30am-5.30pm

For more information: https://www.moogourmetburgers.com.au/

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5. BenBry Burgers

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Decided to try BenBry burgers for my last dinner in Manly. It’s apparently better than Moo Gourmet, according to online reviews. However, I disagree. I didn’t really enjoy BenBry, as my chicken burger was rather oily. It didn’t quite fancy my tastebuds, I must say.

Rating: 2.5/5

Address:

5 Sydney Road

NSW 2095

Sydney, Australia

Opening hours:

Daily: 11.00am till late

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Can you take me back to Manly, please?

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Recent bites in town.

Nylon Coffee Roasters

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You’ll enjoy this off-beat coffee house only if you are a fan of plain coffee. Looking at their menu, you can’t have coffee in any variations, like mocha for instance.

I’m not big on coffee so I wasn’t impressed. Nonetheless, a quaint cafe perfect to stop at, for a coffee run.

Address:

Everton Park #01-40

Singapore 080004

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm

(Closed on Tue)

For more information: http://www.nyloncoffee.sg/#

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Batterworks

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Just a stone’s throw from Nylon Coffee Roasters, you’ll find another cafe perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Nothing but cakes, pastries and desserts.

Do check out their menu if you would like to order cakes etc for special occasions.

Address:

Everton Park #01-42

Singapore 080004

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Sat: 9am – 3pm

(Closed on Sun)

For more information: http://www.batter-works.com/

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Department of Caffeine, D.O.C

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Iced Chocolate

I’ve yet to try D.O.C’s food, but from all the reviews I’ve been reading online, everything look’s good. It was a pity a couple of their dishes were unavailable on the Sunday I went there.

But, their iced chocolate is AWESOME. The thick chocolate with the scoop of ice cream literally just melts in your mouth.

One thing you’d love about D.O.C is that, GST and service charge is not charged. I’d probably be back soon to check out the food.

Address:

15 Duxton Road

Singapore 089481

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat & Sun: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

For more information: http://www.deptofcaffeine.com/

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

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French toast with butterscotch sauce

Minutes walk from Jalan Besar stadium, Chye Seng Huat Hardware run by the folks of Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy.

I honestly expected the drinks to be a bomb based on the reviews, but it was quite the opposite. I ordered iced chocolate and was told only hot chocolate served with ice cubes is possible. I mean seriously?!

On the other hand, I enjoyed the food. French toast is not my usual order when it comes to breakfast food. But, I couldn’t resist the butterscotch sauce with warm french toast. Real sugar overload. But, no complaints.

So, drinks NO, food YES!

Rating: 3/5

Address:

150 Tyrwhitt Road

Singapore 207563

Opening hours:

Tues to Fri: 9am to 7pm

Sat & Sun: 9am to 10pm

(Closed on Mon)

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Selfish Gene Cafe

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Bagel & smoked salmon with scrambled eggs

I expected the cream cheese and salmon to be served in the bagel and not in a DIY fashion. But, nevertheless, it was quite a different presentation style. But, to be honest, the food was just average. Scrambled eggs were fresh but a bit too runny for my liking. Even, drinks failed me.

I probably won’t be dropping by SGC anytime soon.

Rating: 2.5/5

Address:

40 Craig Road

Singapore 089678

Opening hours:

Daily: 10am to 6pm

(Closed on Tue)

For more information: http://www.selfishgenecafe.com/

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Le Monde, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Located just minutes walk from Central Station, Le Monde serves a good variety of both breakfast and main course food. Also, another plus for brekkie food lovers, all day breakfast is served. Considering I went there for breakfast 2 days in a row, Le Monde definitely lives up to Urbanspoon’s 95% votes.

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Eggs Benedict with poached egg, smoked salmon and hollandaise on a English muffin

Small portion but hollandaise sauce is awesome and salmon is fresh.

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Prawn Fritters with red cabbage, carrot, onion, corn, asparagus/chorizo, roquette, smoked red pepper feta salad & poached egg

Slightly oily as prawn fritters are deep fried but tasty nevertheless.

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Potato Rosti with schulz smokehouse bacon, sautéed spinach, feta, poached egg, pistachio and hollandaise sauce

Served all day which is good for people looking for something heavier to start the day with. Hollandaise sauce could have been poured more generously. Nonetheless, pistachio nuts added a different twist to the rosti.

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Chocolate milkshake and orange juice

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Rating: 4.5/5

Address:

83 Foveaux St

Surry Hills, NSW 2010

How to get there:

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Opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays: 6.30am to 4pm

Saturday: 7.30am to 2pm

For more information:

http://www.lemondecafe.com.au/home.html

Thanks to Urbanspoon, I discovered this hidden gem along Foveaux St.

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Cafe-hopping bandwagon!

When I visited Australia last year I fell in love with the local cafe culture that was very prominent especially in Sydney compared with Goldcoast. In recent times, I’ve to say the cafe culture in Singapore has become increasingly popular. It’s like the latest buzz of the town, to check out new cafes to chill on lazy weekday afternoons or awesome brunch places perfect for the weekend when you wake up way past 10am.

Here are a few of my favourites!

1. Prive @ Keppel Bay 

A place I fell instantly in love with due to it’s perfect view while I dined. What more can you ask for when you have yachts before you.

Prive’s Ultimate Brekkie, SGD 20

Milkshakes – Chocolate Crunch (far left) and Malted Maltesers, SGD 11-12

Rich Chocolate Cake, SGD 8

Prive is a perfect place to dine both in the day and night depending on which atmosphere you are up for. I’ve been there for brunch twice and once for dinner. I personally prefer the brunch atmosphere which is usually packed with families over to kick start the day with a hearty breakfast as opposed to the dinner atmosphere which is a much cosier affair. Maybe, I’m biased cause I prefer brunch food over dinner, hands down!

No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382

T:  +65 6776 0777

http://theprivegroup.com.sg/prive/

2. House, Barracks and Camp

One of the best brunches I’ve ever had. Period.

Barracks Freeform Eggs, SGD 21

Barracks is also known for it’s truffle fries (SGD 11) and true enough I wasn’t disappointed. I need to make a trip to Barracks again soon!

8D Dempsey Road

Singapore 249672

T: +65 6475 7787

http://www.dempseyhouse.com/

3. Toby’s Estate Cafe

Toby’s Breakfast Set, SGD 16+

Hot Chocolate, SGD 5+

Toby’s estate is one of those cafes which is known more for their coffee rather than the food. Nonetheless, the food wasn’t that disappointing. Getting to this place might be a slight hassle, especially if you’re not driving, but trust me, it’s worth it.

8 Rodyk St #01-03/04

Singapore 238216

T: +65 6636 7629

http://www.tobysestate.com.sg/

4. Wild honey @ Scotts Square

English breakfast, SGD 22

Wild honey is famous for being one of those places that has all-day breakfast, 7 days a week. They operate at 2 outlets in the heart of Singapore which is especially convenient. I’ve been to Wild honey (Scotts Square) twice and preferred the English breakfast to their Canadian, which was pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.

6 Scott’s Road, #03-01

Scott’s Square

Singapore 228209

T: +65 6636 1816

http://www.wildhoney.com.sg

5. Hatched @ Holland Village

Philly, SGD 15

Hatched recently opened it’s 2nd outlet in Holland Village which is definitely more accessible than their other outlet at Evan’s lodge.  And being a fan of eggs, I had to check this place out! Plus, it has all-day breakfast! That’s double awesome!

267 Holland Ave
Singapore 278989

T: +65 6463 0012

http://www.hatched.sg/

Be sure to check these places out if you’re in the Sunny island and are looking for new food haunts. Hope these places impress you as much as they impressed me. Also, feel free to drop me a comment if you’ve any recommendations for the foodie in me!

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