LOW-KEY SURPRISES

MEAT MADNESS

I like how understated the Everton Park and Neil Road area is. As a passer-by on Cantonment Road, you wouldn’t know that one of the best cafés in Singapore is hidden there. I don’t usually visit flashy places so anything that has a bit of soul beneath a low-key exterior is something I am attracted to. My son used to attend childcare at The Pinnacle@Duxton so I used to visit the area on a daily basis.
I don’t know much about Chinese tea customs but I do enjoy tea. Tea Chapter on Neil Road, which was recommended to me by tea-loving friends, feels authentic. They have beautiful tea pots and traditional Chinese teas such as the Rose or Osmanthus floral teas, and the mood of the shop is calm and almost spiritual. I remember buying an assortment of teas like Jasmine and Chrysanthemum back to France for my mum to try. Although she wasn’t accustomed to the earthy flavour of the tea, she was nicely surprised by the flower opening when water was poured over it.
Nylon Coffee Roasters at Everton Park serves exceptional coffee. I didn’t drink coffee until I moved to Singapore. I think what Nylon does very well—apart from roasting one of the most aromatic cuppas I’ve ever had—is how true they’ve stayed to themselves since day one. They make coffee without any snobbery and serve it with a smile. You always find the same faces, and given that the café is quite small, it encourages conversation. I no longer add sugar to my coffee, thanks to a wise suggestion from the barista there.

I don’t know much about Chinese tea customs but I do enjoy tea. Tea Chapter on Neil Road, which was recommended to me by tea-loving friends, feels authentic. They have beautiful tea pots and traditional Chinese teas such as the Rose or Osmanthus floral teas, and the mood of the shop is calm and almost spiritual. I remember buying an assortment of teas like Jasmine and Chrysanthemum back to France for my mum to try. Although she wasn’t accustomed to the earthy flavour of the tea, she was nicely surprised by the flower opening when water was poured over it.
Nylon Coffee Roasters at Everton Park serves exceptional coffee. I didn’t drink coffee until I moved to Singapore. I think what Nylon does very well—apart from roasting one of the most aromatic cuppas I’ve ever had—is how true they’ve stayed to themselves since day one. They make coffee without any snobbery and serve it with a smile. You always find the same faces, and given that the café is quite small, it encourages conversation. I no longer add sugar to my coffee, thanks to a wise suggestion from the barista there.

Nylon Coffee Roasters
Tea Chapter

The Provision Shop at Everton Park is a hidden little eatery that serves the best Burrata & Homemade Walnut Pesto. It’s creamy and really satisfying after a day’s work. We barely eat meat and The Provision Shop has a good selection of vegetarian homemade dishes. The feeling that you are getting comfort food is what I like most about this place.
Another place I really like is The Lokal on Neil Road. The food is homemade: they make their own kaya, peanut butter and ricotta. It’s a great spot for lunch or brunch and offers interesting alternatives to the usual egg benedict and other egg dishes such as the roast pumpkin salad and their ricotta with avocado, pomelo and almonds on toasted sourdough. Their peanut butter, almond milk and banana milkshake is a must-try.

The Lokal
Burrata & Homemade Walnut Pesto at The Provision Shop

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