40 HANDS (PART II)

We definitely started early with a Big Boy Breakfast and Eggs Benedict at 40 Hands before the maddening crowd moves in. The huge serving of 2 sunny side up eggs, bacon, sausages, toasted pita bread, minced beef bolognese and salad is my source of fuel before gym class. Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

40 HANDS
78 Yong Siak Street #01-12
Tiong Bahru
Tel: 6225 8545
Email: info@40handscoffee.com

Opening Hours:
Tues, Weds, Thurs and Suns – 8am to 7pm
Fri and Sat – 8am to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

40 HANDS

40 HANDS needs no introduction, as the pioneer cafe that kick started the 3rd wave coffee trend in Spore. When I first moved in to Tiong Bahru 3 years ago, Yong Siak Street is a quiet stretch without any F&B outlets, apart from the Kopitiam at the corner and a private dining outfit with lacklustre business. Everything changes with the opening of 40 HANDS. A string of cafes, design studios and small independent stores soon follow suit, adding buzz and vitality to this once sleepy neighbourhood.

The quirky name came about because an average of 40 HANDS are required in the production of coffee, from plant to cup. So the next time you down a cuppa Joe, think of the hard work that makes your coffee enjoyment possible.

My all time favourite sandwich is the Jamaican jerked pork – smoked pork tenderloin, dark plum chutney, tomato sauce with basil, mango, coriander, herb oil and mozzarella. All the sweet and savouy ingredients came together beautifully in one chunky hearty mess. Brunch is also available from Fri to Sun, 8am to 3pm if you are a late riser.

I’m so glad good coffee is just a stone thrown away should my cravings act up.

40 HANDS
78 Yong Siak Street #01-12
Tiong Bahru
Tel: 6225 8545
Email: info@0handscoffee.com

Opening Hours:
Tues, Weds, Thurs and Suns – 8am to 7pm
Fri and Sat – 8am to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

POTEATO

Tiong Bahru is fast becoming a foodie enclave with many cafes and coffee joints jumping on the F&B bandwagon, following the success of 40 Hands. Poteato the latest cafe to hit this lovely neighbourhood aims to be different by concentrating on tea and potato inspired dishes, hence the moniker Poteato. The cafe took over an old run down provision shop, breathing new life with its industrial style decor. Framed photographs of the old provision shop on the wall brought back some fond memories of the chatty auntie who used to run the place.

There are about 15 different kind of tea which is a nice change for those seeking a different kind of caffeine. We ordered the apricot mango and peach lychee iced tea to beat the scorching weather. Both are refreshing in this insane heat. My chicken sandwich is a great disappointment. The shredded chicken lies on top of an equally uninspiring bun. The tomato salsa sauce on the side isn’t too far off from the horrid tasting scale. Anyone could have easily replicated this dish with a ready made roast chicken from cold Storage. Needless to say, it was left largely untouched. The bangers and mash fared slightly better but is nothing fantastic to write home about. The food menu is predictable and nothing really excites me. If the key selling focus is potato inspired dishes, it would be good to see more creative dishes using my favourite spud.

Poteato also serves a small selection of ice cream, cakes and macarons (earl grey chocolate, salted caramel, gula melaka and passionfruit at $2.40 each). It is a cosy place to chill over tea, but I will skip the food.

POTEATO
78 Yong Siak Street #01-08
Singapore 163078
Tel: 6221 2488
Email: poteato78@gmail.com

Opening Hours:
Tues & Fri – 11am to 10pm
Sat – 10am to 10pm
Sun – 10am to 9pm

SOCIAL HAUS

Food is a social lubricant in Singapore and SOCIAL HAUS is urging you to socialize at their humble abode on Yong Siak Street. Those on the look-out for a drinking hole can stop by, guzzle down some beer and feast on contemporary western food.

Their brunch menu is rather limited and ordinary. Nothing fantastic to write home about for the HAUS breakfast we tried consisting of sausages, sautéed mushrooms, 2 sunny side up eggs, toast and salad on the side. The rosti with sausages didn’t impress as well since the rosti lacks the crisp factor. Don’t even get me started on the weak insipid coffee considering my expectation of coffee isn’t high.

Would I go back to SOCIAL HAUS to try their dinner menu? Perhaps if I need to kick back and unwind over a bottle of ice cold beer. But definitely a big NO-NO for their lacklustre brunch menu.

SOCIAL HAUS
11 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168646
Email: enquiries@socialhaus.com.sg / SocialHaus.Singapore@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SocialHaus.Sg

Opening Hours:
Mon / weds / Thurs: 12pm – 11.30pm
Fri: 12pm – 12am
Sat: 11am – 12am
Sun: 11:00am – 10.30pm

OPEN DOOR POLICY

Open Door Policy opened its door at so hip its hurt Yong Siak Street within the old world charm of the Tiong Bahru Precinct, turning this once quiet sleepy street abuzz with life and vitality. A collaboration between the spa esprit group and 40 hands, this stylishly designed bistro is helmed by Chef Ryan Clift from the tippling club, with a focus on modern bistro fare with a rustic twist.

We kick started our meal with puff pastry pizzetta, lamb confit and Greek salad garnish. This appetizer is a tad salty due to the olives, feta cheese and parmesan cheese used. I would prefer it to have something sweet like mango or pomegranate to balance the saltiness. A squeeze of fresh zesty lemon juice will be great for some tartness too.

48 hour cooked braised beef cheek with mocha potatoes, carrot puree and snow pea tendrils is a clear winner. The melt in the mouth beef cheek falls apart at a prick with the fork. Wonderfully tender when paired with the sweet carrot puree. The confit duck leg with lentils, sage and smoked bacon isn’t my favourite probably because I’m not a fan of lentils, but the duck confit has a nice layer of crispy skin holding the tender soft meat beneath.

4th on the menu is the sea bass with artichoke, potatoes and rocket salad. The sea bass is nicely seasoned and grilled. It’s a delightful dish, but gives me my cod fish any day over sea bass and I will be a happier man.

The folks at ODP have recently started their brunch menu available only on weekends from 11am to 3pm, with a tight menu of just 6 items. It’s taken me a great deal of will power not to rush down and try them all. Judging from the constant flow of customers, Open Door Policy is set to be a long term resident at hipster Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. Remember to make your reservation because it’s hard enough to snag a table even on weekday afternoons.

OPEN DOOR POLICY
19 Yong Siak Street
(Yong Siak View)
Singapore 168650

Tel: +65 6221 9307
Fax: +65 6221 9032
Email: enquiries@odpsingapore.com
Website: http://www.odpsingapore.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/odpsingapore

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12 to 4pm (last order 3:30pm)
Dinner: 6:30pm to 11pm (last order 10:30pm)
Closed on Tuesdays
Wednesday – only open for dinner service
Fri and Sat – bar open till 12 midnight.