East Comes West - The Bao Makers' New Digs

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The Bao Makers have recently relocated to a new site in the hip foodie area of Kheong Siak (4 Jiak Chuan Road) and with the renovations has come with another surprise!
Originally located on Horne Road, The Bao Makers was formed in 2013 when husband and wife team, Suyi and Eugene decided it was time to have their own business. With Suyi having a passion for food and coffee, opening a café was a no brainer to them. The couple have a passion for travel and have brought back many ideas from all over the world which all come together at their ventures in Singapore. It was on one such trip to London that the inspiration for The Bao Makers was found - an eastern food meets a western drink - and so the concept was born.
Walking into the café, it’s hard not to notice the gorgeous long-bar made of bright white tiles and finished off with a mahogany wood table top. Balls of light hang from the ceiling creating a whole new feel to the place and making it more sophisticated than it’s last incarnation on Horne Road. I love how the huge windows allow natural light to come in adding warmth to the massive space they have.
If you don’t know the concept, it takes a local delicacy and adds interesting twists to the classic flavours. They have a wide range to choose from and if you can’t decide what to pick some of my favourites include the salmon mentaiko, salted egg chicken and of course, the belly of pork bao. Pair these bad boys with the crowd’s favourite 22 Martin espresso brewed on the classic La Marzocco PB and you are in for a treat! They also serve different types of buns like sesame or steamed, but if you feel like you deserve a treat, they even have deep-fried buns too! If buns aren’t your thing though, or your feeling like something heavier, they have ranges of pastas and rice bowls to choose from too – something to suit every mood. 
So here’s the surprise, the new location houses not only a café and bakery during the day, but also a steak bar at night. As Keong Saik transforms itself into a nightlife destination so does The Bao Maker’s becoming Butler’s Steakhouse - the new kid on the block which I think you should watch out for. Of course steak is the best thing on the dinner menu, which you can pair with one of their many wines. If you are the kind of person who loves drinking but not such a fan of the alcohol taste, they also have some delicious cocktails (mojitos, yum!) to choose from.
The Bao Makers and Butler’s Steakhouse are both products of Suyi and Eugene’s passion for food and coffee. I admire the relationship they have with their staff, treating all of them like family which you can feel filters down to the service they provide. So, make a date to drop by for a delicious latte or settle in for a feed any time of the day - these people know how to welcome you!

The Bao Makers
4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3.30pm
Saturday, Sunday & PH: 12pm - 5pm

T: +65 6291 2330
E: contactus@baomakers.com
W: www.baomakers.com
Instagram: @baomakers
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Pomp & Circumstance at Regent Singapore's Tea Lounge

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Regent Singapore, A Four Season Hotel, is taking hotel dining to a new level. Not only do they have a fantastic space to enjoy a relaxing cocktail on the second floor (Manhattan Bar) and delicious Italian restaurant, Basilico, but also their beautiful Tea Lounge plays host to a weekday afternoon tea which left us full to the brim but wanting for more.

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Nestled on the far side of the foyer with soft grand piano music to help you ease away your afternoon, this place has shot to the top of our list of places to impress your friends and family with.

the tea lounge the regent hotel

As soon as we sat down at our table, the impeccable service began with an offering of hot and cold drinks. Tea obviously takes centre stage here with the biggest variety of teas from oolong to black, green to fruit, they have something to suit everyone. If it's all a bit too much choice the knowledgable staff will be able to recommend something to you. 

However, if you are like us and coffee lovers, they also serve CMCR's 22 Martin as espresso and Ardi Sidama as a pourover. For the latter, they wheel over their impressive brass edged trolley and allow you to enjoy the theatre of filter right at your table.

We also opted to try one of their coffee mocktails called 'Energizer' which has an impressive 60ml of coffee - this really is going to wake you up in the morning. It was deliciously creamy though with a hint of cinnamon, highly recommend but perhaps not last thing at night!

the tea lounge the regent hotel

After this, our food was served. The standard set comes with a three tiers sandwiches, pastries and scones along with one of their innovative desserts. You can upgrade to the procecco or champagne sets for $40 or $60 more respectively - depending on what you have planned for the rest of your afternoon!

the tea lounge the regent hotel singaporeThe first tier contained a unusual selection of open sandwiches, including watercress crepe king crab rolls, smoked salmon on beetroot bread and our favourite wagyu beef on rye with truffle shavings. The second tier contained a tomato and smoked ham tartlet which where demolished in seconds by my friends and I, if we had had room for more at the end would definitely have come back for more of these little gems!

Lastly, the bottom tier had a selection of plain and currant scones with the usual accompaniments of cream, jam and, perhaps slightly unusual, lemon curd. We are scone lovers and do think it is difficult thing to find in Singapore but these ones didn't disintegrate under the pressure of the cream and had a nice taste of bicarb in them.

After all this, I have to say we were feeling pretty full but we knew the best was yet to come or at least it was time for a little bit more theatre! A key feature of the lounge is the live dessert station where if you feel inclined, you can leave your table and watch these magical creations come together. As their where four of us, we got one of each of the desserts on offer, The Chocolate Forest, The Golden Apple, Coco-Melon Symphony and Raspberry Souffle.

high tea at the regent hotel

tea lounge at regent hotelThe most popular, and hence most instagramed(!), dish has to be the golden apple. It has an immediate wow factor with a bright green toffee crust which itches to be broken. Once inside, it reveals its yuzu apple compote, yogurt foam, nut crumble and vanilla fromage sobert. It is a dish that lives up to it's looks and that is something that can be said for all these desserts, we all thought they were the star of the experience - each had our favourites and vowed to come back so we wouldn't have to share!

The atmosphere and decor of the tea lounge at the Regent Singapore are enough to bring us back for another afternoon session but add to that some delicious food and drinks and we think they've got us hooked. Get a bunch of friends together and head on down and see for yourself.

We wrapped up our afternoon with a refreshing Islay mocktail, of muddled fruits and soda water and of course a quick coffee - it wouldn't be complete without one!

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Afternoon Tea at the Tea Lounge, Regent Singapore - A Four Season Hotel
1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore, 249715

Opening Hours (Afternoon Tea):
Mon - Fri: 12pm - 5pm

The Tea Lounge also hosts a Weekend High Tea Buffet at the following times:
12pm - 2.30pm (1st sitting)
3pm - 5.30pm (2nd sitting)

T: +65 6725 3246
E: tealounge.rsn@fourseasons.com
Instagram: @RegentSingapore
W: www.regenthotels.com

You can also enjoy one FREE weekday three-tier afternoon tea set with every 3 sets ordered from now till 31 January 2018. All you have to do is use the promo code AFTEA4 to when booking through this link - Weekday Afternoon Tea at The Tea Lounge. Full details here.

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Cafe Review: Shop Wonderland

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Easily recognisable with their lovely façade, Shop Wonderland (SWL) has finally hit Telok Ayer Street with their glamorous cakes and delicious coffee.

Started back in 2013 at Haji Lane as an extension of the Wonderland Events and Furniture-Hire business, owner Melissa and her team decided to introduce an F&B outlet to this store to create a cohesive experience for their customers.

Loaded and ready to face the crazy crowd of Telok Ayer, the kitchen team has created a delightful menu not only for the sweet toothed amongst us but also a wide range of lunch items. We particularly enjoyed their special Aglio Olio, with clams, garlic, parsley and warming wholegrain mustard, the perfect pairing to a lunch time coffee.

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SWL serves up two different blends, Lucky Basterd as their house blend with fruity, stewed berry notes and a nutty chocolaty finish along side 22 Martin for its black coffees which is a much nuttier, richer blend. However, if you’re looking for something a little different they also offer Nitro cold brew to cool you down as you take a break from the bustle outside.

Due to its location this is a popular spot with the CBD crowd and as soon as the clock hits twelve the hordes start to gather, however do not be put off although it can get busy the service is spot on and you’ll leave full and satisfied in a timely fashion.

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That being said, if your aim is to linger a little longer then SWL also offers up a unique array of events and workshops. One such class held in their flower studio is ‘Floral Jamming’ where the team guide you on creating your own take home bouquet. They also offer corporate workshops on the fundamental techniques of flower arranging, a great way to bond with your posse over a eh..posy?!?

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Ultimately, this is a shop that you will fall in love with. Pay them a visit, they don’t just satisfy your hungry soul but bring sparkle to your eye and wonder to your heart.

Shop Wonderland
134 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm

T: +65 62995848
E: enquiry@wonderland.com.sg
W: www.shopwonderland.com
Instagram: @shopwonderlandsg

 

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It's time to Par-Tea!

Posted by Sarah Rouse on

An Anything But Common High Tea at CMCR KL

We are excited to announce we are launching High Tea at Common Man KL! We have a selection of both sweet and savoury items will be served from a rotating menu of delicious and never boring treats!
Things you can look forward to trying might include Lychee Coconut Cheesecake, Profiteroles with Sesame Custard, House-made Mini Bagels, Sisig Sliders and our bosses favourite - Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Bars…
A set for two with tea, coffee or free flow batch brew is yours for RM65++
High Tea will be available Thursday & Friday 2.30pm- 5.30pm
Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the café on +60 3 7731 7095. 
Time to Par-Tea!
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Keeping It Specialty And Simple - Room 203

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In a world that advances as rapidly as Kuala Lumpur, the growing demand for time challenges our ability to pause and enjoy a well deserved break. When you’re maximizing the time between the work and meetings, sometimes all you’re given is a preview of lunch before you have to head back into the toil.

It often feels impossible to relax in the minimal time, and renew yourself by enjoying a fine coffee for great value that was not a sachet sitting in your office pantry for a questionable age.

That’s where Room 203 comes in. Keeping it true to offering only specialty coffee to go, with or without milk at a fixed price of RM5. This specialty experience won’t distract from the fundamental intent of any cup of coffee, a good cup of coffee.

Room 203 Cafe KL Common Man Coffee Roasters BlogYou can find a rotating single origin for Room 203’s black coffee offering, currently serving up our seasonal fresh crops of Brazil, Colombia and India.

Room 203 Common Man Coffee Roasters Blog

You might not receive the usual cafe form of service, air-con, lemony water, or even condiments such as sugar is something not to be found in this takeaway concept.  However, regardless of this, owner Yeong Wen Tyng strives to give his fullest attention each customer despite being the only person making coffee in this outlet.

Room 203 Common Man Coffee Roasters Blog

“The definition of specialty coffee in our market is blurred, consumers assess specialty by price, not actual quality or overall experience.  From the moment I started two years ago, people would tell me daily they love drinking coffee, but couldn’t afford it”

“Our role in the industry is to broaden opportunities for coffee drinkers. Introduce availability for consumers, improving our specialty coffee culture by changing perspective. We don’t have an appropriate café space, we practice takeaway, and what you pay for is that cup of quality coffee. That’s how I see a market can grow.“ – Yeong Wen Tyng

Recommendations:

Long black single origin.

Room 203
Art Row, Punlika, Solarias Dutamas (Lot 54, Block B3, Level G2), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 6pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

T: +60 17341 1741
E: yeongwentyng@gmail.com
Instagram: @room203livingplatform
Facebook: Room 203

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