To-Gather Cafe

I like chilling out in a cafe, especially when I am in one that has a cozy ambience and that their coffee and food are good. It would be even better if the cafe allocates a small area for the kids to play in. Recently, I came across one that we, as a family, are delighted with and I believe we will go back for more. It is located in our neighbourhood and that also translates to reasonable pricing for the items on their menu.

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To-gather cafe is located next to the famous Fengshan Market (more commonly known as the Blk 85 market). The exterior decor has a Japanese feel to it and the cafe stands out among the shops in that block. Once inside, I couldn’t help but feel welcomed. The interior is simple, clean and exudes a warm, homely feel to the diners.

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Before we could be seated, our little one automatically went towards a small area and helped herself to the ‘kitchen’. Yes, you’ve guessed it right, it’s a play area for the little ones and this is so thoughtful of the owner and a brilliant use of space. Normally, this space (under the stairway) is used as a storeroom for cafes that have the same layout. The owner obviously know that kids can be a handful and designed this space for them so that the parents can have an (almost) undisturbed meal time. 😉

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The prices for most of the food items on the menu are below $10 and you order and pay before going back to your table. There is no service charge as such. I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Kinoko Pasta (the photo above does not do justice) and the hubs had Pork Cordon Bleu. The dishes do not impress but they do not disappoint either. On the whole, I feel that the food is worth the price we pay for. You feel good paying for them actually.

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I also appreciate that there are different kinds of seating/table arrangement. If you prefer a little privacy, there are those tables that are separated by a low false wall -benches and booths. If you have a big group, there is a long wooden table that you can be seated. There are also those normal 2 or 4 seaters (I hope you know what I mean. This is the best I can describe with my limited vocabulary). Outdoor seating is available too. Oh, I do love the wall decals that bear some meaningful quotes.

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Normally, I don’t visit a cafe more than once (or twice) unless we find it real good. And we probably will come back to To-gather cafe for more since it is within walking distance from our apartment and it serves good food with reasonable pricing. I heard that this cafe has expanded (to the current 2 units) within a few months of operation.

It must be good.

To-gather cafe

Blk 84, Bedok North St 4 #01-25/27
Tue – Thu: 11:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
Sun: 11:00 – 22:00
Closed on Monday
http://www.togathercafe.com.sg

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The Swiss Bäcker

If you stay in the eastern part of Singapore and are looking for a decent breakfast place, consider this eatery at Frankel Ave – The Swiss Backer.

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Da man and I stumbled upon this cafe while I was pregnant and craving for a good morning meal. We were are early risers (normally around 5am) and definitely would appreciate cafes that operate early in the day. This, opens at 7.30am. Woohoo!

This time round, when we visited The Swiss Backer, we were pleasantly surprised that they have just undergone renovation and I must say, this is an awesome move. The whole place looks brighter with the full glass windows and the service, still as good. There is a corner with kids’ stuff which we used to entertain Faith and I do sense a family-friendly environment.

A raised platform space to accommodate big crowd.

A raised platform space to accommodate big crowd.

Aromatic artisan bread

Aromatic pastries

Desserts

Desserts

There is now more selection in terms of food though I still prefer their aromatic bread to their desserts.

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So these are what we have ordered, not much different from what we used to order. We are just hmm…creatures of habits I guess. ;p

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Faith was getting quite restless after having her fill and her ‘music-making’ session using sachets of sugar. So da man took a book from the children’s corner and read to her. That lasted for about 2 minutes only. ;p

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We did have a good breakfast and I thought this place is worth recommending!

The Swiss Backer
97 Frankel Avenue
Singapore 458222
Open: 7.30am – 7.30pm

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