Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

Jolly Frog goes ribbit, ribbit.

May 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I last posted something on food. Now that the concerts and events have died down a little, I think it’s time to get back to that. Just don’t drool all over the keys, alright?

The last time I was down in Singapore for Stereophonics’ concert, I had my friends take me around for some nice eating spots in the fine city. After a late night of club hopping, we kickstarted our Sunday morning with some hearty breakfasts. And we chose this cosy little gourmet cafe – Jolly Frog, around the Chinatown precinct.

A bit of love on my Cafe Latte to brighten up my day as I flip through the morning papers. Heh.

Despite being a late riser, I adore breakfast platters. The sausages, the buttered toasts, the scrambled eggs, the crispy bacons – oh the bacons. So, of course I went for the one on the menu that screams the loudest, “Eat me! Eat me!”

I suppose you can’t go wrong with the Jolly Big Breakfast (SGD15). It’s got everything you ever need for a filling breakfast: toasts, eggs, sausages, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and did I mention – bacons?

Another yummylicious breakfast to try out is the Eggs Florentine (SGD11.50). Drizzled in Hollandaise sauce that drips onto the plate sensually, poached eggs, toasts, baby spinach and – why yes – bacons.

But if you’re not up for a big appetite so early in the morning, or you just want to eat healthy or watch your weight, try out the Cinnamon French Toast with fair trade bananas in organic yogurt (SGD7.50).

Or the Roasted Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with goat’s cheese and wild rocket (SGD10.90).

They don’t have no bacons though. Boo.

I thought Jolly Frog was quite cosy. Small but spacious enough to fit in enough people for a cheery morning. There is also an al-fresco dining area for someone who would like to have their morning meals outside.

Sure, the weather in Singapore can get quite unbearable sometimes, but lucky for the patrons, Jolly Frog’s cooling system on the outside and inside is good enough to keep us comfortable as we drag on our breakfast sessions well into the afternoon.

So, if you’re looking for some place to cure the hangover from the night before, or if you may, bring that someone you bedded the night before for some nice breakfast, Jolly Frog would be an appropriate place to visit. It is located along an almost deserted road, and the cafe is low key for that quiet moment.

And look, they have fresh and bright gerberras – one of my favourites. Now, who would not want a tint of sunshine on your table as you enjoy some jolly ol’ brekkie? Heh.

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Jolly Frog Gourmet Bistro Bar
81 Neil Road
088905
Singapore
Opens weekdays @ 9AM-11.30AM; weekends @ 9AM-2.30PM
T: +65 6222 9227
E: enquiry@jollyfrog.com.sg
W: http://www.jollyfrog.com.sg

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A spot of breakfast.

March 13, 2009

Last Saturday, it was raining almost the whole time, and I do not know what wires in me were loose, but I ended up spending the most of that day snoozing away, like I have not slept in weeks. I woke up the following morning at 8 and thought to myself, hmm, I would like some breakfast for myself.

And I do not mean cereal-and-milk-from-your-fridge, do-it-yourself half-boiled eggs kind of breakfast; I mean a decent breakfast outside of your home, where you can watch the suburb wake up while sipping on your glass of orange juice and reading a book, and a down-to-earth waiter serving you the best sunny side ups.

I guess Malaysia has never been a morning kind of country – alright, maybe the big gang of yum cha/dim sum crowd counts, but no, not the mamaks because they did not exactly close from last night – so spots for good all-Western breakfast is quite hard to find. Most good English breakfasts are complimentary at hotels, but I am not about to check myself into a hotel just for some runny eggs. Sure, there is Coffee Bean with their before-11AM refills, but their scrambled eggs are not scrambled at all. Just some mixture they pop into the microwave and serve it up to you. Nothing personal at all.

Today, I want to go out of the way for something different. So, the only place I can think of with my 8AM blurry mind was Departure Lounge. The last time I was there, Loo mentioned that they serve breakfast as early as 8AM, so it was good enough for me. Something non-fancy and something non-commercialised.

I went against traffic and drove all the way to Mont Kiara for a spot of breakfast. I was the first to arrive, and Loo and Annie greeted me with warm smiles, surprised to see me paying them a visit in a morning that is way too early still.

At Departure Lounge, besides serving the usual breakfast available all around – French toasts, omelette, muffins, pancakes and so on – they have this Make It My Way (MIMW) breakfast set, where you get to choose what they put on your plate. You can have a choice of three, five or seven items of grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, beef bacon, turkey bacon and so on.

I made my selection of grilled tomatoes, scrambled eggs and turkey bacon. With my glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with the pulps (Nah, just kidding – Annie whipped up a plastic cup from the Sunkit carton), I took my seat outside the calm and the quiet, and anticipated for my breakfast.

It was as close to ‘homey’ breakfast as I could get. So, the turkey bacon was not really bacon, but kind of a slice of ham. And the tomato was not really thoroughly grilled till blackened on the outside, and mushy on the inside. And yeah, a glass of fresh orange juice would be dandy. But. Beggars cannot be choosers. I wanted a good kind of breakfast, went out to get it, got it, and was quite pleased. Yum.

So, to all breakfast folks out there, if you know some more good spots for breakfast, do let me know. We can even make a date out of it. I am quite willing to go out of the way for one, when I am up at such hours.

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Departure Lounge
Solaris Mont Kiara
10, Jalan Solaris 4
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens Monday to Saturday @ 8AM-10PM; Sunday and Holiday @ 10AM-5PM
T: +6 03 6203 0362
E: cafe.departure.lounge@gmail.com

Takeoffs and landings.

December 1, 2008

Also guest blogging at Backseat Radio: Because the universe always wins.

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For any small time traveller, we have dreams of going farther away, pass the geographical borders. Someday, I would like to go back to Australia and travel across the continent attending concerts that might be happening then. Then, I would like to do the rite-of-passage backpack trip around Europe. Lastly, if I ever get myself to the British Isles, I will make it a point to go up north to Iceland, and watch the sun set at 11PM.

Alas, I do not have a money tree growing in my backyard, and with the economy downslide, even a trip down to Singapore seems further than a five-hour drive. But, it does not hurt to dream every once in a while. To be in a place that believes someday your dream of travelling far and wide will come true someday. A place like hands giving you the nudge forward, feeding on your aspiration to make you want to just drop everything in life and just up and leave.

Finally. A travel-themed cafe. Departure Lounge has been around for about three years, and just recently – as recent as one month plus – it has opened up a new outlet in Solaris Mont Kiara. The idea came about when one of the founders, Loo, was still studying in the UK and he frequent a bookstore called Stanford in Manchester, which is said to be any travelling Englishmen’s Mecca. When Loo returned to Malaysia, his idea followed him and it has landed in hopes to provide all things travel related to the KL crowd.

The highlight of the cafe would probably be their little travel library. It is a humble little corner with rows of bookshelves filled with anything and everything you need to know about countries all over the world, as well as fictional travel-related books, just in case you need a kick of inspiration on where to travel.

It portrays a kind of cosyness you would find over a fireplace with the embers still alight, and you would tuck your sock-covered feet under yourself, sipping a hot cup of cocoa while dreaming of being in someplace else in the world with the same setting, but with actual snow falling outside.

Another point of interest would be the photo mural right by the entrance. I thought it was a nice idea to have visitors’ travel pictures up on the wall. I think it is these pictures that would strike that spark in me to make the move in travelling further. Looking at these perfectly angled and colourfully adapted 3×5’s, it just makes me want to go there myself, feel the atmosphere I could only sense by looking through a photograph, and take the shot myself, write about it and keep it stored in my head. Forever.

I cannot say they serve the most awesomest food in town, but I would have to give Loo credit for wanting to be better. Since he enjoys cooking, he does not mind spending long hours in the kitchen, trying to find a better way to spice up your food while you are hanging around spawning your next travelling trip.

One unique thing that came out of their kitchen is the Meatballs with Mango Gravy. It is like their own version of Ikea’s Swedish meatballs, only instead of having cranberry as the sweetener, they have mango instead. I thought it is a pretty good attempt, but you will not see me gulping down extra helpings though. See, I am not a fan of mangoes, and I have just picked up the habit in the form of juices and lassi probably less than five years ago. It does taste good, like a new kind of explosion for my palette. Definitely something different to savour in.

Other dishes to try out at Departure Lounge includes the Lounge Salad – Departure’s own house salad with ranch dressing, crispy bacon and shredded cheese.

The Roast Beef “Philly” Toastini – roast beef slices with sauteed onions and cheese, toasted for a crisp exterior, and a soft, cheesy centre.

The Chicken Puebla – a tortilla-wrapped grilled chicken breast with roasted peppers, sauteed onions, cheese and tomato salsa.

For a cafe that has only been around for one month, I could see a lot of potential in the foreseeable future for Departure Lounge, especially since they got the travel theme as an upper hand.

When I look at the clean walls, I saw amateur chalkboard drawings of airplanes with dotted trails behind them, doing figure eight’s to the other side of the room. I saw black-and-white murals of the France canal or the New York City decorating your background as you surf the Internet on your laptop. I also remember the map of America on Lucas Scott’s wall with the states made out of carplates of the respective states. I also saw musicians doing covers of travel related songs, and customers coming together and sharing their most unusual travel experiences and photos.

There is still room for growth for Departure Lounge, especially the new outlet in Mont Kiara. Visit it today you might not be impressed much. But, believe you me, give them the benefit of the doubt. Wait and see. I believe someday, with a little help from the avid travelling customers and Loo’s preseverance in perfecting the menu, Departure Lounge is going to go places.

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Departure Lounge
Solaris Mont Kiara
10, Jalan Solaris 4
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens Monday to Saturday @ 8AM-10PM; Sunday and Holiday @ 10AM-5PM
T: +6 03 6203 0362
E: cafe.departure.lounge@gmail.com