Good and affordable fare
Block 84, Bedok North Street 4, #01-27, 6445-1011
Hours: 11am-10pm (Tue-Thu, Sun and alternate Mon) 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)
A NAME like To-Gather Cafe might strike you as cheesy at first, but that doesn't mean its owners don't mean business. The name was inspired by the song The More We Get Together, and the cafe was set up by three girls - sisters Hong Wei Ting, 22, and Wei Ling, 25, along with their cousin Crystal Yeo, 25.
Though they may be relatively young, all three of them have a considerable amount of experience in F&B, having spent a lot of their childhood helping out at their family's Fortune Food Popiah hawker stall. They later went on to play administrative and management roles when the business expanded, but eventually decided they wanted to strike out on their own.
At To-Gather Cafe, good and affordable food is the main focus, says Wei Ling, who also works as a full-time architectural associate.
She handles most of the design and conceptual work at the cafe, while her sister handles the day-to-day operations, and their cousin does the administrative duties.
Its menu was specially put together by their uncle - a professional chef specialising in Western cuisine.
Some highlights include quesadilla with homemade salsa ($6.50), grilled pandan chicken chop ($8.90), seafood aglio olio ($8.90) and pork cordon bleu ($10.90).
Block 136, Bedok North Avenue 3, #01-152B, 8259-0316
Hours: 10.30am-9.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-9.30pm (Sat-Sun)
PERCOLATE means filtering something and extracting its essence. In other words, it is the literal act of brewing coffee. So when Avin Tan and Vincent Ng named their three-month-old cafe Percolate, it was their way of declaring their passion for coffee.
Whenever you drop by their cafe, chances are that your cuppa would have been made by Mr Tan, who used to work full-time as a barista at various cafes around Singapore after gaining his basic training and knowledge from working at Starbucks. He and Mr Ng started off as avid cafe-hoppers who chanced upon the present location one day and decided that it was the right time to start their own venture.
Percolate carries fresh locally roasted coffee beans, and drinks are affordably priced between $3 and $5. And while their food menu is relatively limited, they make up for it by offering an intriguing assortment of original sandwiches, such as curry egg mayo ($7), smoked salmon wasabi cream cheese ($9), and tom yum grilled chicken ($10).
Block 89, Bedok North Avenue 4, #01-109
Hours: 12pm to 12am (daily; last order at 11pm)
IVAN Teo, 39, is no stranger to the world of F&B. In fact, he runs the boutique tea house and social painting studio Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery and Millenia Walk, as well as Museo at Sentosa Cove.
Despite his success, there was still one childhood dream Mr Teo wanted to fulfil - to open his own ice-cream shop so he could have an unlimited supply of ice cream in any flavour he desired. And in February, that's exactly what he did when he opened IScream - a dessert parlour selling gelato.
IScream carries 18 flavours at any one time in a revolving freezer that's every sweet-toothed kid's dream. To keep things fresh, a new flavour is introduced every month. And instead of selling the product by the number of scoops, Mr Teo has chosen to charge by weight, in order to be fair to the customer, he said. Every 100g costs $3.50, while a typical full single-scoop cup is about 110g.
The shop prides itself on creating original recipes for flavours such as avocado with gula melaka, nougat, nuts over bananas (banana and walnut), caramel popcorn, and Milo.