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No time to cook? Check out 70 eateries in CCs

PLAY AREA: INSTAGRAM-WORTHY: The Plant Story Garden Cafe, at specialist CC PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay, makes a splash too with arresting views of Marina Bay.
No time to cook? Check out 70 eateries in CCs

PLAY AREA: INSTAGRAM-WORTHY: The Plant Story Garden Cafe, at specialist CC PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay, makes a splash too with arresting views of Marina Bay.


    Sep 13, 2016

    No time to cook? Check out 70 eateries in CCs

    COMMUNITY clubs are not just where you go to run errands or play the occasional sport - many of them boast dining options too.

    A spokesman for the People's Association said there are nearly 70 eating joints at CCs islandwide with cuisines ranging from Western food to local favourites.

    Here are three picks.


    NOM (No Other Meaning)


    MacPherson CC, 400 Paya Lebar Way

    Open 11am to 11pm daily (closed on every first Tuesday of the month)

    Tucked away in Paya Lebar at MacPherson CC, NOM (No Other Meaning) bistro and bakery serves up Instagram-worthy Western food, some with an Asian twist, against a carefully designed backdrop.

    Set up in February 2014, the family-friendly eatery was configured by local design house PRODUCE, which sought to invoke the neighbourly void deck feel at the diner.

    A mini replica of the iconic dragon-shaped slide stands in a play area for kids.

    The kitchen dishes up mains such as pizza and pasta.

    Of note are its black truffle pasta ($18.90), laksa pizza ($16.90) and beer-battered fish burgers ($12.90).

    Also popular is the salted egg yolk prawn pasta ($16.90), featuring prawns and spaghetti in a creamy salted egg yolk sauce with curry leaves and a dash of salted egg yolk crumbs.

    For dessert, NOM whips up its signature rainbow cakes ($8.90 per slice), with varied frosting flavours. Available flavours include salted caramel, cookies and cream, salted egg yolk and chocolate ganache.

    The eatery also has a kids' menu.

    Director Christie Tang told My Paper that NOM is currently working on a Christmas special package, which will include "everything you need for a house party", including main courses, sides and desserts.

    The bistro and bakery, whose customers are mainly working professionals on weekdays and families on weekends, also offers private event booking options.


    The Plant Story Garden Cafe


    PAssion WaVe@Marina Bay,

    11 Rhu Cross

    Open 10am to 7pm daily, closed on Wednesdays

    The Plant Story at Marina Bay is located at Singapore's first "specialist CC", or the first one here that offers water and adventure sports.

    In the spirit of dishing up something different, it serves coffee, treats and indoor gardening workshops.

    On the menu are Western delicacies such as beef lasagne ($15), chicken mushroom baked rice ($15) and affogato ($8.90).

    The Plant Story, which started operations in November 2015, is "an ideal getaway from the madding crowd", said chief urban gardener Cath Lim.

    The eatery has recently launched a workshop package at $80 per person (usual prices range from $55 to $80).

    This entitles a customer to any of the three Do-It-Yourself workshops - Miniature Garden, Urban Farm and Home Apothecary - plus a high-tea set worth $15.

    As the Zika virus spreads in Singapore, the Home Apothecary workshop now includes making a mosquito repellent using natural plant extracts.

    The cafe serves a blend of three Arabica beans for a medium roast ($5.90) as well as Gryphon artisanal tea ($7.90).

    Ms Lim, a certified horticulturist, added: "Dining at The Plant Story Garden Cafe is an experience and a treat. You can spend quality time with yourself, without feeling rushed."


    Yi Jia Coffee House


    Zhenghua CC, 1 Segar Road

    Open 6am to midnight daily

    The latest eatery at Zhenghua CC is the newly opened Yi Jia Coffee House, which officially opened on Sunday.

    Cuisines featured include Chinese, Malay, Western, Indian-Muslim, seafood and local Teochew porridge.

    The Indian-Muslim stall was previously from Clementi Avenue 2 and is popular for sup kambing (mutton soup) ($4.50).

    But what's unique about this coffee shop is its in-house bakery.

    Buns are baked fresh every morning, and customers can have coffee or tea with traditional toast or choose from the range of piping hot buns.

    There are almost 30 varieties - including egg and ham buns, otah buns and tuna buns - priced between $1.10 and $1.50.

    "Moving forward, we will add cakes and customers can look forward to having high tea in our coffee shop," said director Low Chiew Hong.

    She added that the stall owners there do not belong to any franchise.

    They cook "using their heart and soul" with their own recipes, giving the coffee shop a homely feeling, said Ms Low.