Potong Pasir is a housing estate located between Toa Payoh and Sennett Estate, easily accessibly via the North East line MRT.
Do you know that the name “Potong Pasir” means ‘cut sand’ in Malay, as it was previously occupied by sand-quarries.
With more cafes opening up at Tai Thong Crescent and The Poiz Centre, here are 6 cafes you can check out there:
The Venue Shoppes, 2 Tai Thong Crescent, #01-06, Singapore 347836
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri), 10am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
Brunch Cafe With Crispy Fish Eggs Ben, Red Velvet Waffles And Pancakes
The Fuel family has a new member – Fuel X which has opened at the Potong Pasir area of Singapore.
The menu is extremely comprehensive, with more than 100 items in store. It also has the most extensive menu that include bestsellers from other sister outlets.
This ranges from Brunch ($12 – $19), Toasties ($16), Mains ($17 – $21), Pasta ($16 – $18), Salads, ($13 – $14), Burgers ($15 – $18), Small Bites ($6 – $12), Desserts ($8 – $18), Coffee ($3 – $6), Tea ($5.50) and Soda ($6).
Most of the items on their menu can be found in other outlets, except the Toasties ($16), X-Ben ($16), and The “X” Burger ($18).
The outlet-exclusive Toasties menu includes Salmon Brie ($16), Cuban ($16), Mushroom Truffle ($16), Chicken Jalapeño ($16) and Banana Peanut Butter ($16).
The Red Velvet Waffle ($16) was the only “new” dessert there with a change in recipe and a whole new outlook.
The dessert arrived with cream cheese sauce in between the two stack red velvet waffles, while the waffle texture was soft and dense – with a more cake-like texture instead of being light and airy.
Also accompanied with baked apple with cinnamon toppings, strawberries, blueberries and crushed pistachio nuts for a more refreshing bite.
148 Potong Pasir Ave 1, #01-37, Singapore 350148
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Café Run By 3rd Gen Of Shangri-La Confectionary and Delicatessen
This café Kizuna at Potong Pasir Ave 1 may sound like the new kid on the block, but it has a long ‘history’.
The existing space was previously occupied by “Shangri-La Confectionary and Delicatessen”, which is no stranger to the residents in the area as it has been around for more than 30 years.
Their menu is mainly focused on pastries and coffee, with a small selection of Lunch Bowls available on certain days of the week.
Residents who are regular patrons for the past 34 years will be familiar with their Tau Sar Piah (1 for $1.60, 3 for $3.80), Awesome Banana Bread ($4.80), Brownie and Scones.
Small bites such as Mini Croissant Sandwich ($7.80 for 2) are available with flavours such as Egg Mayo, Ham & Cheese and Slipper Lobster Mayo (additional $3).
The Slipper Lobster Mayo (additional $3) is refreshing and comes with chilled diced slipper lobster meat marinated in a mixture of mayonnaise, pepper with a tinge of lemon zest, topped with tobiko for the additional crunch.
51 Upper Serangoon Rd #01-70 The Poiz Centre, Singapore 347697
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm (Mon), 11:30am – 9pm (Tues – Sun)
Durian Desserts Cafe With Durian Choux Pastry And MSW Cake
Differentiating themselves from the rest in terms of offerings, their primary focus is on durian-inspired desserts instead of the whole durian fruit.
Located in the extreme corner of the new mall The Poiz Centre right beside Potong Pasir MRT station, the entire space is brightly-lit with natural sunlight in the daytime.
Ms Durian offers a small and refined selection of durian dessert items on their menu.
Some of the lighter options include Durian Coconut Milk Pudding ($6), Durian Mousse Cake (Slice $8.50, Whole $65) and Durian Craquelin ($2).
On the other hand, the heavier options are made using MSW – Mao Shan Wang (King of durians) include MSW Ice Cream Puff ($3), MSW Durian Cake (Slice $12, Whole $90) and MSW Ice Cream ($9).
The Durian Mousse Cake ($8.50) was my favourite, with alternating layer of MSW durian mousse and vanilla sponge, topped with lightly salted macadamia nuts and gula melaka sauce.
The vanilla sponge was light, moist and fluffy and complemented well with the heavier flavour of the durian mousse.
Not only did the salted macadamia nuts added some textural crunch to the cake, there was a certain nutty tone to the combination and increased its complexity.
Sweet Cheeks Gelato
37 Tai Thong Crescent Singapore 347862 (Potong Pasir MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Delicious Crispy Waffles And Interesting Flavours
Started by 3 fresh graduates from SMU and with an Italy-trained chef handcrafting fresh gelato flavours daily, I think Sweet Cheeks Gelato does have some differentiating factors.
The café offers a number of classic favourites such as Hazelnut with Nutella Swirl and Honeycomb, Sweet Cheeks, and also stocks less conventional options like Cinnamon Brown Bread, Coconut Mango Sorbet, Ricotta with Pistachio as well as Honey Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs.
The standard flavours such as Honeycomb, Cereal Milk and Banana Hot Fudge goes for $3.70 per scoop; while premium flavours of Coconut Mango, Cinnamon Brown Bread, Fleur De Cao Dark Chocolate, and Lemon Curd with Speculoos are sold at $4.70 per scoop.
Sweet Cheeks Gelato’s Waffle ($5.80) was surprisingly delicious and fairly different. There was a pleasant sweet crisp exterior (crispier than usual), and the inside was quite fluffy. Sweet Cheeks Gelato (Tai Thong)
Staple Food by Krazbikes
2 Tai Thong Crescent, #01-27, Singapore 347836
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Fresh And Wholesome Bowls
Staple Food by Krazbikes was born out of love for healthy food that tastes great. This translates to the extra care they put in sourcing and preparing the food.
Some of the healthier choices available include House Smoothie Bowls of Greek Yogurt, and Acai Bowl served with house granalo, banana, strawberries and other toppings such as goji berries and chia seeds.
If you are aiming for a more indulgent treat, there are also other mains and pastas dishes such as Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab Pasta ($20.30), Smoked Salmon Pasta ($16.30) or Beef Bolognese Pasta ($16.30) or Grilled Prawn Pizza ($21.80)
Feeling creative? Then Craft Your Own Bowl (from $12.30, regular) is for you. Get a base, 3 toppings, a dressing and wholesome protein such as grilled chicken. Quite a substantial meal for the price.
51 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-59 Poiz Centre, Singapore 347697
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
For Brunch, Waffles And Specialty Coffee at Poiz Centre
Juparo Coffee is one of the newest cafes in the heart of Potong Pasir located at Poiz Centre, serving up specialty coffee roasted by a local roaster.
The café serves up brunch tems such as Eggs Benny ($13.50), Avo-Ovo ($14.90), French Toasts ($12.50), Smashed Avocado ($13.90), Hybrid Waffles ($14.90), to Juparo Breakfast ($15.90) with sauteed mushrooms, grilled bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs with tomato relish.
There are also pasta dishes of Chicken Pesto ($13.50), Classic Carbonara ($12.90), Shrooms & Bacon ($12.90), Vongole ($13.90) and Aglio Olio ($11.90). (Unfortunately, the kitchen was not ready for food both times I had visited.)