The Coastal Settlement

What’s not to like about a cafe that isn’t accessible by half the population without cars? Located in the lush recesses of Changi, enough of a crowd still makes it here to warrant brunch prices you will find in Orchard.
Light, airy and garden-esque, it certainly has an appeal that is long lost in the city. Getting here is then part of the fun.
Finger food like these fried portobello fries ($15) are generous in portion size. You do get your money worth of mushrooms. Everything here begs to be shared, so get at least 4 persons, and the couples should stay off this.
That is one fine runny scrambled eggs that came with the Big Breakfast ($24). The butter-jam spread goes so well with the bread, this eatvestigator is wondering where to get some himself.
If breakfast is not your thing, there’s the more down-to-earth Fish Tacos (~$23) which come with a generous dressing of salsa, rocket and avocado. This would be really good for a movie night.
As if we have not been spoilt enough for choice, pizzas are offered with combination topping mixtures. We had half Prosciutto and half of Garlic Prawns (~$25). The crust was airy and thin like an iPhone, but crispier.
If there’s ever a place one gets an orgasm for brunch, this would be it. This is not the place for budding writers. But if you need a getaway with a group of friends to reconnect over colourful food and artsy decor, this place will keep you coming back.

200 Netheravon Rd Singapore 508529
Tue-Sun: 10.30am-10pm


The World Cafe, Perhentian Kechil

Just off the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia lie the Perhentian Islands, the budget alternative to Redang Island. The idyllic beach and astoundingly pristine waters were welcome doses of paradise. Unlike Bali, the magnificent landscape doesn’t come with good food options to match.
After many misses, we came across what was probably the best find on Long Beach (Pasir Panjang).
It came with a beach view to match…
… so we settled in for healthy doses of cocktails. These were pretty good for RM25 at happy hour.
Dinner followed soon after. The king prawn pasta (~RM35) came with a large prawn head, attached to a disappointingly small body.
If you see a plethora of fish during your dive, naturally you feel like eating some. The sea bass filet (~RM40) came with a very nicely done serving of mashed potatoes.
If you are feeling any aches, conveniently within the establishment is this open air massage. They take credit cards (oh yes!), and you don’t have to be a guest of the resort either. Fixed time bookings through the restaurant are needed though.
If you have moolah to spare, the World Cafe is part of BuBu Village which offers chalets where you can spend a night at, although they are pretty pricey. What’s not to love about having such a view and good food outside your hut.

BuBu Villa
7.30am to 10.30pm

Bev C Cafe

Tucked away the next street from The Chaiwalla Container is this hideout on the second floor of a boutique clothes store. It is adorned with cacti on every table and corner. (Yes, you can lie on that comfy bed, that many others have probably laid on)
The best corner is this ledge which provides a good 180 sniper view of the outside street. Bring a Kindle/good read and pair it with a latte (~RM8.90), and you are all set for the Sunday afternoon. Beers are available too.
That blackish lump that comes with the coffee is a “roasted” marsh mallow. More seating is available behind the counter but it didn’t catch this eatvestigator’s eye.

54 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
8000 Johor Bahru
12:00pm-11:00pm daily