Little Part One is a perennial long time favorite of this eatvestigator, but strangely it is only now that a review is being written. Tucked away in the row of shophouses behind Thomson Plaza, is this gem of a cafe where one could simply order a pot of tea while reading a book the entire afternoon.
Whilst reading, you could order some nibbles like the curried fries or buffalo wings to share with your companions. The fries were tamed by the accompanying mayonaise and great finger food. The wings were available in 3 levels, and came with some cucumbers to quench the heat. However the size and spiciness paled in comparison to places that do wings as their specialities, plus it was a tad expensive near $12.
After working on these appetizers and resisting the urge to lick your fingers, you would be strolling to the restroom. Perhaps you might want to check out the al fresco area at the back. Behold an entire shelf of emptied beers and spirits. No doubt from nights of indulgences.
So if you are in for some main courses, there’s chicken kiev and beef stew that apparently had traces of Guinness stout. They did decent mains, but not particularly impressive that I would head there for them. If anything, its for the drinks and laid back ambience.
Thereafter as nightfall approaches, drinks are in order. Now this is what I like the cafe and the ambience it offers, a place for good company and a good chat over drinks. They have a hearty selection of Belgian trappist beers you would never expect to find all the out of town from the likes of Rochefort 10 to belgian wit beers. If you are not in the know, Belgian beers are typically artisan beers that have a more flavorful expression of fruits and spices and even chocolate! Definitely a change from the common man’s lager. Ladies may like the Delirium Tremens for its sweetness.
The artisan beers here are just perfect accompanions for desserts. For your sweet tooth, there is a rendition of apple crumble which is brimming with apple chunks and not just cheap sugar, topped off with vanilla ice cream. Or you could also choose from the daily cakes selection that go for around $6.
I can’t emphasize how much I love this place and its cozy embrace. I always wonder when I will be back, since as it nicely sums up on the way out, I’m almost always hungry!
15 Jasmine Road
Adelphi Park Estate
Rooftop lofts aren’t just home to pigeons. They are also home to this little hideout of a Spanish bar in Little India. On the second floor, the cool sensuous air beckons you: to set your heart free from the monotony of the concrete city. Now we must begin proper with a communal sharing of Spanish tapas: mega platter ($36.00). Select up to 10 different varieties: patatas bravas, chorizos, tortillas etc to melt your appetizing hearts.
Delighting us even more, every (alcoholic) drink ordered comes with one free tapas. We ended up with a carousel of Sangria ($28), good for 4 glasses. Oh sweet red. It was harmony when paired with our main star, the paella valencia ($36). A healthy dose of Spanish medium grain rice simmered with seafood.
Naturally, we were nourished and it was time to leave the magic of this loft Little India. But who knows, maybe we will be back to meet again.