(Tian Kee & Co had ceased operations since 30 December 2016 due to Dakota Crescent being listed as one of the estates under the Selective En-Bloc Redevelopment Scheme.)
One of the cafes that opened to much hype surrounding it is Tian Kee & Co; a conversion of a 54 year old provision shop situated in an iconic neighbourhood built in 1958 by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) into a cafe.
Stepping into the neighbourhood, it’s not hard to understand why Tian Kee & Co had been gaining all that attention even before its opening. Being one of the rare cafes that is being situated in such a historic estate, it not only exudes an old-school charm, but its largely quiet and barren surroundings provide a real escape from the hustle and bustle away at the main road. The nostalgia runs all the way deep into its facade and interior; that 54 year old signboard, the old-school tables and the kiddie ride outside the cafe all brings back memories of the yesteryear.
The menu offerings however differ; despite having some simple fare that is somewhat nostalgic such as muffins and cream puffs, they have also incorporated modern items such as flavoured cheesecake and artisan coffee into their menu as well.
(Yuan Yang Cheesecake)
Being a cheesecake junkie, I have had many variants of cheesecake from the humble New York ones to Matcha ones, but this is the first time I had came across a Yuan Yang Cheesecake. Yuan Yang is a beverage that contains a mixture of both coffee and tea. To incorporate Yuan Yang into their cheesecake, the top layer was a coffee flavoured jello which was light in its aroma that it was enough to taste but not too intrusive to the cheesecake. The cheese layer sits in the middle, smooth and velvety while the bottom lies the Milk Tea layer, a mousse that tasted quite the part. While the cheese layer still took most of the taste, the light flavours of the Yuan Yang made this cheesecake a rather interesting combination.
Being a huge fan of nostalgia, we also ordered a few cream puffs to pair up with their coffee. The spongey puffs were well-filled with cream, which bursts through with the first bite. The cream was fresh and carried a slight taste of butter that might seem a bit weak at first, but definitely less sickening to finish off after a few bites.
Coffee came in these white cups and saucers with gold lining around them, all of which just screams old-school, but it is not good ol’ Nanyang Coffee that is served here, but a three-origin blend from Dutch Colony Coffee. It was fruity and moderately acidic; a great Saturday perk-me-up.
In all honesty, we love Tian Kee & Co a lot; it offers a peaceful and homely environment despite being a cafe, and we just can’t deny that it has got a charm to it. We thought it would have been good however if they are able to mix in for old-school style pastries and bakes into the cafe not to only increase the variety, but also to further blend in with the nostalgic surroundings. Despite so, we thought this would be a great spot for relaxation, especially in a rustic and serene neighbourhood.
Tian Kee & Co
Blk 12 Dakota Crescent
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