The recent trend of using old shop areas significant to a historic estate seems to be on a high with cafes lately. While Tian Kee & Co is recently uncovered, Sin Lee Foods had quietly appeared in the Bukit Ho Swee estate.
Sin Lee used to be a coffeeshop that seemed to be around as long as the estate itself, and also used to house a rather famous Prawn Noodle stall with it. The coffeeshop was recently sold off, with the noodle stall having no heir to transfer the business to. Recently converted into a cafe, much of the original fittings are no longer around, much of it converted to a rather hipster setup less the signage being retained.
The menu generally revolves around western fare, serving dishes much akin to all-day brunch and desserts. Beverages such as coffee, tea and sodas are available, with the coffee blend being Papa Pahelta’s Throwback blend (also used at Coast & Company).
Big B is the big breakfast item at Sin Lee Foods. Coming with bacon, sauteed mushrooms, toast, tomato relish, roasted potatoes, sausage, eggs and salad, this was essentially the package fit for brunch. We loved the crustiness of the toast, crispiness of the skin of the potatoes, creaminess of the cream sauce used for the sauteed mushrooms, crispiness of the bacon fried dry without much oiliness and the runny scrambled eggs, but the real deal for me was the salad. They came in a tangy dressing with shavings of parmesan over the top; a slight combination of sour and saltiness that made it so delectable.
(Iron Grill Waffles of the Day)
Recently after many attempts of trying waffles at new cafes, I hesitated before I decided to order this one as I originally wanted something different. Eventually, we still ordered the Iron Grill Waffles of the Day, which comes with fresh fruits and a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream. First bite through came with the “oomph” factor; crispy exterior with a moist interior that really melted in the mouth. Then the next bite comes filled with the fragrance of Buttermilk; and it was really rich and evident throughout. Even the fresh fruits were impressive; they were missing of the usual sourness and were really really sweet especially the mango chunks. The scoop of Vanilla ice-cream was also decently rich, but the texture was a tad rough though still somewhat acceptable.
Flat White as mentioned uses Papa Pahelta’s Throwback blend. It’s chocolatey and nutty tones were light, which makes it a relaxing cuppa to soothe the senses.
Many cafes these days seemed to be using nostalgic themes to attempt to be different from the hipster setups, but the whole concept is starting to turn a bit stale as everyone seems to be doing it. While there is nothing really much nostalgic in here less the artwork on the wall, the weighing scale in the restroom and the signage at the shopfront, the food really hits the mark for its quality. The location is however a tad inaccessible for those not familiar with the area, but it is a spot worth considering for brunch or even dessert; definitely worth making the trip for.
Sin Lee Foods
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee