Replacing the spot previously occupied by Coffee:Nowhere, Pits & Pans is the newest kid on the block at Nanyang Community Centre.
Opened by the same folks behind Archipelago Creamery, Pits & Pans is more of a bistro than a cafe. Featuring a rather clean and bright interior, expect marble top tables and counters and metallic chairs fills up floor space, with a faux grass patch on the wall on one side of the cafe for a touch of nature. Carrying a menu that emphasises on more substantial eats, focusing on pasta, pizza and burgers. A number of appetisers, salads and soups are also available here, while featuring an extensive beverage menu including multiple variants of fresh lemonade, tea and artisanal coffee. Desserts are also served here, featuring a brownie, affogato and several variants of flavours of Fondant Lava Cakes with ice-cream.
(Honey Cajun Wings)
My love for chicken wings go deep and far, so the most natural thing for me to do was to order the Honey Cajun Wings. Coated in a light, golden-brown fried batter that was crisp, these wings were absolutely delightful, being drizzled with sweet honey and sprinkled with cajun spices. A bite into it reveals the tender and juicy meat, seasoned with a little pepper for flavour, which I found it to be the most addictive part of the wings that got me craving for more; all without being too greasy. Definitely an appetiser that is both a good start to a meal and even great to order simply on its own during tea time, be it to share or to have alone.
Burgers are big on the menu here, and since my dining partner does not consume beef, we went for the Baconator, described on the menu as a burger with “bacon-stuffed pork patty topped with American cheese and more bacon”. Despite sounding hugely sinful, this was also pretty comforting, especially with the generous portion of chewy bacon, melted cheese atop that juicy pork patty that carries a good amount of bite (all patties are handmade from scratch here), lettuce,tomato slices and an adequate amount of sweet-yet-smoky BBQ sauce in between the fluffy and lightly toasted buns, which could have been better if they were more thoroughly toasted. Coming with a side of fries, the fries were crisp and totally addictive, though a wee bit on the saltier side. Not a burger that is set to blow your mind, but definitely a satiating burger that features a classic combination of condiments with a quality that fits the expectations of the price it carries.
If you are looking for a more economical option and is open to the other options available on the menu, the Mushroom Aglio-Olio comes is a steal at $8.90; way below the $10 mark. Portions are generous, with the noodles done al-dente and came with a hint of spiciness from the spices used in its cooking. It also comes with quite a good amount of sauteed mushrooms atop for that earthy touch.
Possibly one of the best cuppas I have had in Jurong, this fared better even when compared to some cups I have had in cafes in other parts of the island. Using a blend from Dutch Colony Coffee Co., it carries a roasty and nutty flavour profile that works as a leisurely cuppa or a well-balanced perk-me-up; strong, yet not being heavy-handed.
The guys from Archipelago Creamery has done it again; Pits & Pans, much like Archipelago Creamery, had again managed to offer a great option to dine at for the residents around the community club at NTU students especially given the lack of cafes/bistros in the area. Food is of a decent quality for the price, which is pretty pocket-friendly considering the demographics of the area. A spot that is definitely worth checking out in the far west, and wishing them all the best with this new venture!
Pits & Pans
Nanyang Community Centre
60 Jurong West Street 91
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pitsnpans