Sunday, August 28, 2016

Famous Upper Thomson Road Singapore Food Eateries

Introducing 33 Famous Upper Thomson Road Singapore Food Eateries

Famous Upper Thomson Road Singapore Food Eateries

  1. Upper Thomson Ampang Yong Tau Foo (Springleaf Area)
  2. Upper Thomson Apple Strudel (near Thomson Plaza)
  3. Astons Express Upper Thomson Western Food (near Thomson CC) 
  4. Upper Thomson Awfully Chocolate Cakes and Muffins (Sembawang Area)
  5. Upper Thomson Beancurd : Rocher Beancurd Tao Huey (near Thomson CC / Longhouse)
  6. Upper Thomson Bak Chor Mee :Ah Meng Kitchen Bak Chor Mee Minced Pork Noodles (in between Thomson Plaza and Thomson CC, Next to Upper Thomson Post Office)
  7. Upper Thomson Breakfast : Corner Coffeeshop (Opposite Aston's Express), Shun Fu Market, HDB blocks at 23 Sin Ming Road and 24 Sin Ming Road 
  8. Upper Thomson Cafe : Habitat Coffee, Old School Delights (near Thomson Plaza)
  9. Upper Thomson Dim Sum : Hua Nam Restaurant  (in between Thomson Plaza and Thomson CC, Next to Upper Thomson Post Office), Peach Garden Thomson Plaza
  10. Upper Thomson Dessert : Ice-Cream Shops, Rocher Beancurd, Old School Delights, Little Pancakes, etc...
  11. Dino's at Upper Thomson (shophouse cafe near Thomson Plaza, take-away booth in Thomson Plaza)
  12. Ice Edge Upper Thomson (near Longhouse)
  13. Upper Thomson Fat Boys Burgers (near Longhouse, next to Liquid Kitchen)
  14. Upper Thomson Halal Food : Longhouse Malay Stall serves satay, tahu telor, tahu goreng, nasi padang or Shun Fu Market Stalls
  15. Upper Thomson Ice Cream : Salted Caramel, Udders, Scoopz, Brownice (near Thomson CC and Upper Thomson Post Office)
  16. Upper Thomson Indian Restaurant : Daawat Tandoori North Indian Food (near Longhouse), Spice Sutra (opposite Longhouse)
  17. Upper Thomson Japanese Restaurant : Tomoe Japanese Cuisine (near Thomson Plaza), Yuzuya (Springleaf area), Tamako Meal (Casuarina area), Sushi Tei Thomson Plaza
  18. Upper Thomson Korean BBQ : Auntie Kim's Korean Restaurant (near Thomson Plaza), Parker Korean Restaurant (near Longhouse)
  19. Upper Thomson Kampong Chicken Rice : Chicken House (near Thomson Plaza), Nam Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant (near Longhouse)
  20. Upper Thomson Longhouse : Duck Rice, Prawn Noodles, Chicken Rice, Yong Tau Foo, Malay Food, Herbal Soup, Fish Soup, Fishball Noodles, Char Siew Rice, Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Carrot Cake, Banana Fritters, Popiah, Satay, Beef Noodles
  21. Upper Thomson Little Pancakes (opposite Longhouse, near Thomson CC)
  22. Liquid Kitchen Upper Thomson (next to Longhouse)
  23. Upper Thomson Nasi Lemak : Old School Delights (near Longhouse), Shun Fu Market
  24. Upper Thomson Old School Delights Mee Siam, Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Fish and Chips, Bandung Dinosauress, Chendol, etc... (near Longhouse)
  25. Upper Thomson Prata Shops
  26. Udders Upper Thomson Outlet - Opening hours till 2am everyday (near Upper Thomson Post Office)
  27. Upper Thomson Seafood : Kola Seafood (near Sin Ming LTA)
  28. Upper Thomson Salted Caramel (near Upper Thomson Post Office)
  29. Upper Thomson Thai Food : E-Sarn Thai Corner (near Thomson Plaza)
  30. Upper Thomson Teppanyaki : (...exploring soon)
  31. Upper Thomson Taiwan Porridge : Springleaf Taiwan Porridge (Thomson Plaza and near Casuarina area), Plum Village (near Casuarina), Paradise Inn Thomson Plaza
  32. Western Bar Upper Thomson : Sara's (near Thomson Plaza)
  33. Upper Thomson Zi Char : Kola Seafood Restaurant (near Sin Ming LTA) 
While this is a pretty good list to keep anyone interested for awhile, there's still so much more good food to introduce to you at Upper Thomson ! Some of the eateries listed here have been operating here even before I moved here 16 years ago. The fact that they can survive and prosper for so long is evidence that their food is yum, yum, yum... Whenever I tell someone (especially taxi drivers) that I live at Upper Thomson, they will say "There's a lot of good food there to eat ah..."
Hahaha I truly live in paradise!!! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hwa Nam Restaurant Upper Thomson Road

<h1>Hwa Nam Restaurant Upper Thomson Road</h1>

Hwa Nam Restaurant is one of those traditional coffee shops that give you a sense of what it was like in Singapore way before Ion was built. The usual thing you spot when you walk past is their Dim Sum which is on display for you to choose and will be heat up on the spot. They also offer Roast Meats and Tze Char. 

I personally like to go for the Dim Sum as it has this nostalgic and authentic feeling. It's also conveniently located along Upper Thomson Road. Because it's a coffeeshop, prices are very affordable and my favorite No GST and No Service Charge.


Clockwise from the top: 

Xiao Long Bao
Siew Mai
Mushroom and Minced Meat 
Crabstick with Pork
Har Gow 

My favorite is the mushroom with minced meat. One whole chinese mushroom atop juicy fresh meat. It's full of flavor and mushroom taste goodness. 

Ordered fish porridge because they didn't have Century Egg porridge. There's also chicken and duck porridge. The interesting thing is that they have cabbage inside the porridge which can be a bit shocking, but actually a very good idea. It's healthier and in a way forces you to have a dose of fibre. They use grass carp, which is similar to Crystal Jade. 

Was quite full so i didn't order the Egg Tart (which I usually would) because it's fluffy and I love the pastry. 

<h2>Dim Sum Upper Thomson Hwa Nam Restaurant</h2>
If you're craving for Dim Sum at affordable price, do check out Hwa Nam because this kind of Old School Coffee Shops are getting fewer and fewer. It may just be a matter of time that they will renevote, upgrade or even change owner. It is always nice to have some piece of heritage to hold on to. At night, I mostly see people ordering Zi Char, and in particular the Hor Fun. 

Hwa Nam Restaurant Upper Thomson Road 
244F Upper Thomson Road 
Open 7am to 11.45pm

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review

Birthday boy was craving some poached eggs so it was a good opportunity for us to try the brunch menu at Habitat Coffee. Usually dining here on weekdays meant I could finally experience the weekend crowd here. I have written about their non-brunch food here Habitat Coffee Review and also provided their menu here Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Menu

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review
Life takes you unexpected places, love brings you home. 
The place was packed when we arrived at 3pm. Managed to get a table for 2 at the upstairs area which I felt was quite squeezy. Luckily the table next to us left after awhile and we gladly combined tables for a more breathable time. 

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review
The Big Ben with poached egg 
Though their selection isn't very wide, I think quality is the most important factor coupled with good prices. I find the Big Ben very affordable at $14 for a hearty set that comes with a juicy sausage, ham, baked tomato, english muffin and potato pancakes. The set comes with scrambled eggs but I opted to switch to one poached egg, for no additional charge. The potato pancakes were delicious and probably healthier than the usual hashbrowns. I was very pleased with the portion of the set which was just right. Their special homemade hollandaise sauce is also very good with a more runny texture which I really liked.

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review
Waffle Sunrise with extra mushrooms

The next choice I made was the Waffles Sunrise because it's a wonderful combination of both sweet and savoury aspects of breakfast. Getting to eat one bite of scrambled eggs, and then the next bite of waffles with maple syrup is the best way to enjoy food. The eggs were abit tasteless on their own but when eaten with the homemade hollandaise sauce, it becomes a star party in the mouth. I added on an extra side of sauteed mushrooms, though I was abit disappointed because I prefer white button mushooms to shitake mushrooms.

 For drinks, we ordered a delicious caramel iced coffee and iced chocolate. Haven't yet mastered the art of making a picture of iced coffee look nice so I shall not include them. You have to try their coffee to know how good it is.

Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review
Happy Birthday ! 
 Sat beside this piece of art so I snapped a picture of it. Dear coffee, I love you, and I love many other things too.
Habitat Coffee Upper Thomson Brunch Review
Dear Coffee I Love You 

Habitat Coffee Brunch Review

Overall I'm very pleased with the price and quality of the brunch at Habitat Coffee. They have never failed me in terms of their food or drinks. The coffee is especially commendable as they manage to bring out the flavor of the coffee without overpowering it with any additional flavors I choose such as Caramel which usually tends to turn out too sweet in many places. Definitely worth the slight crowded-ness of the weekend.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crust Pizza Upper Thomson Review

Crust Pizza Upper Thomson Review

Crust Pizza is so far the longest standing Pizza shop along Upper Thomson Road, not including Pizza Hut in Thomson Plaza and Domino's delivery at Sin Ming Road. Seldom see business bustling, even the weekend crowd wouldn't be considered too great in my opinion.

I ate here during their opening but haven't been back since as my parents are not really pizza fans. However, I popped by for dinner as it was just Mom and I that night. We ordered a Caesar Salad and half-half pizza of five spice pork belly and the smoked ham with pineapple (hawaiian).

The salad was quite good as they are generous with the ingredients and the vegetables are very fresh. They sauce came seperately so I could mix it to my own liking. I was very pleased with this as I don't like to see the vegetables smeared with sauce. The croutons tasted a bit strange/sour to me but Mom said it tasted normal. There are also this huge chunks of bacon bits which were very surprisingly tasty.

On the left is the five spice pork belly and on the right is the smoked ham with pineapple. Both have picture features on the menu which is why I chose them. In conclusion, hawaiian pizza will never go wrong. The five spice pork belly flavor was abit too salty as they use a peking duck style sauce which was quite unbearable in my opinion. Though the taste was balanced out with a soft poached pear and walnuts, I hope their chef can look into the sauce.

Actually I really like the pizza dough as it is a bit crispy and a bit soft. As the pizza slowly cooled down and I had my 3rd slice, the dough still wasn't soggy.

Service was good as we were the only table that night. Dedicated service and I felt like we had booked the whole place for a romantic dinner.

Crust Pizza Singapore Upper Thomson Overall Review

Overall, I think that this place is worth visiting for their extensive choices of pizza flavor. Just because I had one bad flavor doesn't mean I'll rule out this place forever. They have alot of unique flavors which I'd like to go back and try.

Salmon Benedict
Peri Peri Chicken
Mediterranean Lamb

215R Upper Thomson Road 
Singapore 574349
Tel 6456 1555

Mon - Fri 5pm-11pm
Sat & Sun 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Good Cafes At Upper Thomson

Good Cafes At Upper Thomson

Cafes used to be a big part of my life when studying in Australia. The Melbourne coffee culture usually consisted of dark coffee houses playing music. Cafe by day and bar by night. My favorites were those with an alfresco area overlooking the street below, good for people watching.

Now I'm in Singapore, here is my list of good cafes at Upper Thomson :


Little Part 1 Cafe

Indie cafe with really good buffalo wings. Good for tea time and dinner, with a nice selection of beers and ciders to accompany your food.

15 Adelphi Road
Tel 6451 7553

read Little Part 1 Cafe Review


Habitat Coffee

All day brunch for weekends and on weekdays till 5.30pm. They have a good selection of cakes to go along with your coffee.

223 Upper Thomson Road
Tel 6456 2567

read Habitat Coffee Review


Neli's Ice Cream


Serves both ice cream and coffee to satisfy both your cravings. Plan for holiday trips using their collection of destination maps, guidebooks and magazines.

233 Upper Thomson Road
Tel 6452 2410

Read Neli's Ice Cream Review

Little Pancakes

Sweet and savoury 3 inch pancakes which smell heavenly. Lots of iced coffee and frappes for hot days. 

200 Upper Thomson Road #01-04
Tel 6258 8515 


Dino Cake House and Cafe

Nice cafe with pies, cakes and pastries. Nice for a light tea time snack. 

257 Upper Thomson Road 
6552 5088 

Cafes In Upper Thomson

These are my favorite cafes in Upper Thomson, mainly because they are the ones that serve freshly made coffees.

[Closed] Neli Ice Cream Thomson Menu and Flavors

[Closed] Neli Ice Cream Thomson Menu and Flavors

Neli Ice Cream Thomson Menu and Flavors
Ice Cream
1 scoop $3.50 standard/ $4.50 premium
2 scoops $6 standard/ $7 premium
Takeaway pints $10 standard/ $12 premium

Cakes and Waffles
Waffle Cone $0.80
Belgian Waffle $3.50
Brownie $3.50
Lava Cake $4.50

Milkshake $7++
Ice Cream Float $5++
Affogato $5++

Espresso / Long Black $2.80
Cappuccino/ Latte $3.50
Hot Chocolate $4
Hot Tea $2.50
Soft Drinks $1.50
Mineral Water $1.50

+Ice for Coffee or Tea $0.50
+Toppings $0.50

Neli Ice Cream Thomson Menu and Flavors

Black Sesame
-nutty fragrance Goma icecream
Brandied Cherry Choc
-brandied cherries are generously swirled into a chocolate base for maximum pleasure
Butterscotch Nuts
-a decadent whisky ice cream base paired with buttered walnuts
-hot caramelised milk frozen into a scoop
Caramel Delight (Christmas special)
-Caramel icecream, white chocolate, cranberries. Santa's luvin it
Chocolate Banana
-chocolate banana icecream with chunks of sea salt caramelised bananas
Dark Chocolate
-contains Valrhona chocolate, lots of it.
Chrysanthemum Sorbet
-refreshing chrysanthemum sorbet with wolfberries
-made with coconut milk and coconut flakes for maximum flavor and double the fun
Cookies & Cream
-full of cookies
Earl Grey
-use premium tea leaves for a strong brew
Green Tea
-like frozen matcha latte
Honey Pumpkin (Halloween Special)
-Halloween special treat
-Malted milk ice cream paired with oatmeal squares
-perfect blend of coffee and Valrhona chocolate
Lemon Sorbet
-mouth puckering delight sure to please those who love lemons
Pear Sorbet
-packs a powerful punch of pear proportions
Peanut Butter
Peppermint Frost (Christmas special)
-peppermint icecream with after eights and marshmallows
Ribena Sorbet
-chilled version of the blackcurrant drink
Rum Raisins
-our raisins had a pool party in the rum
Sea Salt Chocolate
-sweet and salty combo
Stout Chocolate
-dark(er) side of beer with this potent pint (pun intended)
-scraped every last bit of vanilla beans so the icecream is polka dotted with black specks

Neli Ice Cream Thomson

To read my review click here Neli's Ice Cream Review

[Closed] Neli's Ice Cream Review

Neli's Ice Cream Review

Neli's Ice Cream Review

Neli's is a travel-themed lifestyle ice cream cafe. They have a departure/ arrival style menu like where you would go check flight timings at the airport. Then you order from their friendly 'cabin crew' and collect your ice cream from the pint belt like collecting your baggage and start your journey around the world. 

Neli's Ice Cream Review

It would be a great place to plan holiday trips as they have travel maps, guidebooks and magazines on display. There are also these notebooks where customers have written down their recommendations on where to go too. The sitting area reminded me of study areas in the library. It makes for a good discussion area if you are planning a trip with friends.  

Neli's Ice Cream Review
Book shelf full of travel tip resources

Ordered an Affogato and 3 scoops of Ice cream. Was quite surprised that we could choose which flavor of ice cream to go with the Affogato as most places just serve it with Vanilla. You could get really creative i guess. Perhaps coffee and Earl Grey Tea ice cream to get a Yuan Yang?
The Affogato looked more like a float as the Ice Cream was floating at the top of this big cup of coffee. Perhaps their espresso shot is larger than usual. 

Neli's Ice Cream Review
Affogato with Vanilla Ice Cream
The Earl Grey flavor was unanimously the best out of the 3. I would definitely come back when I'm craving this flavor as it tastes as good as drinking a cup of hot tea, but iced. The Cookies and Cream which I chose was disappointing as I was expecting something creamy with lots of cookie chunks similar to the Haagen Daaz tub :p Horlicks flavor was quite light but was nice too. So in order of preference for the night would have to be 1. Earl Grey 2. Horlicks 3. Cookies & Cream.

Neli's Ice Cream Review
Horlicks, Earl Grey Tea and Cookies & Cream

Their icecream philosophy, which I have typed out below. 
Neli's Ice Cream Review
About their ice cream

Every other ice cream shop uses the word “artisanal” so we’ll make it sound simple. We handmake all our ice creams from scratch – just basic ingredients milk, cream and sugars. No artificial flavouring, no colouring, nothing fake. Every single bin of ice cream is painstakingly hand whisked (hello triceps and biceps!) and churned in small batches in our kitchen.  
We squeeze the most out of our ingredients – vanilla pods are scraped clean of beans, premium early grey leaves soak a night (or two) before churning, bananas are perfectly ripe and caramelized, gummy bears bathed in vodka till they’re drunk – to ensure that our flavours are rich and luxurious.
New flavours and mix-ins dance around in our minds every waking moment (even in the shower!) and we approach every new trial with excitement and anticipation. With that said, there are rounds of trial and error for each new flavour before it gets to wave to customers on our shelves.

Neli Ice Cream Thomson

Overall I like Neli's Ice Cream for their cool Mint and White color scheme and spacious layout. Would come back to try their other flavors as the Ribena Sorbet has caught my eye. Heard that they have Gummy Bears soaked in vodka in them. I used to always mix Gummy Bears with my ice cream at ColdRock Creamery. 

Neli's Ice Cream Review

233 Upper Thomson Road 
Singapore 574364
Tel 6452 2410
Sun- Thurs 12pm - 11pm
Fri & Sat 12pm- 1am