Bakerz@Work – Macpherson, Singapore


I discovered this place recently near where I work and I believe it commenced business not too long ago. Located just below Citimac Industrial Complex, opposite the huge Cross of Trinity Church, this bakery cafe shop is quite a saviour for me especially when I need my fix of caffeine at the end of a busy day.

This place has not just gourmet coffees but also crafted breads and cakes for customers. On top of that, they have a good range of baking equipment for sale in their little shop. Further in, there is a room for baking workshops that can fit easily 20 pax.

Chef De Boulanger William Woo conducts such classes and he is also one of the owners for this place. Chef Woo is from Penang, Malaysia, and has a long work history in F&B and baking. His deep passion (just like me for food & coffee!) is then realised in Singapore after setting up Bakers@Work to let more people try his breads and teach them how to bake at home. Despite the high rentals, he is persevering to brand Bakers@Work as a quality baking school/cafe/shop at reasonable prices. Check out the pics below:

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Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Latte was good, espresso was pretty well extracted. Cakes are definitely good, that’s their forte isn’t it? Bought a pumpkin loaf before, damn awesome. Lunch they have sandwiches/paninis etc. with cured meats and veg.

Portion: Average.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Not a full cafe with only around 4 round tables and some bar stools but comfy. I caught up with some colleagues here over coffee and cakes one evening.

Price: $4.50 for latte and $4 for cake slice. Prices differs from types of cakes.

RTE: Few times already!

Location:

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Sun Dance – Xiamen, Guangdong, China


This last entry wraps up my write ups for Xiamen good foods. Too much to eat, too small stomach! Will definitely be back!

Anyways, came to know about this place as it’s much talked about in Xiamen. So I decided to check this place out for lunch before I head back. Went in the place, pretty empty on a weekend lunch, found a table near the door as I had my luggage with me. And boy did I regret that. It was warm near the door and the air-condition was not strong enough during summer. Nevertheless I placed my orders and went around snapping pics of the place. Check out the pics and review below:

Cafe front
Cafe front
From the door
From the door
Inside the cafe
Inside the cafe
I think this is a smoking area
I think this is a smoking area
Many books for reading
Many books for reading
Stage for ad hoc performances at night
Stage for ad hoc performances at night
More CDs
More CDs
Loads of CDs... some are super classics
Loads of CDs… some are super classics
PC for surfing
PC for surfing
View from the other end
View from the other end
Sweet basil pizza, quite unique and tasted pretty good
Sweet basil pizza, quite unique and tasted pretty good
Spaghetti Bolonese - tasted pretty good also and the sauce is nice and thick.
Spaghetti Bolonese – tasted pretty good also and the sauce is nice and thick.
My latte... a total disappointment... auto machine.
My latte… a total disappointment… auto machine.
Loads of coffee specks at the bottom
Loads of coffee specks at the bottom
My damage RMB$140
My damage RMB$140, discounted RMB8

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: 4/5. Food was good. Coffees really bad. I reckon they sell more alcohol at night than coffees.

Portion: 3/5.

Ambience: 4/5. Very homely feel. Not very comfy though.

Service: 2/5. Very short handed and slow.

Price: RMB140

RTE: Not very likely… Xiamen has got too many good food places.

Location: 思明区鹭江道254号国贸海景. Tel: 0592-2390538

China Story Cafe – Shenzhen, China


I was here with a friend to check out the unique interior of this cafe and this is an area not known to many as it’s out of the city. Tourists will not come to this place. After reading about this cafe, I made the effort to check it out. It’s actually quite near my place via public bus.

Ambience is nice and relaxing. Great place to catch up with friends. Cakes are good but the coffee is very bad. They seriously need to ramp up their coffee preparation skills. They have other hot meals as well but we didn’t try as dinner was approaching. You can see my reviews in the video below: