Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cafe: Arbite

You could miss this space if you're not paying attention to it. A tiny door leads you to the second floor where you'd find Arbite Cafe at Serangoon Gardens. I used to come here quite often for Dessert Bowl which is just around the corner behind Arbite.

When I stepped into Arbite, I felt like I stepped into another 'dessert bowl' because the truffle fries smell was so overwhelming. If you've visited dessert bowl before then you'd probably understand what I mean. (the moment you open the door... the durian fragrance completely engulfs you.)

We went there on a Saturday afternoon with no reservations and we're pretty lucky to get seats without having to wait.

The thing about Arbite is... it's freaking-noisy. I mean it. Felt like the room/cafe was too small and everyone's almost raising their voices talking. It's not exactly your quiet cafe like The Coffee Daily but those really busy and noisy cafe. I was pretty annoyed because I had to raise my voice a couple of times when I was talking to Mike whose just seated opposite me.

They offer quite a extensive choice of food and I thought that I should try the truffle fries (the smell was just too tempting to resist) well but, I was a little disappointed with it. The truffle fries smelt good but doesn't taste as good as I expected it to be. Maybe because I'm a little biased against it because it's steak cut and not shoestring. I rather have my skinny fries. Those steak cuts are way too much and not even with any truffle taste. I ordered Smoked Salmon Florentine. I must say that when it was served to me, I was disappointed at the portion and particularly only one poached egg. I was expecting myself to get two. But as I started feasting on it, I realize the portion was just right. (but also it could be because I was stuffed with the steak cut potatoes... so I really can't tell.) Mike had the Arbite Breakfast which I must say, it's huge. For a big eater like him, that filled his tummy to the brim (together with the steak fries I must emphasis because it's just so filling). We both were happy with our mains, just that his sauteed mushrooms was horrible. Tasteless, totally. But other then that, it was good.

Oh, something that I would go back for is their Ice Mint Tea I ordered. I really like it but Mike says it taste like Listerine or something. I'm a peppermint/mint/spearmint lover (that explains 'pepperminter') so I could be biased. Then again, you can come and try it for yourself.

I might come back here, but never ordering the fries anymore. Then again, the prices are slightly on the higher side.. So, maybe.. in a long while, once.

BreakfastTea @ $4
special blend of black tea from assam, ceylon and kenya has a strong and malty brew. a rich, malty note of a full-bodied tea with floral undertones

Ice Mint Tea @ $5

Truffle fries @ $12.90
steak house fries tossed with truffle sea salt, truffle oil and served with a truffle dip

Arbite Breakfast @ $16.90
scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, smoked chili & chicken sausage, sauteed mushrooms, toasted brioche and pommies noisettes

Smoked Salmon Florentine @ $14.90
smoked salmon, cream spinach, pine nuts, poached egg, foccacia and fresh greens


66A Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555962

Opening hours: 
Tue – Fri, 11.30 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Sat – Sun 11.00 am – 10.30 pm 
Last Order at 2.30 pm & 9.30 pm 
(Sun 9.00pm)
Closed on Mondays

6287 0430 

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