Art for Sale, Flat White, $4.50
Do you know Eng Hoon Street? I'm sure you do, especially after Tiong Bahru Bakery shot to fame. Right next to it, though, often overlooked, is the Orange Thimble. Part art gallery, part café; part retro, part modern. They serve the usual - eggs fry-up, tarts, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. Good coffee.
Fresh Orange Juice, $3.50, Scoop of Ice-Cream, $4, Platter of Old-School Cookies, Retro Sugar Biscuits, $1
I've been to the Orange Thimble a couple times - sometimes because I'm in the mood to see what art pieces they have on display, other times because the sweltering heat makes it a no-brainer (for me at least) to skip the queue at their neighbour's and dive right in to an equally cool space with equally good (if not better) coffee. Also, I suppose it's the only place where you get to dunk colourful gem biscuits into say, flat white. Times like these I can't help but say a secret thank you to globalisation.
They have an entire display of ice-cream and the scoop of salted caramel we tried was surprisingly good - thick, creamy and smooth. The scones were forgettable, though. Even with some misses, the Orange Thimble works perfectly if you just want to chill in a corner with a book/ipad/laptop, or have long conversations with friends - alongside a good cuppa. See, that's all I need sometimes.
I've also heard really good things about the Hazelnut Dacquoise, so if I do come back, that's what I'm gonna try. Have you tried the food at the Orange Thimble? Was it any good?
The Orange Thimble
56 Eng Hoon Street
Tel: (65) 62238068
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