Sunday, September 16, 2012

Grown-up Treats at Tuckshop

Tuckshop.... a word synonymous with a place in school to grab your snacks, meal and catch up with friends for a respite during recess .... Yes... those were the good ole days when Cute Cute was a little lion cub. So when Cuchi told him about this hideout called Tuckshop, Cute Cute wasted no time in checking it out with friends.

If only tuckshops were this cool in the past.
Menu written in chalk across an old-school blackboard.
Pun unintended.
Modern art on the wall. Clean lines and simple designs
make for a calming ambience.
Eclectic mix of furniture for sale on display. If you like what you sit
on, take it home with you.

Tuckshop is located in a humble industrial building in the Ubi district and it can be quite a challenge to find. Cute Cute kept his eyes peeled for any signage that might point him in the right direction. A very helpful tip: Tuckshop sits snugly in the "Yamaha" building. Take the lift right up with office workers to the seventh floor, head down the spartan corridor and bingo, you will spot the cafe's name scrawled neatly across the white-washed wall at the entrance.

If you love boutique furniture, Tuckshop would be your version of a colourful playground filled with an eclectic mix of chairs, sofas, tables, etc .... Banter with friends over a meal at the long unfinished wooden table with a big personality.

Straight-forward menu with burgers, sandwiches and pastas for
the office crowd during lunch.
Just like in a classroom ...
This hidden gem, with an "open kitchen" concept where you can see chefs diligently preparing your meals, was comfortably empty during a late weekend afternoon siesta.

Soup of the Day: Pumpkin soup

Cuchi ordered this to try as she was quite full from a lunch before going to Tuckshop. Surprisingly, the pumpkin soup is rich and deliciously creamy.

Tuckshop Nuggets
Ordinary chicken nuggets with a special wasabi mayo sauce. Great snack to bring you back to your childhood days.

Long Black
Tuckshop's Long Black was rather diluted. Cuchi liked the accompanying traditional animal biscuits though.
Soup of the Day: Cream onion soup
This one was ordered on another day when Cute Cute was having a meal with Mr Astro Boy. Light but thick with natural sweetness of onions. Portion was generous as well.

Seafood Aglio Olio
The Aglio Olio looked dry at first but once Cute Cute tucked into it, the dish was packed with flavor. The amount of seafood in the linguini pasta made Cute Cute an extremely satisfied lion.

Chocolate Brownie
As with all meals, it has to end on a sweet note. The chocolate brownie was ordinary. Nothing too fanciful, just straight-to-the-point chocolate brownie. Not too bad but nuthin' exciting either.

German Pork Schnitzel

The German Pork Schnitzel was a delight! Firstly, the portion was hugely satisfying. Secondly, the pork schnitzel was tender but crispy on the outside. The pork itself admittedly was slightly bland but the accompanying brown sauce with a slight hint of apple was an absolutely saving grace. Well worth the price for this dish!

Hey who says that you can't find nice cafes in industrial areas....

Here is our review for Tuckshop:

Food Quality: 8.0 pawprints out of 10
Coffee Quality: 6.0 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Specials that you should try: Pork Schnitzel, Seafood Aglio Olio, Pumpkin soup
For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

Tuckshop Cafe
178 Paya Lebar Road,
Singapore 409030
Tel: 6748 9308

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