Saturday, November 19, 2011

Liliputan Adventures at Tiny's Cafe

Mandai Estate? Woodlands road? These road names does not seem to have any link to great food places but the lions managed to sniff one out around that area - Tiny's Cafe. Always wanting to do a review on this little (now huge and modern) zichar place, we finally did after visiting the place with Cuchi's family members. Knowing that Cuchi's dad likes cheap and good food, and Cuchi's brother, Kermit, likes crabs, we decided to bring them to Tiny's Cafe. Situated in the old picket and rail warehouse at Mandai Estate, it is a rather difficult to find but the boss of Tiny's Cafe (I believe he is called Amos) has set up a huge crab sign overlooking woodlands road thus you cannot miss it.
A rustic interior with wrought iron chairs and toasted brown tiles

It's a mini museum as well!

Unbeknownst to all, the dumb waiter in the middle can actually rotate by itself

Tiny's Cafe has a lovely rustic but yet modern ambience. The exterior of Tiny's Cafe looks mundane, like one of those industrial building or warehouses around it but once you step in, it's a different feel altogether. We later found out that the owner of Tiny's also owns the furniture shop on top of the cafe. However, as the lions' stomachs were crying, food has to be ordered before exploring further.
Stir fried vegetable with dragon mince (It's just pork floss ok.....)

Marmite Pork Ribs

Salted egg crab
Initially when we first came to Tiny's Cafe, we thought it would be the normal zichar fare. We were surprised that they offer Devil's Curry and Captain's Curry alongside other Portuguese-influenced zichar. Salted egg crab, stir-fried kailan with dragon mince, fried chicken wings, devil's curry, marmite pork ribs and cai poh omelette were the orders of the day. Unfortunately before I could whip up the camera for a shot, the devil's curry, fried chicken wings and cai poh omelette were decimated. The fried chicken wings were crispy and had been marinated well before they were fried. The stir-fried kailan with dragon mince caught our attention with its name. Deep fried seaweed was placed on top of the vegetables followed by a sprinkling of the dragon mince (meat floss). Devil's curry was definitely unique, spicy like our local curry with a hint of sourness in it. Most of the salted egg crab was devoured by Kermit when it came. Unlike some of its peers, this version of salted egg crab is dry and not creamy. The meaty succulent crab was outstanding.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a furniture shop above Tiny's - Watershapes. Selling mainly designer furniture, it is well worth a look.

Here is our review for Tiny's Cafe

Price of food: Zichar pricing
Food quality: 8.5 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 8 pawprints out of 10

Specials that you should try: Salted egg crab, kailan with dragon mince, eurasian fried rice/noodles, devil's curry
Tiny's Cafe is a good place for a family outing as they can accommodate a huge number of people (Yes they have a single table for 15 people. Check the above photo) Plus parking is free. Do check out the stage that they have if you've got any parties or events.  

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address and website

 Tiny's Cafe and Lounge
566 Woodlands Road, Mandai Estate,
Waterbridge Building, Singapore 728697
Tel: 6362 1223

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