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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

[Media Invite] Dinner at Two Tall Trees Cafe @ Serangoon Gardens

14B Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557265
Tel: 6238 1286

So, right at the very edge of a row of shophouses along Serangoon Gardens Way, is a new cafe named Two Tall Trees. While searching for it, I was almost expecting to see two tall trees literally, distinctively at the main entrance, but that wasn't the case.

Anyway, this was a media invite attended by representatives from Hungrygowhere, as well as other reviewers / bloggers, most of whom are familiar faces.

The cafe owner Aaron made some good recommendations for the food - largely Western / American dishes - and warned that portions are huge. Interior decor is simple, stylish, comfortable and herein stands the two tall trees with barren branches arching forward as though beckoning us in. Further in, a  beautifully-painted wall transforms diners to the more peaceful realms among mountain settlements.

We started with some of their interesting bottled Long Coast ale, such as the fruit-infused Tangerine Wheat Ale (SGD$12.00) and robust roasted wheat Eight Stout Ball Ale (SGD$14.00). Besides the beers, the cafe also serves some pretty interesting drinks such as Orange Cafe Mocha (SGD$6.50) and Coconut Latte (SGD$6.00), etc.

For food, we began with a favorites from the Kids' menu, the Pommes Noisettes (SGD$3.00) - which were seasoned potato puree shaped into balls and deep-fried, so they tasted like croquette balls. It was fun to pop these into the mouth.

Then there was Truffle Fries (SGD$8.00), crispy shoe-string fries infused faintly with the earthly aroma of truffle oil.

Seared Beef Cubes (SGD$6.00) consisted of rather tender pan-seared beef cubes, moistened, and served on a light bed of vegetables.

Following that, we had Sourdough Bruschetta with Crispy Kale (SGD$8.00) - anything with delicious, nutritious kale and crispy sourdough bread is awesome. Add on to that were tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms giving the dish different bursts of flavors.

On to the mains now. We had Slow Roast Chicken Leg (SGD$16.00) - a big, nicely glazed roasted chicken leg with herbs, vegetables and mashed potato. The flesh was very succulent and tasty, a simple but wholesome dish.

Moving on, Wagyu Shrooms Burger (SGD$20.00) - comprised 180grams homemade beef patty, juicy mushrooms, crispy bacon and cheese, clasped by toasted burger buns, juicy patty with slight smokey notes and tenderness - quite a hearty delight. Salad and fries were served as sides.

One of their signature dishes, Bacon and Spam Pasta (SGD$16.00) was up next - with its signature bacon-infused sauce, crackling bacon bits, spam (luncheon meat) chunks and sprigs of parsley with springy spaghetti. Meat lovers alert - oh, and we heard that the special sauce waa the result of having been through an ice-cream maker. Interesting!

Last but not least, Mushroom Aglio Olio (SGD$10.00) tossed with sauteed button mushrooms, olive oil and crushed garlic. One could choose from the spicy or non-spicy version - we had the spicy one. A tasty and satisfying dish despite minimal ingredients - perfect for non-meat eaters especially.

Palate cleanser in the form of Japanese Iced Coffee (SGD$8.00) was served while desserts were being prepared. These refreshing cups of cold brew coffee were light in flavor, bearing none of that overly-bitter or sour aftertaste that most cold brew contain. We sipped it up like nectar.

Desserts were on the table now. Pancakes with Bacon and Berries (SGD$14.00) - 3 thick fluffy stacked pancakes with crispy bacon, strawberries and blueberries, a merry union of sweet and savoury all in one dish - feel free to order this for breakfast / brunch as well.

Then there were Pancakes with Yogurt and Berries (SGD$12.00), bringing out the goodness of healthy ingredients on soft, fluffy pancakes, a lovely combination of sweet and sour flavours.

Concluding the tasting session were shots of London Fog (SGD$7.00 for regular portions) - a lovely, aromatic blend of vanilla and citrus flavored Earl Grey tea with steamed milk, leaving a delicious trail of foam on our lips as we sipped.

Overall, we enjoyed our tasting session here, complete with wholesome, hearty and delicious cafe-styled dishes in generous portions. Of course, the warm hospitality of Aaron and his crew added to the joy of dining here as well - thank you Two Tall Trees for hosting this event, and thank you Hungrygowhere for the invite.

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