Aug 5, 2016

5 Far-Flung Cafes in Singapore that are Worth the Drive


After burning off some calories at one of our fave cycling spots in Singapore, I figured why not reward ourselves with a treat. And there is no better treat when it involves food... so with our trusty 7-seater Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L MIVEC, we set out to hunt down some of Singapore's most ulu (or remote) eateries!

In all honesty, the real reason for heading to the far-flung corners of Singapore is just so that I get the chance to enjoy the driving experience that the Outlander has to offer. I have always liked being up high when driving a car and the Outlander offers this. Another thing which is very nice is that the car boasts improved handling and greatly reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) along with increased body and structural rigidity for a quieter and superbly composed ride.

During a stretch of terrible traffic, the drive proved hassle-free. In fact, thanks to its improved steering response and handling, ride comfort in the Outlander is superb - and if the monkies had their way, they would have opted to stay in the car just for that little bit longer.

Luckily, there was the lure of food. And it was good old fashioned food, in a good old fashioned kind of place.

Located in Wessex Estate off Portsdown Road, the charm of Cafe Colbar is almost impossible to reproduce. A quaint and nostalgic hideaway, it serves food that is a holdover from our time under British rule.

In fact, everything about Colbar is old-fashioned, from its classic fish & chips and chicken curry, to its rustic structure.

Equally charming was Jubilee Coffee House & Bar near Changi Village. Coastal Settlement, its older sibling, which lies just further down the road may draw more crowds but this cafe housed in an old bungalow oozes nostalgia at every corner.

Stepping into the cafe feels like stepping into someone's home - cosy, warm and having that fuzzy feeling.

And as you can probably tell, every spot in the cafe makes for a highly instagrammable moment.

The cafe even has a mini pond with fishes, which sure delighted the monkies!

Prices are a little steep but the portions are generous. Well, if you know my monkies, you will know the boys have a huge appetite but it turned out that both of them shared the Burger and didn't even manage to finish it!

In keeping with the nostalgia theme, we found ourselves next at Kombi Rocks, located opposite Serangoon Stadium.

Yes, the location may not be all that remote but tell that to the people living in the West. But this retro-themed cafe will be well worth the travel.

The diner is a mini museum of all things retro, showcasing the toy collections of the owner ranging from mini Kombi toy vehicles and Beatles memorabilia to old school wall clocks.

The cafe serves up local Chinese zichar and Thai dishes. Prices are pretty affordable with most zichar dishes only slightly pricier than those found at kopitiams.

But if you are looking to dine at somewhere in Singapore that is truly out of the way, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe is in a location that is as obscure as it gets.

Situated beside Seletar Airport and on the first level of MAJ Aviation Building at Seletar Aerospace, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe's location is definitely the most ulu cafes that I have driven the Outlander to.

Originally a Japanese restaurant, 60-year-old Poon Kng Joo - a well-known bicycle enthusiast - took over the place late last year. Also known as “The Collector”, Mr. Poon boasts a collection of over 100 beautiful vintage bikes and over 20 of them are displayed in the cafe.

While the interior is air-conditioned, I suggest grabbing a seat outside if the weather is not too hot... or if you head there during evenings. The main reason? Kids will have a field day counting the number of planes taking off and landing on the Seletar Airport runway. As an added bonus, mini chalkboards have been attached to the fence for kids to doodle away while parents sip their coffee.

The cafe’s dining menu is predominantly Western style, with dishes such as Fish & Chips and Chicken Chop. In addition, there are also Asian options like  Katsu Don and Beef Rendang to cater to different tastebuds.

Oh, and if you are looking for more ulu eateries, do check out - Belly View Restaurant too!

Tucked away in a hidden corner of Changi is this gem of an alfresco dining place that whips up delicious zichar food. Families can choose to dine on the boardwalk, right beside a kick-ass scenic coastal view and under the rustling palm trees.

Kids will be preoccupied with the mini playground, wooden swing, hammock and the vast open space. Or if that isn't enough, there is always the common sightings of aeroplanes which whizz by as they are making their landing at nearby Changi Airport.

After all our far-flung foodie adventures with the Outlander, how does its petrol consumption measure up? I will let the photo do the talking.

For a car of its size, I was very impressed! 

The new Outlander retains its predecessor’s outstanding safety and environmental performance through the use of an intelligent four-wheel drive system, passive safety technology as well as fuel-efficient engine technology.

Of course, with the monkies on board, I expect no less than stellar safety features with the Outlander as well. And it does not disappoint. 

Safety remains a strong suit for the Outlander. The car comes fully equipped with front driver and passenger airbags, side, curtain and knee protection airbags. Its Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body structure is further bolstered with active safety features including Traction Control and Active Stability Control (ASC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Hill Start Assist. Thanks to its combination of active and passive safety features, the all-new Outlander is given the five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

And did you know that the Outlander also comes with an unsurpassed ten-year engine warranty and five-year unlimited mileage warranty from Cycle & Carriage Automotive Pte Limited?

I think it is safe to say that the monkies were utterly despondent when the time came for us to return the Outlander after a month of usage.

The new Outlander is a genuine all-rounder that is well-suited for a family's needs (and more) so if you shopping around for a new car, feel the power of the beast behind the wheels for yourself and test drive the Mitsubishi Outlander at a Cycle and Carriage Showroom.

Receive $200 worth of service credits from Cycle & Carriage when you book a Mitsubishi and quote ‘Kelvin Outlander’. This promotion is ON TOP of all other prevailing promotions. Promotion ends 31st August 2016.

239 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159930
Tel: 6473 9722
Showroom Opening Hours: 
Monday to Saturday 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Cafe Colbar
Address: 9A Whitchurch Road, Singapore 138839
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Closed on Mondays)

Jubilee Coffee House & Bar
Address: 580 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508516
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10.30am - 12am | Sat & PH Eve 9.30am - 1am | Sun & PH 9.30am - 10.30pm

Kombi Rocks
Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 545568
Opening Hours: 12pm - 11pm

Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
Address: #01-01, MAJ Aviation Building, 80 Seletar Aerospace
Opening Hours: Tues - Thurs 10am - 1pm | Fri & Sat 10am - 11pm | Sun 10am - 10pm | Closed on Mon

Belly View Restaurant
Address: 10 Changi Coast Walk, National Service Resort Country Club (beside Constant Wind Sailing Centre), Singapore 499739
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm

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