Blessed are those hungry in appetite, that they be surrounded by great pies and coffee, and cuisine from Indian to Thai, to exotic (think turtle soup!) and the common (McDonald’s), for they shall find culinary comfort day after day.
Yes I am one of those blessed people. And I say this with sincere gratitude to God. No jokes. Where I work, I am spoiled for choice when it is lunch time. Which makes me very excited every single day. Having worked where I’m working for 2 years + now, I have seen eateries come and go. The saddest exit that I still mourn over, is the closure of the Indian coffeeshop just opposite my shophouse office. Sigh.
But as they always say – when one door closes, another one opens. Hell-ya! Since mid last year, so many cool outfits have opened within 1 km of my office. Hurrah! Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Broers, L’etoile, Suprette are some of the gems that I visit quite so often. They’ve been blogged to death so I don’t see a need to expound on how great they are.
But the latest addition to the neighbourhood – Windowsill Pies have gotten me all hot and bothered, in all the right ways so I have to declare my love here!
Pies/tarts are a tricky thing to bake and through my personal attempts (apple pie, kiwi tart etc), I have learnt how difficult it is to get all the pie-components right. For me, a good pie has to have a: crisp crust and base, decent filling (if it’s an apple pie, give me my apples, don’t stinge!), and a good balance of flavours (sweet & salty is my fav combo at this moment. no surprises there). And I’m very surprised that Windowsill Pies does all these to perfection! Many times, I’ve lamented about the lack of good pie shops (it’s sad to have to go to Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a pie fix. it’s a coffee joint for goodness sake!) here. Whoever the pie guru behind Windowsill Pies is, I want to salute you. Your pies are a bit pricey ($7.60+ per slice) and I baulked at it first. But once I tasted the first forkful, I was sorry I complained about the price in the first place.
You guys have got it right in so many ways.
Your pies are a huge draw and better yet, your decor – makes me want to come back again and again.
From your wooden larger than life tree, to the side ceiling to floor window area, to your furniture and adorable tree door handle. I wouldn’t mind living in your cafe. This is the exact style I would follow for my own future house. Seriously!
Though I have yet to try their entire repertoire, I am confident that the rest of their pies are great as well. At least that’s what I’ve heard from online chatter.
I did enjoy the two slices I had: The Sam Willows & the Strawberry Lemon Tart. The Sam Willows Pie is ‘a quartet of pear, peanut butter, hazelnuts and rosemary’ (from their site). This is a combination I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Loved the pear and while I was trying to guess the cream layers at the bottom (hazelnut, rosemary and peanut butter), I thought it worked. Like I said – salty, sweet pairings are my current loves. I don’t normally describe pies as fragrant. But this one was. I like sniffing my food. Yes, I’m weird that way but hey I loved the scent of The Sam Willows.
The Strawberry Lemon Tart – if you have a low tolerance for sour, then you shouldn’t try it. Myself, however, I lapped it up like a hungry puppy. I think they used Meyer Lemons (these have a slightly sweet profile, even though it’s lemony sour.) for these. Think of it like lemon curd mixed with tarty sweet strawberry jam. So so good.
Come to this side of the woods if you ever feel like having some good pie. It’s worth a trip I tell you.
As for me, haha, I’m still laughing happily at the convenience of having this place just a stone’s throw away from my office.
78 Horne Road
Everytime I get overwhelmed with work, I have a nagging urge to runaway.
To somewhere far. To somewhere no one can find me. To a place I can seek serenity.
Most of the time, I can’t do that. But I have my ways of seeking that small pocket of bliss. And it’s alot easier to find these days.
Especially in cosy quiet corners that serve simple fare.
Ah yes, for someone who seeks comfort in food, only a good meal can give me the solace I need. Last week, amidst a crazy work week, I did just that. At a lovely little outfit called Broun.
Cassie told me about Broun a few weeks ago and we decided to check it out. This cool new (well fairly new, it opened earlier in the year I think) cafe sits on North Canal Road. Just a stone’s throw away from Clarke Quay.
Everything on their menu is apparently more healthy and wholesome. Most of their mains are served with brown rice or brown bread. Well you know I love my grains. So hellya, I say yes yes and yes to brown anything.
We had to check out what’s on their dessert menu first. We were quite tempted to have just desserts for dinner.
But we resisted, and ordered 2 mains first. More on the desserts, later.
Cassie had the Spicy Zest Wrap. Primarily tandoori chicken wrapped in specked pita bread, it was a tad too sweet for my liking. Perhaps it was meant to be that way. However, I do like my Indian food spicy, as it is supposed to be.
I had the Lamb Stroganoff, which was earthy and so wonderfully comforting. The lamb chunks were fork tender and the gravy, flavourful. I had it with the ‘broun bread’, which of course is their version of healthy brown bread rolls.
After 2 mains, we were still raring to go… Our tummies were far from full.
In our ravished state, we ordered a whopping…….
Three desserts. Yes all three were ours to devour and digest.
And were they brilliant? By a mile. I adored their brownies. Which was surprising because most brownies I’ve eaten out there are too dry for my standards. I liked this brownie because it was slightly moist and gooey and it was full of chocolate flavour. The ice-cream that came with it, was divine. I believe Bailey’s was in it. I think.
The dessert of the day was Bread & Butter Pudding with Poached Figs and Cream. Our verdict?
Glorious. My favourite of the three. The marriage of spongey custardy bread, with poached fits and cream is by far a marriage made in heaven. One of the better BB pudding I’ve tasted. Me loves!
Their apple crumble was great too. I liked their crumble topping. And they had lots of apple slices. Another gold star. Looks like this place will see more of me.
While we were having our desserts, Seyra and her band came out to play. Her voice reminds me of Zee Avi. No kidding. It was lovely music. Broun apparently had regular sessions featuring local artistes. You can check out their website for the schedule.
I was so charmed by the box that our bill came in. They really paid attention to every minute detail. How quaint.
The bill, came to about $44. Rather reasonable, considering we ate 3 desserts and 2 mains.
Ah… a satisfying, filling and scrumptious respite from a mad-capped week.
What more can I ask for?