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One of the cafes that opened to much hype surrounding it is Tian Kee & Co; a conversion of a 54 year-old provision shop situated in an iconic neighbourhood built in 1958 by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) into a cafe.Stepping into the neighbourhood, it’s not hard to understand why Tian Kee & Co had been gaining all that attention even before its opening. Being one of the rare cafes that is being situated in such a historic estate, it not only exudes a old-school charm, but its largely quie
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One of the cafes that opened to much hype surrounding it is Tian Kee & Co; a conversion of a 54 year-old provision shop situated in an iconic neighbourhood built in 1958 by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) into a cafe.
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Stepping into the neighbourhood, it’s not hard to understand why Tian Kee & Co had been gaining all that attention even before its opening. Being one of the rare cafes that is being situated in such a historic estate, it not only exudes a old-school charm, but its largely quiet and barren surroundings provides a real escape from the hustle and bustle away at the main road. The nostalgia runs all the way deep into its facade and interior; that 54 year-old signboard, the old-school tables and the kiddie ride outside the cafe all brings back memories of the yesteryear. The menu offerings however differs; despite having some simple fare thats somewhat nostalgic such as muffins and cream puffs, they have also incorporated modern items such as flavoured cheesecake and artisan coffee into their menu as well.
Yuan Yang Cheesecake
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Being a cheesecake junkie, I have had many variants of cheesecake from the humble New York ones to Matcha ones, but this is the first time I had came across a Yuan Yang Cheesecake ($6.50). Tian Kee & Co has their cheesecakes supplied from online bakery Cat And The Fiddle. Yuan Yang is a beverage that contains a mixture of both coffee and tea. To incorporate Yuan Yang into their cheesecake, the top layer was a coffee flavoured jello which was light in its aroma that it was enough to taste but not too intrusive to the cheesecake. The cheese layer sits in thr middle, smooth and velvety while the bottom lies the Milk Tea layer, a mousse that tasted quite the part. While the cheese layer still took most of the taste, the light flavours of the Yuan Yang made this cheesecake a rather interesting combination.
Cream Puff
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Being a huge fan of nostalgia, we also ordered a few cream puffs ($1.50 each) to pair up with their coffee. The spongey puffs were well-filled with cream, which bursts through witht the first bite. Cream was fresh, and carried a slight taste of butter that might seem a bit weak at first, but definitely less sickening to finish off after a few bites.
Flat White
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Coffee came in these white cups and saucers with gold lining arounds them, all of which just screams old-school, but its not good ol’ Nanyang Coffee that is served here, but a three-origin blend from Dutch Colony Coffee. The Flat White ($5) was fruity and moderately acidic; a great Saturday perk-me-up.
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For more photos and the full review, please visit: http://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/tian-kee-co-blk-12-dakota-crescent/
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Taste
Decor
Service
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Value
Waiting Time
20 Minutes (Dine In)
Spending Per Head
$8 (Tea)
Recommended Dishes
Yuan Yang Cheesecake
Cream Puff
Flat White