21st August 2015.
Now that work has started, Fridays is something to really look forward to. My colleague and I wandered around aimless for while after rushing for a submission on the preceding days and ended up at Hanare, a sister eatery of the Japanese restuarant, Teppei.
HANARE JAPANESE CAFE
The Bara Chirashi (17.90 SGD nett) comes with huge chunks of sashimi and free flow of rice, miso soup as well as side dishes. Considering the value for money, Hanare’s offer is almost unbeatable. However, I wasn’t thoroughly impressed by the food but it was nonetheless enjoyable, the café wasn’t too crowded and the portions are just right if not generous.
THE STAMPING GROUND COFFEE
After dinner, we walked down to Ann Siang Hill where many have gone for drinking on a Friday night. We opted for an unusual brew at a hole-in-the-wall café named the Stamping Ground. Tucked into a corner of the entrance to the Emerald Ground, the Stamping Ground brings fond memories of the hole-in-the-wall cafes in Kyoto.
I had a White Cold Brew (7.00 SGD nett) which is chilled coffee with a rather mild flavour and accurately “smooth & silky” for texture as described in the label. Most importantly, the people at the Stamping Ground are up for a nice conversation while you enjoy your coffee which reminded me of those izakaya moments in Japan, it is just like walking into a Shinya Shokudo (深夜食堂) scene.
The Stamping Ground is a nice place indeed.