When nature calls: café hopping along Neil Road
The Apiary, Botanist and Epiphyte, a trio of natured-themed cafés each distinctive in their approach to grub and space, deliver an invigorating dining experience that pleases both the palate and the eye. Take a bite of nature today.
Nature calls at Apiary, Botanist and Epiphyte
HAVE A PIECE OF NATURE AND EAT IT
Stefan Lim & Zhang Wei Jin / 24 January 2017
Rest your eyes; step into a world where terrariums flourish, orchids bloom and creepers climb high. In this indoor vertical garden, café hoppers arrive to immerse themselves in nature and discover a myriad of eye-catching desserts from edible terrariums to Earl Grey Lavender ice cream.
Let us take you on a stroll along Neil Road in sleepy Tanjong Pagar where a trio of these nature-themed cafés stand and round up a signature item from each that is sure to impress.
Apiary – The Creamery
Bees to honey and foodies to ice cream. We ditch fancy flavours such as Earl Grey Lavender, Despicable (banana, walnut, black sesame and brownies), Hojicha (matcha) and Bergamot Sorbet (citrus) to settle for… The Apiary ($3.80 for single scoop), a sublime concoction of unassuming vanilla ice cream, nougat and pecan nuts – a smooth operator that packs a crunch in between.
The Botanist – Dr Green
The only Madame that caught our attention (yup, not even the slender twenty-something executives dropping in for lunch from offices nearby). The Croque Madame ($18) is two thick slices of ham and shreds of melted gruyere cheese stacked in between toasted brioche, topped with a gorgeous sunny-side up and sprinkled with lots of greens, petals and cheery tomatoes. It is filling, full of protein and we dare say, a healthy option for lunch.
Epiphyte – Galaxy Treats
This joint checks all the boxes for an enchanting picnic in the garden.
The Emerald, with all her Tahitian vanilla mousse, quetsche compote and white chocolate glaze, makes a glittering gem of a delectable dessert. Dropping a shot of choya completes her get-up.
The terrarium is alluring and… quite edible. You get sponge cake laden with chocolate, mint custard and apple compote – a mini garden in a rock glass. Dousing a shot of rum whets the appetite and gets us high.
Café hopping in the gardens
APIARY, BOTANIST & EPIPHYTE
Take a stroll among the flora. Smell the roses, and enjoy a treat.