Jiak Ber: Porridge at MacPherson Road

I don’t remember who told us about this place already. And the weather in Singapore is so hot, and porridge hardly comes up as an option… But when it does, we bring ourselves to MacPherson Road. 

We usually order four dishes but as you can see, that day, Siew was feeling hungry. 

We aren’t teochew porridge connoisseurs and we don’t go around hunting for them. We used to patronize one along East Coast Road but it closed down. I remember being brought to different ones in Joo Chiat, in Alexandra / Bukit Merah / Beo Crescent, by different people, each claiming that this is the one they love. 

I think this MacPherson one shall be mine to recommend. There is an awesome home-cooked flavour that speaks to us. I love the curry chicken, and the steamed fish. And each time we come, we take home a tub of the ikan bilis. 

This teochew porridge is located at 554 MacPherson Road. You can park at the carpark accessed via MacPherson Lane. The nearest MRT is Tai Seng station. 

In case you need a visual reference, here is a picture of the store front. 

Brunch at Pacamara

Saturday mornings feel full of promise. And it feels especially pleasant when you decide that you would go for brunch, but instead of making a booking, you decide to wake up early instead. We got to Pacamara early enough, and took one of the few remaining seats.

We have been hearing good things of this place, and it is great to finally sit down and enjoy this wonderful little cafe. We took a while to choose what to eat. The menu sparked a little discussion on what would be the three brunch items our ideal cafe should serve.

I had the Spanish eggs (S$16.9), while Siew had the Crab Benedict (S$19.9). The food was good, and the portion just right for us. Maybe bigger eaters would need more sustenance. Our coffee came after our food, which makes great sense! It is always annoying to have your coffee arrive shortly before your food, or while you are eating.

This is a cafe that satisfies. The food, drink, service, and ambience should meet most expectations.

More information: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is at 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333. Parking can be had, via Jalan Pelatina, along Upper Thomson Road or Taman Permata.