Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Tian Kee & Co.

This retro coffee shop is hidden away alongside the river in a 2 storied HDB block in Dakota Crescent.

Once Tian Kee & Co Provision Shop run by "uncle" Lim for 54 years, the new owners decided to keep the original name, signboard, feel and some of the fittings including the ancient children's sit on dolphin ride. The kind I remember from my childhood, which apparently still works, although I doubt it would appreciate this grownup trying it out!

There's nothing shiny or bling about this cafe, with a rustic feel and mismatching table, chairs and stools lending themselves to its charm. The cafe is open fronted with a delightful atmosphere. 

On our visit the staff were pleasant and service was quick. It was relatively busy for a mid morning, midweek day, a good sign, with a mix of nationalities enjoying the ambiance in this HDB estate. A tranquil place to while away a couple of hours, next to the river and a short stroll from both Dakota and Mountbatten MRTs and various bus stops. 

The food was simple and nothing pretentious and the coffee beans apparently come from the excellent Dutch Colony cafe in Frankel Ave, another place worth a visit. 

After our lunch we shared their 'must try' rainbow cheesecake made from yoghurt, a very pretty not too sweet dessert. On my next visit I will certainly be trying their Yuan Yang cheesecake, made of layers of coffee and tea  - sounds yum!

Almost forgot to say no service charge or GST either :) 

Rainbow chessecake

Enjoy this cafe while you can as it, along with the charming Dakota crescent, are due to be demolished by the end of 2016

Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Cres

a quirky way to number the tables 
Iced mocha ($6.50)
Thai chicken wrap ($10.90)
Cajun roast chicken ($14.90)
Tandoori chicken basil warp ($10.90)
Beef pies TAKE HOME!! ( $7.90)

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