The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee chain has opened another new American concept restaurant at Takashimaya – Beanstro.

I wished the name sounded more hip. But it is “Bean” and “Bistro”- get it? The first Beanstro is at Marina Bay Sands, known to many of my friends to be the place to grab a quick bite and coffee if you are running late for your musical.

More ordinarily known as “Coffee Bean”, the cafes used to be one of my favourite hang-out location. When I say “used to”, it goes back to my university days where the defaults were either Starbucks or Coffee Bean when we need a place to study for eight hours. The café somehow some of its modish coolness factor when swankier coffee and tea cafes open by the dozens.

Beanstro which is also halal-certified, serves quite an extensive menu of All-Day breakfast, salads, open-faced sandwiches, mains, pastas and desserts.

The Beanstro Breakfast Platter ($18.00) with sausage, mushroom, tomatoes, turkey bacon and two eggs done your way (I had them poached) was the usual standard fare, except that it came served in a hot plate which helps keep the food a little warmer. While I do not mean it in a bad way, my entire table thought that the best item on the plate was the… buttered baguette. Swept the bread clean with the overflowing yolk and sauce.

The same occurrence happened when we tried the Open-faced Steak Sandwich ($19.50), with shaved Australian grass-fed sirloin with mescun and gherkins topped with caramelized onion. The beef was slightly overcooked and felt like a waste of good meat. Then again, we all liked the bread underneath, evenly crisp and soft. Coffee Bean really found the right suppliers.

The friendly service staff urged us to try the pasta even though we were half-full, and it was a good recommendation. Go for the Seafood Wrapped in Cartoccio ($26.00), which essentially means the pasta was boiled, sauced, then wrapped in paper and baked.

So when you open up the parchment paper, the whiff of the spicy tomato sauce and sight of fresh-red spiny lobsters and fat scallops would make the dish hard to resist. And the fettuccine taste as good as it looks. Overall, Beanstro’s mains fared better than the breakfast items.

Rental aside, Takashimaya is a suitable mall for a casual American dining restaurant as I recall a lack of such cuisines there. Can never find a sandwich there when I needed one after gym classes. Now I know where to go.

Beanstro Discount Coupons
DanielFoodDiary.com will be giving away 15 Beanstro discount coupons (which includes $10 off their breakfast sets and main courses, 2 for 1 breakfast, and complimentary brew).

All you need to do is to
Step 1: LIKES the FaceBook page of DanielFoodDiary.com
Step 2: COMMENT below to name an item you would want to try at Beanstro
(Do include your email add)
Coupons will be given to the first 15 with valid comments and email addresses. With that said, I hope the people who join truly want to try the food there.

Beanstro Takashimya
Orchard Road #B1-37 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT) Tel: +65 6235 1610
Opening Hours: 8am to 11pm (Mon – Sun)

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