FIX – Poolside Cafe with Naanwiches & Liu Sha Donuts
FIX is an alfresco poolside cafe located in HomeTeamNS-JOM club in Balestier. Started by the team who own Grub in Bishan Park, this workshop-style cafe is built on the premise of ‘Original Homemade Goods’, featuring cakes, coffee, milkshakes and some savoury items made in-house daily.
From the name to its décor, we can see a rather ‘guyish’ viewpoint – which features one-of-a-kind furniture handmade from paint cans, wood panels and metal pipes. And there is a motorbike (real one) parked at the side.
So many new cafes in Singapore. (Read: 20 More New Cafes In Singapore). At least FIX tries to serve something different – Naanwiches. Being the owners of Cookyn Inc, guess they have a reputation to upkeep.
Flavours are Asian-inspired and not the usual run-of-the-mill, such as Beef & Kimchi, Chicken Tikka, Smoked Turkey Ham & Cheese, and Mushroom Feta (all $10, net price). I wanted to order the Korean Naanwich, but it wasn’t my destiny. Not available.
The Chicken Tikka was not bad, but wished the naan wrap wasn’t that dry and tough. “Microwaved ah?” (I might have asked that with a disappointed look.) The question was met with an embarrassing-sounding “Yes”.
Who would know the very next day, co-owner Amanda wrote me an email, “We have improved! We are now making the naanwiches fresh ala minute.” They really take customer feedback seriously.
We liked some of their savouries, such as the 3-Cheese Penne Gratin ($10), but pun-intended, they would require a trickle of FIXing. The cakes and pastries fared much much better.
They hit my weak spot with Liu Sha Donuts ($6). The mini, not-too-sweet fluffy donuts are served in a box of 6, with a dipping sauce at the side made with salted egg yolk custard. So clever. (If FIX can find a way to inject the Liu Sha in the donuts, it will be a sold-out.)
Strawberry Pistachio Rose Tart ($7) – pretty, a little dry though; Passionfruit, mango and coconut chiffon cake ($7) – smooth; Cacao Barry Chococolate Truffle Cake ($7) – rich and good; Twice-baked Sourcream Cheesecake ($7) – light, I like. Butterscotch Arabica Choux ($6) – The Winner!
With a pool-side view, friendly service, and yummy cakes, FIX is one of the cafes which stands out from the rest. Good news for our Muslim friends, they are applying for Halal-certification. Look out for updates.
31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, #01-06, Singapore 329979 (15 min walk from Toa Payoh MRT)
Tel: +65 62561484
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.00pm Daily (Closed last Tues of the month)
January 09, 2018