Another café, PoTeaTo opens at the very hip Yong Siak Street at Tiong Bahru, just two shops away from the famous 40 Hands. And there is already Open Door Policy ODP, drinking bar SocialHaus and Japanese restaurant IKYU opposite.
But they are not fighting for the same pie. (Read: 5 Best Places For Cakes At Tiong Bahru)
“PoTeaTo”, which is a combination of the words ‘potato’ and ‘tea’, sells mainly potato-made dishes and tea. So you can jia kantang and lim teh (eat potatoes and drink tea).
Owner Debra Chan say she is often called potato for her ‘jiak kantang’ nature (Asian with Western outlook), and she wants to appear as friendly neighbours to 40 Hands. So they don’t publicise so much on their coffee.
This potato-tea shop is not as well-known as the other Tiong Bahru eateries, because they are not under Spa Esprit and Debra says she does not have deep pockets. “My neighbours all drive bigger cars than I do!” Their shop is also partly covered and I had some trouble finding. (It’s okay Debra, the food blogger will help you publicise.)
The premium tea selections ($7.80 for a pot) such as Persian Apple & Ginger, Sunrise Sunshine, Raspberry Mint, Peach Peach and Oolong Berry are ordered from a local supplier. Though PoTeato is not TWG or Gryphon, its selections and mixture are pretty unique and refreshing, with the Oolong Berry as my particular favourite.
For the potato bites, the selection includes PoTeaTo Chips, shoestring fries, sweet potato fries and wedges ($5-$6). No, they don’t sell the usual potato chips from the packet. Instead, their chips are made from US Russet potatoes, hand-sliced and deep-fried fresh right in the kitchen. When you thought you had enough of those salty packet snacks, this is SO GOOD.
Both my friend and I are converted fans of their sweet potato fries which come in a little brown bag, salad served on side, and home-made curry-mayo and salsa sauces as dips. They are crispy on the outside, with a nice-sweetness of the potato on the inside, you feel good eating REAL fries for once.
Classic wings ($9) are tasty and succulent too. We dare say, better than IKEA’s!
Not all dishes worked for us though. Their creamy seafood pasta ($16.80 for a set with soup and tea) was too starchy for our liking. Ironically, too much potato in the sauce. Go easy on the potatoes yah?
78 Yong Siak Street #01-018 Singapore (10 mins walk from Tiong Bahru MRT), Tel: +65 6221 2488
Opening Hours: 11am – 10 pm Tue to Sun (closed Mon)