Two Face at Tiong Bahru’s Eng Hoon Street is so appropriately named. In the morning, it is an old-school kopitiam selling super delicious yong tau foo, vegetarian bee hoon and mee pok. By the evening, it transforms into a pizzeria and beef place that spells ‘hip’ all over.
All they needed were some chalkboard to cover up the existing stalls, and loads of persuasion to get the coffeeshop’s master tenant to rent the place.
This is such an ingenious use of space, since the existing stalls close by 2 to 3pm.
The ambience at Two Face feels modish and laid-back, with sizable crowds coming in their tee-shirts and berms to chill out and have a beer. Their choice of music is sometimes questionable though.
Menu is part Western, part pub grubs with Asian influences. Appetizer items that would catch your eye would include Pork Belly with Maple Mayo ($8), Frito Misto of Calamari ($10), Pan Fried Foie Gras on Fries ($14), and Ha Chong Gai ($10) which is probably an old time favourite zhi char dish.
The sides were decent fare. Good news is no GST n service charge, but still said to be ‘served with love’.
We also had a Lightly Spiced Aglio Olio with Porkbelly ($18). The spaghetti is adequately sautéed, though felt a little more to the oily side. The porkbelly saved the dish, still crisp on the outside with soft soft fats in the middle that makes it worthwhile to forgo your diet plans momentarily.
Both times I went, we were recommended the Smoked Duck Pizza ($18) topped with arugula and truffle mayo. No major complains about their crust, but I thought that having one miserable piece of smoked duck on each slice meant that eating the pizza felt boring. There needs to be more ingredients to add variety to the taste.
I really enjoyed the old-fashioned yet chic feel of this place, and will probably be a regular return customer.
While many Tiong Bahru shops are losing their ownership and appeal due to the excessive café-nization, you know that Two Face will still retain the authenticity and charm back in the morning.
Two Face Pizza and Taproom
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056 (15 min from Tiong Bahru MRT) Tel:+65 6536 0024
Hours: 5.30-11pm (Tue-Thu), 5.30pm-12am (Fri-Sat), 10am-10pm (Sun)