There are many surprise elements at Flee Away, a discrete café along Dunlop Street Jalan Besar, just a few shops away from the popular Rouse.
Flee Away is both a café and ‘flee market’ shop. You can rent box displays to sell merchandises, and customers can shop around with a mini flee mart. Other than coffee, food consists of local traditional bites with a twist such as Beef Hash Pie Tee and “Le Char Kuey” Baguette.
Once you open the door, you would notice two out-facing ‘cinema’ chairs, for customers to enjoy a coffee and literally watch the world go back. A live movie – that’s what they say.
There is a big toy aeroplane that hangs around the ceiling, a 50s television near the cashier, shelves peppered with old-school toys of Doreamon, toy soldiers and rubber duckies, lao fu zi comic books to browse, and an old poster of Wizard of Oz on the side wall.
This is a café which wants to be playful.
The foods I ordered were also ‘playful’. Flee Away prides themselves in their atypical “Le Char Kuey” ($12.50-$15.50), like a baguette but the sandwich is actually a specially customised you tiao doughstick which wraps ingredients such as coleslaw, chicken floss, chicken curry, egg mayo and tuna mayo. Add a side of papadum chips.
My Dry Laksa Le Char Kuey ($15.50) was not as oily as I expected, it was like eating a ham chin peng with fishcake, eggs and laksa sauce fillings. Hmm…. Innovative and interesting. But my personal take is this version may work better with a soft bun or wrap option, because the overall combination felt too heavy.
How about some Beef Hash Pie Tee ($12.50 for 6 pieces)? Instead of the usual bang kuang (fried turnip), this local twist comes with corned beef. I have a friend who loves this to bits, but I was one who would rather have the original version.
Desert was a Waffle with Gula Melaka Pudding ($8.5). The pudding made of sago seeds and drizzled over with palm sugar syrup replaces the usual ice cream. My suggestion is to have both, and coconut flavoured ice cream should work best.
There are many little reasons to love this café. Some ideas work, some may not, but at least they dare to try to be different. With too many cookie-cutters in the F&B scene, Flee Away is fun, friendly and fairly surprising.
70 Dunlop Street Singapore 209398 (Little India MRT), Tel: +65 63417843
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (Tues-Thurs), 11am to 11pm (Fri-Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun), Closed Mon
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