When someone tells me to Chew The Fat, I will tell him to have a friendly chat. Huh? Don’t understand, cheem right? That’s the actual meaning behind the idiom aka the name of the cafe.
Taking over the space of the defunct Happy 3 Bites café, a dog café under a HDB block, Chew The Fat has joined Nylon Coffee Roasters, Seriously Ice Cream, Grin Affair, The Audacious Cakery… etc in the Everton Park area. Small neighbourhood, multiple cafes, like that how to survive?
Design and layout was quite simple since they took over the previous café. Cosy and quiet for an afternoon tea, literally, since they don’t serve any coffee. Teas ($3.00 hot/ $4.00 chilled) are supplied by local brand, Green Pot Tea (Support local!).
A small selection of in-house bakes and sliced cakes such as the (ever-popular) Rainbow Cake & Red Velvet are available. They also serve mains (Crispy Salmon, Orange Halibut, Chicken Roulade, pastas) & salads all-day.
They currently have blends such as the Japanese Cherry Blossom Sencha (most popular), Chili Chocolate White Tea, Jasmine Rose White Tea and Mandarin Orange Earl Grey.
We had the Osmanthus Green Rooibos and Strawberry Cream Black Tea ($3.00 each), both were equally refreshing and complemented well with the bakes.
The Royal Apple Crumble ($5.00, additional $3.00 for a scoop of icecream) came with a fat boy’s face on it. We were told that he was the mascot for their café – Chew, The Fat (Boy).
He was actually staring at us the whole time while we savored the apple crumble and probably thought that the apple crumble belonged to him.
All their homemade desserts are made using fresh fruit if applicable, with no artificial flavourings, colorings, or preservatives. The Apple Crumble was pretty decent. The crumble crust was crunchy and the apple chunks were moist with a well-balanced sweetness.
2 options were available for The Wicked Brownies: Chilled ($6.00) or Warm with vanilla ice cream ($8.50) and we went ahead with the chilled ones. Once again, Chew The Fat (Boy) was staring at us.
6 bite- sized brownies were stacked up randomly. The chilled brownies were soft, moist and rich in chocolate but not overwhelming.
The Bouncy Banana Cupcake ($2.00) was the least attractive among the selection. It tasted pretty ordinary like all other banana cupcakes elsewhere. Ok, cannot ask for too much since it’s only $2 and bite sized.
The bite- sized portion probably suits Chew The Fat (Boy) more, maybe can consider a bigger size portion for us adults?
Since only tea is served here, coffee lovers will have to head towards Nylon Coffee Roasters neaby to get their caffeine fix. A smart move made by Chew The Fat to avoid direct competition with a veteran in the same area.
Note that Chew The Fat will only be expanding their existing menu after their official launch in March 2015.
Chew The Fat
Block 6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006 (5-10 min walk from Outram Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
*Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Find him on instagram @stormscape