The BetterField has moved from its previous location at Waterloo to the Treasury at High Street, taking over the previous SHATEC restaurant previously known as Charcoal / RECIPES Bistro.
I used to work opposite, and so am quite familiar with eating options in the vicinity.
The pros of The BetterField moving to The Treasury: Much larger space, increased visibility (at least quite near City Hall), and the impending temporary closure of Funan Centre would mean nearby office workers have less choices for mealtimes.
There are also not many ‘indie’ coffee places around the area. Plus, it is opened at 8am.
The cons: Diners around can be pickier than usual. Many lawyers (Supreme Court of Singapore is opposite) and executives do want to find conducive places for corporate lunches and good coffee, but they do have certain requests that need to be met.
The revamped BetterField looks like a canteen of sorts, despite being positioned as a bistro-café. Many electrical sockets around would have been beneficial, since it provides free wifi.
On the flipside, there is so much space it may give the impression of emptiness devoid of vibrancy. Music and decor play an important role – don’t ignore them.
During one of my visits near lunchtime, two customers were happily well… kissing and cuddling because simply nobody was around. Until I appeared.
A breakfast menu (available till 11am) is available, serving items such as Mentaiko Parsley Omelette ($14), Mushroom & Cheese Omelette ($12), Salmon Eggs Benedict ($16), Burnt Mentaiko Eggs Royale ($16), Truffled Mushroom Scrambled Eggs ($16), Modern Kaya Toast and Eggs ($8), and Roasted Beef Sunny Eggs ($16).
Food, is on the average side.
Lacked the oomph, both in terms of presentation, and taste. (I am using a different gauge from the average cafe. Since it is near town, people would have different expectations.)
A suggestion: To extend the breakfast to an All-Day, or at least beyond lunch. I understand that the kitchen may have limitations, but it would be a good-to-have.
Mains include Pulled Duck Burger ($21), French Duck Confit ($22), Mushroom Truffle Risotto ($22), and a selection of “premium selected beef” and spaghetti.
I have brought different friends over a few times, and we had the ‘I-don’t-know-what-to-order’ or ‘I-don’t-feel-like-ordering’ syndrome.
My sense is that the concept is caught in between. Not hipster or special enough to appeal to the café-hoppers; nor quality enough to attract customers with higher spending power.
The Treasury 100 High Street #01-03 Singapore 179434
Tel: +65 6694 2361
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
(Hot kitchen closed from 3 – 6pm during weekdays)