Not your typical garage.
The Garage at Singapore Botanic Gardens is located within a conserved heritage building that has been around since the 1920s. (While you are at the gardens, there are also Casa Verde and Corner House you can look out for.)
The colonial building has now been refurbished into a F&B establishment which houses two dining concepts – Bee’s Knee at Level 1 and Botanica at Level 2.
The concept sounds familiar. Yes, The Garage also belongs to the same group which also runs Wildseed and The Summerhouse at Seletar Aerospace Park.
At level 1, Bee’s Knee is the café arm that serves a menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and desserts.
One can choose to dine at the exterior garden seating, or within the comfort of air-conditioned seating.
The thing I noticed was, most diners went to a wrong counter to collect food.
While collection has to be self-serviced using a buzzer system, more prominent visual guides or verbal directions provided by the service staff could have helped.
For the price, the Tiger Prawns Linguine ($18) was adequately decent.
Despite the usage of simple ingredients – fresh tiger prawns, cherry tomatoes and spring onion, there was subtle aroma along with every bite.
What caught my attention was the Lemon Rosemary Tart ($7), which stood out from the range of pastries like a blossomed flower with its golden glazed meringue.
However, when I go for lemon tarts, I would be looking out for the tangy, sour taste to whet an appetite, which this was unfortunately lacking.
“I have banana, I have a toffee, urgh, Banoffee.” (Sorry, bad joke.)
The Banoffee Tart ($7) made from banana, cream and toffee was the favourite pick.
While I was expecting the base to have the usual hard crust based on its appearance, this version crumbled apart easily with a gentle push of the fork.
It had a balanced combination of rich butter fragrance, a hint of banana, but yet not overly sweet. Totally won me over.
Previously I saw the Caramelized Apples with Cranberries Waffles ($14) making its round on their Instagram and decided to give it a shot, but regretted a little soon after.
Their waffles belonged to the traditional Belgium waffle, which was made using yeast dough to give its dense and chewy texture.
As much as I liked the apples compote with Greek yogurt combination, the waffles was too much to handle.
Quoting @stormscape: “Made for Instagram, tasted like it was also made for Instagram.”
Conveniently located along one of Botanic Garden’s walking trail, The Garage has a geographical advantage for being accessible for park goers.
Dine surrounded by flora and fauna, or rest your tired legs after a long stroll in the park.
Bee’s Knee at The Garage
50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Tel: +65 6264 7978
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.