Known to be one of the most attractive cafes in Singapore right within the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Fennel Cafe has opened a second outlet in the vicinity.
It is also the sister cafe of POLLEN restaurant.
Their first outlet is located within the Flower Dome, offering an all-day Mediterranean-style dining experience.
Their 2nd outlet called “Fennel Café at Active Garden” is located just 300 metres away.
This offers an ideal pitstop for exercise enthusiasts to grab a healthy snack or energy boost.
Active Garden is the newest non-ticketed green outdoor space (located near to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) along the Waterfront Promenade, a popular running track that connects Marina Bay Sands to Gardens by the Bay.
If you are taking public transport, head towards Exit B of Bayfront MRT station and walk along the Dragonfly Lake, past the Orient Express Pop-Up all the way to the end of the track. It is located right next to the Waterfront Plaza.
Here, the 90 seater-space is divided into both alfresco and indoors area, with a pet-friendly outdoors area for 50 pax.
With ample amount of sunlight pouring through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows surrounding the entire space, diners will be surrounded by the greens in the Gardens that gives off a chill and relaxing vibe.
Brown elements are seen from the wooden ceiling, tables and stools and rattan chairs, which further enhances the tropical touch.
The menu features light bites such as Pastries ($6), Cakes ($9), Tarts ($11), Toasted Pizza ($11), Gelato (Small $6, Large $10), Coffee ($5 – $7), Bottled Juice ($6), Tea ($6), Beers and Wines.
Pastries are made in-house at their kitchen in the Flower Dome and transported over to this outlet daily.
Definitely not the cheapest at $11 per tart, the Lemon Tart ($11) came with dollops of meringue sprinkled with kaffir lime for the extra refreshing zest.
The Lemon Tart was enjoyable and well-balanced, with a buttery tart crust that had a firm and crumbly texture.
The lemon curd part was light, smooth and velvety with the right amount of tartness.
The unassuming slice of Carrot Cake ($9) is worth a mention with a very soft and moist texture, not too dense and well complemented by the butter cream above.
Furthermore, the walnuts embedded within it gave a good contrasting texture without interfering with the overall taste.
8 different Gelato flavours (Small $6, Large $10) are available, namely Rose, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Lemon, Mango, Lychee, Watermelon and Chocolate.
I believed the gelato will soon become a popular item especially in Singapore’s hot climate, and serves as a perfect treat after exercising in the Gardens.
Throwback blend, a 2-beans-blend of Brazil and Guatemala, roasted by PPP Coffee is used for their espresso-based drinks: Long Black ($5), Macchiato ($5), Cappuccino ($6), Latte ($6) and Mocha ($7).
My cup of Flat White ($6) had a medium body, non-acidic, smooth and robust with a dark chocolate with roasted nuts taste.
With a chill and relaxing vibe, good pastries and coffee, Fennel Cafe at Active Garden will be a popular spot not just for exercise enthusiasts but for cafe hoppers who love to bask in the sun.
Fennel Cafe At Active Garden
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-01, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon – Fri
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.