Despite this cafe-restaurant in One North being quite an ulu place to reach in Singapore, cafe-goers craving for a piece of Europe and photo opportunities would likely still make their way there.
Located at Portsdown Road near One-North and Commonwealth, Under Der Linden is considered ‘off the beaten track’.
Portsdown Road is populated by colonial buildings with a huge abandoned water tank and the popular Rail Corridor running right next to it. By the way, Cafe Colbar is right opposite.
This comes with borh alfresco and indoors dining space, an in-house florist, private event space and a fine dining restaurant under one roof.
With ample parking lots and both indoors and outdoors being pets-friendly, paw parents can bring their fur kids on an eating and exploration adventure here.
Do note that the backyard with the Linden tree (and thus the name), private event space and fine dining restaurant will only open at a later date in 2022.
The alfresco dining area still retains the charm of a colonial building, decked in mainly black and white colours such as the black marble table tops and vintage, retro-style rattan chairs with vases of potted plants on each table.
Inside, the rustic European style design uses light and warm tones in their color scheme and natural materials such as granite and wood in their furniture to give off a cosy vibe.
Different menus are served throughout the day, starting with bread, dessert and drinks available all day, lunch starting from 11.45am till 3.30pm, bar snacks from 3.30pm to 5.30pm followed by dinner service.
Their lunch menu features a selection of Small Plates ($10 – $24), Big Plates ($30 – $38), Pasta ($20 – $23), Sides ($10 – $14).
Charcoal fire is used for grilling the seafood and poultry on their Big Plates, including Galician Octopus ($32), Ora King Salmon ($34), Sustainable- farmed Barramundi ($30) and Iberico Pork Secreto ($34).
The Galician Octopus ($32) had a smokey aroma, tender and moist without being dry, well-enhanced by the dollop of smoked piquillo with a tinge of spiciness.
3 options are available for their Pasta, namely Nduja Ragu Pappardelle ($22), Squid Ink Spaghetti ($23) and Macadamia Pesto Pappardelle ($20).
The Squid Ink Spaghetti ($23) had the strands of spaghetti evenly coated in al dente style, which may not be recommended if you are on your first date.
Their bar snacks include an assortment of finger food: Deep-Fried Cauliflower ($14), Cheese Platter ($32), Marinated Olives ($16), Hiroshima Breaded Oyster ($18), Crispy Chicken Mid Joint Wing ($18), Truffle Fries ($12), Sweet Potato Fries ($10) and Straight Cut Fries ($8).
If you are feeling extravagant, Kaviari Baeri Caviar (30g $95, 50g $155) is available as an add-on to the Crispy Chicken Mid Joint Wing ($18).
A fusion of both oriental and western delicacies, deep-fried Shrimp Paste Mid-Wing was topped with Avruga Pearls for an elevated touch of refinement, yet it had the all-so-familair Har Cheong Gai taste.
With a different selection of cakes as their sister outlets at Cafe Do Nicole’s Flower and Le Jardin, all are freshly baked in-house.
An aesthetic selection of Inaya Dark Choco Cake ($14), Vanilla Strawberry Choux ($11), Citrus Tart ($11), Chamomile Mango Swiss Roulade ($11) and Lovely Earl Grey Lavender ($12) can be found at the display counter.
The Chamomile Mango Swiss Roulade ($11) was my favourite, shaped liked a real chamomile flower and lightly scented with the aroma which is distinctive in the taste, balanced off with fruity notes of mango.
The mango swiss roll was also light, moist and airy and is a perfect sweet treat.
If you are seeking a sweet option, the Vanilla Strawberry Choux ($11) should satisfy the sweet tooth with luxurious vanilla cream within a crispy chop puff pastry, complemented by the citrusy strawberry puree on top.
Cafe Do Nicole’s Flower did not disappoint in their presentation after all these years, as seen from the drinks on the Linden Creations.
The Tandaradei ($9) came in a beautiful hue of purple from the butterfly pea flower with orange grapefruit and homemade tea syrup that is appreciated on a hot day.
The Walther Vogelweide ($12) is named after the poet behind the German poem “Under Der Linden”, with a refreshing shaken lychee and yuzu infused English Tea.
A nice and conducive place for a good brunch away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Under Der Linden may not stay under the radar for too long.
Under Der Linden
5B Portsdown Rd, Singapore 139311
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.