Everton is a 50 year old neighborhood near the Central Business District which is an area quietly becoming the next hipster enclave. It is the next IT place next to Tiong Bahru, Duxton and Ann Siang Hill.
In the recent years, Everton Park Housing Board estate void decks became home to coffee joints, cake shops and independent furnishing shops.
This housing estate is a cluster of seven blocks off Neil Road. Most patrons are young working adults at its food and beverage spots such as Nylon Coffee Roasters, Batterworks bakery and The Provision Shop.
There were quite a few cafes and bakeries which looked interesting… There was also a shop making and selling traditional korean snacks and sweets.
On weekdays (before and after lunch time), this area is a wonderful, peaceful sanctuary to chill, away from the city hustle and bustle. Say bye to long queues for coffee or food.
We revisited Nylon Coffee and The Provision Shop. This time at nylon, we tried their white coffee which was quite good. Milk was steamed perfectly, foam was incredulously fine and smooth. Still preferred if the coffee could be stronger. Their iced coffee seemed popular but may only be available on weekends. Nylon was just a small shop without much space to stand but has since expanded to allow more patrons and benches to enjoy their coffees better.
At Provision Shop, we tried different dishes this time. We had Belinda’s Perogis (Polish dumpling) and eggs Benedict. The perogis which sounded interesting could taste better with more seasoning for the mashed potato filling, more sour cream and more spring onion and bacon bits. Bacon bits could be crispier too. The eggs Benedict was good but the hollandaise sauce was pretty bland.
New at Provision Shop was the sennheiser earphones on trial to plug into your own mobile devices, an initiative called Momentum. There is also a cafe card which offers perks at hipster hideouts.
Previous reviews on Nylon and Provision Shop posted here.
An addition to our trial was Seriously Ice Cream. This place is much talked about when it is just less than 2 months old. Here, you’ll find ice creams and sorbets with no preservatives or colorings, lesser sugar content and unconventional flavors. The friendly owner termed his icy goodness, healthy.
The cafe was packed when we walked past before 2pm on a weekday so we returned at about 3pm. The flavors I tasted were cream cheese, ondeh ondeh (a local peranakan dessert), and strawberry. As I love waffles, settled for one with miso gula Melaka (their signature) and pepper vanilla.
The waffle was savory! Airy but not very well made as it looked pale. The waffle tasted more like tea biscuits though it’s texture was still waffle like. Ice creams were not as sweet as conventional ones. I did not get that umph or satisfaction. Felt like the cream in the ice creams have been kept for long and had a stale taste, maybe it was just that fateful day or they did not go well with me. I may give it another go if I happen to be at the estate.