Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Refuel II Cafe @ Bukit Merah (Near ABC Market) in Singapore #refuel2 #refuelii

The refuel cafe at Bedok Reservoir is rather well known in the east side of Singapore and although i am in the vicinity every few months (for my dental appointments), i never get to try it; hence, it's funny that i am checking out its second branch, refuel 2, at Bukit Merah first!

I found the original cafe to be a bit on the cramped side but it's isn't the case at refuel 2; it was spacious and the operator obviously didn't make the common mistake of putting in too many tables and chairs.

Refueling is necessary to run cars and we humans refuel too, at a recommended three times a day; it's called breakfast, lunch and dinner by the way. p.s. the motor spirits and oils for sale sign is only for decorative purpose.

For a Friday evening, the cafe was surprisingly quite quiet and we managed to get a table for six almost immediately. To be fair, we arrived at 6pm and we did note a steady stream of customers until we left at about 8pm.

Genmaicha Tea in a Pot -  i get pissed when i am given teabags whenever i order a pot of tea. Hence, i was impressed to be served sencha green tea and brown rice crispies in a glass tea pot with infuser at refuel 2; all for just S$5.50! A tea guzzler? Go ahead and ask for a hot water top up!

Truffle Fries - am i the only one who feels that shoestring fries is the best for truffle fries? Anyway, this was nice with a strong dosage of truffle and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Fuel Me Up - Refuel is famous for their all day brunch and i am looking forward to the recommended fuel me up which is indicated as "Baked eggs with chorizo, crispy bacon, mushroom, sauteed peppers, swiss cheese and tomatoes. Served with toast"

To be honest, i was ignorant and didn't realize all the ingredients, except for the toasts, to be in one bowl, garnished with a few stalks of wild rocket (arugula).

Taste wise, it was quite similar to lasagna and i enjoyed the smoked chorizo (pork sausages). However, my heart is weighted towards the style that's more like Breadyard's Big Boy's All-Day Bread-First, which was visually inviting, tasted unforgettably good and concluded with much satisfaction.  Sigh, i should have gone with "Full Tank"; maybe next time.

Birthday celebrations for the April babies; of which i am one of them! This group of colleagues (and one ex-colleague) does this every year but frankly, i prefer a good meal, filled with laughter, over presents.

Salted Caramel Waffle - the overall taste was decent even though my preference for waffles hinged on a crispier texture. The one we had was unfortunately a tad too soggy for my liking. Wait, maybe it turned soggy as i took too much time taking photos!

Homemade Apple Crumble - as written on the menu, this was indeed heavenly! There wasn't any crust and what you get were literally baked apples topped with buttered oats and crumble plus a scoop of ice cream. I wouldn't hesitate to order this the next time i visit!

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Location
Block 28, Jalan Bukit Merah Brickswork Estate,
#01-4468, Singapore 152028

Map

As above.

Operating Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays to Fridays - 11.00 am to 9.30 pm
Saturdays to Sundays (& PHs) - 10.00 am to 9.30 pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Genmaicha Tea in a Pot - S$5.50
Truffle Fries - S$9.90
Fuel Me Up - S$12.90
Salted Caramel Waffle - S$9.90
Homemade Apple Crumble - S$8.90

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