Tiong bahru is like a maze. This is especially so at the apartments near the market, whereby every turn you make seems like a deja vu. Though I brought a map along to find The Orange Thimble, I still found myself heading towards 40 Hands. In the end it took us near 15minutes to hunt the cafe down!
We were greeted by people in brown polo-tees, The Orange Thimble crew, of course. I must admit it’s pretty unique of a small cafe like this to have their own uniform, which to me is another level of professionalism. The manager-cum-barista, Darryl, revealed that the one-month-old cafe is an art cafe seated on the former sewing shop. Their orangey theme is due to the fact that we used to see a lot of orange in the city. (think old bus stops) Indeed, having a cuppa here is like stepping into a timewarp, where a range of vintage possessions were displayed.
oh damn, i didn’t know egg baskets could be put into such good use. Somehow the baskets fit very snugly along the base of the walls
Darryl did a pretty good job with the mocha that we ordered, it was intense enough to perk us up on a lazy saturday morning. No more cookie-cutter cookies by the side now, because they had been replaced by the retrolicious jewel biscuits. It is definitely interesting to see something that’s fresh and yet so choke-full of childhood memories.
The burger came puny to our disappointment, although it won us over in terms of taste. The moist chunks of pork sausages and the handful of juicy mushrooms formed a wonderful alliance that packed a punch. Sandwiched between two wholemeal burger buns, our breakfast was scrumptious. Still, we had expected a larger portion since it was the most important meal of the day.
The Orange Thimble do not make their own ice-cream but they claim that these frozen desserts are made in Singapore. To indulge in desserts so early in the morning is sinful, but since the sesame ice cream was so good, we had decided to forgive ourselves.
HE DILIGENTLY AND SILENT CONTRIBUTES.
The Orange Thimble is planning to place this inside as one of their decor. We shall look forward to that.
The nosh here was satisfying and so was their warm service. Everyone seemed friendly and nice down here, just like how a typical neighbourhood should be. At the very least, they offer a nice respite from the try-hard crowds over at 40 Hands. Your wallet will not bleed here.
Fri / Sat / 9am- 10.30pm
Sun / 9am-9pm
Mon / Our off day