Whenever I pass by Tanjong Katong Road, I am always intrigued by the eye-catching name of this café, With A Pinch of Salt. With such a name, it makes me wonder what type of food this café serves.
And the colourful exterior of the restaurant also make me even more intrigued– it is painted with blue and white stripes. There is also a life-sized cartoon drawing of a girl on the outside of the eatery.
I finally got the chance to eat at this rather cute café recently.
Stepping Into the Café
The moment I stepped into this café, I noticed their slogan, “It’s only a café, don’t take it so seriously.” To complement this fun and jovial image, the café is decorated in a very colourful manner. Every single table at this cafe is painted with either blue and white, or pink and white stripes.
There are also pretty flower vases and balloons positioned all over the restaurant to reflect the fun party atmosphere. I even recognised the same balloons that I had used for one of my birthday parties, years ago.
Yes, this is definitely a cheery place to eat at.
The food served here is just like your typical Western café fare. There are sandwiches, steak, fish and chicken options, as well as pastas and pizzas. For those who have a sweet tooth, an entire page of their menu is dedicated to desserts.
I chose the bangers & mash. One of my eating companions had the fish & chips while the other had a pan-seared dory fillet.
As well, we also had two desserts – a chocolate lava cake and a crème caramel, to finish off our meal.
Bangers & mash
I thought the portion of this dish was rather generous. It came with two huge sausages – one Bratwurst and one garlic sausage, sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes, served with carrots and broccoli.
I enjoyed the taste of this dish too – the sausages were really yummy and full of flavour. The mashed potatoes were deliciously moist and buttery and appealed to my taste buds. The vegetables added an intriguing crunch to the dish.
My only gripe was that the sausages were served cold. It would have been nice if they were sizzling hot.
This dish cost $10.90.
Fish & Chips
This consisted of a premium bread-crumbed fish served on a bed of chips, with a side helping of coleslaw.
I tried a bit of this fish, and while I am not usually a fan of bread-crumbed fish, this version was quite delicious. The fish was really soft and moist and the breadcrumbs gave it a delicious crunch. The dish also came out piping hot too.
The chips here may not be the best ones that I have tasted, but at least they were crispy on the outside, and moist and warm on the inside.
This item will set you back by $10.90.
This dory fillet was topped with a bolognaise type sauce and served together with vegetables (carrots and broccoli).
I tried a little of this fish, and I really enjoyed the taste. It was moist and full of flavour. The bolognaise sauce also complemented the flavour of the fish really well.
This dish is priced at $12.90.
Chocolate Lava Cake
This cake was served in a porcelain container, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top. I thought the presentation was different to other eateries where the lava cake is usually placed on a plate together with a few slices of fruit and ice cream.
However, I was a little disappointed with the taste and this cake also did not seem to have an outer sponge base – probably the reason why it had been served in the porcelain container. When I dug my spoon into it, there seemed to be only molten chocolate.
As for the flavour, it appeared to be floury and undercooked. However, the vanilla ice cream tasted really good and this helped to neutralise the floury taste. It is a dessert I would probably not be ordering again.
This cake will set you back by $5.90.
When this dessert came out, I was a little taken aback by the small size because I had actually expected it to be a little bigger.
But when I took a forkful of this caramel custard pudding, I thought it was quite delicious. It was really creamy and the buttery caramel flavour came out well.
However, I had one gripe about this dish – there seemed to be a bit of cheese mixed into it – which did not seem to go well with the custard.
This item cost about $4.90.
I would probably return to this café again to eat their bangers & mash as it was really tasty – but in the future, I would ask for sizzling hot sausages.
Some other main courses that caught my eye in the menu included the spaghetti bolognaise, the teriyaki salmon and some of the baked pasta dishes, so I may order these on my next visit here.
With a Pinch of Salt by Kyra
297 Tanjong Katong Road