Among all the cafes that has opened up around various part of Singapore, Tian Kee & Co Cafe is probably one of the hipsters of them. Converted from a 54 years old provision shop in one of the oldest neighbourhood, the converted artisan cafe comes in rusty metal gate with air conditioning. The owner has even chosen to retain the original provision shop's name as well as the iconic blue signboard.
Pink Lady 3/5 and SNAG 3/5
There is a interesting drinks on the menu such as the Pink Lady ($5) and SNAG ($5.50)/ This is something you don't get to see in other artisan cafe. The pink lady is rose syrup with steamed fresh milk, or in my own interpretation hot bandung drink. SNAG on the other hand is espresso and rose syrup with steamed fresh milk. I was told to appreciate the different layers first before mixing the drink up for anther different enjoyment. The two drinks are definitely an interesting playful addition but it will be subjective to individual's liking.
Yuan Yang Cheesecake 3/5
I ordered a slice of their Yuan Yang Cheesecake ($6.50) which is actually made up of a layer of espresso and another layer of Hong Kong style milk tea. Interesting take of the tradition but I could not really taste the distinct character it intended to portray.
Caffe Latte 4/5
Can't complain much about the Caffe Latte ($5) because they are using one of roaster's coffee beans. The coffee beans Tien Kee used is from Dutch Colony. I am not sure whether they have changed it by the time of the post as the owner did share with me that he plans to try out other roasters.
There is definitely a rustic vibe at Tien Kee & Co however I felt that the missing link is their food. This is further confirmed after coming across several reviews about the food at the hipster cafe. I random idea came to mind while drafting this post. Instead of selling the usual bakes, pastries and western breakfast, Tien Kee may want to consider selling Chinese style fried beehoon with choices of luncheon meat, egg, chicken wings and/or some Chinese traditional kuehs. I thought that will be pretty cool, unique and fits their whole Chinese provision shop setting.
Tien Kee & Co
Blk 12 Dakota Crescent
Nearest MRT: Mountbattan (CC Line)
Tue-Fri: 12pm - 9pm
Sat-Sun: 10am - 9pm
1) Alight at Mountbattan MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn right and walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]