It all began with a simple belief shared by three secondary school buddies, that good food should be affordable and accessible. And so good food is at the heart of it all because the best reward for an honest day's work is a hearty meal.
A for arbite.
= A for almost amazing food.
We went to their new outlet at Aliwal Street off North Bridge Road to check out their food offerings. Serangoon Gardens seemed too far away so we decided to hit this relatively new joint. When we stepped in, the interior was decorated with quirky items, furniture were color-blocked and there was a large blackboard of their menu on the wall.
It was a casual and spacious joint with many wooden tables, kindergarten look-alike. Looking at the furnishing and the interior design, I expected the food to come looking like the normal ones you find everywhere but what blew me away was their higher-then-average, or must i say, quality plating. The dishes were rectangular, even the side plates, and they decorated the food so beautifully, akin to what people get at "atas" restuarants charging 3x more than they do.
We ordered their brandy soaked french toasts which was under the breakfast which was all day for Sundays. There came 3 blocks of brioche soaked, maple syrup soaked, chocolate-hued thick toasts, with a side of vanilla bean cream and what seemed like coffee marscapone to go with the french toast. At $15.90, I thought it was really worth it for the amount of effort put in to plate the food and the quality and quantity.
The crab cakes came in twos, with curried cauliflower puree and fish roe as garnish. As for the last dish, we ordered their lobster Thermidor which was essentially lobster baked in a cream sauce with cheese on top, and a side of bread sticks to dip into the casserole. Mum loved that dish and couldn't stop slurping down the creamy base specked with mushrooms and lobster. Though the casserole's size was that of a souffle cup, that amount was enough to satiate as the cream was rather strong and that was the appropriate amount given.
Why almost amazing then?
Though the food were all tasty, they didn't wow me like some other places did. Still, it's a great place to hit when you are scouting for quiet cafes to spend a lovely evening with your partner.
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Excellent Place to Unwind
It was a good day when my date and I found ourselves here, and despite the crowd, the staff seemed to be managing well, as we were not neglected even though we were just two people at a table.
Of course, the main reason we decided on the location was for their Egg Benedicts, which came at an extremely reasonable price of $13.90 - a lot cheaper than places in Orchard or proper shopping malls, but still ridiculously good.
There were generous amounts of ham and despite how small it looked, it turned out to be very filling - I would recommend ordering a milkshake - we tried the seasonal Banana Chocolate and the Green Tea Vanilla, which were both lovely - to make it feel like a more rounded up meal. Other than that, we also ordered an Arbite Breakfast, which literally just looked like a huge set of American Breakfast. I wouldn't recommend their soup that much, because although reasonably priced, the taste wasn't anything to boast about. However, everything else exceeded my expectations and I would love to eat there again.
The Egg Benedict!
What I really love about this place is the ambience of the interior. With simple, minimalistic furniture and white walls, it really felt like a good place to take a chill pill and forget about life's worries. A great place to come with the special someone (:
Also, the Egg Benedict is sinnn, tasty loving sin; definitely worth the rave!
The bread is nice and soft while the egg neither too runny nor clammy. Also, the generous amount of sauce definitely added to the heavenly taste of the dish! I also tried the Tempura Stuffed Button Mushrooms which were overflowing with cream cheese so to all the cheese-lovers out there: this is a must-try. It has the yummy crunch and oomph of deep fried food but it didn't feel as unhealthy nor greasy which is a definite plus for me.
I'm a really small eater so I shared the dishes (and cost) with a friend of mine and both of us are determined to come back again! The portion sizes are average-moderately large so ordering two or three different items and sharing would be a good idea in my opinion if neither you nor your friends are large eaters (:
Great Food And Thoughtful Service In A Fun, Casual Environment
It's easy to see why Arbite is so popular. From the minute you step into the playfully decorated dining area, you're treated to friendly, thoughtful service, with filling and flavourful plates of food. No surprise that Arbite is nearly always fully booked, especially on weekends!
Making clever use of the previous tenents decor and layout, Arbite has built their own style and designs on top of it. Playful use of lego blocks adorn the walls and counters, while contemporary art frames the spaces on the wall. Furniture is casual and comfortable, and good use is made of natural lighting during the day.
I must commend the thoughtful service at Arbite. Staff are friendly and attentive, but more importantly, pro-active and observant. Thoughtful gestures like enquiring if the air-con is too cold if they notice you sniffing, or arranging extra chairs for your bags, all without being asked. The challenge for Arbite is to keep up this same standard of service continually, as most of their staff are full-time students.
Most of the food I've had at Arbite is very good. Ingredients are fresh, and dishes are generally flavourful and well-prepared. The only hiccups I encountered was a personal dislike for a particular type of sausage they used, and a weak overall selection of drinks. Otherwise, I would recommend most of the items on their menu.
Because of its popularity, calling ahead for reservations at Arbite is recommended, especially on weekends. And while they've opened a second outlet, the concept differs slightly, as the menu there features more sharing plates as opposed to breakfast items.
After reading so much positive reviews about arbite recently, I finally indulged myself in their brunch menu with my friends today.
All three of us ordered their eggs benedict and it was really great. We all loved its sauce with a tint of sourness which was a great combination with its eggs. The eggs were also well cooked, where the yolk would flow out smoothly when you cut it. As for the taste, it was soft and it really kind of melts inside your mouth.
We were really lucky to reach there before 2pm because we didn't know that they are closed at 3pm to 6pm (tue to fri, resume at 6). Also, we heard that it gets really crowded during dinner time. Therefore be sure to make reservations if you are going during peak timings! Would definitely visit arbite again, and this time I’ll be sure to try their arbite breakfast or maybe the pancakes.
Clean, minimalistic food
Located in the second level of a row of shophouses at Serangoon Garden Circus, it is easy to miss this restaurant if they had not plonked a big menu right at it's doorstep. Mumsy and I had just went to run some errands and walked past said menu twice before noticing it. Curiosity took over and led us up the staircase to the place where Country Manna used to be.
Bright and spacious, Arbite keeps to a minimalist concept. Beige and white furniture with really quirky paintings on the white washed wall. Even their menu is printed on two sides of a single A5 white paper encased in a plastic cover. Everything is neatly printed and the price is just a numeral(s) without the currency sign. After some pondering, Mumsy and I ordered the Mushroom soup, Truffle beef burger and the Arbite breakfast.
The mushroom soup was alright, I would say. Thick creamy soup with size-able mushrooms in it for bite. That's about it. Truffle beef burger follows the recent trend where the beef patties are all hand made by the chefs. The beef patty was quite pleasant as it was not too finely minced and you could also chew on some tendons. I had asked to add blue cheese to my burger after the waitress suggested it. How does it taste like?, I asked. "Western fermented toufu", laughed the waitress. But there was was nary a taste/smell of the so-called Truffle in it's dish name.
Mumsy said that her Breakfast platter was ordinary. Comparable to Swensen's breakfast set. In fact, it did look similar with it's scrambled egg, sausage, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, except that they had bacon strips.
The owner cum chef makes it a point to go to each table to ask about the diner's experience and how's the food, etc. It's the personal touch that makes the otherwise mediocre meal feel so heartwarming.
You'll see us around, Arbite!
Brilliant service, good food
I highly recommend Arbite for anyone looking to eat in a nice, quiet restaurant without breaking the bank. I have been to Arbite twice so far, and each time I was not disappointed.
I love Arbite's dining concept - very modern, sleek and chic and at the same time maintaining a certain cosiness. Arbite makes you feel very at home.
Arbite will definitely become a very successful restaurant thanks to its amazing service. All of its staff members are extremely polite, friendly and they all add to a great dining experience. The first time I visited the restaurant, they waived our service charge, a very pleasant surprise. Also, Arbite even provides you with those table hangers; things you use to hang your bag so you don't have to place them behind you on the chair. The staff were also ever-ready to help, and readily answered all my questions about their menu items. If I could give Arbite 6 stars for their service, I would.
They also serve delicious food, although their aglio olio was a tad too spicy for my liking. Their pastas are really worth the try though.
Although Arbite isn't cheap (it isn't expensive either), I will definitely come back as often as I can because of the brilliant service. Good job Arbite!
2nd level hideout
Arbite is a German word for work! The chefs here work indeed, to dish out our orders! Arbite has a very simple decor, white and plain with cute lego pieces sticking out from their walls. The setting here is relaxed, comfortable and unpretentious with lots of floor space. That could be maybe each time I was there, it was never crowded.
Pasta was cooked right with generous toppings. You have to try their desserts! I heard that arbite serves great cakes but the cakes were sold out both times when I was there.
Service staffs were attentive and at smiles. Being located very near chomp chomp, parking might be a problem at night. Arbite never fails to charm me both dinner and lunch time. Some places are best visited at night or in the afternoon but to me, arbite is charming both in the day and night.
I never have to queue or wait for seats at Arbite and I hope it will remain like this forever. Sometimes when a place gets too popular, it loses it's charm. I certainly hope Arbitie will never face this problem in future. Do ask the server for any credit card promo because if I'm not wrong, there is a discount or sort for UOB card holders.
The cafe is really quaint, with jars of lego available for diners to play with. I tried the Tofu and Lentil Stack ($16.90), a vegetarian option. I enjoyed it as there was a variety of flavours that will ensure you do not get sick of eating the tofu or the vegetables. They were sprinkled with cheese chunks that were really delicious too. I was suitably full although I feel that it is a little pricey.
My sister tried their All Day Breakfast Eggs Benedict set ($10.90) and was very pleased with what she ate. I suppose you can't go wrong with eggs benny! We also ordered their Peach Nectar and Lemon Ginger Green Tea, and I would highly recommend the Lemon Ginger Green Tea if you like lemongrass. It's a good mix of the different spices and the different tastes and aroma complement each other really well.
Service is rather efficient and staff polite. Relaxing atmosphere and I like how their menu is really different from conventional cafes - there's always something unique you've never seen before anywhere else and sure to want to try!