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The Missing Pan is a shophouse along Bukit Timah Road with a cozy loft styled bakery on the first floor and a brasserie on the second.
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Good food but not worth a special trip
What struck me first about The Missing Pan is the size of the cafe. It is small even for a cafe. The seats are all on the second floor, which, to my dismay, is only accessible through a slow and small lift that fits only 3. There is a staircase, but you have to exit and reenter the cafe from another door, which was unnecessarily inconvenient. Your food comes by the same lift too.
The food at The Missing Pan is good, but it fails to stand out amidst the fierce competition among cafes here in Singapore, especially since their dishes are mostly pushing $20. Their saving grace is the presentation though, you can tell they put some effort into plating.
Overall it is a decent cafe if you like in the area, but don’t bother making a special trip just to try it.
Amazing food with generous portions
This place opened not too long ago near my school and it looked so promising I had to drag my friends there. The copious amounts of #foodporn of chicken stuffed french toasts didn't exactly help either.
After multiple failed attempts of visiting TMP, my best pal and I finally managed to snag a seat near the window on the second story of the shophouse cafe. It was and still is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon with a close friend or by yourself enjoying the view of cars passing along Bukit Timah Road. The milkshakes served were HUGE - it could feed 2-3 diners.
A popular dish of theirs is their French Toast Salpicon- a savory stuffed french toast with creamy chicken chunks and mushrooms then topped with berries and fruits. Sounds weird but my, the combination went well. The portion served was so huge, and with me and my friend being small eaters, we couldn't finish all that we ordered.
Their pumpkin salad was nothing short of amazing too.
I read several reviews, both on TSL and on other blogs, about what a great find The Missing Pan was.
I was quite disappointed with the food, to be honest. Loads of people raved about the French Toast Salpicon ($19) for its interesting combination of savoury (Chinese mushrooms and diced chicken) and sweet (fruits and BBQ-smelling syrup). It was interesting, all right - in a bad way! The flavours just didn't mesh well for me, although I did like the nuggets of goreng pisang accompanying the dish.
My sister had the Beef Pot Pie ($24) which was too strong-tasting for my liking. It tasted like the alcoholic ingredients hadn't properly diffused, resulting in a dish that was just too much, especially since it was a massive serving.
I was satisfied with the 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict ($22), although the dish didn't really live up to its name and was served lukewarm. The cubes of smoke salmon were generous and delightful, and the eggs were really well done.
My mother had a Long Black ($4.50), which was slightly more pricey than other Long Blacks around the island. It was a thick, bitter brew - she had to ask for hot water on the side to dilute it so that it didn't overpower the other dishes.
Our server was friendly but soft-spoken; I had to ask her to repeat her questions.
Overall, I left feeling a little let-down, but would pop back in to try the other popular dishes, such as the Muesli ($10) or Beetroot Quinoa Salad ($12).
Great All Around
I visited The Missing Pan for dinner time on a Thursday. Fortunately there was no line and after going up to the second level via the very small lift that made me feel very claustrophobic, I found that there were only 2 other groups of diners there and the rest of the restaurant was empty. The atmosphere was really chill and nice though and I settled into my seat to read.
I was looking forward to eating the French Toast from there which I've heard a lot about but unfortunately, they only served all day breakfast on the weekends and I had to eat from the dinner menu from which I picked the Wannabe Ramen. The Ramen actually consisted of spaghetti noodles instead of the regular ramen noodles but the dish was really nice all around.
Prices are a bit on the steep side but I was pleased to find out that they do offer student discounts so that was really nice. Shout out to the service crew as well who were all really helpful and friendly. Overall, a great experience.
The restaurant is located in the middle of a row of shophouses, which looks rather narrow and tall. At the first floor, one would see rows of cakes and breads on display. So yummy! A staff at the door kindly shows me to the second floor for the dine in area. As it is a weekday morning, there is not much crowd, but I could spot a couple of tables with the reserved sign on. The wall of the room is quite uniquely decorated with lots of drawers of different sizes. The place has a homey feel and time passes quite fast while dining in there.
Through the staff's recommendation, I have ordered a serving of French Toast Salpicon ($19) as it is one of must ordered for a first timer in the cafe. Another choice will be its 62 Degree Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon but is unavailable today. The staff is quite friendly, makes small talk and serving ice water. Food is served quite fast.
French Toast Salpicon ($19)
It looks like a huge french toast topped with various fresh cut fruits such as mango, kiwi, strawberry, dragon fruit, banana and deep fried banana nuggets, lightly dusted with icing sugar and served with a small jar of smoked maple syrup. The smoked maple syrup is not too sweet and comes with slices of strawberry in it. The fruit toppings are fresh and juicy, especially the mango. The deep fried banana nugget is quite sinful with a cripsy crust filled with melt in the mouth and sweet tasting banana. Inside the French toast, it is stuffed with spinach, chicken and mushrooms. It is quite a hearty one-dish meal which is both savoury and sweet. Very unique.
Cafe Latte ($5.50)
It comes in a small glass with latte art on top. Not too strong but still tastes not bad.
Total bill = $28.84
Overall the food is great, place is great. Service is great too. Except the location is a bit out of the way. Billing may takes awhile as the cashier is on another floor. Quite unique having a lift in the shophouse. I am expecting to walk the stair by the way.