The Food for Thought at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is huge for a cafe, taking the place of what used to be an entire food court. The whole restaurant is very spacious, with ample natural lighting through full length windows stretching the length of the restaurant.The high ceilings help absorb noise so when coming in a large group you won’t have to worry about disturbing other patrons.
In general, just be prepared to pay a premium for the location and environment, but there are a few budget friendly menu options. The Basic Works on their breakfast menu is great value for only $9, but for the House works you pay $6 extra for just hashbrowns and cherry tomato salad. The local delights come at $6 which is reasonable for such a restaurant.
A short walk from Bras Basah MRT, Food For Thought offers a laidback and chic café environment. I was slightly overwhelmed with interior décor, which was very well done and impressive. Upon arrival, you will see a small section on your right dedicated to souvenirs like notebooks, mugs etc, which are great for adding a little whimsy into everyday life.
Partly due to the good reviews online, I was looking forward to my visit here. I didn’t feel like ordering their breakfast menu, so I settled for the Chunky Sausage and Tomato Linguine, with an extra order of fries. And I am sorry to say that both were not up to my expectations. There were a small amount of beansprouts in the pasta, which did not value add to the dish at all. Sausage serving, while generous, tasted weird and unappetizing. I had to semi-force myself to finish even three quarters of this dish… The fries were thick cut and extremely mediocre — I think I am better off with McDonalds fries. Needless to say, my visit here was way disappointing. Though I guess I will go back to try their breakfast menu, for that’s what most of their patrons rave about.