Food For Thought

D April 19, 2012
 
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Homely place for great pancakes
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Food For Thought at Botanic Gardens is a place I frequent whenever I'm in town and feel like getting away from the crowd. The ambiance and environment in this branch is amazing as it is spacious, homely and well-organized, one instantly feels relaxed upon entering.

It is one of my favourite place to chill with magazines and good food, such as their pancakes, full works, cinnamon roll and scones! Another good thing is they offer local delights such as kaya toasts and nasi lemak as well. Pancakes come with gula melaka sauce, which is a twist from your usual maple syrup.

Prices are reasonable with no GST and service charge. Definitely a good location for big group gatherings or romantic dates! Feel free to take a stroll around the beautiful garden to end off a great meal.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Best Part:
Pancakes
Branch Location:
Botanic Garden
CM
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Taking eating wisely to a new level
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Owned by the same guys who developed School of Thought and Broader Perspectives, Food for Thought offers exactly what its name suggests: Food and thoughts. The walls are decorated with wise words of wisdom while the place-mats offer random pearls of knowledge and messages, it seems like a perfect brunch place for the intellectually curious and inner geeks in all of us.

You can pick up copies of Broader Perspectives anywhere in the cafe, and whilst it brings me back to days of writing GP essays in JC, I still enjoy perusing the articles by Mr Tong Yee.

Food wise, I really liked their fries with rosemary garlic. It is thicker than the usual fries from Macs, crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The cake display is also very attractive, and all in all, it is a nice place for a cuppa and catch up sesh with those friends you haven't met in a while. A safe bet will be the pasta as you can hardly go wrong with pasta.

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Average Spent Per Person:
25
Best Part:
Eating here makes me feel instantly smarter
Branch Location:
Bras Basah
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
LW
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pancakes worth a shot!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
My friends and walked around Botanic Gardens just to try Food for Thought. The ambience was great! Tucked into a quiet corner, with wooden furniture and long high tables fit for large groups of friends. The felt clouds and mild orange lights gave the place a homely feeling.

There was a range of food to choose from - pancakes, burgers, salads and sides. I found it rather pricey, but thank goodness there was no gst and service charge! I had the sweet potato and pulled pork burger which was really quite small. They were generous with the pulled pork though, but it was overly salted and the slice of sweet potato was not exactly compensating.

However, I tried some of my friend's foods. Their pancakes were nothing special, but the spiced gula melaka that accompanied it was certainly something else. I'd never tasted anything like it before. Sweet yet fragrant, a perfect match to the pancakes. Their sides are also really tasty! I liked the beetroot with yogurt and the broccoli.

Overall, I would say the portions are a little small for the price, but it's still a nice place to hang out and chill.
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A menu great for sharing
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
This is one of those kind of places which makes you feel like ordering every single item on their menu. So yes, we ended up ordering a couple to share so that everyone gets to try more dishes!

We ordered a Full Works (comprised of scrambled eggs, bacon, butter toast, hash browns, roasted tomato salad, chicken sausage, garlic mushrooms), Dark Chocolate & Raspberries Pancakes (which comes with cream & gula melaka syrup), a Slow Pulled Pork Burger (with sweet potato chunks) and a Chicken Cutlet.There was so much food, but we finished every morsel of it in high spirits. We kept yumm-ing in total acknowledgement of the pancakes' awesomeness. I've actually had this once at the Bras Basah branch but didn't remember it being this good. I remember though, that the Brash Basah one was awfully drenched overwhelmingly with syrup and chocolate, which made it too sweet. I guess whether you like it or not would depend on your personal threshold for sweetness!

After we were done with the main courses, we ordered another 2 desserts (yes 4 girls ate that much) - Bread & Butter Pudding & a slice of Chocolate Mud Cake. The chocolate ganache was made really well and everyone of us loved it. We were so full at the end of the meal!

The place was luxuriously spacious, which is untypical of crammed up cafes. This Botanical Garden outlet definitely is highly inaccessible though, & I would probably head for the one at Bras Basah instead of this in future!
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Breakfast in nature
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I wish to commend especially on the FFT Branch at Botanic Gardens. It is different from its queen street branch in the sense that it is self-serviced and menu is slightly differently. The branch at Botanical Gardens is huge and spacious, and it is ideal for breakfast/coffee while surfing the net/ doing project work.

We ordered the full works ($18)- which is a wholesome breakfast choice of toast, salad, hasbrowns, saussages, omelette and bacon. Sounds Yummy isnt it? The portion was very big and enough to share between 2. I also ordered the chocolate pancakes and they were very sweet and appetizing as well.

I had a wonderful lunch at Food For Thought. It will also be nice to take a walk and appreciate nature after a fulfilling meal at Botanic Gardens. Remember, FFT is located at the Tanglin gate, not near the circle line of Botanic Gardens!

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Branch Location:
Botanic Gardens
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Good food and service :)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I went to the one next to SAN (Singapore Art Museum) on a weekend noon and I had to wait for quite some time before a seat was available. Be there early!

The service is good in the sense that everything was done as fast as possible.. But I dont remember the staff smiling or looking at all glad to be serving us.
There are items being sold in Food For Thought which you could browse through while waiting for your food.

I usually order the seafood risotto. Comes with squid and prawns. It is tasty, not too rich nor overpowering. The seafood is fresh too. The serving may seem too little but it is actually very filling- for me at least. I am not a very big eater so.. well it may be too small after all if you are a big eater.

The breakfast set is also quite worth the money- I really liked this bready thing.. Is it called a brioche?? The scrambled eggs are nicely done and the hash browns are not like your Macdonalds hashbrowns- they are so milky and they come in cute little takoyaki-looking balls!

A little on the expensive side, but priced like any other restaurants of its type. Worth a visit.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Good ambience!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
If you are looking for an inexpensive dinner then this may not be the place for you but if you are ready to splurge a little for good western food then I think Food For Thought will not disappoint. I went to the Botanic Gardens Branch and a word of advice to those of us going there, make sure you confirm the location before going or you run the risk of being at the other side of botanic gardens and having to hike across the park to the restaurant.

We had a Cheeseburger which was the cheapest item on the menu, Basil Almond Pesto Chicken Linguine and Garlic Prawns with Red Capsicum Linguine. I personally feel that the Almond Pesto Chicken Linguine is worth trying. Although a bit oily, the chicken and mushroom slices were wholesome and tender and the basil herbs were not too overwhelming. You know how sometimes Pastas get too heavy after a few mouthfuls? This was not the case with this particular dish. The Basil taste somehow invites you to take one bite after another until you are surprised by how fast your plate gets empty.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Almond Pesto Chicken Linguine
Branch Location:
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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main dishes are better than the cakes
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Food For Thought, 8Q Branch is a cafe located at Singapore Arts Museum. This place gives off a very simple and clean feeling and their 540 jars as a light installation is rather impressive. They serve breakfast from 9AM, all the way to 5:30PM, which makes it a perfect place for people who crave breakfast food past breakfast time. Also, you’re able to customize your breakfast the way you want it.

During lunch hours, the place may get a little packed, but the crowd usually clears by 2PM. Although the breakfast food is awesome, I feel that the coffee here is lacking. Recommended to just stick to their free flow of water, where you have a choice to make a donation of $2, to provide clean water to an African for a year.

Although the fries are part of the chef's recommendations... avoid it. There was too little seasoning, and it was too thick. It ended up unfinished, soggy and bland. For their main dishes, I've had the shiitake and button mushroom risotto. The portion may be a little small if you're a big eater, but it's a great dish!

Had the Hazelnut chocolate crunch for the dessert. It was heavenly, but the coating of chocolate was too much for me. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll definitely enjoy it.

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Branch Location:
8 Queen Street
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Cosy hidden find
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
If you’re looking for a café in the city that is not too common or filled with crowd, Food for Thought at 8 Queen Street is the place to go. With a range of sweets and savouries, you could go there for a full meal or just for dessert and coffee or tea.

I went there with the intention of trying their desserts as I had heard they had nice cakes, and also to check out the ambience of the café. I was not disappointed when I reached.

We were greeted with friendly staff waiting to sit my party of three and we got a table immediately as there were lots of tables available (it was a Wednesday afternoon). We ordered the Old Southern Red Velvet Cake, the Moist Carrot Cake, Earl Grey Tea, English Breakfast Tea and an Iced Latte.

The Red Velvet cake was different from the usual. It was not cakey but more solid, almost like a gelatin, which was quite rich. However, the cream cheese was just about the right sweetness and tasted better than the cake itself. I didn’t really enjoy the slice as I expected it to be more like a crumbly cake rather than a solid. But it’s something new and I have not tasted red velvet made this way before.

The Moist Carrot Cake was better, with a strong taste of cinnamon, bits of walnuts, real carrots and coconut baked within the slice. It was more pleasant-tasting as compared to the Red Velvet, being less rich but having more ingredients within the cake.

The teas were a perfect compliment to the cakes as it was a combination of cold and warm. The Iced Latte was also nice as the coffee element was strong and not too milky.

Overall, I found the cakes to be alright, but slightly pricey (both $6 per slice). The ambience made up for it, with a modern and very cosy home feel, it’s a cool place to unwind and chill out in the afternoons. The menu at the Queen Street outlet is slightly different from the Botanic Gardens outlet, so be sure to check out both for full varieties of what they have to offer.

Conveniently located about three minutes away from Bras Basah MRT station, you can alight there and walk to the café. It’s recommended to go on weekdays however, as you might have to wait awhile before getting a table on the weekend.

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Average Spent Per Person:
8
Best Part:
Moist carrot cake, Iced Latte
Branch Location:
8 Queen Street
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
DT
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Pretty place
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Food for Thought is tucked away in a corner of a street and if you don’t keep your eyes wide open, you might just miss it. When I reached there, my heart sank for it was packed. However, my disappointed turned into relief when someone came out and told us that there were seats for two! The other group who arrived way before us had no such luck though. I advise you to make a reservation if you’re coming in a group.

We sat at a table by the window and I soon got annoyed because that spot was very warm! Their air con didn’t seem to be working and even though a fan was blowing at us, I was still perspiring! The couple next to us ordered Aglio Olio and it looked nice.

We ordered their Red Velvet cake and Marshmellow Brownie! It wasn’t as good as I expected it to be and I was disappointed. The Red Velvet cake tasted like.... Nothing. I had no idea what it was supposed to taste like! I think it’s just a normal marble cake with red colouring, that’s all. Don’t waste your money on that. The Marshmellow Brownie was only slightly better. The nice part was the marshmellows which were melted perfectly well. I could pull it high up and still have a thread from the marshmellow to the brownie cake. It’s super sticky and difficult to eat. It got stuck in my hair and pants and elbow. Gotta be careful while eating that! It’s soft and nice to chew.

The cakes were unfinished in the end because they were bad. They were dry and distasteful. I’d say go for the mains and leave the cakes alone.

The staff are very friendly and helpful!

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Recommend to Friend:
Yes
J
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