15 minutes is a café designed to serve good food, good music and good art through 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately it closed in 2013.
(Closed) 15 Minutes
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One of the worst moments in 2012 was when I heard 15 Minutes has ceased operations, my first thought was, "NOOO, MY FAVOURITE DUCK PIZZA!"
The savoury tender duck and the sweet mandarin oranges with hints of cashew nuts bursting into flavour in my mouth... Why do you have to go? Sigh, and the prawn aglio olio was really good too. What? You have never tried their duck pizza?! Where have you been? (Well my friend, you can try a less fantastic version of duck pizza at Timbre)
15 Minutes held many good memories for me. I have celebrated a good friend's birthday here, supported a friend for a live set and did catching up with old friends here. It was a fantastic place, I'm hoping that maybe they would renovate, change a name and reopen soon!
Meanwhile, i shall embark on a journey to find the next best duck pizza.
My friend and I happened to walk past Laselle and came across this restaurant last October. The glasshouse like concept of the restaurant appealed greatly to us so we decided to give it a try.
I checked out the menu on the chalk written blackboard and realised that the prices were very reasonable. I also managed to take a sneak peek at the food the other patrons ordered. It seemed that the skinny pizzas are hot favorites!
My friend and I ordered a mango salad with chicken meat and duck meat pizza. We were very surprised when the salad was served. It was contained in a jar and we were supposed to shake the contents (with lid on) to mix them! That was truly an unique presentation of food as well. The cashew nuts inside took our tastebuds to another level of tastiness and the vegetables were tasted fresh too. The duck meat skinny pizza is definitely a must-try! The crust was very crispy and the chef was generous with the ingredients. ((:
Value for money! Definitely will be back for more!
Having heard much about this cafe located at La Salle, my friend and I decided to head down on a weekday evening. It was disappointing for us to be right at their doorstop, only to see that the cafe has ceased operations. We were so near yet so far from the cafe. I had checked their website earlier that morning and was very much surprised to learn that the cafe is actually opened from Monday to Saturday till at least 11pm. I mean, most cafes are closed on Mondays.
Don't make the same mistake as we did. Wherever you're going, do call the place before you make your way down. Don't depend on websites, because even till now, the cafe's website still shows the cafe is still in operation! Isn't this misleading for cafe lovers?
Not a single piece of furniture left when we went. Very minimal rating that I can give.
The first thing that struck me when I stepped into 15 Minutes was how the place was designed - a spacious, chill area where friends could gather and catch up over good food. There is a performance corner in 15 Minutes where students of SOTA (the building 15M is in) put up entertaining little shows for the people there, so it is really relaxing if you were to have your dinner and watch them. I ordered a Prawn and Mushroom Aglio Olio and it came in a huge portion which was too much for me, but it tasted great! Not too salty. My friend ordered a salad which was cutely served in a jar, and she commented that it tasted alright. All in all, a rather pleasant first time at 15 Minutes. May go back there again :)
I went to 15 Minutes for lunch, and was really impressed by the décor of the place, as it had a really relaxed atmosphere.
One thing I really love about this place is their Shake Well Salads. Their salads come in a jar, and you have to shake it well before eating. I think it’s a fun concept, and the salad is delicious. My favourite salad would have to be the Udon Salad, which is cold, and tangy. The udon noodles are cooked perfectly, and the balance with the salad leaves is perfect. It’s a great way to start the meal. For mains, I really like their Pomodoro Pasta. It’s not the traditional Pomodoro as it contains mushrooms and nuts, which adds a much needed crunch to an otherwise plain dish.
Glass window surrounds the restaurant from ceiling to floor, creating a dome like structure that allows it to blend in with Laselle's state of the art building. The name of the restaurant imprinted on the glass gives an old school feeling and the name is a quirky title by itself.
This restaurant is great for small gatherings or a hangout session for Laselle students given its spacious surrounding and long tables. The place feels like a coffee joint with all its trendy magazines and displays.
My friends and i ordered 4 plates of thin crusted pizzas for dinner but the one we loved most was the salmon pizza and the roasted duck pizza. Crispy and flavorful, 4 pizzas were not enough for the 8 of us which was why we ordered 2 more. It was only later that i realise that this restaurant is actually a school canteen. Unbelievable.
15 minutes uses long tables for its setting which i feel is a disadvantage. Bonding with friends along a long table does not allow a smooth flow of conversation throughout the meal.
Lasalle school canteen! Or so says the students from Lasalle. If my school canteen was this great I wouldn't have qualms going to school everyday. The place definitely do not give off the usual 'csnteen' vibe and the atmosphere is great. There are lots of space with the nostalgic long simple tables and benches. The food here is average and very affordable. In the day, no alcohol is served but after school hours, you can drink til your fill here at 15 minutes! There are also live performances at night by budding local bands.
However when the place gets too crowded, we have to wait for quite long for our food to be ready and we have to self collect it as our buzzer(given to us) lights up. Sometimes the wait for food can take longer than usual as compared to other crowded cafes alike.
You must try their chicken nuggets! They aren't anything like those served in fast food restaurants. These took me by surprise because judging by the price I paid, I was given more nuggets than expected and they were real chicken meat! Not the nuggets I had in mind at all so it was a pleasant surprise indeed! Will definitely pop by this place if I'm in the vicinity.
Being a student at Lasalle, I've been to 15 Minutes, almost too often in between classes. It's a convenient place for students to meet and have lunch for group work discussions and lunch at the same time, but not too often to treat it as a typical school cafeteria. The food here is quite pricey compared to the restaurants within the area, but I would say that for the quality of food given, it is worth it.
The biggest problem that I have with this place is how slow the service is. It's so slow that you would think that there is only one person cooking food for the entire restaurant. One time, it took them 30 minutes, to serve a rather simple pasta dish. And this wasn't even during peak hours, mind you. Despite the slow service, the staff is friendly. Although this doesn't make up for their slowness.
From what I understand, the restaurant concept changes for dinner time where you order from a menu and food is served to you like a typical restaurant. I haven't experienced that, so I am not at liberty to say whether that type of concept is better. For lunch until 7pm, customers order from the counter and are given devices that light up and vibrate when our food is ready to collect.
15 Minutes is known for their oriental duck pizza, and while the idea of eating pizza with duck meat and mandarin oranges on it may sound funny, it sure does not taste funny. I am a particularly finicky eater but I enjoyed their duck pizza the two times I have been there. Their carbonara is nothing to wow about, but as far as carbonara goes, it is not too bad. It’s a nice place to sit down with friends and chat over an affordable dinner, so 15 Minutes is worth a visit or two. The service staff are also courteous and polite, always a plus point.
15 minutes café is located at the first level of Lasalle College of the arts. With its chic interior design and affordable food, it has become a regular hangout for students like me. The place is usually packed on weekends so if you are looking for a quiet group gathering going there on a weekday evening would probably be the wisest choice. The even have live bands and singers to spice up the ambience! I personally love the aglio olio and the thin crust pizzas; they give the pizzas at Timbre a run for their money and they are more affordable as well! What I love most about 15 minutes café is the relaxing environment that I get to dine in while chilling with my friends.