UPDATE (26/02/2017): The café has closed down.
Nestled in the busy district of Little India, Flee Away Café calls for customers to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in its place full of antiques. It has a small section of its menu dedicated to fusion dishes.
The eatery boasts its innovation in you tiao (Chinese cruller) dishes. Anyway, can anyone guess what was the drink behind my hunchbacked bear?
Beef Hash Pie Tee S$12.50
The popular Peranakan snack of thin pastry cups with fillings (typically julienned turnips, carrots and prawns) came with corned beef with potato cubes instead. The piping hot red meat was savoury without being overly salty, providing a delightful contrast to the crispy texture of the pastry.
Beautiful, ain't it? ;)
Chicken and Turkey Bacon Carbonara S$12.50
The spaghetti-based dish came with more than enough chicken chunks, slices of turkey bacon and mushrooms. While the balance of flavours was no doubt pleasing, it could definitely be less dry. The chicken chunks weren't exactly juicy either. Still, I secretly wished I could lick the plate without anyone looking at me. Haha...
Dry Laksa Le Char Kuey S$15.50
As introduced earlier, another captivatingly unique dish would be the delectably crispy you tiao filled with the dry version of laksa (Peranakan dish of noodles in rich coconut gravy). While the filling was pretty creamy with enough slices of fish cake, it wasn't spicy at all, leaning more towards the mild side. It came with a side salad and thin, crispy chips which were a bit cheesy. Pika's advice: If Chinese cruller isn't your thing, you can opt for tortilla wrap instead.
Waffle with Gula Melaka Sago S$8.50
I was slightly taken aback by the fact that the waffle was too crispy to the point of being a bit hard. Nevertheless, the small sago pearls were a delight due to their springy texture. The coconut milk wasn't cloyingly rich, but it was a tad too thick. On the other hand, the sweetness of the gula melaka (Malay brown sugar) was just right.
Zig Zig Bird's Nest Smoothie S$6.00
Cheap made expensive, the ubiquitous, most-likely-not-authentic drink came in the form of smoothie that was velvety enough for sure. The fact that it came in a metal cup really boosted my spirit as it stayed cold till the end of the meal. It could be sweeter though.
They've got other interesting fillings for the innovative Le Char Kuey dishes, which I'm interested to try next time. Service was warm and pretty much efficient, but the air-conditioning that evening was somewhat weak.
Flee Away Café
70 Dunlop Street
(Mon-Thu: 11.00am - 9.00pm; Fri-Sat: 11.00am - 10.00pm; Sun: 10.00am - 5.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,