The Quarters... The café scene in Singapore is too saturated, lacks creativity and has no differentiation. This social stigma, or what I...

The Quarters: Modernising, Juxtaposition and Promoting Familiar Local Flavours


The Quarters...

The café scene in Singapore is too saturated, lacks creativity and has no differentiation. This social stigma, or what I called a lack of understanding and knowledge about the F&B industry, is completely unfounded and untrue, and does not paint an accurate picture of the café industry in Singapore. We do have a few outstanding and amazing cafés that seek to modernise and promote familiar local flavours to the public. At the Quarters, you can expect to see a wide variety of locally-inspired dishes set in an unpretentious and comfortable environment. 

Located within Icon Village, the Quarters is well-known for its creative creations such as the Durian Crème Brûlée, Wonderffle, Satay Burger and the list goes on. Their recent launch of the Real McCoy which uses Salted Egg as the main ingredient has also become a big hit. So if you want to find out how creative local flavours can turn out to be, you should definitely pay the Quarters a visit! 

In frame, the newest Real McCoy, Chilli Crab Pasta and Salted Egg & Chilli Crab Fries (Quarters Shiok Fries).

The Quarters also serves beer (Happy Hour starts from 5pm to 7.30pm) and you'll get bar snacks such as Salted Egg Fries and Chilli Crab Mantou for free. Definitely the place to unwind with your friends or colleagues after a long day of work. 

If you love their Salted Egg and Chilli Crab Sauce, you can purchase them (prettily packed in a container) home as well. The Quarters also serves pretty decent coffee. 

Quarters Shiok Fries // $14

Best of both worlds! No wonder it is named the Shiok Fries, really very shiok especially because I’m a huge fan of both Salted Egg and Chilli Crab Sauce. The amount of sauce drizzled on the fries were really generous. Perfect snack to go with an iced cold beer!

Satay Burger // $17

The peanut sauce was aromatic and fragrant. It was also rich and creamy, and there wasn’t a tinge of jelatness but rather it got me more and more addicted with each mouthful. The chicken thigh was well-marinated, tender and juicy. The handmade rice patty was crispy and chewy, and it definitely complemented the satay sauce very well. The salads on the side were also refreshing. A must-try at the Quarters!

Chilli Crab Pasta // $18

They were very generous in the portion of crab meat they put in the pasta. Seeing the huge chunks of crab meat in my pasta have already captured half of my heart. The remaining half was captured by the flavourful and richness of the sauce. Very filling and definitely satisfying!

Real McCoy // $16 (August 2016 Promotion: $14)

Here comes the real deal. This was my favourite at the Quarters. The burger was intimidating but in a good way (it looks really appetising). The bun was lightly-buttered, chicken was tender and juicy, and the sauce was just mind-boggling. The salted egg sauce was rich and creamy, and I just love the saltiness of the sauce. Definitely worth the calories gained.

Durian Creme Brulee // $8.50

Who can resist Mao Shan Wang? I can’t! This durian crème brulee is so aromatic and smooth. The top layer was well-torched and well-caramelised, crispy but not burnt, and also not too sweet. The inner layer is so smooth, and it really melts in my mouth. No wonder this is one of the best seller at the Quarters.

Bibik's Brownie // $11.80

To be honest, it got me quite awhile before I got used to the taste. Buah Keluak wasn’t a flavour that I’m familiar with but it got better after a few mouthful. The brownie was not too bad, quite rich and soft. Overall, I would say that it’s a pretty interesting dish that you should at least try once. You may not like it but trust me, you’ve got to try it once at least.

Wonderffle // $12.80

This dish is really a representative dessert of Singapore. Handmade Lemongrass, Pandan Ice Cream with Gula Melaka glaze – I believe we are all very familiar with these ingredients. They complement one another so well that I think I could gobble up two waffles on my own. If you like lemongrass, this one is for you because the lemongrass flavour was really strong but in a good way.

Thank you Deming for the great hospitality and I looked forward to more of your creations in the near future!
The Quarters is about 5-10 minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar Mrt Station!

Nearest Mrt Station: Tanjong Pagar
Location: Icon Village 16 Enggor Street #01-09 Singapore 079717
What To Order: Real McCoy, Satay Burger, Durian Creme Brulee and Satay Burger
Cafe Ratings: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

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