I visited Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar with my family and C a few weeks back. I made a reservation the week before, which enabled us to skip the queue when we arrived at noon for our brunch/lunch.
The bus stop opposite British Council was actually closer (in terms of walking distance) to the cafe, as compared to the nearest MRT (Orchard). From the bus stop, enter the Tanglin Post Office and proceed one floor up. The entrance to the cafe faces the main driveway, hence you will need to exit the grocer on the 2nd floor, and turn left.
There was a small alfresco dining area outside the cafe, but as it was a sweltering afternoon, we were thankful that our reserved table was to be found within the air-conditioned space.
The cafe interior did not particularly wow me, and even the stained glass did nothing to improve the feel of the place for me. I had imagined something a little grander than what I saw that day.
The flat white was rather average, and there’s definitely way better coffee to be found elsewhere. Unfortunately for fans of latte art, there was no latte art to be found. At least the cinnamon biscotti that they served with the coffee was fragrant and crunchy.
Thankfully, the waffles were served next, and they were really good. Slightly fluffy and yet also slightly crunchy, they paired extremely well with the chive sour cream dip. One of the better waffles in Singapore!
The steak with eggs was up next, and unfortunately the sunny side up was rather disappointing. The yolk was just not runny enough, and the egg white did not feel ‘right’. The steak (medium rare) was decent though, and was not too tough to bite into.
Ahh the chilli crab pasta. The tastiest dish of the lot that we tried, and I loved that there was quite a good portion of crab meat provided. The chilli crab sauce was spicy and there was even little strips of crab meat mixed into the sauce and pasta. Yum yum! We ordered the full version (pictured above), but if you simply wanted a taste of the dish, you could also order it in a half portion (S$16++).
Looks rather unassuming, but this fish & chips came in a close second in my books. The Pacific Dory fish was lightly battered with Erdinger beer, and not overly oily. The fish meat was close to melting in my mouth, and paired excellently with the slightly sour mayo dip. The fries were not half-bad either, and were crispy and lightly salted. I even used them to scoop up the rest of my chilli crab sauce, and they tasted great together! 🙂
The burger looked rather tiny when juxtaposed against the large plate that it was served on, yet it was surprisingly rather filling. The beef patties were quite juicy and the fries were crispy as well.
Although I was the only one to order coffee, the flat white that was served was uninspired and rather ‘flat’ for me. I probably would not bother with having coffee here the next time. The food was generally on the yummy-side, and I really liked the chilli crab pasta and fish & chips. The waffles were also rather good. Unfortunately, the cafe does get rather crowded on weekends, and I could barely hear myself over the music emitting from the speakers and the loud conversations happening all around. Personally, I would not recommend this place to chill out at, but I would not mind returning just for the chilli crab pasta.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
#01-03 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964 (Nearest MRT: Orchard)
Open 8am-11pm (Tue – Sat) & 8am-10pm (Sun), Closed on Mon
Check out their website here.