The mister and I went for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella this evening as an early 3 1/2 anniversary gift from him (thank you soooo much, bie!). We had planned to start the date with a lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, but decided to give Sour Puss Cafe a try, since we were going to Esplanade anyway.
Previously called Too Hot Cafe, the only halal-certified eatery in Esplanade maximised its prime outdoor location and underwent an image re-branding to cater to a larger consumer market; the youths and arts centre visitors attending outdoor arts performances by the bay. With comfortable sofas and a quirky colour theme of black, purple and pink, the restaurant creates the perfect ambience for casual outdoor dining.
While the menu seems quite limited, Sour Puss Cafe clearly boasts a fusion style of dishes, with several local flavours and twists added to a predominantly Western cuisine, such as satay burgers, teh tarik, kasturi ice blended, and even local favourites like nasi lemak. The pricing was affordable, ranging from about $13+ to $20+. They also have promotion set meals for a group of 3, as well as larger groups.
While deciding for the mains was a relatively easy choice for us, the bulk of the duration of order came in the choice of drinks. We were served by a well-spoken friendly young man whom I presume was the manager, who had taken the initiative to inform us that the airconditioning was not working for the day, so outdoor dining was the best choice. The mister and I had initially chosen two ice blended drinks, Mango Tango and Sunkissed Kasturi. The said manager then proceeded to the counter, and returned promptly saying that they had run out of syrup for Sunkissed Kasturi. To cut the story short, the same incident repeated several times with us having to change the order from 1 Mango Tango, 1 Sunkissed Kasturi to 2 Mango Tango to 2 Longan drinks and finally to a glass of ice lemon tea and Pepsi. The manager was so apologetic at the fact that the long beverage menu was literally cut down to a choice of only six drinks, and offered the drinks to be on the house.
For the mains, the mister had grilled pepper chicken doused with mushroom sauce, served with plain white rice, and a fresh salad of lettuce, tomatoes, shredded carrots and brussel sprouts. I found the mushroom sauce too creamy for my liking, but it was definitely up the mister’s alley. The chicken serving was quite generous, and you had a choice between rice and fries for the meal.
I chose the grilled pepper chicken with teriyaki sauce, served with fries and the same salad. I had initially expected the teriyaki sauce to be a tad bland, but because the chicken had been peppered generously prior to grilling, the pepper complemented the sweet teriyaki sauce perfectly. The salad had a generous lemon drizzle, which I absolutely loved because it gave the salad a fresh zing. I am quite particular about my fries, preferring them to be soggy rather than crispy, and I was very pleased that the fries they served was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I especially appreciated the fact that despite taking a long time to finish my food, the fries did not lose its texture.
Besides the beverage menu incident, the dining experience was largely a pleasant one, and like I told the mister, the great affordable food (the total bill amounted to $30+), beautiful ambience and friendly service definitely made up for it. We will definitely give Sour Puss Cafe another visit to try other things on the menu. And perhaps, we could even try the enticing-sounding drinks on the menu!
Sour Puss Cafe
8 Raffles Avenue, #01-13E
tel/ fax: +65 6338 9003