Mushroom Cafe Blooms At MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Regulars to MacRitchie Reservoir Park will be familiar with the Amenities Centre which opened last July. Outdoor sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike welcomed the new shower facilities, drinking fountains and rest areas, situated amid lush greenery and water features.
Another popular addition to the Amenities Centre is Mushroom Cafe. As its name might suggest, it has bloomed over the months, attracting a steady crowd of students, families and other park users. The cafe is halal-certified, which means that everyone can enjoy its tasty food at pocket-friendly prices.
At first glance, you may be tempted to dismiss Mushroom Cafe as just another snack bar. But this bright, airy corner offers much more than just light bites. Main courses like sambal fish with rice, nasi lemak, laksa and chicken cutlet are served for lunch and dinner. Traditional favourites like porridge, kaya toast and yam cake are available during breakfast hours from 7am – 10.30am.
Dropping by for lunch one day, I ordered the Beef Stew with rice while my lunch companion had the Curry Chicken. The beef stew was hearty, with tender beef slices, carrots and potatoes, and thick, scrumptious gravy.
The substantial serving of beef stew left me little space to sample the curry chicken, which was accompanied by a warm loaf of bread. But full as I was, I couldn’t resist breaking off chunks of bread to dip into the satisfyingly spicy curry. The chicken, too was cooked to perfection. It was delicious!
The Mushroom Cafe also has a selection of finger food that will delight children. Think fishballs, sotong balls, chicken nuggets and French fries. The fried chicken wings are a must-try – crispy on the outside, and hot and succulent on the inside. Definitely a winner with both young and old.
True to its name, the cafe also offers a range of mushroom-themed dishes. Fill up on Mushroom Chicken Feet Noodle and Healthy Mushroom Soup, or “go west” with a mushroom omelette for breakfast. To end your meal, order a refreshing ice kachang or chendol. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Coke floats, waffles and ice cream.
Our meal at Mushroom Cafe was simple, but very satisfying. Best of all, we paid just $16 for an appetiser, two main courses and drinks. With yummy food, low prices and beautiful green surroundings, it’s no wonder Mushroom Cafe is getting so popular. Do check it out the next time you’re in the area!
Mushroom Cafe, located at MacRitchie Reservoir (Amenities Centre) is open daily from 7am – 9pm. Tel: 63032358.
By Melanie Wee
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