Five & 2
97 Hougang Avenue 8
You can still savour your favourite Asian comfort foods at home when you order takeouts from Five & 2 with its contemporary East-meets-West dishes. Hot takeout favourites range from sesame chicken wings and spam fries to dried tom yum seafood linguine and spicy black mussels with light cream broth.
As a sit-in diner nestled in Punggol Park with a panoramic lakeside view, Five & 2 was incepted as a bistro with a mission to serve the community. The bistro’s name is inspired by the biblical story of Jesus feeding more than 5,000 people by multiplying five loaves and two fish, reminding diners about the importance of gifting – and that no gift is too small. Indeed this bistro, known as a “social enterprise” bistro, has been regularly partnering family welfare organisations to provide meals to the underprivileged as well as for people with disabilities and ex-inmates. Most recently, it rolled out a new initiative in support of the local community affected by the Covid-19 outbreak – it has been giving away bento meals to private-hire and taxi drivers on a daily basis.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
130E Minden Road
An offshoot of the main Tiong Bahru Bakery boulangerie, this café, with its safari-themed elements, was opened in November 2018 by founder Cynthia Chua, who was inspired during a trip to Africa. Perfect for lovers of French-style pastries who would rather chill out at home, Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari’s takeaway artisanal produce are all made from French butter and flour.
For its takeaway menu, flaky and buttery viennoiseries are the mainstay. Best-sellers include the quintessential croissant, kouign aman and pain au chocolat. There is also a great variety of quick bites, ranging from iconic sandwiches such as ham and cheese, roast beef croissant and pulled pork buns to other savoury treats such as quiche lorraine and croque monsieur. Those who miss its French patisseries can also get their sugar fix with various calorific choices, including Gallic staples such as lemon tart and apple crumble. There is even a “Party Box” for those with a hearty tea time appetite spread over a couple of days: Choose from a box of 10 croissants or 6 kouign amans.