Food For Thought Cafe is one of those places that immediately come to mind whenever someone asks me to recommend a place that serves decent food at affordable prices.
They have recently closed down their original branch at North Bridge Road, and shifted to a much bigger location at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Well, it is probably an understatement to say that it is much bigger. The new outlet can easily accommodate more than 200 people. This is definitely great news for regulars who always frequent the cafe.
Food For Thought (FFT) Cafe at Botanic Gardens is slightly different from both the North Bridge Road and 8Q SAM Queen Street outlets. They have a self-service system where you order and pay at the cashier, and the staff will serve the food to the table.
We were there for brunch recently, and while it was tempting to get extra portions, we decided to order sensibly because we were heading to Brunetti for desserts.
The menu has quite a fair selection of everything: from Salads ($10) like Chicken Caesar and Juicy Portobello; to Pastas ($12-17) like Lemon Butter Mushroom Linguine and Spicy Beef Linguine; to Grilled Burgers ($8-12) like the Classic Beef and Cheese Burger; to Mains ($20-23) like Baby Back Ribs and Pan-Seared Salmon; and desserts ($4-7) like Red Velvet Cake and Hazelnut & Chocolate Cake.
In addition to the ala carte menu, they also have a brunch menu and it’s easy to see why it is so popular. The brunch is just $8 for any three items and you can choose from items like Grilled Mushrooms, Hash Brown, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Sausage.
The food that we had in general was decent, nothing to write home about. I enjoyed the Creamy Pulled Pork Linguine ($16), while the Grilled Basil Pesto Chicken Burger ($9) and Eggs with mushroom & sausages ($8 for any three items) were okay.
The highlight was definitely the Dark Chocolate & Raspberries Pancakes ($12). In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that they have one of the best pancakes in Singapore.
Some of the other pancakes on the menu (from $8-13) include: Mixed Berries, Banana & Walnut, Hazelnut Chocolate and Granola.
Food For Thought at Singapore Botanic Gardens is an ideal place for weekend brunch; you can take a nice stroll in the park after having scrambled eggs and sausages, with a cup of coffee. Moreover, most of the dishes are priced very reasonably. I am sure the new outlet will become very popular in no time.
Food For Thought
1 Cluny Road #B1-00
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: +65 6338 4848
Near Tanglin Gate, Opposite Gleneagles hospital
For more recommendations, read my list of Best Cafes in Singapore