102) Tian Kee & Co.
What used to be a old school provision shop is now turned into a hipster cafe with a nostalgic touch. Tian Kee & Co. used to be a provision shop dated back from 1950s and ceased it’s operation only in recent months. Due to old age, Uncle Lim handed the baton to the current owner, Vincent, who then turned it into a cafe.
The uniqueness about this cafe is mainly the retention of the shop’s rich heritage and it’s old charm. The general facade of the venue is left intact, such as the metal grilled doors to the old metal tins which are now displayed as ornaments. In essence, you will be transcended back in time but be indulging in modernized food and beverages.
Currently that’s on their menu are mainly cakes, pastries and coffee. However, the owner do have intentions of introducing brunch menu very soon and also to expand their sitting capacity to the exterior of the shop. This means that you will be able to enjoy your cuppa and food while surrounded by the older generation of flats at Dakota. How cool is that? Speaking of cool, they retained the coolest kiddy ride that cost $0.20 (thankfully there isn’t inflation for this)! Young parents, you really gotta bring your kids down to check out this old school ride other than going to Universal Studios.
Back to the menu. Coffee beans are from Dutch Colony and cakes are from Cat and the Fiddle. Generally, coffee from Dutch Colony will be medium-bodied, delicate and low in acidity. However, the intensity served here isn’t very strong, so you may enjoy if you are looking for a easy-going cuppa. Tian Kee Co. serves SNAG ($5.50) which basically is a Ice Latte with a layer of rose syrup. As for cakes enthusiast, there are Japanese Cupcake ($3.50), Yuan Yang Cheesecake (6.50) and many more.
Last but not least, Tian Kee Co. is not air conditioned as Vincent wants to reminiscence the good old times where there is only the fan and breeze.
Clue: By the no. of uploaded photos, you can tell if I did enjoy my visit.
Food and beverages
Blk 12 Dakota Cresent 390012