Pasarbella doesn’t run parallel to London’s Borough Market or Fremantle in Perth. However, it did ooze mildly of their characteristic vibes. And with air-conditioning, of course. On the whole, it was like a maze. A maze of temptations with beautiful crockery, jarred jams and minimalistic cakes on display. We found ourselves back at the exact same spot after turning a few corners before the might wave of realisation dawned upon me — that it just wasn’t as big as I thought it’d be. Still, there were tons to discover and it’s definitely a nice weekend escape. Plus if anyone is interested, the exit between the florist and the hot dog stall gives you a panoramic view of the rugby fields.
The Cheese Ark – sells cheese and anything to with it. I’m talking cheese boards, crackers, wines and jams. On the same glossy brown paper that your chicken rice to-go comes wrapped with, 5 varieties of cheese sit in cubes for your sampling. If you’re not ready to commit to an entire block of cheese, they can fix you up a cheese platter – like the sign reads.
Le Patio – Next to The Cheese Ark, this stall dons an ensemble of black and dishes out European fare. You’ll want to try the Mixed Seafood Paella ($13.90) here, which comes from the largest wok I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Also, if asked for the option of chilli, please take it. It’s sweet, spicy and adds a mean kick to the already flavourful paella.
The Great Beer Experiment – Find the “Husband Day Care Centre” sign.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – Where you might expect to see a huge teddy bear in a toy store, a huge red roaster sits at the corner by the pick up spot, almost beaming with an “aren’t I gorgeous, human?” Windowsill Pies are sold here, a smart pairing with thick bodies of coffee.
Strawberry Lemon Pie
Shuttle buses are available from Toa Payoh, Clementi and Botanic Gardens MRT stations, as well as a route plying along Bukit Timah Road.
The nearest bus stop isn’t located too far out, just a 10-15 minute walk. On top of that, you’ll get to walk past K9 Kampus and witness 10-15 dogs playing catch, and see only the golden retriever jumping into the pool while the others watch and bark away.
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200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994