My Muslim friend was complaining to me that most places I wrote looked delicious, but out of his reach due to religious reasons. Admittedly, I never ventured much into halal eateries, with my experience limited to the likes of ayam penyet and nasi padang. But now I'm not only going to talk about a halal eatery, but also one with a Scandinavian touch!
Besides having rich historical value, Arab Street is also fascinating in terms of the little cafes and restaurants mushrooming around the area. One of them is Fika, which has attracted my attention with its Swedish menu. With simple white decor and wooden furnishing, it gave a home-like vibe that made me want to laze off the afternoon by a window seat.
Coffee, part of breakfast set
In fact, its exactly the kind of place I want to be in on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Though the place can get pretty noisy and packed during lunchtime, the otherwise quiet hours would be perfect for a long chat, or just me and my trusty laptop, writing entries without a rush for the world.
Fika Breakfast Set (With Coffee) ($14.90)
Don't brush off its plain looks, as it turned out to be one of the best breakfast sets I had in a while! Buttery baby potatoes, tasty chicken cocktails, juicy grilled tomatoes, olive-oiled greens and two pretty sunny-side up with creamy hollandaise sauce. Very simple ingredients by itself but flawlessly put together for a satisfying experience. Available till 6pm, this is one breakfast that I can enjoy waking up late!
Smoked Salmon Crepe ($15.90)
I was pleasantly surprised by the size of it when served. The two huge rolls of savoury crepe were generously stuffed with the chilled fish, as mayonnaise mustard added a refreshing, creamy touch. Loving every bite of it!
Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream ($7.90)
Ending it on a sweet note, it was disappointingly average after the awesome mains, which I suspected was perhaps outsourced. A tad pricey for its size too.
Bill for two was $43.12 after taxes, with warm water served at 50cents per cup. Though my experience with Swedish cuisine has so far been limited to the furniture store, Fika impressed me much with their food standards and cosy surroundings. Spying the neighbouring tables with yummy-looking pasta and main courses, I know a return won't be very far off!