Chee Soon Juan presents a new menu at Orange & Teal
Opposition politician Chee Soon Juan surprised Singaporeans when he announced last year that he was opening a cafe.
Orange & Teal opened on June 25, 2021, and a year has apparently passed very quickly.
He is now celebrating the cafe’s first anniversary by launching a new menu.
MS News had the pleasure of trying the dishes courtesy of Orange & Teal, and we’re happy to report that they’ve really stepped up their foodie game.
Cafe originally envisioned as a Starbucks-like venue
Describing how the leader of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) came into the restaurant business, Dr Chee said it was a “leap into the unknown”.
However, Orange and teal was actually born out of the party’s desire to create a cafe and gathering place.
Interestingly, he thought of the cafe as a Starbucks-type place, serving only drinks and maybe cake.
However, people started asking for more types of food. Then the customers wanted wine to go with that food, and he “couldn’t say no”.
Saying the F&B industry is “no joke”, Dr Chee also said people wouldn’t know how hard it is until they do it themselves.
Chee Soon Juan adds lamb shank to its new menu
As for Dr. Chee Soon Juan’s new menu, one of the stars is their Greek lamb shankserved with Mediterranean rice and seasonal vegetables.
The version we had had meat so tender that it easily fell off the bone when we dug our knife into it.
Another dish destined to steal the show is their O&T Burger.
Diners will love the thick, juicy slice of beef between seeded buns.
As an aside, Dr. Chee mentioned that a customer said the patty tastes like durian, when the king of fruits is not present in the dish. He could have tasted caramelized onions, which are included in the burger with lettuce, tomato and melted cheese.
Another delicacy that beef eaters will not be able to resist is the Slow Braised Beef Cheekswhich has an incredibly soft piece of beef at its heart.
If you’re in the cafe on the weekend, be sure to try their new Eggs Benedict for brunch.
It consists of poached eggs in Hollandaise sauce and turkey ham on muffins.
We’ve sliced the eggs to let the pleasantly gooey yolk ooze out to confirm this is the perfect accompaniment for a lazy weekend.
Those who prefer white meat will savor the Grilled Chicken Chop with Honey and Mustard. Like all the meats here, it was succulent but also had a slightly crispy skin.
What won the day for us was her delicious sweet and sour honey mustard sauce which wasn’t overwhelming and unique enough to bring us back again.
When it comes to desserts, they’re usually hard to screw up. However, it’s also difficult to create something truly memorable, given all the options available.
Orange & Teal has been offering a decent selection of cakes for a year, but now they’ve upped the ante with their new waffles. does everything.
It includes a not too big waffle with ice cream and strawberries. The usual dessert condiments like chocolate sauce, almond and coconut shavings were drizzled on top, with blueberries on the side. Ours have been finely cut to look like roses – a small but nice touch.
Having the waffle at a smaller size than usual makes it a perfect match for ice cream, portion-wise. This avoids the problem of having too many waffles and not enough ice cream.
The waffle was also satisfyingly crispy with no air pockets.
Professional and competent service
Frequent diners usually say it’s hard to find good service in Singapore, bemoaning ignorant waiters and sloppy service.
It was probably harder for Dr. Chee to find good help because of his opposite leanings, which he revealed last year.
However, we can’t help noticing that his issues are now resolved, as the level of service at Orange & Teal is significantly better than some other F&B establishments we’ve visited.
He managed to find knowledgeable, friendly and knowledgeable people to run the cafe without any slip-ups.
Kudos to the waiters – we think Dr Chee can rest assured the place is in good hands when he’s not there.
Chee Soon Juan’s new menu should be a hit
When Dr. Chee first envisioned Orange & Teal, it may have simply been a gathering place with no aspirations of impeccable food and service.
However, as it celebrates a successful year, it’s pretty obvious the cafe has kicked its F&B game up a notch, and its new menu is set to be a hit.
We can truly say now that it stands neck and neck with many of Singapore’s favorite restaurants.
Although they aim to be a place “where the conversation is even better”, we suspect that many people will be too busy gorging on mouth-watering bites to converse.
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