Daily Affairs is situated right in the heart of Newton and just 5 minutes away from Newton MRT. Located on the basement floor of Cairnhill Community Club, a three months old cafe serving up their own unique and creative fusion recipes and fine tea selection at affordable prices. Daily Affairs is founded by Chef Oh having 10 years of experience working under 5 stars hotel. Despite having a rich experience, Chef Oh has been consistently finding ways to flawlessly execute exquisite fusion cuisine with a complex unique layering of flavours and attention to details. The humble chef also visits the market daily to buy his fresh ingredients.
Upon entering Daily Affairs, I am warmly welcomed by the mini greenhouse; where the chef used some of the fresh vegetables in the cooking. Something interesting about the lunch special; Not only it is priced affordable at S$9.90 nett, it also comes with a little surprise. You get to try different types of vegetables daily. Some days you get nai bai, spinach, and even tempura kang kong. This is something that I would look for towards the daily fresh vegetable. When it comes to the little ones, the kids can order their favourites, like fish and chips, macaroni and cheese or spaghetti bolo. Definitely one of the family-friendly cafe! And did I mention? All prices are NETT, there is no hidden GST or service charge.
A great twist on a classic. Caesar salad with 65-degree egg and fritter dough. 65 degrees egg appear mostly on the high-end restaurant menu, but you also get to enjoy at Daily Affairs at only a fraction of the price! Have you spotted the difference between classic Caesar salad and Daily Affairs modern Caesar salad? That’s fritter dough! Something that we eat locally instead of the usual croutons. Chef has added some local flavours in this modern Caesar salad. The lettuce, tomato, fritter dough gave a satisfying crunch to this modern Caesar salad.
Modern Caesar salad at S$8.
Soft shell crab is something that I dislike eating, especially after food photoshoot (they’d end up a soggy mess). However, the soft shell crab from Daily Affairs still remained crispy with the crunch sound! And the secret behind the crispiness is using three different types of flour. If you also notice, the soft shell crabs are thinly coated while leaving the actual shape intact.
Crispy soft shell crab at S$11.50.
Sous vide chicken was juicy, tender, and just how you like it, every single time. It is so good that my partner had finished most of it, leaving the lonely last piece. Better grab a partner who eats little to share this dish with. The laksa broth offers the right balance of spice and coconut foam and does not leave an overwhelming spiciness in the mouth.
Sous vide chicken in laksa broth at S$11.50.
Pink salmon is such a treat, and what’s even better is the paper thin crispy salmon skin. The chef has sliced the salmon skin and deep-fried to crispy giving a nice crisp. The honey miso glazed salmon flesh was moist and tender, and fat that has been fully rendered. What I love about this dish, besides the crispy salmon skin, is that the flavours meld so well together. The cereal and the honey miso glazed salmon, with a hint of spice from the chilli padi. This is served with french fries and daily fresh vegetables.
Atlantic Pink Salmon at S$15.50.
Simple dish using fresh ingredients like white clams and black mussels. They’re all well-cooked, I didn’t spot any piece that is left closed. It is served with slices of toasted baguette to mop up the delicious juices from the black mussels and white clams.
White Clam (Lala) & Black Mussel at S$13.50
The beef rib is braised for 12 hours with aged hua diao wine, leaving the sweet yet savoury, tender beefiness and melt in the mouth texture. It is so good that I have popped in the 2nd piece within the next second, no joke! Not a fan of the potato pancake as it was quite bland. Nevertheless, this is still my favourite main dish for Daily Affairs.
12 hour braised beef short rib at S$18.
Perfect your meal with the wide range of luxury tea selection from Tea Forté. There are 7 choices to choose from. With less than 10 cafes/restaurants that carry this brand, you certainly can’t miss in your visit. I have tried honey yuzu tea that comes with a light sweet taste without the tea bitterness. It’s a truly exquisite experience to have your tea in this exquisite little tea set.
1 cup of Tea Forté at S$4.50.
If you are looking for a cozy cafe with quality food at affordable prices, Daily Affairs may be that hidden dining gem that you are looking for.
*No Service charge(10%) and No GST(7%).
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