Marine Cove is back after four long years. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) was one of its original tenants, if you remember. They have re-opened as well, bigger and better than ever with over 4,500 square feet of cafe and dining space. This makes it the largest CBTL outlet, and also the most family friendly one with pram parking, a kid's play area and kids' menu exclusive to this branch.
Come to the grand opening on Saturday, 2 July 2016, and get free drinks (coffee, ice blended and other select drinks) from 2-9pm. Yes, they thoughtfully extended the promo hours to 9pm to accommodate Muslims breaking the Ramadan fast. They are also giving away 1,500 CBTL re-useable cups.
Here's one exclusive feature you won't find at other CBTL outlets - a frozen yoghurt stand offering flavours like coffee and matcha along with various toppings (fruit, crunch, sauce items). A box helps little kids get a better look at what to choose.
The kids play area can entertain up to 10 toddlers aged 5 and below. I am sure parents and families will welcome the respite no matter how brief!
Foodwise, the menu has a few more items (salads, wraps, sandwiches, mains) than the normal CBTL cafe, but is not as extensive as the CBTL Beanstro concepts.
Yes, you'll get your Eggs Benedict (S$13) here, along with a very decadent looking Salmon Bagel (S$12.50). Waffles, pancakes, omelettes and full breakfast platters are also part of the All-Day Breakfast sets served with Today's Brew - coffee, tea or iced tea, with free refills til 11am.
The mains include various pastas and classic western favourites like Fish & Chips, Beef Burgers and Chicken Cutlets.
The Prawn Aglio Olio Spaghetti (S$13.50) is the one I liked best. Mainly because it's got a nice spicy kick. My kids loved this.
They also have some gorgeous salads, which is not surprising considering the chef is from P.S. Cafe (oh yes, the fries are not too bad here; they just don't have the truffle version). This Garden Salad (a steal at S$9!) has fresh mesclun, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, dried cranberry, asparagus, corn and fresh strawberries drizzled with a passion tea infused vinaigrette. It's almost a fruit salad.
This outlet also has a kids' menu not available at other branches. It's the usual kiddy favourites - Mac N Cheese (S$5.50), Chicken Fingers (S$6.50), Spaghetti Meat Ball (S$6.50) and Ham & Cheese Bunwich (S$6) and Nuggets (S$5.50).
I say let your kids train their spice tolerance on the spicy Aglio Olio. Yes, I know I'm evil but your kids will thank you later in life for being able to enjoy spicy foods!
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I have a S$50 CBTL gift card for one lucky reader. Simply share this post on Facebook or Twitter stating what you think of the new CBTL Marine Cove, and tag me @camemberu. Make sure the post is public, so I can see it. Deadline: 11:59pm Sunday 3 July 2016. The winner will be notified via the social media channel. I will prefer to award to someone who is not a contest junkie.
THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF
1000, East Coast Parkway,
#01-01 Marine Cove,
Tel: +65 6444-4325
Sun-Thu: 8am to 11pm
Fri, Sat, eve of PH: 24 hours
Many thanks to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for hosting us and sponsoring the giveaway!