Five By Five – New Late Night Hangout at Upper Thomson
Upper Thomson Road has always been a supper hangout for my friends and I as we stay nearby. With the plethora of cafes, as well as, coffee shops that serve up delectable local fare along the stretch of shophouses, the newly furbished Thomson V doesn’t draw any crowd.
However, with the recent increase in the number of cafes located in Thomson V One, it is hard to give Five by Five a miss! If you are a cafe-hopper, like myself, you would have noticed a trend with the interior design of cafes in Singapore. Firstly, it was the bicycle trend that got cafe-goers and Instagram-ers flocking to Wheeler’s Yard, followed by the cemented wall and flooring interiors that many took advantage of for their OOTD shots and now … We can safely say that “White is the new Black!”
Opened by the same guys behind November 8, Five by Five cafe made use of minimalist wooden furnishings which complements their all-white interior. There are three sitting areas – 2 outdoors and 1 indoor. I chose to dine at their alfresco “backyard” which is a cozy and quiet place, perfect for heart-to-heart-talks. Sitting there, savouring my dishes and coffee makes me forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
This cafe offers a list of mains, with breakfast items such as their signature 5by5 breakfast ($15.50), Eggs Benedict ($15.50) and Salmon Florentine ($16.50). I love anything that contains salmon so my choice was obvious! This dish consists of 2 poached eggs with honey ham and bacon, smoked salmon and baby spinach, served on English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce. The creamy, oozing egg yolks neutralized the saltiness of ham and bacon; while the spinach ensures that my dish is still within the healthy range, HA!
For diners with bigger appetites, especially during lunch and dinner, there are also Mac&Cheese ($13.50), Chicken Bleu ($15.50), Japanese Beef Stew ($18.50), Portobello Beef Burger ($15.50) and Miso Roasted Pork ($16.50).
The Miso Roasted Pork was slow roasted to perfection and served with delicious orzo rice pasta. The pork belly was well-marinated with Japanese Miso seasoning. Yes, I know how sinful some of you might feel for indulging in fatty pork belly but I’m sure a couple of workouts will solve this issue!
Not looking for a filling meal? Why not try Five by Five’s bar snacks such as Spicy Lemon Topshell ($7), Bacon and Chicken Skewer ($9) and Nachos with Cheese sauce and Tomato Chorizo ($9)? You can order drinks to go with these snacks! There is a good list of standard coffee, beer and a few non-coffee drinks such as Japanese Matcha Latte (my personal favourite) and African Red Chocolate. The cafe offers complimentary Wi-Fi and opens till midnight, hence it’s a great chillax hangout with your buddies. Even though November 8 was short-lived, it seems like Five by Five is here to stay!
Five By Five
Address: Thomson V One, 9 Sin Ming Road #01-03, Singapore 575630
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10am – 12am (Sat & Sun). Closed on Tuesdays
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Photos & text by Alexis Toh Mu Qin, a fellow food writer for Miss Tam Chiak. She loves exploring Singapore on foot and trying new recipes at home with her mother. In her free time, she reads regularly. Shakespeare is her personal favourite. Follow her at @tmooq on instagram for her latest food hunt.