Quarter to Three @ 88 Tanjong Pagar

Exterior of Quarter to Three.

Exterior of Quarter to Three.

Quarter to Three is a humble little cafe/bakery situated in the row of shophouses at the Tanjong Pagar area. It’s a few blocks down from Drury Lane (another cafe I’ve been meaning to try). The cozy cafe focuses on giving the customer a great teatime experience with a wide selection of cakes & desserts. The name of the place was derived from the lyrics of a song by “The Beatles”.

Cozy interior of the cafe.

Cozy interior of the cafe.

A large chalkboard on the wall with a list of their specialities.

A large chalkboard on the wall with a list of their specialities.

Large glass shelf with knick-knacks & coffee tins. A small kitchen is situated behind where all the baking happens.

Large glass shelf with knick-knacks & coffee tins. A small kitchen is situated behind where all the baking happens.

I actually chanced upon Quarter to Three as I was heading to a nearby restaurant for dinner. My friends & I decided to explore the area and found Drury Lane & Quarter to Three while walking by a row of shophouses. We took a little gander inside Quarter to Three and I spotted some customers having Rainbow Cake. After spotting the cake, I decided to come back after dinner for dessert at this little quaint cafe. (Not sure why I’m quite enticed by Rainbow Cake constantly. All the pretty colors!)

Aesthetic
The interior of Quarter to Three is quite small & cosy. While the majority of seating is on the inside, there is a few seats outside as well. White walls with a half brick wall on the side, hanging white lamps on top and a wall wash lighting all combine to give the place a very warm & cosy aesthetic. There are four huge wooden tables inside the cafe, with three being high tables that are accompanied with high wooden stools.

Dessert counter with all their pretty cakes.

Dessert counter with all their pretty cakes.

Front & back of their food/drinks/dessert menu.

Front & back of their food/drinks/dessert menu.

Food
Apart from all the desserts & cakes that Quarter to Three offers, they also offer a small selection of soups, salads & pastas, including some house specials. Of course, the place seems to be more focused on cakes and I was told by the owner of the cafe that most of it is baked in-house. They do also have Tiramisu in a Jar, which seemed to be one of their more popular desserts. As you would have noticed by now, their cakes all have very interesting names to them. They are all also named with a certain relation to the band “The Beatles”, as with their cafe name.

Another great thing about Quarter to Three is that they do NOT charge GST or service charge and their prices are all quite wallet friendly.

Rosehip & Hibiscus Tea ($4.50) My friend ordered this after our heavy dinner at another establishment.

Rosehip & Hibiscus Tea ($4.50)
My friend ordered this after our heavy dinner at another establishment.

Bockwurst Set ($14.90) Bockwurst, House Special Honey Mustard Dressing, Stir-Fried Mushrooms, Artisan Bread, Green Salad My friends and I actually came for desserts only, since we were already full  from our dinner at another establishment. Of course, being the crazy foodie I am, I didn't want to do a review with just a few desserts and I probably won't be in the area again any time soon.  Hence, I decided to order their savoury food items for my lunch the next day. (As always, I took a bunch of photos of the dishes first before asking them to pack it for takeaway. I would like to thank the kind staff and apologize for the trouble.) Anyway, back to the food. I really liked this, the mushrooms were delicious, I just loved the Foccacia bread and the Bockwurst was cooked perfectly. The Bockwurst had a nice crisp with each bite.

Bockwurst Set ($14.90)
Bockwurst, House Special Honey Mustard Dressing, Stir-Fried Mushrooms, Artisan Bread, Green Salad
My friends and I actually came for desserts only, since we were already full from our dinner at another establishment. Of course, being the crazy foodie I am, I didn’t want to do a review with just a few desserts and I probably won’t be in the area again any time soon. Hence, I decided to order their savoury food items for my lunch the next day. (As always, I took a bunch of photos of the dishes plated first before asking them to pack it for takeaway. I would like to thank the kind staff and apologize for the trouble.)
Anyway, back to the food. I really liked this, the mushrooms were delicious, I just loved the Foccacia bread and the Bockwurst was cooked perfectly. The Bockwurst had a nice crisp with each bite.

Meatball Set ($13.90) Beef Meatballs, Neapolitan Sauce, Artisan Bread, Green Salad This was not bad as well. The meatballs reminded me of the Meatball Sub from Subway.

Meatball Set ($13.90)
Beef Meatballs, Neapolitan Sauce, Artisan Bread, Green Salad
This was not bad as well. The taste of the meatballs reminded me of the Meatball Sub from Subway.
(Just wanted to add that after the staff cautioned us not to touch the dish as it was quite hot, my friend touched it anyway one second later. You can probably envision his reaction immediately after.)

Step Inside Love ($8.90) Cherry Lemon Cake One of their "Favourites". My friends both preferred this over the Rainbow Cake. The cake was quite good, it was soft and the cream was perfect. At first, I was a bit weary of the amount of cake-to-cream ratio it had, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Step Inside Love ($8.90)
Cherry Lemon Cake
One of their more popular cakes. My friends both preferred this over the Rainbow Cake. The cake was quite good, it was soft and the cream was perfect. At first, I was a bit weary of the amount of cake-to-cream ratio it had, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Watching Rainbows ($9.80) I quite liked Quarter to Three's Rainbow Cake. It was also quite soft, with just the right amount of cream. (There is a chocolate cream variation, but I went with the normal buttercream.) The one thing that both my friends and I agreed on, was that the color of Rainbow cake was simply fantastic. One of the best looking ones we've seen.

Watching Rainbows ($9.80)
I quite liked Quarter to Three’s Rainbow Cake. It was also quite soft, with just the right amount of cream. (There is a chocolate cream variation, but I went with the normal buttercream.)
The one thing that both my friends and I agreed on, was that the color of Rainbow cake was simply fantastic. One of the best looking ones we’ve seen. I also appreciate the added simple presentations of the cakes and the fact that they were served upright. Some places just tend to serve a tall cake on its side instead for fear that it would topple.

'Apple of My Eye' ($8.90) Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice-cream After seeing quite a few tables around us order this, I was greedy and decided to order it as well. It was pretty delicious, nice hint of cinnamon. My friends liked that the apples in the pie were still crunchy.  I did felt that if the pie was made warm, it would have been perfect. Nothing better than an warm apple pie with a scoop of ice-cream.

‘Apple of My Eye’ ($8.90)
Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice-cream
After seeing quite a few tables around us order this, I was greedy and decided to order it as well.
It was pretty delicious, nice hint of cinnamon. My friends liked that the apples in the pie were still crunchy.
I did felt that if the pie was made warm, it would have been perfect. Nothing better than an warm apple pie with a scoop of ice-cream.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Quarter to Three definitely garners a visit. It’s a nice & cosy yet unpretentious little cafe. Great & delicious cakes/desserts, friendly service, affordable prices, it’s everything you could ever want from a cafe. I wouldn’t mind going back to try more of their “The Beatles” named cakes or their Tiramisu in a Jar when I’m in the area.

Rating

Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
8/10

Quarter to Three

88 Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 088509
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6222 2214
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
http://www.quartertothree.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/quarterto3

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