Question: What’s the main objective of a first date?
Our answer: To get to know the other party better.
So what environment constitutes that intention? A pleasantly modest, quiet yet romantic space for both of you to feel at ease.
And we think we found that perfect place for you.
Knots Cafe & Living has a vibe likened to a mixture of those seemingly at Melbourne and Europe—ingeniously mixed-up industrial designs with a touch of natural earthiness. The other oh-so-suitable-for-a-quiet-first-date aspect is the comfortable distance between tables, meaning lowering your volume in fear of your neighbours hearing your somewhat awkward conversation is totally unnecessary.
There’s a lot of square feet to cover here, especially with its second level. So don’t worry about not having enough privacy.
Mr Soh Yee How, 49, managing director of retail florist Xpressflower.com and Knots Cafe & Living, instinctively brought easy-on-the-wallet, easy-to-make yet easy-on-the-palate food onto the menu such as the Coriander Prawn Pasta. The chef utilized indigenous ingredients, namely coriander and prawn, and produced a classy, wholesome dish out of them.
The reason why Mr Soh is currently keeping gastronomically bold, funky flavours that will be an impeccable match to the vibe of the space out of the menu? He doesn’t want to keep you waiting for your meal for more than 20 minutes when your lunch break is really only an hour.
Sounds reasonable when the food is both indulgent and comes with a very friendly price tag.
Everybody loves pizza right? You can never really go wrong with a pizza, especially on a date. Even though there are currently only 5 pizza choices on the menu (Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Margherita, Supreme and Parma Ham Pizza), we reckon food is just an accessory to a meaningful conversation-based first date.
As though to compensate for the lack of an extensive menu, their Buttermilk Waffle is almost phenomenal. Slightly crusty on the outside and soft and airy on the inside, it’s a wonderful meld of salty butter and mellow maple syrup.
Mr Soh’s love for Kopitiam coffee is hard-wired into his DNA. But underscoring the skyrocketing popularity of freshly brewed coffee in the cafe scene, Mr Soh tried and tested several works of baristas before deciding on the current one that fits his used-to-kopitiam-coffee tastebuds.
The cafe trend have gained such a rabid following that this tiny little island is thoroughly saturated with them, and even the most far-flung corner of this country now stocks at least one or two of them.
But Knots Cafe & Living is a breath of fresh air. A visit here feels less like a mandatory “chop-passport” destination, but more like an afternoon coffee break just because you feel like having a cuppa. When you need to break free from the craziness of this modern age or impress your date with none of the annoyances from a student-laden crowd, you’ll make the smart choice, right?