What you will find as you climb up the stairs (Peter Hoe Café is located on the first floor of the swanky lots of The Row) are two red doors – one leading to the store and the other, to the café. Once you step into the café, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to another time and space, despite the bustling city just out the window. With mellifluous tunes of Coldplay and acoustic covers in the background, colourful-tiled tables wood benches, and glass doors that let you peer into the store filled with bold hues and lively aesthetics makes the café seem like a perfect escape from the outside world.
Peter Hoe Café serves up a vast fare of salads, pastas and dessert for lunch every day and dinner (from a special menu) on Fridays and Saturdays. While visiting, we managed to try out some of their signature items on the menu. The Chicken and Mango Salad was definitely one of the best starters out there. While portions were hugely generous, the chicken was spiced nicely, providing a very ‘Malaysian’ flavour which complemented the flavour of the mango well.
The Scallop Pasta with Garlic Parmesan & Walnut Salad proved to be another worthwhile try. The scallops were fresh and the pasta was light enough to be paired with the salad that contained multiple textures and flavours – crunchy, nutty, savoury and sweet that paired with the pasta pleasantly. If you’re opting for something lighter in the afternoon, do have a hand at one of their many quiches. We tried the Broccoli & Carrot Quiche that’s simply perfect for a light bite. To end (or start!) your meal at Peter Hoe Café, we highly recommend their signature Missisipi Mud Pie that will leave you wanting for more. It’s not too dense neither it is too light, ideal if you’re having it with coffee.