Ah, the good old days, when everything was simpler. Smartphones were nonexistent, you could buy a 30-cent bowl of noodles from the pushcart on the street, policemen wore shorts… well, we could go on, but we’re sure you’ve all heard the stories. Hearing tales of times long long ago, however, doesn’t capture the full experience at all, does it?
Well, we’ve got a solution for you. At Old Habits Boutique & Cafe, you can take a much more visceral trip down memory lane.
Step into the cafe, and you’re instantly surrounded by wall-to-wall displays of retro-looking items that are sure to fill you with nostalgia.
Old metal signs, polished clockwork that could genuinely pass for your grandfather’s clock, and even a vintage rotary phone – it looks like you’ve stepped into a black and white photograph, and you’ll love every moment of it. They even have a gramophone for all your Instagram photos, hipsters.
And for all you gamers out there, there are even display cases full of old game consoles and games!
If you ask nicely, the owner – Mr Donovan Goh – might even grant your request to handle or play with some of his vintage items. But be careful with them; they’re priceless.
Old Habits doesn’t just serve up a slice of nostalgia pie, it also does a pretty mean spread of dishes that are sure to leave you satisfied.
Try their homemade portobello mushroom soup for an appetiser – it’s thick, creamy and delicious.
And, if you’re feeling like something a little meatier, order their Honey Mustard Lamb Rack, which is succulent and juicy on the inside and just slightly charred on the outside to give it that lovely smoky aroma.
End your meal with Old Habits’ signature hot-and-cold Coconut Kueh with vanilla Ice Cream.
The cool, sweet creaminess of the ice cream perfectly complements the soft golden kueh, and melts in your mouth in a perfect harmony of flavours.
You can look at their full menu here.
Old Habits is also always inventing and experimenting with new dishes! Menu items they’ve served in the past include this Herbal Roast Chicken dish with wolfberry sauce and butter rice, as well as this Sweet Potato Abacus Seed dish they did for Chinese New Year.
So depending on when you go, you might be able to try some of their new and -limited edition- creations.
So why not go down for a look and a bite?
Address: 38 Telok Blangah Rise #01-315
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat), 11am – 9.30pm (Sun)