Riders Cafe

I have a penchant for restaurants and cafes that are ‘real’, down to earth, in quiet locations and offers good food at reasonable prices. Throw in the owner’s philosophy, that runs along the lines of ‘passion’ for his or her craft and offerings, I will gladly part with my money.riders-0

My dear friend L, brought me to one such cafe yesterday, the Riders Cafe. Riders Cafe is surrounded by lush greens and horses in Bukit Timah’s Saddle Club and is accessible only by cars. It makes a good hideaway from town. Being a weekday, it is pretty quiet on a hot 2pm afternoon with the crowd growing at 5pm as the cool evening arrives. Just great for chats over tea with friends.riders-2

This is an ambience I would like to have if I ever own a cafe *dream*.

The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner which I intend to try the next time. Since it is tea, we ordered a pot of Earl Grey and the following two items.


The scones *available from 3pm* are more savoury than the usual scones I have tried and can be a little dry and hard after some time. Hmm. Also, I would very much prefer clotted cream to whipped cream but kudos to the generous portions of spreads accompanying the scones.


Death by Chocolate.

Yup. This is the killer. The cake is totally drowned in chocolate. I couldn’t breathe too. It’s THAT good. Now, I’m not a chocolate cake fan. I prefer to savour chocolate bars on its own and would most often choose fruity or citrusy cakes over chocolate ones *really miss Wajima’s yuzu cake w orange liquer!*

But. This is different. L told me that the ice cream uses vanilla beans instead of the artificial vanilla flavourings. I have read and heard about expensive vanilla pods and home made ice creams but have not had the chance to try some.

I think I can never go back to Wall’s Vanilla Ice Cream.


I finished 2/3 of the cake! Think I should join the horses in their morning runs. Shucks.

It was a really nice afternoon chat. Quality time with good friends and good food, the cost is justified. I hope the Cafe stays the same for a long time and I’ll be coming back.


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3 Responses to “Riders Cafe”

  1. Phyllis Says:

    Hey gal…i finally got to your blog…just changed my internet connection (finally).. think you have something good going on here..

    Loved your entry about the Take-Away Soup (Soup Stock in Tokyo)…in fact was actually discussing with EK at length about setting up our own Take-Away business…maybe we can come out with something together now that you are no longer at your 14 hour day job?

    A close fren of mine was just telling me about the Rider Cafe at my bday celebration and then i saw yr entry…will go try soon but a car is a must (a liability that i do not wish to take on yet)…sigh

  2. trainride Says:

    Woah finally ! Welcome !

    Oooh, you are thinking about that too *haha* sure we can talk about it ;) but no promises yet =P

    Hey yes you should go check it out and YES you need a car coz it’s pretty inconvenient. Y don’t you get your sis to drive you all! Treat it as a family outing, think your nephews would love it especially with the horses around. But do the booking early. They are usually full over weekends.

  3. bookjunkie Says:

    I love this place too, but only tried the brunch so far…but I can’t take cakes that are too cloyingly sweet.

    Your photos are great…there’s one where this place really looks like someone’s home instead.

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