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Monday, January 5, 2015

Tian Kee & Co.

Given the less-than-stellar conditions in Dakota Crescent, there were news of redevelopment and residents / tenants are to relocate and move out by 2016.

Dakota Crescent is part of my childhood memory and I'm always fascinated by the facade of the flats there as it looked outstanding as compared to the older development in the west. It's such a pity that everything will be gone by then.

Bright Sunny Day
And Tian Kee & Co is nestled within this old estate. Having said so, a visit to Tian Kee had make me felt nostalgic with its old school settings, restored tables, chairs and even the 20 cents dolphin ride machine. It seemed as the time machine had tuned its way back to my childhood days.

Facade of Tian Kee & Co
 Tian Kee Cafe was said to be converted from a 54 old provision shop and the signage is left down by the previous owner of the provision shop.

Original Signage

To maintain the old school feel from the cafe, the current shop owners had put in maximum efforts in retaining the facade as well as its interior. Just take a look at these old greasy metal grills, I wonder how often can we get to see them in the estates now?

Greasy Metal Grills
With wide spread of news on the social platform and a common trend of cafe hopping, Tian Kee Cafe is known for serving all day breakfast, pastries, cakes and beverages.

Unsure what to order? Here's some pictures for illustration on their monitor but remember its not a touch screen order system. And all orders has to be made verbally via the payment counter.

Digital Menu

For some who wishes to know abit of Tian Kee's history, its written at the number tag when you have ordered the food.


Did you know

Right at the extreme left of the grills, we get to see a small cabinet filled with books, featuring Dakota Free Library. Its a sharing corner for people to donate their books and share it to the next user.

Mini Library

Ice Pink Lady is a cooler for the sunny hot day. Basically its a reinvented version of Ice Bandung just that instead of having rose syrup with condensed milk, fresh milk was being used.

Ice Pink Lady - $6
Ice Snag is an upgraded version from the Ice Pink Lady added with Espresso.

Ice Snag - $6.50
TCS stands for Toffee Caramel Cheesecake. With top layer as caramel flavored, I find that the combination was rather unique with its moist cheesecake.

TCS (Toffee Caramel cheesecake) - $6.50

Rainbow cheesecake was the main attraction among all food that I am here for. With so much rave about Tian Kee and attractive pictures of its rainbow cheesecake, my trip is never completed without having this in my stomach. 

The Rainbow Cheesecake was wobbly just like tofu and comes in 7 different colors with biscuits crumbs as its base. This style totally floats my boat.


Rainbow Cheesecake - $7.50
Tian Kee & Co. holds a part of Singapore Heritage and its a good way to reminisce the good old days of Singapore. Too bad that it will be gone soon, thus do have a visit while they are still around. It is located near Mountabatten MRT and do note that there is no GST or service charge rendered.

Rating: 3 / 5

Tian Kee & Co.
Location: Blk 12 Dakota Crescent #01-48 Singapore 369912
Operating Hours: Closed on Mondays
                               Tue - Thu: 1200 - 1900
                               Fri: 1200 - 2100
                               Sat: 1000 - 2100
                               Sun: 1000 - 2000