I never realized how truly dependent I was on the Internet until I moved to new digs two weeks ago, and did not have access. I couldn't write, had to depend on my paltry 3GB worth of mobile data on my phone which I likened to a ration, which I studiously checked several times a day to see that I had not overshot.
Yes, this is my attempt at an apology for my absence on my blog. However, I have plenty to share, so look out for a slew of posts coming your way!
Three weeks ago, we threw a joint birthday party for Mochi (one of my dogs if you don't already know!) and two of her other friends, Jacob and Ashley. Decided to hold it at Happenstance Café, a dog-friendly cafe. While there are numerous other dog-friendly cafes in Singapore, we picked this one because it dogs are allowed to be off-leash there. Of course under the close supervision of their owners, lest fights happen.
I think those big smiles (not ours, the dogs!) say it all. They had enough room to play, yummy food and treats to eat, and were the centre of attention. I guess the saying is true, every dog has it's day!
There's a special menu available for your furkids. You'll get to choose the type of pasta and toppings from vegetables to meat, or something additional like cheese or salmon oil. The portions were smaller than what our dogs are used to, but from the way they finished every single bit, they must've enjoyed it! I think the portion sizes are probably ideal for smaller dogs though. The yummy birthday cake chock full of healthy ingredients you see in the last few pictures is courtesy of Woofy's Kitchen.
Usually good (human) food isn't the key reason why owners go to dog-friendly cafes, but I have to emphasize that it's definitely a plus. The Lagasane was pretty good, so much I wished it came in bigger portions. The Happenstance Burger had a well seasoned patty, though it could do with a little less salt since there's a generous topping of cheese. The patty was also a little on the dry side. Absolutely loved the Buffalo Wings! Perfect balance of spice and sweetness. We also ordered Truffle Fries and Nuggets to go around, which I neglected to try since I was so busy keeping an eye on the doggies. My only grouse was that the food took awhile to come and in different batches. I would've preferred all the orders to arrive at the table together.
In summary, Happenstance Café is an unassuming little cafe to hang out with your furkids where they can have the freedom of being off-leash, although I will say that it's better for dogs used to social interactions. If you know your dog has behavioral tendencies to be shy or dominant, I suggest keeping an extremely close eye on it at all times (this can be pretty stressful though!), or you can choose to keep it on leash.
GiGi and her team provided great service with a smile, which is admirable in a noisy and crowded cafe with dogs barking every now and then. The ceramic bowl holding our chocolate fondue cracked due to the heat and it was replaced for us FOC. Dishes were cleared promptly, as were any messes/accidents on the floor. I personally did wish the celebration could've been a little more private, because half the time we had to deal with a headache-inducing, barky chihuahua that we ended up not being able to converse. I suppose that's the drawback of holding a celebration in a public place... That being said, I'd be happy to return, perhaps on a weekday afternoon when it's less crowded!
Happenstance Café is located at:
35 Opal Crescent
Telephone: (65) 6341 7871