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Knots Cafe and Living Paya Lebar

Knots Cafe and Living is a chill Cafe and restaurant in the Tai Seng industrial estate. The establishment offers a unique blend of western dishes and homeware shopping in a rather lush setting, making it a perfect spot for a casual brunch, an afternoon tea or a cozy dinner. Let’s check them out with a lunch.

Lets do a dine-in at Knots cafe and living
Lets do a dine-in at Knots cafe and living.

They started with flowers

The story of Knots Cafe and Living began when it’s founder, Joseph Yeo, an entrepreneur started Xpressflower.com, a floral delivery service in Singapore. Also, with the success of Xpressflower, he subsequently was inspired to create a space where customers could relax and enjoy good food while browsing for home decor items. This led to the opening of Knots Cafe and Living in 2016.

Knots Cafe and Living interior garden environment theming is lively and adds a sense of tranquility in an otherwise cramped environment
Knots Cafe and Living interior garden environment theming is lively and adds a sense of tranquility in an otherwise cramped environment.

Furthermore, this flora background in reflected in the café restaurant. At first impressions, the interior of the cafe is shrouded in lush greenery, spanning two floors in the high ceiling of the industrial building. Also, a water feature greets you at the entrance where you be led to your table by friendly waitering staff.

Knots restaurant entrance
Knots restaurant entrance at the Orion @ Paya Lebar.

Also, their Paya Lebar Tai Seng restaurant dining ambience at Knots Cafe and Living is cozy and inviting. The decor is rustic with a modern twist, featuring wooden tables, vintage tiles, and hanging plants. The cafe is designed to make customers feel at home and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Knots have quite a tad bit of a hipster feel with am ambience mix of PS café and Wild Honey we previously visited, albeit with more flowers.

A conservative menu selection

Furthermore, the menu at Knots Cafe and Living is a fusion of Western grills, Asian cuisines and accompanied with cafe drinks. There is a touch of creativity to distinguish themselves from the already crowded western grille market. Also, menu prices range in the $20 range. Their coffee accompanies the main courses well or by themselves with pastries.

Grilled chicken chop served with mashed potatoes and salad ($15.90)
Grilled chicken chop served with mashed potatoes and salad ($15.90).

Moreover, during my visit, I had the chance to try their Grilled chicken ($15.90) and Burgers. The Chicken Chop is well-cooked, fresh with food quality is comparable to that offered by Molten diners at Thompson road. Also, if you’re in the mood for a burger, their Knots Beef Burger ($18) is a recommendation. It is the signature dish of the cafe. This juicy burger is made with a homemade beef patty, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and melted cheddar cheese, served with a side of fries.

Knots Beef Burger ($18). A beef and bacon gourmet burger with a side of garnished fries
Knots Beef Burger ($18). A beef and bacon gourmet burger with a side of garnished fries.

For a unique twist on a classic burger, try the Chilli Crab Burger. It is made with a soft-shell crab, homemade chilli crab sauce, and topped with a fried egg. Moreover, you have the option to level up your meal with additional truffle fries for $2. Also, for a hearty main, try the Slow-braised Beef Cheek, a tender and flavorful dish served with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables.

Close up of the layers of the Knots Beef Burger
Close up of the layers of the Knots Beef Burger.

If you’re looking for something to share, try their Truffle Fries, a popular side dish that comes with a generous serving of crispy fries drizzled with truffle oil and topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Breakfast options

Additionally, the cafe is known for its all-day breakfast options. Breakfast starts from 9am daily and options includes classic Eggs Benedict and French Toast. These are available in Seared parma ham smoked salmon served iwth muffins ($19.90). Also, for those who enjoy sandwiches and waffles, their Bacon and Egg Croissant ($15.90) and Knots waffle brekkie ($23.90) are a must-try.

Also, this delicious sandwich is made with a flaky croissant, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, and melted cheddar cheese. Another popular sandwich option is the Brie and Mushroom Panini. It is a savory panini filled with melted brie cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions.

The cafe serves all-day breakfast options on top of regular meal staples
The cafe serves all-day breakfast options on top of regular meal staples.

Also, if you’re looking for a lighter option, their Smoked salmon caesar salad is a refreshing salad. It has a mix of greens,smoked salmon, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a tangy dressing. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try their desserts, which include their Molten Lava Cake. It is a warm and decadent chocolate cake filled with a gooey chocolate center, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake offerings differ by the day, making their cake counter quite worth a re-visit.

Wrapping-up

Wrapping up, the service at Knots Cafe and Living is friendly and attentive. The staff is knowledgeable about the menu and happy to make recommendations. You have a choice of ordering at the counter or through a QR code menu. Also, all payment modes including credit cards are accepted.

Also, the cafe also offers delivery services through third-party apps, making it easy for customers to enjoy their food at home. On accessibility, Tai Seng MRT is the nearest stop. There is also paid open air public EPS parking provided by the industrial building.

All in all, Knots Cafe and Living is a hidden gem of an eatery in an otherwise quaint industrial estate, with a menu offering a fusion of Western and Asian cuisines. The restaurant dining ambience is cozy and inviting, making it a perfect shortlist for a casual brunch, an afternoon tea or a cozy dinner.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Knots Cafe and Living Locality Map

Orion @ Paya Lebar
160 Paya Lebar Rd, #01-07,
Singapore 409022
Opening Hours: 9:00am– 9:00pm
Closed on Mondays.

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