Old School Delight is tuck along the shophouses of Upper Thomson Road. I used to come here after or in-between lessons when I was a NYP student. Upper Thomson is quite a distance away from my school campus and coming here requires a 20 minutes bus ride too. Still, I like making the detour here for a quick meal before heading nearby for Salted Caramel’s ice creams.
On days when I have a lunch buddy who drove, we would parked at Thomson Plaza and walk down. Say maybe a good five minutes walk under the Sun? But ever since I graduate, I stopped coming here. After all, it is not the most accessible foodie enclave if you have no car. You cannot miss this space. It has a huge signboard that says Old School Delight.
The cafe still look the same since my last visit. It has a really comfortable interior with wooden tables and a few huge chalkboards as backdrop. But what I really love is the front counter so beautifully decorated with toys you might not see frequently these days. And there are assorted cakes all lined neatly to choose from.
Don’t expect to find your standard brunch and typical western cafe food here. Menu here is quite similar to Hans or in my opinion, way better than Hans. Their main course includes Mee Siam, Nasi Lemak and other western food, the kind you find serving at coffee shops and hawker centers. Orders are all self-written on a small whiteboard and marker so just gesture the staffs when you’re ready to order.
While waiting, you might want to explore the toy box and relief your childhood days.
On my latest trip here, I had a lunch buddy with me. He ordered the Black Pepper Chicken & Chips ($14.80) while I decided on the Hainanese Chicken Cutlet ($9.80) drizzled with their homemade sweet-sour sauce and fried rice. The rice was nothing worth raving about but the chicken cutlet sure hits the spot! Crispy yet not too oily so I won’t guilty and we both love our food here. I loved how our plates were covered with food and they were nicely presented. Ask any food photographer and they can appreciate nicely plated food that are still sizzling hot.
I honestly won’t drink Milo Dinosaur or even Horlick version too. I just don’t like the idea of iced cold milo with heap of chocolate malt powder on it. But fans of the drink can drop by OSD while enjoying the aircon breeze. I had the Mocha-Cinno ($4.90), a combination of milo, black coffee and thick frothed milk. A great thirst quencher if you have to ask.
I saw other tables having chendol and sago for desserts but we were too full for anything sweet. I will still return to Old School Delight even though it is quite out of the way for me. I love the ambience and pricing wise, I think it’s still a wallet friendly cafe compared to other places. (There’s no GST here only service charge.) I read online and found out that they are not halal-certified but their poultry supplier is. No pork and no lard so maybe my muslim readers can come here?
Old School Delight
215M Upper Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6458 4518
Tuesdays to Fridays: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 11am – 10.30pm
Closed on Mondays