For former sous chef Oh Qihao, who has worked in hotel restaurants including Hilton Singapore's il Cielo and Swissotel the Stamford's Cafe Swiss for the past decade, opening his own café was a natural career progression. The 32-year-old says: “I’ve been feeling a little stagnant and felt that I wasn’t learning much anymore, so I wanted to open my own F&B business as I see it as a step forward. I’ve learnt so much more here as I have to do everything myself, including handling the admin stuff and logistics.
However, setting up his own eatery, which opened last May, came with a new set of challenges. The candid chef, who invested $250,000 into Daily Affairs Dining And Bar together with his former partners, shares that he hasn’t seen much of a crowd due to the location — his eatery is housed in the quiet Cairnhill Community Club. “I chose this area as there’s a childcare centre here, and it’s quite near Newton Food Centre,” he says. “But as it’s rather hidden and near the office area, it gets very empty after 6pm.”
To cope with this lack of footfall, Qihao has partnered with food delivery services such as Foodpanda and Deliveroo to get more orders.
Scroll through the photo gallery above for a look at the rather tasty fusion comfort food served at this cafe in a CC.
Daily Affairs is at 1 Anthony Rd, Cairnhill Community Club, S229944, Tel: 6262-4342. Open daily. Mon to Sat 11am to 10pm; Sun 8am to 3pm. Last orders 30 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/Daily-Affairs-1859222891012439/
PHOTOS: Chee Yan