Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Citrus By The Pool is every North sider's remedy of a lack of trendy cafes – with extremely affordable, humongous servings of unique modsin creations from satay burgers to milkshakes studded with gem biscuits (every Singaporean's all-time favorite childhood snack), this Halal-certified cafe has just the thing for everyone.
Citrus By The Pool is literally located right next to a pool at the Woodlands Swimming Complex. The Halal-certified cafe is conveniently situated just before the entrance to the swimming complex, so that the public who have frequented the pool or those that have no desire of going for a dip can coalesce together and chill out at this cozy cafe without paying any additional fees.
The cafe is just a short 10-minute walk and even a shorter drive from Woodlands or Marsiling MRT Stations. The interior is spacious and welcoming, with a retro-themed décor furnished with large windows, cozy booths, industrial flooring, and brick wallpaper, illuminated by brilliant Edison bulbs draped from the exposed wooden beams.
The restaurant seats up to 70 people indoors which makes it the perfect venue for large group and family gatherings. Customers can even book the poolside event space for events and celebrations up to 55 people, that allows access to the water playground for children.
Mighty Milkshakes, $8.90 - $10.90
From 12 O'clock clockwise: Cookie Crush, Snickerhead, Double Chocolate, Classic Vanilla, Caramel Popcorn, Strawberry Gem
Cookie Crush ($9.90) – Cookies 'n' Cream ice cream blended with low fat milk and Oreo cookies, topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookie and biscuit roll. Chunky and chocolatey with that characteristic buttery-cookie flavor.
Snickerhead ($10.90) – Caramel and peanut Snickers chocolate bar blended with chocolate milk and chocolate ice cream. Our favorite among the lot as it gave off a hazelnut flavor, the woodiness and nuttiness beautifully bonding with the chocolate.
Double Chocolate ($8.90) – Chocolate ice cream blended with chocolate milk, topped with whipped cream, chocolate wafer and rich chocolate sauce. Extremely thick, creamy and chocolatey.
Classic Vanilla ($8.90) – Vanilla ice cream blended with low-fat milk, topped with whipped cream, biscuit roll and piring wafer. Smooth, creamy, milky and refreshing.
Caramel Popcorn ($9.90) – Vanilla ice cream blended with low-fat milk and rich caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream, honey popcorn and caramel drizzle. Tastes like molten salted caramel, as thick and sweet as honey and balanced out by the sharp cut of saltiness.
Strawberry Gem ($8.90) – Strawberry ice cream blended with strawberry milk, topped with whipped cream, biscuit roll and ais gem biscuits. Creamy, rich, milky and tangy with a girly vibe.
BIG Boss (Double Patty), $17.90 / Little Boss (Single Patty), $14.90
This colossal Chef's specialty burger is just the ticket to chasing away hunger pangs derived after an exhausting swim or work out session at the nearby gym and stadium. A patty comprising of a mixture of beef and mutton (BM) is stacked in a tower of crispy fried onions, juicy sliced tomato, refreshing cucumber slices, crisp lettuce, purple cabbage slaw, and doused in a nutty and flavorful satay sauce, sandwiched between two toasted charcoal buns. The overall result is a multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of flavors and textures that will tantalize your palate as you completely annihilate this monster burger.
Shiok Burger, $12.90
You will crow with happiness after chomping down on this decadent chicken burger. I have never been a fan of chicken burgers and always thought that burgers should just be made with beef patties, but I was pleasantly surprised that I was proven dead wrong with the Shiok Burger. The chicken patty is crispy on the outside but tender and bursting with juices as you sink your teeth down into it. Besides the explosion of savory chicken juices, there will be an eruption in the combined flavors of the fruity tomato slices, crisp lettuce, gooey sunny side up egg, and the spicy chilli crab sauce layered between two toasted sesame seed buns.
The Big Catch, $12.90
A massive fillet of dory is battered in buttermilk and deep fried to ultimate golden-brown perfection before it is teamed up with crispy fried onions, sliced tomato, crisp lettuce, and tartar sauce all encased within two toasted sesame buns. Despite leaving this burger towards the end of the tasting, the deep-fried dory was still extremely crunchy and savory on its exterior, where as the flesh inside was incredibly buttery and melt-in-the-mouth. The tartar sauce gave a tangy creaminess to the burger and the fried onions provided a deeper crunch.
Dainty Trio (Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce), $10.90
You may opt for Beef + Mutton patties or deep fried chicken chunks for these petite burgers that come sandwiched with crispy fried onions, sliced tomato, lettuce, mini toasted sesame bun. You also have the choice of teriyaki or BBQ sauce. We went for the crispy chicken with teriyaki sauce and it was phenomenal. The chicken chunks were crisp and succulent which perfectly paired with the sweet, smoky and slightly astringent teriyaki. These sliders are definitely a lot easier and neater to eat as compared to their giant burgers.
Signature Waffle, $9.90
Red Velvet Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream
Original Waffle with Tutti Frutti Ice Cream
Honey-comb fluffy perfection. Citrus By The Pool’s waffles will definitely delight anyone even after they have stuffed themselves silly on the gargantuan food portions. The waffle comes in three variations; Original, Belgian Chocolate and Red Velvet, drizzled with chocolate and maple syrup, with a scoop of ice cream (available in a vast array of flavors). We went for the Red Velvet with Vanilla Ice Cream, and the Original with Tutti Frutti Ice Cream. The Red Velvet is thick, dense and chocolaty, yet still fluffy and light, where as the Original has a simple and milder taste of milk. We could not stop attacking the deliciously velvety and rich Red Velvet waffle.
Berry Magic, $11.90
For something cool to combat the heat and humidity, go for the sundaes. The Berry Magic contains strawberry ice cream, jam, fresh strawberries, biscuit rolls and biscuit crumbs. It’s a refreshing concoction that revitalizes the palate with the sweet milkiness of the strawberry ice cream, the tanginess of the jam, the sour fruitiness of the fresh strawberries and the buttery crunch of the biscuit rolls and crumbs.
Citrus By The Pool
Address: 3 Woodlands Street 13, Woodlands Swimming Complex, 738600
Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 11pm, Sat, Sun & PH 9am – 11pm
Hi, I'm Cheryl. I possess a joie de vivre spirit unique to my character, my expressions of euphoria are wild in nature and I approach life like one colossal party. I love venturing into the unknown and exploring all that is possible; from exotic foods to cliff-diving. When I am not seeking out something extraordinary to check off my bucket list, I love curling up on a comfy couch with a glass of wine and a book in hand. Follow my personal adventures in my blog here where I let loose of all inhibitions, voice my inner-most emotions, exult in all that is wonderful, unleash the monsters within, lose myself in beautiful reveries, reminisce treasured memories and curate recherché experiences.