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The newest cafe to open in Upper Thomson Road, month old One Man Coffee has wisely decided to share the space of Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar instead of finding one of their own. ‘It makes perfect sense’, Sarah Jane Lin (one of the partners of One Man Coffee) lets on, ‘after all, the pizzeria only opens from 5pm onwards so we might as well share their rent’. Spoken like a true pragmatic especially when high rental costs are one of the main reasons why eateries are closing down so quickly these days.
One Man Coffee currently only has an all-day-brunch menu of five offerings featuring anything that can made using a pizza oven. But that constraint is hardly limiting as Sarah- a former chef at Immigrants Gastrobar is always game for a challenge and discloses that she is currently experimenting and will soon be introducing even more items to the menu. Baked eggs and grilled cheese anyone?
Coffee enthusiasts who flock here will be treated to a brew made from Melbourne’s Axil Coffee Roasters beans pulled by the expert hands of Sarah’s partner who has worked his way through many Melbourne cafes. An Espresso starts at $3 and an Iced Mocha is $6.50. Prices are also nett here.
For more places that do not charge GST or for service, do check out my list of 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices.
We tried their Toad in the Hole served with Bacon Jam $10 and French Toast Brioche with Homemade Berry Compote and Candied Walnuts $10 during our visit here on a weekday afternoon. Though there was a bigger obvious crowd seen at neighbour Habitat Coffee a few doors down, the quiet and solace which One Man Coffee offered was much more welcoming to me. The space was cosy, dimly lit- allowing just the right amount of sunlight to flow through their windows while furniture was woody, rustic but still stylish and put together.
Another brunch place in the West has opened. Taking over the shophouse space formerly occupied by Haato at Ridgewood Close condominium, this place is really not for those who do not drive or cab in- the nearest bus stop is at least a 10 minute walk away. Nonetheless, people coming here who are looking for a quiet respite and cafe to chill on the weekends may be disappointed because crowds have already hopped on the bandwagon and the place was full house and bustling on a late Saturday morning when we dropped by- we had to sit at the al fresco area. None too shabby I have to say, for a cafe that has been opened only for 3 months in a tad obscure location.
Started by three young friends who met during their university days in Perth, the cafe is also fondly named after the street they used to live in. Serving brunch food from opening till 2pm everyday, the menu switches to a more mains and pastas one from 6pm onwards. Lunch is served in between from 11am-2pm as well, with nothing more than $16 while dinner items are $20 and below.
We had our Eggs Benedict $12.90 with Smoked Salmon and with the sprinkle of cracked black pepper and dash of cayenne pepper, this was a pretty picture- truly Instagram worthy. The only problem was that because it was so crowded and they seemed shorthanded, we had to wait roughly 40 minute for this arrive. And we were both ravenous by the time it did. So did it taste good? The combination was enjoyable I have to admit though I did not have the patience to tease out the individual elements of the hollandaise and sourdough because I was simply too hungry. But in case you were curious, both poached eggs were perfect and burst beautifully with flowing yolks.
Lola’s Cafe located in the North-East part of Singapore has been earning rave reviews for their good food and affordable prices. Opened by a pair of twenty-something year olds who met during their university days, their concept was to create a cosy space for friends and families to gather, accompanied with delicious food made from the heart. And make from the heart they do- with the duo taking charge of the kitchen themselves. Cakes and pastries are all made from scratch by June Tan while the savouries are by her partner- Foo Choo Kiat.
I finally found the time to venture to Kovan last week and realised that with the Circle line, it really is not that far from my place! Plus the restaurant is simply a stone’s throw away from the MRT station- surprisingly convenient. We arrived just in time before Brunch ended and were lucky to get the last available table- granted that it was outside with no air-con. Yes it was full house even on a weekday. Not surprising, seeing that nothing on the Brunch Menu (10am-3pm) is more than $15 while items on the Dinner Menu (6pm onwards) does not exceed $16. And yes prices are all NETT!
See also my list of 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices.
From the Snacks Menu (all day), we ordered these Honey and Paprika Wings (8pcs) $9, strongly recommended by my friend who had been here before! Sticky and some parts spicy, the wings were fried to a golden crisp and were sinfully good. The honey glaze slathered over the chicken definitely upped the appealing factor a notch.
Other choices include Truffles Fries with Grated Parmesan Cheese, Nacho Cheese Fries and Bangers & Mash with Sweet Onion Sauce- all $12 and below
Inspired by her two month long holiday in Europe, 23 year old Kimberley Yeo made her dream a reality when she opened Mean Bean & Wicked Grind at The Plaza last month. Selling primarily what she is most passionate about- coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. And being a perfectionist herself, you can be assured that Kimberley only puts quality delectables on display for sale all while keeping prices affordable- even if it means lowering her profit margin.
Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, the young owner shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. Regulars do keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms though and are willing to come down specially just to buy their favourite baked goods when Kimberley posts up what is on sale for the week.
And if you like the crockery that you are having your cake or éclair from or even the light bulb hanging over your head, simply ask Kimberley for the price- they are all for sale. Every cake stand, fork, clock, plate to even the tea cups and saucers you see in the cafe have all been thoughtfully picked out by Kimberley herself. She does have an eye for pretty things, if I might add.
Cupcakes here are $3.50 for the regular sized ones (flavours include Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate, Kaya, Pineapple Tart, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel). If you find the combinations familiar, this week’s cupcakes supplier is Kisses Bakery! Special mention goes to the festive Pineapple Tart flavour which paid a good tribute to my favourite CNY snack.
Two month old cafe Assembly Coffee joins the row of eateries at Evans Road Lodge. Sandwiched exactly between The Wine Company and Mr Prata, this self-proclaimed ‘third wave coffee movement’ cafe uses beans from local roasters such as Liberty Coffee and Geisha Speciality to feed the growing demand of coffee connoisseurs in our community who now care more about the quality, freshness and body of their cuppa instead of simply getting a caffeine fix.
I found this hidden gem through Instagram (surprise surprise) and was actually drawn to their Salted Caramel Waffles that everyone seems to be raving about since I do not drink coffee anyway. And after publishing my list of 5 Best Waffles in Singapore earlier last year, I was definitely up for the challenge to revise that list if there was a worthy adversary.
We came here on a Sunday for their weekend brunch and found that there was a steady stream of customers. It was not insanely packed, neither was it quiet and empty. It was a good crowd with the servers still able to give you attention when required. Space wise, it was cosy with a communal table bordered by 3-4 tables on either side.
Between the two of us, we ordered a Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon $13.90, Granola with Greek Yoghurt $6.50, Salted Caramel Waffles $11.50, Hot Chocolate and a Babycino to share.