great tiny little cafe just on the edge of the trendy haji lane vicinity – guys, you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to come here. out of the slew of cafes that popped up in the initial mushrooming (now it’s like a never-ending landslide of such spaces), this one caught my eye with all the positive reviews.
but I had to wait until the hype ended (and then some) before I managed to swing by, and it, well, is decent. the food is decent, the portions are decent, and there’s a chocolate peanut butter cake. definitely visit-able.
I find myself hesitating to say it’s GREAT, so maybe that’s caveat enough – I feel like the place does a decent job in many of the usual things: ambiance, food and dessert – but it just doesn’t have that x-factor, which I found in symmetry.
it’s a small, cute space, with interesting (read: home-made-style) drawings and artwork (sold for incredible sums of money) – but note the small. it’s one long communal dining table in the centre, and if not, there are a couple tables outside (in the heat).
it’s a surprisingly large menu for such a small space, with lots of breakfast classics – my jar of granola was a small serving topped with creamy, thick yogurt and a berry compote;
as well as breakfast classics like scrambled eggs and various sauteed goods next to good, thick toast;
and if you’re in for something heavier, there’s a decent crab cake burger atop brioche buns colored with squid ink. I liked this burger – the panko makes for a nice crispy crust, and the meat inside is sufficiently crabby and moist.
those buns are just-for-show though (nothing colored with squid ink really tastes like it).
but look at those cakes! pretty slices of a peanut-butter-chocolate slice, and a red velvet. they aren’t the best cakes I’ve had, and are only just about decent – the chocolate sponge was a bit dry and the red velvet was a little too-moist – but it was a sweet-enough (metaphorically and literally) finish to what had been a decent meal.
so, a lukewarm recommendation, but it’s a perfectly nice cafe. well-worth at least a visit, but there are cooler/ hipper/ (more) interesting joints around.
17 Jalan Pinang
tel +65 6291 9901
$$: fifteen to twenty a person