Category Archives: Cafe

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters @Upper Thomson

Opened in October last year, Pacamara has gained popularity for its instagram-worthy delicious menu. Having gone through a process of repackaging, revamping and relocating, the shop appears to have been “born again”. The interiors are whitewashed and minimalist, just like a clean slate.

Why the name Pacamara? I’m guessing it was derived from their El Salvadorean Pacamara Arabica coffee bean. A standard mocha here would not go wrong. It’s interesting to note that their refrigerator offers a variety of juices, ciders, sodas, ales and stouts that is sure to please everybody. On the other hand, their hot brew tea from The 1872 Clipper Tea collection failed to impress my companions or me. Even with its fancy beaker/flask ware. So how did their food fare?

Truffle Fries: To be honest, what can go wrong with fries? I’m not that picky but I get turned off easily by oily fries. So oily that they leave behind pools of oil on your thumb and index finger. BUT thankfully, Pacamara serves awesome non-oily truffle fries. A little less on the salt would be perfect 🙂
Sweet Potato Fries: Seriously, I think we will come to a point when everything can be made into elongated fries. Well, if they are delicious, why not? These alternatives are a delight to your palette. Mildly sweet, they almost make you forget that you’re eating something fried and unhealthy. Be sure to order this to share with at least 3-4 people as it gets a little ‘je lak’ after the 5th one.
Ocean Mac & Cheese: This dish was simply heavenly. Oven baked gometi pasta with crabmeat and prawn, topped with smoked salmon. Every component of this dish was stellar and yet, interdependent. I loved how little seasoning was needed as the savoury cheese and sweet seafood chunks were sufficient to make one swoon with every bite. Once you feel that it’s getting too overwhelming, just pair the next spoonful with a bit of smoked salmon. Your sense of taste comes back to life. Truffle Benedict(Discontinued): Another of my favourite dish in Pacamara, but a shame that it was discontinued when a new menu was introduced 2 weeks ago. Firstly, it was the champion of weekend brunch shots. Taking over Instagram by storm, their eggs benny were photogenic and never failed to garner top likes. Besides its good looks, the eggs benny are actually delicious. Ranked second on my favourite eggs benny list, the truffle-infused hollandaise sauce was a home run. Breakfast Platter: For SGD22, the plate is packed with everything that you can ask for. Multi grain toast, smoked salmon, avocado, hash, thick cuts of streaky bacon, mushroom, tomato, greens and choice of eggs(poached, sunny side up or scrambled) Though the greens look lacklustre and could do with more effort or at least some dressing, the rest of the plate did not disappoint. As always, the breakfast platter makes a safe and reliable choice.

Before I found out that the eggs benny was discontinued, I was constantly craving for it. And now, I’m craving for their Mac & Cheese. If a cafe could serve food that is so impressionable and unforgettable, you know its a place worth visiting again and again.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters (Singapore)
185 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574333

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-11pm
*No reservations

The Coffee Daily @Serangoon Gardens

I have a love-hate relationship with cafes situated in ulu and inaccessible locations. Without a car, it is a pain to travel there but yet, these places are usually less crowded and ideal for coffee chats.  The best thing about The Coffee Daily is their free WIFI and availability of power sockets. I may sound like a hobo but I’m sure you understand how we need to drag ourselves out the house to do some work. Be it having a project meeting, mugging for the exams or even setting exam papers, the cafe is the perfect working place(at least for the weekdays).The Coffee Daily serves pretty decent coffee. Creamy, rich and sweet, just how I like my coffee. Rarely do cafe goers order nacho chips at cafes. They reserve their tummy for the rich and heavy stuff. Unfortunately, their Truffle Fries were sold out on that day and we really needed something to munch on. Smoked Salmon: Ever been in a situation where you have to portion each bite of smoked salmon with your croissant carefully because you do not want to be left with a single piece of carbo? Well, you do not have to worry about that here. They serve a generous portion of smoked salmon that goes mighty fine with the creamy scrambled eggs and fragrant croissant. All Day Breakfast: Nothing can go wrong with a cafe brunch staple like this. Every component is prepared with passion and served fresh. And if you need to celebrate a happy occasion, go ahead and order their speciality waffles. They will be more than happy to provide you candles and some extra service.

The Coffee Daily
75 Brighton Crescent
Singapore 559216

Opening Hours:
Mon to Thu: 12pm–10.30pm
Fri: 12am–11.30pm
Sat: 9.30am–11.30pm
Sun: 9.30am–10.30pm
Tel: +65 6284 8894

Old Hen Coffee Bar

Famous for their cold brew and waffles, Old Hen is no stranger to the cafe scene. A speciality coffee shop, the interior has an simplistic industrial design. The people of Old Hen are very passionate about the quality of the coffee they serve.

IMG_1080You may have seen this familiar picture repeatedly on every social media platform. Their cold brew has received positive reviews and is a must-try for all. For non-coffee lovers, go for their Valrhona Dark Cocoa. Both bottles are priced $6.50. Perfect for our hot tropical weather, diners never fail to order a bottle or two to cool off. In addition, don’t be surprised to see customers leaving with bottles in tow.
Smoked Salmon and Apple Toast: The combination of apples, raisins, cucumber and cream cheese make a great contrast to the savoury taste of the smoked salmon. Simply out-of-the-box and yet “delish”. Chicken Cheese Burrito: Shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, peppers, onions, melted cheese and homemade honey mustard all mixed up and wrapped up snuggly in a burrito. A hearty dish that promises to give you a satisfying and tasty meal. My companion really liked the dish but I was hoping for a more complex taste profile. I found it a little flat and sweet.

Croque Monsieur: Honey baked ham, bechamel(a rich white sauce made with milk infused with herbs and other flavourings) and melted cheese. Not the best I’ve tried but I love how unpretentious and cosy the dish is. Each bite guarantees you with a decadent mix of ham and cheese.

Never mind that “old hen” is a queer choice of name for a cafe, it is pretty smart to be honest. Despite its “ulu” location at Rangoon Road, the one-year-old cafe is easily crowded on a weekday late morning. The next time I’m back, I’m definitely giving their famed waffles a try!

Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road
#01-03 Singapore 218374

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Sat: 10am-6.30pm
Sun: 10am-10pm