218 East Coast Road
Singapore 428916

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07:30am - 05:30pm

07:30am - 05:30pm

07:30am - 05:30pm

07:30am - 05:30pm

07:30am - 05:30pm

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Brawn and Brains Coffee has a carefully curated selection of roasted coffee and is no stranger to coffee lovers. Brawn and Brains Coffee East Coast spots a minimalist rustic interior - white-washed walls, brown tiles and with black furnishing. It has a bit of a similarity to their original cafe’s design - you can expect a cosy ambience.

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Always been pretty exciting to drop by the favourite place of the late since they seem to be changing things up and experimenting with quite a number of new pastry and bakes of the late. For a start, they have since done away with most of the high tables that were at their East Coast Road outlet; those have been replaced by long tables and benches for the high tables situated near the kitchen area, while the high tables just outside of the shophouse are replaced with outdoor tables and chairs that are of a similar height to regular dining tables and chairs. Air-conditioning has also been improved in the dine-in area closest to the kitchen as well to improve dining experience overall. They have also been dropping some surprises in the pastries and bakes that are on the menu as well; from the various tarts and galettes that we have featured, to the Walnut Macaroon Cake and the Pasteis de Nata — some being a limited-run for a particular weekend.

One of the newer bakes that we have tried during our recent visit to their East Coast Road outlet is the Napoleon’s Hat — essentially a shortbread pastry that contains almond marzipan in the underside, but features a chocolate dipped surface on the top; the pastry is named as such due to its resemblance to the hat that Napoleon Bonaparte is known to wear. Liked how the shortbread was pretty much easy to chew through here — it holds up the shape pretty well, but quite easily disintegrates without needing much effort to bite; the marzipan provides a hint of almond fragrance and a slightly neutral note to the chocolate ganache over the top. All in all, a pretty good snack to have alongside the coffee!

Really have been quite glad on how they have seem to be trying out lots of different things of the late — does keep things pretty fresh and interesting for regular patrons considering that they have remained much the same over the years. Definitely looking forward to what is to come for them!

Pretty astounded by the pace of how the favourite place has been introducing new items of the late. While they had recently only introduced both sweet and savoury galettes into their selection of bakes that are proudly displayed in their display shelf alongside their loaf cakes at their East Coast location, we had noticed the offering of various tarts on certain days as well which includes a Classic Pecan Tart, a Dark Chocolate Tart and the Lime Meringue Tart as well.

Sour desserts, and especially tarts, do pique our interest a little more so we found ourselves ordering the Lime Meringue Tart when we saw it being available during our recent visit there. For those who have been to Brawn & Brains Coffee at their Guillemard Road location a number of years ago, one could recall that there was a short period of time where they did offer a Lemon Tart and a Chocolate Tart as part of their pastry offerings — these are completely different from those we have had back then. Interestingly, Brawn & Brains Coffee has taken a different approach with the meringue in the Lime Meringue Tart here — rather than to have the meringue in its whipped form and torched like what most other places would do, the meringue here is actually baked and placed atop the lime curd. This gives the Lime Meringue Tart a texture unlike others — it provides that soft, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth texture almost akin to that of the sugar icing on gem biscuits , but less the sweetness; provides a bit of a neutral note against the tart lime curd that refreshes the taste buds. Despite all the wet elements sitting above it, the tart base was on-point; well-executed enough to support whatever that is above it without being all wet and soggy, yet also maintaining a texture that is easy to cut through without being cookie-like or crumbling into a mess. Pretty much something I am making a mental note to get the next time I am here again.

It’s always a surprise whenever I hit the favourite place and a new pastry is being spotted at the counter — really liked how they have been consistent in whatever that they have served up over the years and the Lime Meringue Tart is yet another testament to that; a well-executed tart where they try to be a little different, yet keeping an eye on the necessary details that goes into making a good one. With all that effort and passion in their craft, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what other new items they may be coming up with — something which they seem to be doing a lot of in recent times!

Dropped by the favourite place for the weekly cuppa and found some new pastries hiding behind the display shelf again — had never seen them offer galettes before so it is a surprise to find them serving up not one, but two new galettes on the day of our visit; one being the Rustic Apple Galette, and the other being a Rustic Peach Frangipane Galette.

Since we arrived Brawn & Brains after lunch, we only had stomach space to share just one galette — the Rustic Apple Galette being our choice of galette to go for. Patrons who wishes to go for an additional scoop or Vanilla Ice-Cream can choose to do so for an additional $4. Really liked how the puff pastry was not too dense here, yet enough to provide a good chew as one tears the galette apart; there is that slight fragrance of the dough amidst all the thin and soft apple slices over the top. Whilst the apple slices did carry a slight tang, there is a very light spread of cream cheese between the puff pastry and the apple slices to bring the two together — a pretty decently-sized pastry for one to finish.


Dropped by the favourite place at East Coast Road (their Guillemard outlet has since been closed for renovations) and noticed this hiding in the display shelf alongside the usual bakes and pastries for a couple of weeks. Decided to go for them since these look quite like a fun bite-sizes item to have whilst I have the usual cuppa.

Coming in 10 pieces a portion, the Ping Pong Donuts do come pretty affordable at $3.80 before GST — served in the same paper bag as they would pack the takeaway pastries in, they have also rolled the paper bag down whilst also including a satay stick so one can actually use it to their convenience as they enjoy the donuts. The donuts are pretty much the same as their Cinnamon Spice Donut that used to come in a bomblini form; just smaller in a bite-sized portion that can be had in a mouthful. Here, the donuts come a little firmer bite even when compared to their usual bombolini-style donuts; though some may find it a tad dry — we found these to be pretty decent especially when paired with a cuppa on the side. A pretty fun bite to have as one pops a Ping Pong Donut into the mouth, and then takes a sip on the Long Black — pretty much the sort of activity which I would engage on a leisurely afternoon.

On a side note, a new location of Brawn & Brains Coffee is currently in the works at Hamilton Road; looking forward to the opening of their new location sometime soon, and also to what they have to offer there!


Luxuriously creamy, the bacon-speckled sauce swathes oodles of thick udon noodles in garlicky, cheesy richness. The salty ebiko and shreds of crispy kale go some way in counterpointing the decadence, but the furikake-crusted fatty salmon fillet as well as runny egg are akin to adding fat to the fire, however deliciously it might burn.
TLDR - very nice but jelak.

Taste: 3.5/5

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