Cafe Grub

Cafe Grub

Featuring Singapore, Strangers' Reunion, Montana Singapore, Chock Full Of Beans, Curious Palette, The Populus Coffee & Food Co., GastroSmiths, The Tuckshop, The Laneway Market, 328 Katong Laksa (East Coast Road)
Jason Wong
Jason Wong

This sandwich goes from strength to strength - 200 grams of succulent striploin steak slathered in a ravishingly creamy remoulade, smooshed with arugula, honey balsamic and tomato jam for even more flavour and then ludricously topped with 2 fried eggs, just because they can.
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Taste: 3/5

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My favourite orange cold brew right here – very citrus forward and some might say even a little too sweet, but very clean tasting and still retaining its coffee character. A refreshing pick me up on a hot day, or any day really.
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Taste: 3.5/5

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For a healthy yet filling and tasty brunch item, this ticks all the boxes. The umaminess of the meaty marmite mushrooms, creaminess of the smashed avocado and nuttiness of the savoury pistachio furikake crumb provides a variety of interesting textures and flavours. Props for the well-fried sunny side ups too.
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Taste: 3/5

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@humbleorigins.coffee 's take on a Singaporean breakfast staple elevates all the primary ingredients of the original. The onsen eggs are perfectly soft-boiled and soak in the flavour of the dashi beautifully, whilst the Yorkshire puddings in-lieu of white toast are textbook light and airy. I did wish there was more of the eggy, pandan-forward XO kaya to go along with it though.
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Taste: 3.5/5

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Taking over the space formerly occupied by Homeground Coffee Roasters, @humbleorigins.coffee brings something new to the saturated cafe scene in the area, with ethically sourced beans from Myanmar and a Burmese-inflected food menu.
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I’ll come right out and say I think their Dirty Tiger is one of the best iced whites I’ve tried. The gula melaka-infused white coffee is silky smooth, with notes of brown sugar and caramel shining through nutty overtones.
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Taste: 4/5

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@doubleup.coffee is a quiet, minimalist hole-in-the-wall specialty coffee store in Kampong Glam that’s a great alternative to buzzier cafes in the area if you’re looking for a respite from the heat and maddening crowd.
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The roast for the day happened to be from the Ijen Lestari coffee farm in Java, Indonesia. It boasted a subtle sweet and nutty character, with notes of raisins, almonds and cherry. The resulting iced white was smooth, mild yet flavourful.
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If you’re looking for a bite, do note there’s currently no food menu here.
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Taste: 3.5/5

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A very lemak , 36 hour sous-vide US beef short plate and brisket with rendang-esque housemade coconut stew brimming with spices. Melt-in-your-mouth would be the most appropriate superlative. It’s topped with jiggly onsen egg and served with plenty of toasted sourdough to scoop up the saucy goodness with.
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Taste: 3.5/5

Many places fail to nail hollandaise - it's either too sour, too thick or too tasteless. The miso hollandaise here hits the right notes, silkily buttery and replete with umami, dressed over runny poached eggs, sancho pepper glazed ham, and wilted wasabi spinach. The hash brown on the other hand, was an afterthought. Nice enough as it was, for this price, I expect the best damned eggs benedict in the world.
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Taste: 3/5

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Another day, another new basic cafe. If the thought of posing in your OOTDs outside of "instagrammable" cafes followed by brunch consisting of yet another riff on eggs benedict or "sando"(Japanese for overpriced sandwich) excites you, Cafe Natsu will certainly butter your Balenciaga's.
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Served with a side of togarashi fries, the sandwich sees eggs, mayo, bits of chive, specks of tobiko and a negligible amount of Kanzuri fermented chilli paste smooshed between white bread. Whilst entirely serviceable taste-wise, the ROI on quality and quantity won't be doing your wallet or your sense of satisfaction any favours.
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Taste: 3/5

Reality didn’t meet online expectations with Hello Arigato’s popular beef sando – where was the rosy tint of Angus beef striploin cooked to a perfect medium-rare? Nontheless, while this might not have been worth $26(to me), the thick cuts of panko-crumbed meat coated in a sticky sweet onion jam between soft Japanese milk bread was hearty and satisfying, albeit nothing out of the ordinary.
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Perhaps it could be attributed to teething issues of the soft launch of their new Joo Chiat outlet, or just an off-day?
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Taste: 3/5

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Probably the most respectable fish & chips this side of Katong since the departure of Smiths - 3 chunks of crunchy beer-battered cod fish, each steamy and fresh inside. What makes the difference are the condiments, with plump caper berries, a good squeeze of charred lime and quality tartare sauce giving this an edge up on lesser versions.

Taste: 3.5/5

Only $1 cheaper than Sevens' Cod & Chips, this is probably not for anyone with a large appetite(I left still hungry). Still. it is tasty and healthy. Several slices of smoked duck, an tobiko covered poached egg, cucumber and daikon top a bed of quinoa and rice. It eats clean and is satisfying, but the portion veers toward the small side.

Taste: 3/5

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