A ‘new-ish’ chain of coffee cafes (Think, Starbucks) has been expanding quite rapidly in Singapore. And a fan of it, I am.
Costa Coffee serves decent coffee at average prices and the baristas do a decent job at the latte art too. While I was standing at the counter waiting for my coffee to be ready, I noticed that there was an occasion where the barista was not happy with the outcome of his latte art and opted to re-do it instead of serving it to the customer. Now, that’s perfectionism.
Baker & Cook at Martin Road has been my go-to brunch place recently because of its close proximity to home. Its decent breakfast choices coupled with both the availability of seats and car-park space are reasons behind my choice.
The selection for breakfast items is rather limited with not more than 10 items on the menu, but what they do, they do well. If the usual breakfast items (i.e. big breakfast/eggs benedict) aren’t your cup of tea, there’s a selection of breads, salads and a rather wide selection of sweets (i.e. tarts – which are really good by the way, cakes and more)
Does Singapore need yet another coffee-cafe? It does look like there is no stopping these entrepreneurs. Necessary Provisions is opened by the good people behind Smitten at Robertson Quay and of the now-defunct Henry Congressional at Henry Park.
I’m an active Instagram user by most accounts and photographs of this particular cafe, Common Man Coffee Roasters (“Common Man”), have been pipping up the last 2 weekends. To say that my curiosity was not piqued as a result of the sheer number of photographs would be a blatant lie on my part. We are definitely citizens of the online Social Media world.
Common Man Coffee Roasters is the brainchild of Harry Grover (who started 40 Hands in Tiong Bahru some 3 years ago), the Spa Esprit group (Skinny Pizza, Barracks, Tiong Bahru Bakery and others) and Australian coffee roaster, Five Senses. Common Man is quite the new kid on the block, having only opened its doors sometime around the Singapore National Day (9th August) of this year.
After a few visits to the restaurant located on the first floor of Great World City, I have come to like Kuriya Dining - especially so for their lunch sets ($45++ if memory serves me well). If anything, the quality of the food and level of service never seems to deteriorate regardless of how busy the restaurant gets. The lunch sets change on a monthly basis which makes for a greater reason to visit the restaurant ever so often.
Instead of having all the dishes presented to you all at once like a bento box, the dishes are served to you on a per course basis, much like a Western meal.