Many thanks to P for recommending this cafe, which is located at The Watermark condominium at Rodyk Road, opposite Gallery Hotel. It’s a tiny little hole in the wall coffee joint that’s somehow drawn quite a following, and apparently was even featured in Monocle.
Space is tight, with only 2 large and 2 tiny tables indoors, and another few tables outdoors facing the river. When we got there at around 10 am on Saturday, we were lucky enough to get the last table inside. They’re expanding though, most likely taking over the vacant unit next door.
Considering their kitchen is just the tiny space behind the cash counter, and fits about 4 people back there, they have a seamless operation going, turning out surprisingly good food and even better coffee given their space constraints.
A ordered the smoked salmon, rocket and tomato Panini, which came with a generous serving of potato chips. The bread was well toasted and nice and thin, so you could still taste the ingredients, though A felt that the tomatoes still overwhelmed the flavour of the smoked salmon.
I ordered the bacon, cheddar and scrambled egg toastie. This was a steal at only $5.50 – 2 large, generously-stuffed triangles, and a sweet orange salad to boot. You can’t really go wrong with this combination, though I would’ve liked a bit more cheddar cheese. Still, the bread was crispy and the egg inside was light and fluffy. I can’t wait to try the nutella and cornflake toastie next time.
The flat white here was one of the best I’ve had in Singapore – strong and full-bodied yet not overly bitter. Better than A’s cappuccino, though he begs to differ.
All the servers, particularly the head waitress/owner manning the cash till, are extremely efficient, friendly and professional, and while they’re sometimes quite swamped with orders, they have a wry acceptance of their current limited space and still never lose their cool. Whilst we’re in the vicinity, I foresee that this is going to be a favourite weekend brunch spot.
The smoked salmon sandwich came with crisps which I’m not a big fan of. Next time, I’ll ask if I can get another side instead. As for the sandwich itself, the tomato kind of overpowered everything else. Luckily, I found a really simple and good solution. Just flip it open and have yourself two really good open-faced sandwiches.
The service is fantastic and I have to say it’s incredible what they can do in the small space that they have. And considering the location, the prices aren’t astronomical either.
Except for the extreme lack of seating, I really like this place. Top marks. I’ll be back if I can find a place to sit.
7 Rodyk Street
Watermark @ Robertson Quay, #01-33
Sunday – Thursday: 7 am to 7 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm