Jiak Chuan Road seems to be the newest culinary kid on the block. A tiny lane off Keong Saik Street, it's home to 2 new establishments that opened within weeks of each other - Esquina, a tiny tapas bar, and Oriole Coffee Roasters.
This Oriole outlet comprises mainly a coffee roasting facility, but they also serve old school breakfasts, snacks and cakes.
We tried both their egg dishes - a truffle scrambled egg served with tomatoes and toast, and a pair of 63 degree eggs served with toast soldiers and premium light soy sauce - basically, a high end version of that coffee shop staple.
The scrambled eggs had a nice truffle aroma when they arrived, but they were quite generic hotel-buffet style scrambled eggs - slightly overcooked so the egg forms visible curds rather a smooth creaminess.
I quite liked my soft boiled eggs. I asked for a dark soy sauce and while they accommodated, they also diplomatically suggested that I try it with the light soy instead. They were right; the light soy sauce was actually more mellow and paired better with the eggs.
Their home made kaya toast with butter wasn't too bad, but again I don't think they were vast improvements over what you can get at your local coffeeshop. Their coffee is excellent though. The cappuccino was smoother and more mellow; the piccolo latte I ordered was quite strong and a tad less drinkable.
I would come back here for the coffee, but I don't think the food alone warrants a special trip.
Great coffee. The food’s pretty good, but really nothing to shout about. Just go if you want good coffee.
Oriole Coffee Roasters
10/10A Jiak Chuan Road
Mon to Fri: 10 am – 6 pm