Sunday, May 13, 2012

Selfish Gene Cafe

C says:

A's been bugging me to try Selfish Gene ever since he got a takeout sandwich for lunch one day a few weeks ago. We went for brunch on Sunday and considering it's located in Chinatown (Craig Road), it was a lot more crowded than I expected.

The slightly odd name comes from the fact that the owner Gene is selfish because he will not serve food that he himself wouldn't eat. A tad corny, but I decided to suspend my cynicism.

A's beef sandwich is their house special, and is right up his alley. Rare roast beef with caramelised onions, arugula, tomatoes, dijon mustard and mayo, served on a sundried tomato foccacia, this was very good but the onions made it a bit too sweet for my liking.

I got the pork sandwich, with sliced pork loin, green apples, wholegrain mustard, pork jus and mayo on a ciabatta. I preferred mine, because the tartness from the green apple made it more interesting and less one dimensional.

We shared a banana cake with caramelised banana, crumble and peanut butter glaze. The cake was unexpectedly light and fluffy, almost like a chiffon. The peanut butter glaze was almost too overwhelming since the cake was so light and delicate, but overall this was a seriously good dessert.

The wait for the food is pretty long, so if you work around the area and have a tight lunch hour, don't expect to pop in and out in a hurry. Otherwise, if you're in the mood for some really good sandwiches and cakes, give Selfish Gene a try.

A says:

My favourite place to get a sandwich. A bit slow, but worth the wait. Don’t expect too much from the coffee though. It’s average.

Selfish Gene Café
40 Craig Road
Tel: 6423-1324
Open 10 am to 6 pm
Closed Tuesdays

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