There are that many new cafes in Singapore, and a main reason I chose to come here is due to its peculiar name – Selfish Gene Café. It was then I realised Gene was ‘selfish’ not because he never shared his food, but rather he would not serve anyone food that he would not eat himself.
Owner Gene Mok has an atypical background – a psychology graduate who honed his skills at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney and worked under Chef Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre. After some time in the restaurant business, Gene decided to be selfish and set up a place of his own at the edge of the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area.
What sealed the deal for me was really the banana cake ($5.80). Homemade by Gene, the cake was moist and not too sweet. We liked that he added crunchy crumble and caramelised banana for a more layered taste. As for the drizzle of peanut butter sauce on the cake, you will either like it or hate it. I loved it.
Selfish Gene Café
40 Craig Road Singapore 089678 (near Tanjong Pagar MRT), Tel: +65 6423 1324
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Closed on Tuesday)