a.e.i.o.u. – Vintage Café Where Art Comes Alive
a.e.i.o.u represents the vowels of the alphabets. This is also the name of the café at King George’s Avenue, so named because their theme is about going back to basics, centering on a lifestyle of green conscious living.
The exterior signboard spelt “Oriental”, converted from an antique shop built in the mid 70s. The interior, like the home of a karang guni man who loves art.
The team actually went to scrapyards to source for old things to be re-purposed into something useful. You can see floor lamps, side tables, chairs and planter boxes made out of old oil drums, water pipes and old ship parts.
On the wall are various paintings done by talented local artists.
I wondered if this district could squeeze in another café. So many in this area: Chye Seng Huat, Tiramisu Hero, Windowsill In The Woods (Horne Road), The Bravery, Two Bakers (Horne Road), plus a few more.
The vibes of a.e.i.o.u feels for the older though (By older I mean 30s and above. Sorry ah, but saying you all old.)
While many cafes of late are playing the vintage and nostalgic card, I actually felt that this space is genuine, and not being gimmicky.
Even the choice of dishes seemed catered more to the adults, rather than the younger schooling customers. Some of their recommended included the Moo-licious Cheeks ($24.90 nett) – beef cheek tagliatelle pasta fused with balsamic vinegar, Hot Chick from Head to Toe ($22.90 nett) – roasted whole chicken stuffed with garlics, rosemary and thyme, and Haul from the Sea ($21.90 nett) – pan seared sea bass served with duo of cherry tomatoes.
While I thought the Moo-licious Cheeks could go easier on the sweetish-tasting sauce, and the pasta a tad more al dente (just personal preference), the overall dish was still quite delectable with the fork-tender beef.
When I ordered a salad, in this case a Duck Confit Salad with the name of This Salad Is No Quack ($18.90, but okay, I must say the names feel kind of lame), I expected a big bowl of greens.
So this happened to be a duck confit, which happened to have some mesclun on the side. But, but, but, the small-sized confit was crisp and juicy, which my dining partner commented, “Can fight Saveur leh!”
Over here, Vodka bottles are reshaped into drinking glasses. That is an excuse to try the Avocado Coffee ($8.00 nett), which other than being extremely filling, was an unforeseen yet delicious marriage between the two, the sweetness of the avocado bringing out the slight bitterness of the espresso. (Shall I try this at the Alexandra Food Centre with a kopi o?)
While there are many cafes I have ticked off my list, a.e.i.o.u is one of the few I would consider returning again for its feel and food – there is likely some other surprises on their menu.
111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559
Tel: +65 6291 2698
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Tues-Sun) Closed Mon
June 20, 2017