[Closed] Luxe – Australian Style Café At Keong Siak Has Ended Operations
[Closed] Luxe Singapore has announced its closure. It was also reported that the restaurant owes more than $100,000 to the landlord and suppliers.
From its Facebook, “It is with great sadness that we closed our doors last night. Years of great patronage and a big thank you to everyone far and wide that came to support our Singapore restaurant.
Despite all the odds, we have been unable to come to a reasonable commercial arrangement which gives our business, staff and name the opportunity to flourish in Singapore.
There has been some negative press. We would like to reassure everyone that wages will be rectified today.
Thank you again for your ongoing support. We hope that we can open a more commercially viable operation in Singapore soon.”
[Original Entry] Sydney’s Luxe Brand has opened a café at Keong Siak Street, and I fell in love with the interior immediately.
So fond of it then I texted my Australian travel mates immediately, “Look at this. Don’t be envious.”
Contemporary, clean, woody, wide spaces, the space exhibited the ‘Aussie café’ vibes for a noon of laidback coffee-drinking. If I could own a place, a house, I hope it can look like Luxe.
Luxe first started as a hole-in-the-wall at Bondi, and Singapore makes its first overseas outlet.
Its Head-chef Chui Lee Luk is actually Singapore-born, and this makes a home-coming of sorts. With experience at Claude’s and with Kylie Kwong, Chef Chui promises modern Australian cuisine with a Southeast Asian twist. But of course.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
The brunch items were quite ‘Aussie’ – Almond Milk Chia Seed Pudding ($9), Luxe MapleNut Granola ($16), Toasted Artisan Breads ($9) and Merryberry Ricotta Hotcakes ($20). How many places you know add chia seeds to their puddings here? But it is commonplace down under. Coffee is from Toby’s Estate.
Though I can imagine people saying items can be limited, and pricey.
The Luxe Hanger Steak Burger ($24) is a beauty. We would recommend the lunch set that comes with dessert, coffee AND wine at $35. (Having red for lunch is totally not my thing, but since it comes in the set …)
The Steak Burger was absolutely delicious – soft black sesame bun with tender medium rare slices of beef that could set some hearts racing at its sight.
A Fennel Sausage Roll was what I crave for at Surry Hill’s Bourke Street Bakery, and looking at it surface on the menu made me order it despite that I ALREADY had a full meal.
Didn’t regret it at all.
The dish would take 20-25 minutes to prepare as the kitchen would make the pastry only on the spot. That also meant when it arrived, the Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll ($18) was full-on and hot with buttery crust, revealing juicy sweet pork fillings as you take a big bite down.
Dessert was Pandan Madeleines with Coconut Curd ($8) that tasted more like kaya.
One thing we realised that there were no seats for individuals or pairs, with the smallest table meant for 6-8. Otherwise, Luxe could rank as one of my favourite cafe space this year.
1 Keong Saik Road #01-04, Singapore 089109 (The Working Capitol Building)
Tel: +65 6221 5615
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues – Wed), 9am – 10:30pm (Thurs – Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun – Mon)
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
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