Gallery & Co – Cafe, Cafeteria and Store at National Gallery Singapore
Things are probably still work-in-progress for Gallery & Co at the National Gallery Singapore, a “progressive retail and F&B destination with a bookstore, café, cafeteria, bar and store in a continuous space.” (Read: What To Eat At The National Gallery)
Some big names behind the project: Unlisted Collection’s Loh Lik Peng, Foreign Policy Design’s Yah-Leng Yu and Arthur Chin, and Luxasia’s Alwyn Chong.
Akang dating is a cafeteria helmed by Chef Sufian Zain from Restaurant Ember who will add a Southeast Asian touch to the menu.
Here’s what I like about it: A café spacing on the ground floor, overlooking the green field of Padang, with sunlight seeping in the contemporary clean white space set in a historically significant building.
The space spans the entire front of the City Hall Wing of the National Gallery on the ground floor, which allows you to browse a row of specially designed products for the museum, curated books, design collectibles and prints.
On the choice of merchandise, their customer base, seems extremely targeted.
The café is being taken care of by Plain Vanilla known for their cupcakes, which has found foot prints at Holland Village, Tiong Bahru, and most recently at In Good Company Café at Ion Orchard). Coffee is from Papa Palheta, the Throwback blend which many other cafes are also using.
Not that it is any bad, but too much of something, may not be a good thing. Less of that excitement, more of the same predictability.
I wondered if the space is organised in such a manner due to design, or constraints (to give priority to the cafeteria?)
Ordering and selection of bakes is done via a counter about 20-30 metres away from the seating area (I have a bad estimation of distance, but it should be about a minute’s walk.)
So you probably can’t leave your barang-barang at the seats, and walk away to order, as your items will be out of sight. Ordered a couple of desserts and drinks. I asked for a tray (makes sense?) but there were none. That would mean multiple trips to and fro if you were short-handed.
To me, a cafe experience comes as a whole package, and probably some more thought needs to be placed on a more positive user experience.
Gallery & Co.
National Gallery #01-05, 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
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