There are new cafés in Singapore that get into the lime-light easily, a combination of playing the right marketing card and having that “instagrammable” effect.
However, there are others that go completely under the radar. (I suppose that is partly the ‘job’ of food bloggers, to introduce these less-mentioned places.)
Lowe’f which specialises in artisanal sandwiches, pastries and coffee is one of them.
The bakery cafe is located at Queen Street Singapore, a short walk from Bras Basah MRT and Art Museum.
However, it is slightly inconspicuous and so there is always a likelihood of people walking past without taking notice.
The name “Lowe’f” may not be easiest to remember, and I am not entirely sure how to pronounce it.
Turns out that it is named after the owner Don Lowe, who is of mixed heritage of ranging from English, Scottish, and Burmese.
An apostrophe `f’ is added to the end of his surname to allow it to sound like “loaf”, to represent his passion for baking.
The menu certainly looks promising. Recommend items include Citrus Cerviche Salmon, Avocado & Ikura ($15); Queen St Chicken Sandwich added with Don’s mom’s Hainanese chilli sauce ($14); Good Morning Burger ($7.5) – brioche burger bun, cage free scrambled eggs, UK aged orange cheddar, pickled shallots & coffee mayo; Lowe’f Big Brekkie ($14) which includes brioche pullman, egg confit, roasted cherry tomatoes, edamame, bacon, brown button mushrooms and choice of spicy pork sausage or smoked beef sausage.
Some of their bakes rotate, and I had the Cawa-Banga Mango Roll and Lowe’f Toast.
The former had a delicious fluffy texture matched with soft-tangy sweetness; while the other had a likeable chewy texture.
Good to know: they choose to use sourdough starters for their breads, with a higher percentage of whole wheat where they can.
There is a little homely feel to this space. The only thing I found slightly disjointed was their interior, there were some parts which fitted in with their easy-Latin music, while another section was more ‘functional’.
Am likely to head back to try out more of their bakes.
Lowe’f Artisanal Sandwiches. Pastries. Coffee
1 Queen Street Singapore 188534 (Bras Basah MRT Exit A)
Tel: +65 87674859
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun