As the saying goes, “The first drops of rain always bring a smile on our faces “. Raindrop Café is the new kid of the block that will probably bring a smile to yours.
Located at the corner of *Scape, Raindrops café was surrounded by green grass, tall trees and walled with glass, like a greenhouse found in the middle of cloud nine. The setting was intimate and cosy, amidst the hustle-bustle of the Orchard shopping district.
Established by a group of 5 friends who knew each other since their university days, the food and ambience looked set to appeal to young working professionals who would like a chill-out time with their buddies. Suitable for a boys/girls night out.
The food served were American-Italian, such as soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, desserts and wine. Some of the recommendations included the Open Face Beef & Shrooms Ciabatta ($12), Squid Ink Prawn & Scallop Roe Pasta ($14), Kurobuta Pork Rack ($24) and Chicken Leg Lemongrass with Pumpkin Risotto ($15)
For appetizer, I was recommended the Tataki Tuna, pan-seared tuna which was lightly grilled on the surface, fresh and smooth on the inside. The Shimeji mushrooms added a complimentary bite.
Being a creamy pasta person, I had the Mushroom Carbonara ($12) which was tossed with bacon, mushroom and egg yolk. The penne was suitably al dente, and not overly undercooked. Though the cream sauce was slightly on the salty side, it was not too thick that could make you queasy after a few bites.
Burgers seemed to be the In-thing now, and you might want to try the Burger Droplets ($10), a sampler dish of three burgers with chicken, crab and beef patties. The crab was not available, but the tiny beef burger was cutesy juicy enough to make me glad.
The dessert was a lovely creation of a green pear poached to purple with Cabernet Sauvignon, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I was not exactly blown anyway by the taste, but more so by its artistic presentation.
In fact, all the dishes I had were attractively-prepared, honed by culinary chef Alan Yeo who used to be from Swissotel Merchant Court, with graphic designer Ching Kai providing the aesthetical advice.
Like how you would you sing cheerfully to “Raindrops keep falling on my head…,” Raindrops Café provides a beautiful surrounding, equally beautiful dishes and very affable service. It could provide a ray of sunshine to a sumptuous dinner with friends.