A French man who looked like he’s the cousin of Wolverine (ripped muscles and all) stood at the entrance of Telok Ayer Chung Hwa Free Clinic said a big “Hello”. Not an expected sight, and you walk in and get more astonished that this is a new café.
My Awesome Café 真棒堂 is THAT NEXT café which is likely to stand out from all the newly opened ones. Its retro-looking décor, with all vintage furniture such as school desks and knick knacks gathered from various sources, reminds me of those quirky artistic cafes at Hong Kong.
The co-owner Franck Hardy who used to be from the hotel industry, was ultra-ultra-friendly. He gave me a quick tour to the back of the café, where I spotted restored old fans and an ice-kachang machine. (So pay a visit to the toilet area yah.)
This is quite the place to people-watch, as I noticed during lunch that every single person (yes every one) was having a salad, namely the My Awesome Salad ($15) – a generous portion of mesclun with smoked salmon, herbed chicken breast, duck rillettes, avocado and tomatoes.
Frank revealed he would go to Tiong Bahru market to source for his fruits and ingredients, while the salad greens are imported from Australian because “they just taste better”. Point taken.
Both desserts – Bread & Butter Pudding and Upside Down Pineapple Cake ($4.50 each), were well, classic and awesome.
Between the two, the Pineapple Cake any time. It was old-fashioned, rich, indulgent, and my café-hopping friend exclaimed, “So buttery, it hurts.” (This is a compliment.)
It was even served one of those 70s dark yellow glass plates sourced from Malaysia. We wished they would lessen the sugar though. I am so afraid of getting diabetes.
Does the staff here hit the gym immediately after work? Watching the barrister pull shots with those biceps, while we pamper in cakes felt like a guilt trip.
The café art may not be the prettiest, but the coffee made from a blend of beans from Columbia, Brazil and Sumatra was decent. The price was most surprisingly wallet-friendly – $2.50 for single, $3.50 for double, and $4.50 for latte or cappuccino. (Tip: They also serve Mexican Coco-cola made with cane sugar.)
This café may not serve the pretty instagram-worthy cakes and all-day breakfast. Its beauty comes from within, and its dedication to details in design and finishing touches is admirable. Indeed the next café to go to, because it gets too crowded. Very awesome.
My Awesome Café 真棒堂
202 Telok Ayer, Singapore 068630
Opening Hours: 7:45 am – 10pm (Mon-Tues), 7:45am – 12am (Wed-Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun)
Other Cafe Entries
Department of Caffeine (Duxton Road)
Jewel Café + Bar (Rangoon Road)
Craft Bakery Café (Holland Village)
Common Man Coffee Roasters (Martin Road)
The Basement Café (Singapore Management University)