Since the emergence of I Am… Café and Fluff bakery, we are starting to see a trend of more Halal cafes establishing near the Masjid Sultan area.
Then came The Lab SG. This Muslin owned café have replaced the defunct 7th Cylinder and hopped on the bandwagon in the vicinity. (Read: The Return Cafe Bistro at Bussorah Street)
Do not be surprised if you find yourself walking into an underground lab, with multiple metallic sewage pipes sprawling across the walls and huge jars of chemicals (I mean fruit juices) hanging above the counter.
Their unusual-looking De La Huerta ($12.90), meaning a large garden in Spanish, came in a large mutated structure that stood 20cm tall. We cut up this gigantic bell pepper and found mushroom gratin oozing out it.
Here, the owner was very enthusiastic about trying out new stuff and experimenting it. Just like an oversized plant in Jack and the Beansprout, this mutation was a result of The Lab Experiment.
The Lab’s Conconction ($6) offered a selection of 4 – 5 drinks daily, with a mixture of fruits and teas. If you are up for a challenge, head over to the counter and make your own conconction. Unleash your creativity and you may be in for a big surprise!
For those who are frequent visitors to Johor Bahru (JB), The Lab SG have collaborated with Chaiwalla & Co. from JB and will start serving their tea leaves from mid Dec onwards.
On the starter menu, the Terefrank Buffalo Wings ($8.90) came in 3 different levels of spiciness (Yek Eleh, Mild, Wild) and 2 different dips (Lychee sweet chilli, Blue cheese) to go with.
Having tried the Mild spiciness, I would definitely go for the Wild level the next time round for an added fiery punch. The Blue Cheese dip was mixed with mayonnaise, giving it a creamy taste that complimented well with the wings.
The Heisenberger ($12.90) had a 6oz patty and bacon strips, topped with grilled onion and melted blue cheese, with sweet potato fries as a side.
The patty was flavourful, probably a bit too much salt, perhaps the result of a failed experiment?
Condiments such as pepper and salt, stored in light bulbs and sugar syrup, could be found in dropper bottles. Add them at your own risk, afterall, it was just an experiment.
The Lab SG is definitely a fun and interesting place to hang out and the staffs are definitely friendly in this cosy setting. If you are up for the challenge, let the experiment begins!
The Lab SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069 (10mins walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 62995681
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10pm (Mon-Sat), 1pm – 9:30pm (Sun), Last orders 9:15pm and 8:45pm. Cash only.
* By Daniel’s Food Diary Café Correspondent Nicholas Tan