Oh my, a déjà vu feeling when we first stepped into this workspace at MBFC.
A concept so similar to Grain Traders at Market Street (550m away), with coffee and bakes offerings in the morning (7.30am – 11.30am) and Chap Chye Png (pardon this) style of building your own rice bowls after 11.30am.
Not the first, won’t be the last anyway.
Grain Traders is one successful example of offering healthy breakfast and bowls, coffee and bakes all in one setting within the busy CBD itself.
Likewise for Workspace Espresso, they are conveniently located at the ground floor of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 with a substantial (and scary) human traffic flow during peak lunch hour from 11:30am – 2:00pm.
Office workers could be seen streaming in when the lunch hour approached, with more customers opting for takeaways in this 25-seater space.
Some difference in offerings between Grain Traders and Workspace Espresso is a wider selection of bakes (up to 10 selections of cakes and muffins) and Pita Pockets ($4.50 – $12) available.
Coffee beans are supplied by Two Degrees North Coffee Co. for a quick perk-me-up, available in 2 cup sizes.
We had an uncommon flavour for the muffin – Pumpkin Cranberry ($4.50) while waiting for lunch to serve at 11.30am.
Pretty delectable and moist texture, slightly on the sweeter end with the icing sugar. The pumpkin taste could have been more pronounced though.
Huge bowls and containers were displayed at the counter during lunch hours, from carbohydrates as a base to proteins, sides and dressing.
At $13.80, we were given the choice to choose 1 base, 1 hot protein, 3 sides, 2 toppings and an optional dressing.
Add-ons were available at $2 for base, $3.50 for hot protein, $2 for sides and $1 for dressing.
We had the Blue Ocean ($16.30), one of the pre-constructed bowls with Quinoa & Dhal (base), Salmon (Hot Protein), Grilled Zucchini, Egg Dukkah, Smashed Guacamole (sides), Alfalfa sprouts, Sunflower seeds and Yuzu dressing.
We felt that the dressing played an important role in getting a good mix.
Aesthetically, the Blue Ocean turned out to be green. The guacamole stood out the most whereas the other components did not manage to stay afloat in the ocean.
The Pita Pockets were more suitable for the Grab-and-Goers, those rushing to work, meetings or the early train home.
Only 2 options were available before 11.30am, the Kick Start ($4.50) with guacamole, egg, tomato and lettuce and the Power Up ($5.50), with additional ham and cheese.
The lunch options packed in more protein such as Flank Steak ($12), Pulled Pork ($10) and Chicken Chermoula ($10).
If you are looking to Work at this Space with a cup of Espresso, note that there are limited seats. Find your way to beat the CBD lunch crowd for a healthy rice bowl.
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, #01-08, Singapore 018982
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
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* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Additional input by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary