While there are already many cafés along the Orchard Road belt, my friends still ask the same-old questions of, “Where to go for coffee in town ah?”
That means, exclude the usual mass market brands.
D’Good Café was my recommendation, and it turned out to be not too bad a choice.
Regular café-hoppers should be familiar with the brand, established in 2012 at a 2-storey shophouse in Holland Village.
The owner Mike Chin mentioned that the café was born after he “received a blueprint from God to run a coffee business” while he was at a prayer mountain in Seoul.
This blueprint included the idea of a Custom Blend Coffee and recipe for their signature Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake. Wow.
The 65-seater café at Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City houses two concepts – a London Tube and an English Garden. Apart from coffee, the café is dedicated to specialty tea.
I liked the garden-looking exterior with (fake) roses and swing-like chairs on the outside. Good for some mini tai-tai social gatherings. (I used the word “mini” that could loosely imply a number of meanings in this context.)
Food wise, expect mains such as Ling Cod Fish and Chips ($22.00), The Scotch Egg ($13.00) and Poached Fresh Lobster pasta ($22.00), D’Lobster Roll ($22.00), Portobello Eggs Benedict ($14.50) and Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake ($9.00 per slice).
My friends and I generally found the food above the usual ‘town-standard’ (opps).
We liked the Poached Fresh Lobster Pasta, cooked al dente with chunky lobster meat, except a tad oily. The Cod Fish and Chips were lightly battered, moist on the inside, best paired with some of those malt vinegar on the side.
I wished that the bread of the D’Lobster Roll could be softer and more buttery, but overall still an mouth-watering item. We topped up to change the fries into onion rings for an additional $2, and probably the best decision of the meal.
D’Good has also included Deutsch Skillet Pancakes, also known as Dutch Baby pancakes, with both savoury and sweet options.
There were some elements of experimentation and gimmickry – for Instagram, I suppose.
There was this $15 ($15!) Spiral Galaxy drink. The mocktail is a concoction of green tea and grape juice with glitters. Maybe it will take you to space.
We all thought that the beverage tasted like… Pokka Green Tea! Em, in a good way, I suppose.
As one of the investors to the cafe is actor Chew Chor Meng, MediaCorp artistes supposedly get a discount when they dine here. No wonder we have spotted some celebs having their brunch here.
Some wore shades having their salads (what else), and some still looked gorgeous in person. ”Lao Chio…”, my friend said.
D’Good Café – Orchard
391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
D’Good Café – Holland Village
273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 Singapore 278992
Tel: +65 6219 9807
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated. I was given a discount the 2nd time I was there when I got recognised. LOL