The newer cafes are not just about coffee and food anymore, but concept, aesthetics and blending in with the surroundings.
I made my way to Qi Philosophy café, and its location may intrigue some curious café hoppers.
It is nestled within the compounds of SkyTerrace@Dawson, an award winning Build-To-Order (BTO) HDB development located at 93 Dawson Road.
What you get is a cafe set right in the middle of a scenic park environment next to Alexandra Canal Linear Park, with green communal spaces and a park connector just steps away.
So while you are having coffee, you can see families, joggers, and cyclists around.
The whole concept behind Qi Philosophy is an interesting one.
It is a new start-up wellness company that aims to promote awareness for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
The menu of the dining café is focused on serving fresh, modern fusion cuisine based on healthy clean eating concept. There is also a small space meant for yoga classes.
The Ala Carte Menu is divided into Asian and Western favourites.
For Asian delights, there are offerings of San Bei Ji or Traditional 3 Cup Chicken ($8.80), Nyonya Chicken Curry with Achar Pickles ($8.80), Ayam Ponteh ($8.80) or Stewed Chicken & Potato in fermented soy bean, Nasi Goreng ($8.80), Nyonya Dry Mee Siam ($8.80) and Qi Healthy Basmati Nasi Lemak ($12.80).
As for the Western menu, there are the Signature Laksa Pesto Pasta ($9.80), Rainbow Mentaiko ($9.80), Grilled Vegetables Marinara ($9.80), Miso Chicken Warm Bowl or Salad ($9.80), and a selection of Wraps, Sandwiches and Burgers.
Dishes served are generally lower in calorie and sugar.
I had a dry Laksa Pesto ($9.80) which came served with a soft egg on top.
The pesto component was definitely overpowered the laksa – which turned out to be rather minimal. I wondered if it would have worked better if there was just laksa, or pesto, but not both distinct flavours together.
Comparatively, I liked the 3 Cup Chicken ($8.80) much better, and it certainly felt way healthier than hawker centre meals. The brown rice was cooked well (which I find not all places could deliver properly) – chewy with a good bite.
As for coffee, I ordered an Orange Mocha Latte ($6.00) which seemed potentially refreshing, but let’s just say coffee was not the strongest link.
For those who liked healthier tastier café meals surrounded by greenery. You can take a stroll around after, which should be a pleasant walk.
93 Dawson Road, #01-02 Sky Terrace @ Dawson Singapore 142093
Tel: +65 69090198
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon