This can be a challenging year for new café owners, when many realise that a menu of predictable pastas, waffles and cakes (from the same few suppliers in Singapore) may not work that well with consumers anymore.
We still find bright sparks and hidden gems occasionally.
I was introduced to THUS Coffee by another friend. Hearty Chicken Stew? That is interesting.
Its location is not the most accessible, at 4 Jalan Kuras at Upper Thomson, of walking distance from Sembawang Hills Food Centre.
There are a few elements that would draw people to this humble establishment.
They micro-roast their own coffee, and the owners and staff sound very sincere and down-to-earth (hope they can remain that way!) I cannot vouch for its entire menu as it changes regularly, but online feedback has been positive.
Its main offerings include Hearty Chicken Stew ($16), Baked Eggs & Toast ($14), THUS Breakfast ($19), Salmon & Kale Toast ($17), Salmon Grain Bowl ($18), and Wagyu Beef Grain Bowl ($20).
The creamy chicken leg stew with herbed potatoes, carrots and zesty lime, served with toasted multigrain bread has been a crowd favourite.
This is not your everyday instagram-favourites, but should appeal to a certain generation who would like your soft potatoes and carrots with fall-off-the-bone drumstick.
As I was in a Korean mood, I tried their Chicken Cutlet Jjolmyeon ($18) – crispy chicken cutlet with Korean chewy noodles in mixed Gochujang sauce, served with sunny-side up.
I think anything with crispy chicken cutlet (said to be almost the size of an A5 paper) and egg should be attract kids. But be careful of the level of spiciness.
All in all, I thought the dish tasted rather ‘home-cooked’, and I don’t exactly mean this in a negative way. It lacked the characteristic quality of how a Korean restaurant would have cooked their noodles, and balance of spicy to sweet ratio seemed off.
But I could imagine diners liking this dish it was still comforting.
For desserts, you can go for the Berry Matcha Lava Cake ($15) of warm matcha lava, berry compote, fresh berries and almond flakes.
The table’s favourite. We all liked it.
The coffee was decent. The Latte ($5 for hot, $5.50 for iced) brewed with a blend of Guatemala and Blue Java was smooth and earthy. Not overly acidic or strong which was why I liked it.
For something more instagrammable, you can order a Green Shot ($6.50) of matcha latte with coffee.
Let me direct you to the mosaic tiles near the back, which had a Chinese idiom “脚踏实地” which means to stay grounded and be down-to-earth.
It reflects the owner’s attitude towards life, and there is also a pun within…
脚THUS地. Got it?
4 Jalan Kuras Singapore 577723
Tel: +65 8411 7565
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Daily