Well, Liberty Coffee Bar is back.
The ‘pioneer’ 3rd wave coffee hoppers in Singapore would remember the days when Liberty Coffee had a coffee bar at Rangoon Road that opened only occasionally. Like once a month.
You had to like their Facebook page then to catch the opening hours, or to be at the right place at the right time.
The owners had subsequently closed it to focus on coffee roasting, so it is quite a surprise that a café has opened again after four years.
The NEW Liberty Coffee Bar is located at 387 Jalan Besar, steps away from Kam Leng Hotel. (Opposite where Kok Kee Wanton Noodles would have been…)
Liberty Coffee is known to source a wide range of beans – from single-origins for slow brews to espresso blends.
Their signature is the Speakeasy Blend, which has a smooth chocolately profile.
To be honest, I have tried Liberty Coffee only at other cafes, but wasn’t always impressed due the sharp aftertaste.
However both the Latte ($5.00) and Iced White ($6.50) I had were smooth and medium-bodied, strong but not overly acidic.
Other than its signature coffee blends, there is a “simple but focused” food menu consisting of pastas, sandwiches and finger foods. Unfortunately, the previously-popular Lemon Poppy Cake and Gular Melaka Café won’t be available anymore.
Offerings include Rodeo Hero Sandwich ($14) with Angus beef and homemade bacon & onion jam; Hot Butt Sub ($13) filled with Cubano-style pork hind; Ragu on Ribbons ($15) – a papardelle pasta in rich tomato-based beef & pork sauce; and Blue & Shells ($13) – pasta shells cooked with Gorgonzola cheese.
I had the Sloppy Joe Fries ($9.00) which was quite the addictively pleasing with its crispy Stealth Fries. These fries are known to be thinly coated with a transparent batter, so that they stay warmer and crunchier than normal fries.
The only dessert called Sweets at Brekkie ($8.50) left divided views.
Other than vanilla soft serve and classic jelly to represent items in the breakfast, there was an onsen egg included in the middle. An actual egg – slippery egg white and everything.
The cup might have worked better with something fruitier in the midst.
It is like an old friend (you have heard so much about and seldom meet) has returned from overseas. Time for that gathering.
Welcome back, Liberty Coffee Bar.
Liberty Coffee Bar
387 Jalan Besar Singapore 209002
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tues – Thurs), 10am – 8pm (Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun, Mon, PH