Sultan Plaza peppered with hairdressing salon and other random shops, may not be on your immediate radar for hipster cafes, but there are actually two coffee places here – The Pound and The Cook & The Barista.
The Cook & The Barista is considered a hidden find located at the corner of Sultan Plaza, which is a short walk from Lavender MRT.
What would attract the office workers nearby, is that all their weekday set lunches are priced below $10.
That includes free drink, side, dessert, with no additional GST or service charge. (I hope they have worked out their sums! Maybe rental is very affordable there.)
For the ala carte orders, the humble place serves up home-style fare of Mum’s Chicken Curry ($6.90), Pork or Chicken Katsu Curry ($7.90), The Cook’s Signature Soba ($8.90), Gyudon ($9.90) and other daily specials.
For a lighter meal, Daily Greens ($4.80), Potato salad ($5.50), Egg Mayo or Tuna Mayo Sandwiches ($2.80), and a Cook’s Premium Sandwich ($4.80) are available.
With that many Gyudon shops in the market, I think the shop stands out with its pricing. I wished that the beef slices were more marinated and soft, and just be a tad on the dry side.
The Katsu Curry ($7.90), again one of the most inexpensive ones around, was not bad but perhaps lacked in the finesse expected of a Japanese dish.
So despite its name, the most memorable item to me was the cake – a Pandan Gula Mela Cheesecake with coconut shavings.
Loved the texture and how the flavours come together, without being too sweet.
Perhaps because it is still in its opening months, it just needs to focus on creating and perfecting those few highlight dishes to generate more buzz with the public.
Oh yes, the coffee was VERY strong.
The Cook & The Barista
100 Jalan Sultan, Sultan Plaza #01-26C Singapore199001
Tel: +65 9852 1156
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sun), Closed Sat