You can say somewhat.
Columbus Coffee Co. is launched at 220 Upper Thomson Road (next to French Toast Language Centre), likely to give cafes in the vicinity such as Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters a run for its money.
Go through the door at the side with a logo figure of famed explorer Christopher Columbus.
Décor of the space is no-fuss industrial chic, minimally decorated with some plants and golden fixtures, an inviting space with some natural daylight.
The only thing that I might not have liked as much was it was very echo-y, and sounds of frequent dropping spoons and forks did disrupt some dining peace.
This set-up seems suitable for small families and groups to dine at, with a menu that feel familiar and is wide-ranging enough, more than just the usual standard café fare.
There are no so-called recommended items, but some dishes that appealed included Mushrooms on Sourdough ($14), Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($14.50), Mussels with Coconut Lemongrass & Ale ($17), Heart Meatballs On Toast ($18), Brown Butter Sardine Crumb Pasta ($18), to sweets of Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18.50), Peanut Butter & Berries ($14) and Earl Grey Caramel Waffle ($12.50).
As it just rained, I was craving for something warm and comforting. The Summer Chicken Stew ($18) seemed like an obvious choice.
This dish had a slight Asian-take as it reminded me of a home-cooked meal with roasted potatoes and carrots, except that the gravy was not as creamy as I imagined.
The chicken thigh was both succulent and meaty, and you might just find yourself wiping the gravy clean with the sourdough.
The Breakfast Strawberry Maple Pancake ($16) did not disappoint as well, with contrasting crisp edges and fluffy interior. Great that it was not too sweet, uplifting from the sourness of the strawberry compote.
If you need more sweetness, drizzle some maple syrup over.
I am also a fan of both the cold brews of The Milky Way ($7) – white cold brew coffee; and Matcha Warrior ($7). Eh, why no “universe” name for the matcha?
The beans used are their house blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan coffees, custom-roasted by 2 Degrees North Coffee Co.
The blend of these 2 origins was complementary due to its pack of comforting flavours – chocolates, nuts and caramel.
The Milky Way was smooth, creamy, slightly sweetened with the taste of coffee still following through in each sip.
Very coincidentally, co-owner Daphne was also brewing my V60, which my friend recognised from Assembly Coffee days. (She didn’t seem to recognise me at all even though we have met several times – I suppose this is good news for a food blogger for anonymity.)
We were in luck because she prepared coffee with such flair and style. And was reminded she also manages three cafes very well, like a ship captain on a successful expedition.
Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Garden Estate, Singapore 574352
Phone: +65 6253 6024
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Mon