Five Oars Coffee Roasters along Tanjong Pagar Road is said to be Melbourne-café inspired. Well, I guess that applies to the prices as well.
While there is no lack of NEW Cafés in Singapore, some are imported brands and many lack in that “instagrammable” component that will attract the hipster café hoppers to pay a visit.
Certainly Five Oars Coffee Roasters looks attractive from the outside, with effective use of greens and a square-shaped seating arranging to create an illusion of space.
Natural daylight, greens and industrial looked all checked. Expect loads of photo-taking.
However, while the interior was spacious and carried more or less that white and grey theme, it was a lot less furnished that my friend remarked, ”Looked like a canteen.” That might have sounded extreme, but you get the idea.
I suspect that many instagrammers would quickly take their food shots and #ootd outside for the light, and quickly hide inside to enjoy the aircon.
For the menu, there is an extensive list of brunch items, followed by a couple of pastas and rice bowls. The recommended items included Cured Ocean Trout ($22.50), Strawberry Avocado ($18.00), Mentaiko Mac & Cheese ($20.50); while its dinner menu offers Beef Wellington ($32.00) and Duck Gnocchi ($21.00).
However, the price is towards the expensive side. The cheapest brunch item on the menu, the Trio of Quinoa, was $16.50.
So if I am a CBD folk on a go and want a quick bite, say a sandwich or simple Avocado and Toast of reasonable price, that is currently missing.
Also, the brunch item seemed poached egg reliant, with that lack of variety – say scrambled, fried, scotch. Other than one item of Baked Eggs ($18.50) and Five Oars Breakfast ($24.00) which provides a choice of scrambled or sunny.
I ordered a Truffle Benedict ($20.00) which was luxuriously loaded with gammon ham, thick cut bacon baby spinach, broccolini and of course shaved truffle.
All in all, a decent, substantial brunch item with varied components for a more layered taste. However, for those looking to smell some of that truffle aroma might leave disappointed, but I was okay with that.
The Chicken Rosti ($16.50) sounded promising. I requested for scrambled eggs, and they were not bad – creamy and somewhat fluffy.
The potato rosti with sour cream and gruyere cheese made comforting fare, but the dry cured slow cooked chicken breast was disappointedly dry and didn’t gel well with the rest of the dish.
Cakes are sourced from one of my favourite cake cafes Nesuto.
The Rose Raspberry Opera ($8.00) though sounded good on paper and indeed had an enticing rose scent, was unfortunately too sweet and dry – perhaps due to the fridge used.
Five Oars Coffee Roasters certainly looks promising from its outlook, its coffee was great. Perhaps they can work on fine-tuning the menu and offering food that is more affordable for a more regular outing.
Five Oars Coffee Roasters
39 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088462 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)