This café at the corner of South Bridge Road has been described as “calm” and “relaxing”.
Grid and Circles is quite a find, a short walk away from the bustling crowds at Chinatown, People’s Park Centre and Hong Lim Food Centre.
This is probably where you can seek a reprise or have little catch-up with friends if you are in the vicinity.
There are various components that make up Grid and Circles: a casual dining café where you can eat and drink; and a lifestyle retail nook to browse and shop.
Few people may head upstairs where there is a space they call “Flex”, which is used to hold private workshops, corporate events, and regular lifestyle classes.
In a bid to support local, they will soon open up their space for artist residencies, allowing budding artists to display their works.
Food wise, the menu has quite a mish-mash of offerings, such as Salmon Ochazuke ($15), Buta Don Pork Bowl ($16), Mushroom Quiche ($7), Bacon and Avocado Sausage ($16), Apple, Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($15), and Wagyu Steak Sandwich ($18).
As their café is based on the Swedish word “Lagom”, which means balance and harmony, they hope to inculcate that concept into their food as well, ensuring that each dish is well balanced in flavor.
I had the Buta Don ($16) which was topped with pork slices, lady finger, onsen egg on Japanese brown rice, drizzled with a special house-made sauce.
It was a not-bad bowl, but there would be little reasons to return for the rice bowls as it doesn’t stand out from the ordinary (with all the competition around). With all that décor and branding, I do think they need to have at least one or two food items that can call “their own”.
Last I heard, they have introduced items such as Juicy Wagyu Roll, Eggs Benny Pancakes, Strawberry Wonderland – fluffy pancakes made a la minute.
Dessert wise, you can go for their cakes or tart of the day ($4 – $8), such as their signature Boobs Tart incorporated with Pecan Caramel Mouse.
For fans of cold brew, their Clouds in my Coffee brewed right at their bar, has a creamy finish that is supposedly skin to having clouds. (It did remind me of Lunar Coffee Brewers’s milk cold brew The Milky Way which is not a bad thing.)
There are a few reasons to like Grid & Circles, for the coffee, space and personable service. Once they have settled down, hopefully we can see more food that is distinctively theirs.
Grids & Circles
200 South Bridge Road Singapore 058749 (Chinatown MRT )
Tel: +65 69353546
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri & Sat)