Jalan Besar was once a upon a time quite in the radar of café hoppers, though that has quietened down this year.
With that said, there are still new café openings such as Apartment Coffee and Black Fairy Coffee that could result in some renewed interest.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
With a name like “Black Fairy Coffee”, one would expect more whimsical or fantasy elements in terms of menu design or décor. I seriously thought it was an opportunity well missed.
The café did look promising, but I just wondered about the thought process that went behind its menu, which suggested a lack of cohesiveness.
The offerings include Soy Chicken, Shrimp Paste Pork Belly, Ebi Fry, Thai Style Crispy Fish Fillet, Rustic Beef Stew, Curried Prawns, Cheesy Broccoli Omelette, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Candy Bacon Sandwich and Morning Feast.
Sort of everything under the sky.
The most thematic item on its menu board was The Goblin Burger ($20), of pulled pork and yogurt coleslaw and smoked barbecue sauce in a brioche burger bun. Gong Yoo himself may wonder what’s so “goblin” about this burger other than the name.
My question is: Why just ONE type of burgers, not a chicken, fish or beef burger as well?
In the mood for more ‘brunch-type’ food, I had the Morning Feast ($18) of scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, Italian sausage, baked beans and garden salad.
It was a decent plate, of creamier-than-average (perhaps too milky) scrambled eggs with fat, juicy sausage. Good stuff, but lacked of the distinctive factor.
During another visit, I had the Signature Pork Salad ($9.90), reasonably priced, good portion, with fresh tasting sashimi.
In fact, I had this twice and found it tastier the second time round in terms of its seasoning.
There were some cakes displayed, some sourced from supplier, some baked in-house.
The Indo Caramel Cake ($6.90) was the most intriguing, known to many as “Kue Sarang Semut”.
It had that sweet, caramel flavour, though texture could have been on the dry side, perhaps it had something to do with the refrigeration. I would suggest serving this with a sauce or ice cream so that there would be some moisture.
There were some promising aspects of Black Fairy Coffee – the ambience cosy with attentive staff. Perhaps they need some time before deciding what to focus in terms of the food aspect.
Black Fairy Coffee
131 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207553
Tel: +65 6909 3515
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)