The café trend has declined in the last 1-2 years in Singapore, and Everton Park which used to be occupied with quite a number of coffee places and cake shops has also become less ‘hip’ with time.
I know this doesn’t sound very encouraging for the start of a write-up of a NEW café.
The point I wanted to raise is, despite the challenging route and loads of horror F&B stories, there are café-owners who decided to go all out and live their dreams.
Little Oasis which I found situated at the corner of Block 3 Everton Park, was indeed that dreamt-upon cosy place.
It was relatively quiet with soft music in the background, and vibes of calming charm. A place where you can read a book over a cup of tea.
The café started off as Little Wooden Table, an online home bakery, doing healthier bakes with reduced sugar, natural flavours and colouring, specializing in chiffon cakes, pound cakes, and customized birthday cakes.
It is a joint ownership with friends who helmed that dream of opening up a café since university days.
Starting an online bakery before the café allowed them to refine their recipes and get more experience in the F&B industry. Opening up a space is still a leap of faith to them, knowing that it may be an experience that would cost them to lose their savings.
The cakes are baked in house, with flavours of the chiffon and pound cakes rotated throughout the week.
The signatures include the Lemon Drizzle Cake ($6.50), Earl Grey Lavender Chiffon Cake ($2.50), Banana Yoghurt Loaf (healthy bake) ($4.50), along with Banana-Oatmeal Waffles ($7 for half portion, $12 for full portion).
The Lemon Drizzle Cake ($6.50) is created using freshly squeezed lemon juice and reduced sugar, and indeed would send some thrills down your senses when the sourness hits you.
This is the first time I am saying something like this about a cake… the piece I had was more wet than moist. So there were parts that had that strong tangy-lemon-juicy flavour, while I thought it would have been more moist on the whole.
Still a good cake if you love your lemon desserts.
One of their most popular chiffon cakes is the Earl Grey Lavender ($2.50), made with freshly brewed earl grey tea infused with lavender flowers and further decorated with lavender florets on top.
They also offer Matcha Chiffon and Yuzu Chiffon on a rotational basis.
There was a lovely fluffy and yes moist texture, not too sweet – I like, though I was half-wondering if customers would prefer a slightly bigger slice.
Little Oasis also offers all-day breakfast items such as Peanut Butter Banana Toast ($5), Granola Cup ($5), Avocado Egg Bagel ($7, $12), Banana-Oatmeal Waffles ($7, $12) with greek yoghurt and fresh fruits, and lunch items such as Taco Green Bowl ($10), Chicken Salads ($11) and Salmon Soba ($13).
I ordered the Honey Miso Salmon Salad ($14), with edamame, shimeiji mushrooms, tomatoes, topped with nori.
While I thought that the slab of salmon was reasonably fresh and chunky, lightly seasoned, I thought that the overall plate could do with more cohesiveness in terms of flavours and presentation, otherwise might come across as being ‘basic’.
With the name “Little Oasis”, the owners hope that this space in the old neighbourhood would be one that family and friends can catch-up over healthy cakes and coffee. I do think that it does live up to its name.
Blk 3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003 (Outram Park Exit G)
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed on Mon, 2nd & 4th Sun