Currently a member of a Mandopop-duo The Freshman 插班生 (Cha Ban Sheng), Chen Diya was the runner-up for Project SuperStar Season 2, a Singapore reality talent show in 2007. (Has it been 12 years?!)
Her newest venture into the coffee industry, is also known as her daily dose of sanity.
It is said keep her recharged, refreshed and peaceful amidst her hectic schedule.
Often or not, you might catch her in the cafe preparing your cup of caffeine, but definitely not singing at the same time.
Tucked in the extreme corner of level 2 of Esplanade Mall is Sanity Coffee Bar, an event space by the name of Room2F and a recording studio all in the same compound.
While Esplanade Mall may not be that big, it does take some effort (and sanity) to locate this space.
Seating area is quite limited with only 2 tables and a coffee bar table with 3 high stools.
But fear not, as you can grab a cup of coffee from Sanity Coffee Bar and head towards the event space next door at Room2F.
All at a nominal fee of $6 per pax per day.
There, the interior is decorated to look exactly like a cozy living room, with book shelves, sofa seats, board games, old-school arcade machine and game consoles.
It is quite heartening to witness the community spirit when Room2F is transformed into a space for music performances, providing a venue for singers and musicians to perform their works to their audience.
This reminds me of Timbre, but instead of singing covers, the singers will be performing their very own compositions and pieces.
Back at Sanity Coffee Bar, their menu is short and concise with espresso-based coffee: Black ($3.50) and White ($4.50) using single origin Columbia beans, C.W. Ice Lemon Tea ($4) from defunct Crazy World (CW) Cafe which is now known as Room2F and Sani Tea ($4).
Each cup of coffee is prepared into takeaways cups, be it dine-in or takeaways, with their cute are artistic cartoon mascot on it.
A good cup of coffee with smooth, medium body with a slight acidic finish will definitely keep me sane, just as their name promises.
Piakssant also known as “piak” or flattened croissants will be available on their menus in the future.
Definitely a place to drop by to enjoy a cup of good coffee at Sanity Coffee Bar, and some local indie music occasionally.
Sanity Coffee Bar
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #02-19, Singapore 039802 (Esplanade MRT)
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 6.30pm (Mon, Wed, Thu), 10.30am – 8pm (Fri-Sat), 10.30am – 6.30pm (Sun), Closed Tue
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.