We are seeing more new cafes choosing to open at more ‘hidden’ places this year, possibly due to the lower rental and thus operating costs.
So perhaps even residents of Ang Mo Kio may not know there is an Acoustic Café at Avenue 10. The name would suggest a café that is passionate about music as much as coffee.
At first glance, you might think the panelling on the wall in this 10-seater cozy café is merely part of the decoration.
However, they are actually acoustic panels, manufactured from high density glass wool and coated with a special coating on the surface to absorb unnecessary noise and echoes.
This explains why the sound quality from the music seems better here, as the HiFi system is said to be “carefully tuned”, with an “almost echo-less environment”.
According to the café staff, there is no need for you to raise your voice even if the café is packed to the brim. (We have yet to put it to the test, and personally feel that customers in cafes shouldn’t talk too loud anyway.)
The menu here at Acoustic Café is relatively simple, drinks you would find at typical cafes and some simple cakes.
The bakes are made in-house, you can even pre-order a batch of brownies or cookies if you like.
Their recommended food and drinks include Brownie ($3.50), Brookie ($4.00, $1 more for Vanilla Ice Cream), Mocha ($4.70), Lavender Tea Latte ($4.50), and Acoustic Milk Latte ($3.00).
The one item that caught my eye though was the Brookie.
Currently in its soft launch phase, the Brookie ($4) is a 2-in-1 combination of a classic Brownie and Cookie.
I was expecting the cookie to be crispy and hard, but it wasn’t. Slightly chewy in texture, this reminded me of the Subway cookies.
The brownie part was chocolatey and crispy on the outside, while soft on the inside. This could do with an ice-cream pairing for that extra oomph.
The Mushroom and Cheese Toast ($4) feels like something I used to eat when I was young, somewhat like those homemade pizza.
Wouldn’t say it’s wow, but at least this is comfort food with generous amount of mushroom and cheese, a possible grab-and-go option.
As for the coffee, the Flat White ($4.20) which wasn’t too acidic complemented well with the Brookie.
Plus point, It was also served with one of their home baked cookies.
With so many neighbourhood cafes popping up, it may be difficult to stand out in this saturated industry.
At least it is one of the more affordable cafes in Singapore. Prices are on the lower side, on top of that, students also enjoy a 10% discount upon showing your student pass.
The owners commented, ”Since the space belongs to us, why not work around our cost and charge at a more affordable price?” Wow.
If you are looking for a place to chill in Ang Mo Kio, Acoustic Café promises good music, ambience and affordable coffee.
421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1159 Singapore 560421
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.