Cafes in Singapore are opening up in the most unexpected of places, and this latest coffee place is found along River Valley at Loft@Nathan (diagonally opposite Valley Point).
The name and logos of “Grace Espresso” may draw some topic for discussion with its biblical connotations.
Its logo is depicted by a picture of Jesus Christ standing on earth underneath a crown (with thorns drawn within), surrounded by four trees.
Shall leave it to you to do your interpretations.
The interior is done up simply with medium-blue walls, with most of the customers seated outside on the wooden bench.
The tables are ‘tree logs’ and I enjoyed its easy-going vibes.
While there is no air-con, I still think it is a rather comfortable space to watch the world go by.
The menu is quite rather lean for now, with items of Garlic Butter Baguette ($6), Avo Sourdough Melt ($12), Grapefruit Breakfast Bowl ($13), Queen’s Toast with Strawberries ($11), and Home-made Hokkaido Milk Tea ($7).
I did think it was a slight waste-of-opportunity to not extend its theme to its food, naming and even latte art as well, for the café to have a more distinct character.
Perhaps due to opening jitters, my order of food took a long 35 minutes or so to arrive, and I joked that ”we all need a lot of grace” in this situation. (Joke was lost by the way.)
The Avo Sourdough Melt ($12) may not be like the typical avocado toast, a much cheesier take with its liberal use of gouda cheese.
So if you are expecting mash avocadoes and stuff, this is not it.
The toast was a not-bad rendition, but I felt it needed a drizzle of fruity sour of sorts to differentiate this from something you could create at home.
The mini Croissants which I had in another occasion, were crisp and fluffy. They probably have a good supplier for its breads, and could further use it to their strengths.
For drinks, they offer up the usual Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino ($5.50 each), Mocha ($6), Matcha Latte ($6) and option of Ceremonial Grade Matcha Latte ($7.50).
I enjoyed the coffee which was balanced and slightly rich due to the usage of Hokkaido milk.
As a form of service recovery, they made me a cup with I would assume Pikachu latte art. The barista was earnest and very willing to share (nope, I don’t think he knows who I am as I visited anonymously).
Grace Espresso does serve up decent coffee and is a friendly neighbourhood coffee place. I wished that the menu is more “bold and courageous”.
428 River Valley Road #01-14 Loft@Nathan Singapore 248327
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon – Wed, Fri, Sun), 7:30pm – 6:30pm (Sat), Closed Thurs