Unless you specifically knew that there is a café within this single storey long house along East Coast Road, chances of you entering it would be low.
Mod Café is situated in refurnished pink-coloured single storey detached house (with ample outdoor parking space), right next to a hair salon.
There were a number of “Mod Cafes” in Singapore previously, but this is an entirely new setup.
Interesting to know that a hair salon is their core business, while the café is created to provide guests a place to chill and relax before or after their hair treatment (or when husbands need to wait for their wives).
This places used to house horses (!) but has been once transformed to a “lifestyle garden centre”. It is a quiet space, rather white with natural daylight, with wall-art painted by Bill Ho from Eight Cafe & Bar.
The food menu at Mod Café is kept lean, and there was a revamp after Bill Ho (from Eight Cafe & Bar) was brought in.
For mains, there are items House Special Crispy Brown Rice Risotto (vegetarian) ($16.90), Simply Breakfast with Portobello Mushroom ($16.90), Asian Truffle Soba with Mushroom ($15.90), ‘ChongYouBing’ Waffle ($7.90, $12.90), Gratin Potatoes with melts burn cheese ($10.90).
Moving to the desserts, expect Earl Grey Waffle With Maple Syrup, Stawberry & Banana ($7.90), Coconut Waffle With Gula Melaka Sauce & Grated Coconut ($790) and Chocolate Banana Waffle w/ Melted Chocolate Chips & Fruits ($7.90).
A highlight is that they also serve up Cheesecakes ($7.90, $8.90 a slice) from The Cheesecake Factory, in flavours of original, key lime and caramel.
The Caramel Cheesecake had a delightful soft creamy texture, dollop of slightly sweetened whipped cream, and a blonde brownie base.
I imagined it to be much sweeter, but surprisingly not too much with delicate caramel which reminded me of toffee.
The Thai Chicken Wrap ($7.50) was not as spicy as imagined, also with a rather sweet touch.
It contained roasted chicken leg tossed in Thai sweet chilli sauce and cheddar cheese, in a yellow-coloured lemon wrap. You may have seen another version of this floating around at other cafes.
For drinks, check out their range of hot and iced coffee ($4.90 – $7.90) and Organic Tea range exclusively from the Tea Forte ($6.90 for hot, $7.50 for iced) in flavours of Green Mango Peach, Ginger Lemongrass, Orchid Vanilla, Blueberry Merlot.
All in all, Mod Café is a homely and cosy space, and perhaps the only place where you can find The Cheesecake Factory items in the east of Singapore.
1A Kuo Chuan Avenue Singapore 426888
Tel: +65 9816 1877
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 10:30am – 8:30pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Tues