”Isn’t this the coffee version of TWG?”, my friend quipped.
With its wide selection (over 200) of coffee, luxurious boutique-like concept, décor of marble floors and brass chandeliers, and serving staff in classic European-style uniforms and ties, people may just see that association.
Plus, Bacha Coffee is located at Level 1 of ION Orchard (right opposite Nespresso), just a storey below TWG.
Anyway, this is the Moroccan brand’s first international outpost, specialising in coffee from single origins, coffee blends as well as flavoured coffee.
There are over 200 to choose from, and so you can come almost every day in a year if variety is what you crave.
The décor itself is striking, designed to reflect the Moroccan Dar el Bacha palace in Marrakech. Some customers take the opportunity to strike a pose, some repeatedly and too many.
Totally the tai-tai or try to be tai-tai place to chill-away during the afternoon after shopping.
This is a 30-seater; with the ambience and amount people pay, customers may just linger and chat a while longer. Be expected to wait 30 minutes or even more during peak hour weekends.
While the coffee selection may look overwhelming at first, they do include the taste profile and strength, and the serving staff can guide you along to make a preferred selection.
The coffee starting at $9 may seem pricey at first, but it comes in a golden gooseneck pot, good for two to share.
Plus, there is accompanying raw sugar, cracked vanilla bean and signature Chantilly whipped cream you can add to enhance the taste profile.
The coffee I had (was a “Chocolate Hill”) was delicate and smooth, with an almost tea-like feel to it. I loved it.
You may do a double take of the pricing of the mains, with a Savoury Croissant priced at $18, and most the above $20 range.
While a set menu of a main course with coffee is priced at $29, it was not indicated clearly which items are considered “main courses” of the day and would lead to some confusion.
I had a Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffle ($24), which I would say was a decent rendition with moderate creaminess and distinct aroma of truffle.
But it won’t be something I would rave about and come back for, considering its price and portion.
Perhaps the more unique and Moroccan style dishes left a better impression, such as the Morrocan Chicken Pastilla infused with Rosenheim Coffee ($24), and Moroccan Kefta Meatballs accompanied with straw potato fries ($28).
Then again, they are not the strongest motivations why I would return to this place.
The Croissants ($8 for 2 pieces) come in varieties of Butter, 1910 Coffee & Chocolate, Lemon Croissant, Raspberry & Cinnamon, Pistachio and Orange Almond, though again its price could deter some.
During my first visit, I thought that the Raspberry & Cinnamon Croissant were delightfully crisp and fluffy, though those I had in another meal were more lacklustre.
Bacha Coffee can get quite crowded (thus noisy) due to its location and therefore takes away some of the peace you would like for an easy-going afternoon.
Its music selection, a mixture of anything from jazz, French to Moroccan, can be disjointing in terms of volume – sometimes soothing, other times loud.
Otherwise, I would so come back here again to indulge in coffee, some pastries, and enjoy a seemingly high SES lifestyle.
2 Orchard Turn, #01-15/16 ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)