Professor Brawn Café is a social enterprise by the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) which provides job and social integration opportunities to people with special needs and the disadvantaged in society.
The other Professor Brawn outlets are at Pathlight School Campus 1 at Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, and Raffles Institution – this outlet is opened to staff, students, and affiliates only.
Over the largest outlet at Enabling Village (near Redhill), the bistro specifically employs staff with intellectual and hearing disabilities.
If you have not been to Enabling Village, it is a space that combines retail, lifestyle and training for disabled members of the community in an all-accessible public space.
Quite worth a visit if you need to find a quiet space, and you may be surprised that it even houses a supermarket and other shops within.
The nearest MRT station is Redhill, and would require a 10 to 15 minutes’ walk.
Even once you reach the village, Professor Brawn may be slightly hard to find, but do be patient and you will get to this cosy space with natural daylight, and warm, friendly service.
Interesting to note that the café has also partnered with Gong Cha, and offers a selection of drinks from the popular bubble tea brand’s menu.
The service was friendly and prompt, and food did not take too long to arrive.
If you are looking for a fuller meal, some Western style mains you can expect include Prof’s Signature Fish n Chips ($13.90), Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon ($18.90), Grilled Chicken with Truffle Sauce ($12.90), Pan Grilled Striploin Steak ($20.90), and Spaghetti Vongole ($14.90).
Sides include Rosti ($6.90), Potato Wedges ($5.50), Truffle Fries ($6.50), Crunchy Calamari ($7.90) and House Drumettes ($8.90).
If not, a selection of desserts, waffles, cakes, croissants, and muffins are also available.
I was recommended the Shepherds’ Pie ($16.90).
The dish was hearty and filling, comprising of mashed potatoes which were well-browned, with a minced beef in a savoury sauce. I did wish that the mix was saucier though.
The Battered Fish & Chips ($15.90) is also a popular favourite, with crispy golden brown batter and well marinated fish.
Also look out for The Art Faculty (TRF) which retails art and merchandise created by special talents with autism and related challenges.
Royalties from proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will also go to the artists. Do show them some support!
Professor Brawn Bistro
Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, Academy #01-17, Singapore 159053 (Redhill MRT 10-15 min walk)
Tel: +65 8321 2204
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat), Closed Sun