This new café Kizuna at Potong Pasir Ave 1 may sound like the new kid on the block, but it has a long ‘history’.
The existing space was previously occupied by “Shangri-La Confectionary and Delicatessen”, which is no stranger to the residents in the area as it has been around for more than 30 years.
The current 3rd generation had decided to step up and continue the “family’s legacy” revamping the entire space from a bakery to a café.
This serves as a place for people to bond and interact over a cup of coffee.
For the regulars who would miss their iconic bakes such as Tau Sar Piah ($1.60) that has been around since the days of the defunct bakery, worry not as they will be offered too.
Kizuna 絆 means “bond or connections between people” in Japanese.
It is also Japan’s “Kanji of 2011”, the year which the tsunami hits, summarising the Japanese’s spirit to unite and bond to overcome all hardships.
The interior is warm and cosy that resembles a home, with paintings hanging on the walls above sofa-like cushion seats and high table and stools on the other side of the cafe.
Their menu is mainly focused on pastries and coffee, with a small selection of Lunch Bowls available on certain days of the week.
Residents who are regular patrons for the past 34 years will be familiar with their Tau Sar Piah (1 for $1.60, 3 for $3.80), Awesome Banana Bread ($4.80), Brownie and Scones.
I happened to visit on the day when the Ceviche Lunch Bowl ($15.80) was available and decided to go for it.
The Ceviche Lunch Bowl ($15.80) is served with tuna, swordfish, nori, shoyu, black sesame seeds, tobiko and a dollop of wasabi by the side.
Unlike their Peruvian counterpart with a distinctive citrus-ness in their marination which is known as Tiger’s Milk, the version at Kizuna was more Japanese Chirashi-like using a shoyu-base sauce.
This can be a little confusing as the Ceviche Lunch Bowl is not Peruvian-style, yet the shoyu was a little overwhelming for a Japanese chirashi don.
On the other hand, I enjoyed the subtle citrusy notes from the Yuzu and the thick cuts of tuna and swordfish that is chewy with more textures.
Small bites such as Mini Croissant Sandwich ($7.80 for 2) are available with flavours such as Egg Mayo, Ham & Cheese and Slipper Lobster Mayo (additional $3).
The Slipper Lobster Mayo (additional $3) is refreshing and comes with chilled diced slipper lobster meat marinated in a mixture of mayonnaise, pepper with a tinge of lemon zest, topped with tobiko for the additional crunch.
Coffee is available in Black (Single shot $3/ Double shots $4), White (3oz $4/ 5oz $5/ 7oz $6), Cold Brew (Black $6/ White $7) with a choice of Oat Milk (additional $1).
Using coffee beans roasted by Paradise Coffee Roasters, a 2-beans-blend by the name of Mr. Brownstone (Brazil and Ethiopia) is used in their espresso-based drinks.
Their Cold Brew (Black $6, White $7) is steeped for 24 hours, and on the lighter note.
Taste0wise, it was not as milky with distinctive brighter and lighter berries notes (slightly acidic); had a lighter body with a cocoa and nutty finish.
Interestingly, the Coffee Jelly ($2.80) on the menu caught my attention.
Served in a 100ml cup with espresso jelly using the same 2-beans-blend used in their coffee, it was refreshing and complemented well with the rich, velvety milk cream.
Even though the Shangri-La Confectionary and Delicatessen is no longer around, Kizuna wants to continue the legacy to “Kizuna” with residents in the area for the past 34 years, serving both old-school bakes and hipster artisanal coffee.
148 Potong Pasir Ave 1, #01-37, Singapore 350148
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.