Cafe hopping should definitely part of your East Coast Plan, with the newest addition C Café at 477 Joo Chiat Road.
At C Cafe, the “C” refers to Cards, Choices and Connections, but I find their story too cheem and shall refer to it as Cardistry, Chill and Coffee instead.
The 40-seater space is white and minimalist, with a Magic Table in the middle of the cafe for the magic-enthusiast owners to pull a magic trick or two to interact with the diners.
Their menu is specially designed to look like a deck of cards, with brunch items such as Avocado on Sourdough Toast ($18), Breakfast for Champions ($24), Toasties – Chicken/ Leg Ham/ Smoked Salmon ($18) and Chicken on Waffle ($24).
There are also pastas, burgers and rolls available from 11am, and you can expect items including Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger ($24), Lobster Roll with Fries ($29.50), Aglio Olio Pasta ($23), and Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($26).
I had the vegan-friendly Avocado on Sourdough Toast ($18) that comes with options such as Honey Baked Leg Ham (+$3), Sous Vide Chicken (+$3), Smoked Salmon (+$3) and 2 Poached Eggs (+$3).
The Avocado on Sourdough Toast was considered well-made, and came with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for the extra crunch and feta cheese for additional flavours.
The highlight was the smooth and savoury hummus, which was made using cooked and mashed chickpeas, blended with garlic and lemon juice for dipping with the crunchy sourdough toast.
The poached eggs (+$3) was unfortunately overcooked and not as runny as expected. Perhaps opening-jitters.
For those seeking small bites instead of a full meal, Salad ($15 – $17), Chicken Wings (6pcs for $8, 10pcs for $12), Spam Slam ($10) and Truffle Shuffle ($12) are available.
Unlike most dessert menu featuring cakes and ice cream, C Cafe offers healthier options such as Chia Seed Pudini ($8), Greek Yogurt ($8) and Tropical Acai Bowl ($12).
I decided to go with the only “less-healthy” dessert which is the Hot Waffle ($14) that comes with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries and sliced banana as toppings, sprinkled with icing sugar and drizzled with maple syrup.
The waffle is not as crispy and fluffy as I expected, with a softer and chewier texture akin to that of a pancake.
Drinks-wise, expect the prices to be slightly more expensive as they only serve in 8oz cup for their Latte ($6.50) and Flat White ($6.50).
Using a 2-beans-blend (Brazil and Ethiopian) roasted locally, I chose the more uncommon Honey Latte (Hot $7/ Iced $7.50) which has a sweet and floral scent.
Suitable for those who prefer a less acidic coffee, the honey added balanced well with the acidity in the espresso without being overwhelming sweet.
Frankly speaking, I was quite excited to visit C Cafe because of the magic tricks that supposedly would be performed.
Went on three separate occasions and finally managed to witness the magic in action only the third time.
So depends on whether the magician is free or not.
477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)