DFD has written about quite a good number of new and hidden cafes in Singapore, but this should probably take the cake of being out-of-sight.
Little WOLA Café is located at Jalan Kukoh, kind of near Clarke Quay and Outram (about a 15 minutes’ walk?).
There is a Jalan Kukoh Hawker Centre (or Kukoh 21 Food Centre) nearby known for its Handmade Teochew Kueh and Ri Tao Fu Pig Organ Soup.
The café is not the easiest to get to with no MRT stations nearby, located underneath flats which is a short climb up.
For Singapore’s standard, this is considered a sizable space, kids’ friendly and good for families to take a breather.
The place is also tastefully done up, as the café is related to “Wola” – a collective of brands and spaces for designers.
The menu was lean when I visited. Depending on the time of the day you visit, you may expect to have Carbonara ($14.90) with bacon, brussel sprouts and crispy lychee, Sanuki Udon ($9.90), a selection of Sandwiches, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Smoked Salmon Quiche, and Waffles with Ice Cream.
As I visited during teatime, most of the hot food were not available.
I decided to go for their best-selling Ondeh Ondeh Cake with an additional scoop of ice cream.
It was a decent rendition with fragrant coconut flakes and pleasant gula melaka sweetness, though the texture could be slightly on the dry side. Strange because according to the server it was “freshly out”, so I suspect it had something to do with the chiller and storage.
And so unfortunately the rustic Carrot Cake with walnuts did turn out to be crumbly, lacking in the moisture one would expect.
A selection of coffee such as Vanilla Latte, Hazelnut Latte, Butterscotch Latte, Caramel Latte,and Mocha Latte are available, affordably priced at $4.50. Do not expect latte art though.
Hard to get to, but it had a quaint, welcoming environment.
Little WOLA Café
8 Jalan Kukoh, #01-37, Singapore 162008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)