Parallel Coffee Roasters started with the objective of serving affordable artisanal coffee, as the owners “couldn’t find a good cup of coffee in Singapore for less than $5”.
Therefore looking at its menu, I was surprised to find an Iced Long Black for $2.90 and Iced Latte for $3.90. Especially when coffee shops around the CBD and town area are selling a dollar or much more (I ever paid $7+ for an Iced Black else where).
Plus point: the hot and iced versions are the same price.
The service was friendly and space welcoming – the interior has retained some features of the previous occupants which is stylish and contemporary Restaurant RIZU.
There is a lean menu with Sourdough Sandwiches, Pastries, Acai & Chobani Yoghurt Bowls, and Super Smoothies.
The recommended Sourdough Sandwiches are the Smoked Turkey, Classic Honey Chicken and New York Pepperoni (each $11.90), though I was enticed by the Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($6.00).
Perhaps there were some opening jitters which resulted in slow orders (my sandwich took about 40 min to come) and uneven food quality.
While sandwiches presented to other tables looked nicely crisp and tempting, the Grilled Cheese Sandwich I had would have fared better with slightly longer grilling for a more toasty-crisp, and better melt of the cheeses within.
Parallel’s Acai Bowls ($11.90) come with choices of Superstar, Antioxidant, or Amino Bowl.
I was recommended the Amino Bowl with a blended açaí base served with strawberries, blueberries, goji, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
There are no added sugars, syrups or sweeteners, and if you wish, you can request for a free topping of Australian organic raw honey.
The pricing when contrasted with other acai bowls is comparable. I liked the portion sizing, and that the blend was not too icy.
Coffee for its price was worth the short wait. The espresso blend can be described as complex layered, and full bodied, and I generally liked the pleasant mix of flavour and acidity.
Even though the location may be a short walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, I think as long as Parallel can get their operations nailed out, they would become a favourite haunt for many coffee drinkers with its affordable pricing.
Parallel Coffee Roasters (Duxton Hill)
39 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089617
Tel: +65 9750 8997
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Sat), 10am – 4:30pm (Sun), Closed Mon