Lau Pa Sat is no strangers to locals and tourists worldwide, being a food establishment that congregates many local eateries in a historical building right in the central district of Singapore.
There is a revamped section known as “Food Folks” that features local F&Bs and retail products, including 10 F&B brands focusing on Hawker, Street and Mod-Sin menus.
10 F&B brands you can expect there include Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient Shi Hui Yuan, Prawn Soup Ramen by Michelin-starred Chef Kang, GOPIZZA, Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles, Creme and Cone, QQ Rice and SMOL, The Grill Knife Smoke House, The Soup Spoon and Runes.
Take a look at their signage and you will notice a “S” shaped symbol, and you will probably wonder if they are pronounced as “Runes” or “Scrunes”.
In fact, it is none of the above.
The name of the symbol is “Jera”, also known as “J-rune” of the Elder Futhark, the oldest form of the runic alphabets.
It means Harvest, (good) year and signifies prosperity which is important to coffee plantations to deliver good quality beans for brewing coffee.
Decked in Scandinavian style in its interior, with simple, minimalistic natural elements such as natural light light and wood, there is only 1 table in the air-conditioned space and 3 high stools along their window.
Feel free to use the space within Lau Pa Sat, which can however be a little hot and humid on during the afternoons.
Fans of Glyph Supply Co. would have noticed the absence of the usual bulky espresso machine on the coffee bar counter.
Using the same under-the-counter Modbar espresso machine which is sleek and futuristic, it keeps the coffee counter clean and tidy without any obstruction for interactions between the diners and the baristas.
Here, the menu is short and concise, mainly focusing on espresso-based drinks without pour-over coffee, yet keeping the prices reasonable.
Using a single origin from Myanmar, espresso-based drinks include White ($4), Black ($3.50) and Batch ($3) with add-on such as Oat Milk (+$0.50), Upsized (+$1), Espresso Shot (+$0.50) and Iced (+$0.50).
My cup of White ($4) was well balanced with a smooth, medium bodied and darker roast, definitely what the CBD peeps will need on a hectic day.
For the non-coffee drinkers, non-caffeinated options include Matcha ($5), Chocolate ($5), Tea ($4.50) and Yuzu Soda ($7).
Do not expect matcha whisking here at Runes like those in Japanese teahouses, as the matcha was prepared beforehand before pouring steamed milk over.
I liked that my cup of Matcha ($5) was non-sweetened but it lacked in terms of the umami-ness and fragrance that most matchaholics would be looking out for.
For a fuss-free and affordable cup of artisanal coffee, Runes will definitely be one of the spots that if I am at Lau Pa Sat.
Runes Coffee Roasters
Food Folks @ Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, #01-04, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Wilmar International Limited Headquarters, 28 Biopolis Rd, Singapore 138568
Opening Hours: 8am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.