Minimalist cafes continue to be ‘IN’.
SYIP (pronounced as “sip”) has joined the other hipster cafes at Owen Road in the Farrer Park area, with close neighbours such as Old Hen Kitchen (Owen Road), Daizu Café (Rangoon Road), Brunches Café (Rangoon Road), and Mosanco Enchanted Café.
There will also be a new SYIP at Luzerne Building (in between Boon Keng & Bendemeer MRT stations) that will be opened 8 November 2022.
The Bendemeer branch serves a slightly different menu, consisting of all-day brunch, mains and desserts such as The Breakfast Tart ($21), Octopus Mentaiko Rosti ($23), Grilled Truffle Cheese Toastie ($18), Mentaiko Shrimp Burger ($20) and Kaya Butter French Toast ($17).
The idea of SYIP came about as the owners (who are two sisters) wanted to create a minimalistic lifestyle concept cafe for people to syip (sip!) and dine during these unprecedented times.
Another interesting aspect: their names both start with “S” with family name “Yip”. If your surname is Yip, you would probably be tempted to go take an #OOTD there.
The sisters first started with Soft Peaks Bakery, a home-based bakery focusing on tiramisu, and gradually gained experience and confidence in starting out a café with physical space.
Lovely space that is clean, white and cosy, but can be possibly echoey with the hard surfaces – so do talk softly there.
Apart from serving an all-day brunch menu, they offer their own in-house desserts, specialty coffee and other signature drinks.
There are five main brunch items – SYIP Big Breakfast ($18), Burrata French Toast ($22), Avocado on Toast ($14), Creamy Chicken Scrambled Egg Croissant ($16), and Steak on Eggs ($26).
Also available are two rice bowls topped with Mentaiko Chicken ($15) and Wagyu Beef ($20); along with pasta dishes of Ikura Kombu Capellini ($16) and Seafood Rose Linguine ($19).
I must say this café is off to a positive start as the Creamy Chicken Scrambled Egg Croissant ($16) created with a flow-down effect with croissant covered with creamy chicken and scrambled egg, was pretty appetising.
Let’s be honest here: there are many brunch cafes which offer scrambled eggs, but not that many have that rich and luscious texture.
Of course the house-made cream sauce helped gave that buttery mouthfeel, and the accompanying mushrooms were also soft.
Despite the item tasted after dabao, the croissant maintained relatively crisp, so I think this would probably score even better in dine-in conditions if they keep the quality consistent. (Something to note: I was the only customer though waiting time was on the longer side.)
The Tiramisu is offered with two versions – $7 for the non-alcoholic, or $10 with Kahlua.
If you are of age to consume alcohol, then just get the Kahlua Tiramisu ($10) with the dessert plated.
I was initially warned that the alcohol flavour could be more intense than usual, but I thought it was just-nice (lol) with a strong coffee in the ladyfingers, complete with smooth, velvety mascarpone cream.
Though get someone to share this, as it can get jelak (rich) after a while, or you may just want to save calories for other drinks as quite a number come with cream.
Their signature SYIP Coffee ($6.50, $6) is topped with a thick layer of whipped cream which can be eaten on its own for a sweet punch or sipped together with the coffee for a balanced taste. Beans are sourced from Compound Coffee Co.
Also possibly instagrammable is the Ice London Fog ($7.50) created with three layers of strawberry puree, black tea and whipped cream.
Reminded me of what some bubble tea shops are offering, though I wished for a bigger or taller cup.
SYIP is very promising; and the second outlet would be more industrial yet minimalist, staying rooted to their brand’s initial vision.
SYIP – Farrer Park
79 Owen Road Singapore 218895 (Farrer Park MRT)
Tel: +65 91157806
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
SYIP – Bendemeer
72 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building #01-05, Singapore 339941
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun) (opening 8 Nov 2022)