Just as I thought that Jalan Besar cannot get any more crowded with new cafes, there are a few that popped up just this month.
Other recent café openings at Jalan Besar include Lola Faye Cafe, Once Upon A Time (opened by actress Jeanette Aw), +886 Taiwanese Bistro, Asylum Coffehouse, For The People, Sweets Craftsman, to Café Monochrome.
Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen is found at a ‘hidden’ spot right within Jalan Besar Community Centre, of walking distance from Lavender MRT station.
Interestingly, it is located just next to a vaccination centre and there were people heading by for takeaways after their jab.
The one thing to note is their coffee is more on the wallet-friendly side, with an espresso priced at $2.
A Long Black is at $3.50, with no additional charges for an iced version.
Other coffee-based drinks include Flat White ($4), Latte ($4), Cappuccino ($4) and Mocha ($5).
For some tea, you can go for the Mingyue Gorge Purple Shoots ($5), Anxi Tie Guan Yin ($4.50), Ao Fu Hou Dancong ($4.50), Fujian Rougui ($4.50), Giddpahar First Flush ($4.50) and Darjeeling ($4.50).
There was a small selection of cakes available, from Sourcream Cheesecake ($6), Hazelnut Royaltine ($7), Green Tea Azuki ($6), Matcha Swiss Roll ($4.50) and Houjicha Swiss Roll ($4.50).
We previously tried the rolls from Parched, and preferred the Matcha Roll over the Hojicha due to the stronger tea fragrance.
The Yuzu Osmanthus Cake ($6) was a not-bad choice, of soft and fluffy layers of yuzu-soaked sponge cake, layered with fresh osmanthus whipped cream.
While the texture was quite appealing, I would personally prefer a stronger floral fragrance.
The Pecan Pie ($6) was surprisingly one of the better ones I had of late, tasted sweet (but not over), generously nutty and somewhat chewy with a buttery base.
Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen
Jalan Besar Community Centre, 69 Jellicoe Road #01-05, Singapore 208737
Tel: +65 9833 0858
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)