Another new cafe near Tanjong Pagar?
The area is now bustling with new F&B entrants such as Alice Boulangerie and Cing Tea by 甲文青台湾 at Icon Village; Upside Down Coffee Roaster at Anson Road; Cotta, Delicatesse 巧彰, and Haven Coffee along Tanjong Pagar Road.
Located on the first floor of Eon Shenton – a mixed development of residential and commercial use, Abseil is the latest addition to the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood.
Seating space is pretty limited with 5 tables indoors, all aligned to the wall, facing the white coffee bar counter that spans across the entire room.
The space is entirely monochromatic with black furniture and coffee equipment against a white background. Stylish looking, I must say.
Everything looked sleek and neat, with the black La Marzocco espresso machine, coffee grinder machine and gooseneck coffee kettles for making pour-over neatly placed at the coffee bar counter.
Serving coffee beans roasted by All Day Roasting Company in Taiwan, the N.1 Blend uses coffee beans from 4 different regions of Colombia for their Espresso ($4.50), Black ($5), White ($5.50) and Tonic ($8).
With a single shot of espresso in my White ($5.50), it was medium-bodied with light and more refreshing with hints of apple, orange and nuts.
Filtered Coffee is also available here with seasonal beans from Guji, Ethiopia ($7.50); Huila, Colombia ($8) and Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia ($9).
For non-coffee drinkers, look out for the Infused tea ($7.50 – $11.50) selections.
The only dessert on their menu is the Dacquoise ($7) made up of layers of almond and hazelnut meringue with either whipped cream or buttercream on a buttery biscuit base.
Comes in 5 different flavours such as Earl Grey, Pistachio, Matcha, Passionfruit and Injeolmi, the Dacquoise are frozen beforehand and requires a good 10 minutes to thaw completely.
The Matcha Dacquoise ($7) came with dollops of matcha and cream cheese sandwiched between two meringue biscuits.
While I enjoyed the sweet meringue biscuits with a texture similar to a macaron shell, the sour cream cheese overpowered the earthly taste of the Japanese matcha.
Perhaps having yuzu with matcha will be a better pairing as the cream cheese didn’t really blend well with the matcha.
The Injeolmi Dacquoise ($7) came with 2 layers of Korean glutinous rice cakes sprinkled with roasted soybean powder will require an even longer duration to thaw.
This came with a delightful contrast in textures between the crunchy meringue biscuits and the chewy rice cake, complemented by nutty taste.
With a dimly lit space and a clean and sleek interior, Abseil can be a relaxing spot to spend a quiet afternoon in the middle of a bustling CBD.
Eon Shenton, 70 Shenton Way, Singapore 079118
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.