The bustling Tiong Bahru area known for many cafes is seeing new additions to the neighbourhood.
The latest kid on block is Sevens Kissaten, opened by the Sevens Group – a real estate developer and thus the name.
Sevens Kissaten is the Japanese tearoom during the day.
The entire space is closed at 5.30pm to convert to a Kappo-Style Omakase – Sevens Kappo during dinner time.
Kissaten (喫茶店) literally means “tea-drinking shop”, is a Japanese-style tearoom that also functions as a cafe or coffee shop.
Unlike a traditional Kissaten with a dimly-lit interior, antique furniture and old chinaware coffee cups, Sevens Kissaten has a more modern take using light wooden furniture pieces.
The space is also brightly lit with sunlight shining through the huge glass panels and multiple Japanese hanging lanterns that give a zen touch.
Their Japanese-inspired menu includes a selection of Appetizers ($8 – $16), All Day Breakfast ($19 – $48), Yakimono ($12 – $58), Rice & Pasta ($16 – $42), Dessert ($7 – $15), Japanese Tea ($7 – $8) and Coffee ($5 – $8).
All their items on the menu is different from those at Sevens Cafe.
These include All Day breakfast ranging from 7S Breakfast ($32), Avocado Salmon Baguette ($23), Onigirzau ($23), Chateaubriand Katsu Sando ($48), Mentai Dashimaki Baguette ($21), Wagyu Hamburg Yogan ($29) and Chicken Stew Thick Toast ($19).
The 7S Breakfast ($32) sounded intriguing, though with a seemingly high price tag.
This is their breakfast done ‘omakase’ style with various rotating components such as sashimi, Japanese egg roll, grilled meat, Tori karaage, pork belly, and rice served ochazuke style.
The set reminded of my breakfast during stays in some Japanese ryokan and hotels.
While the variety would please those who would enjoy a bit of everything, some components tasted rather ‘basic’ in terms of taste and could be either more refined or homely – they possibly got to think where this should skew towards.
I had the Onigirazu ($23), an open-faced Japanese rice ball sandwich that is not squeezed tightly into a traditional round or triangular shape, served with pickles, salad, chawanmushi and a bowl of miso soup on a wooden tray.
The onigirazu comes with unagi, tamago, sliced cucumber and mayonnaise layered and wrapped with Japanese rice and dried seaweed.
The components were decent and considered well-balanced in terms of flavour, from the sweet-savoury unagi to the creamy mayonnaise, but wished that ingredients such as ikura can be added to make it more refined.
My own gripe is the price tag of $23 for a Japanese rice ball. My dining friend found the simple and comforting yet seemed pretty-easy to assemble.
I personally preferred the desserts section. The Japanese tearoom served a good selection pf plated desserts such as Matcha Monaka ($12), Wasanbon Pudding ($9), Hojicha Cream Cheese Cake ($12), Ogura Toast with Ice Cream ($15), 7S Parfait ($12) and Matcha Creme Brûlée ($11).
The Hojicha Cream Cheese Cake ($12) comes beautifully plated with matcha powder and matcha drizzle for more umami-ness.
Infused with roasted green tea for the popcorn-like earthly taste, the hoiicha cream cheese cake was rich and smooth, with distinctive notes of bitterness.
Topped with a dollop of Azuki red beans to balance off the bitterness from the hojicha, gold dust was sprinkled with berries added on the side.
The 7S Parfait ($12) comes in 3 different flavour – Matcha/ Vanilla/ Salt in a tall glass.
Served with a kinako warabi mochi, gold dusted chocolate chips and Azuki red beans with a single scoop for matcha ice cream, there was a pleasant mix of textures within a cup.
The matcha taste was not overpowering, though matchaholics would prefer a more robust version.
Serving both specialty coffee ($5 – $8) roasted by Glyph Supply Co. and Japanese Tea ($7 – $8), the latter comes with options such as: Momotaro ($7), Matcha ($7), Melonamanpaku ($7), Kokuyuzukukicha ($7), Ume-Ume ($7) and Milky Popcorn ($7).
At 5.30pm daily, the cafe area will be closed, leaving the 5 seaters bar counter open for diners who reserved their Omakase menu.
If you are keen on their Omakase, 2 menus are available at Sevens Kappo, a 9-course Omakase set for $238 or an add-on menu at $280.
58 Seng Poh Road, #01-15, Singapore 160058 (Tiong Bahru)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)