Coexist Coffee Co. at Hillview with its striking half-maroon half-white interior can be considered one of the most noticeable new café openings in Singapore in 2021.

Therefore I had a certain level of expectations when they opened another outlet at one end of Keong Saik Road, especially when I heard this would be in a blue colour.

Would this be a half-blue, half white design concept?

Not really, though I thought this was missed opportunity for a more consistent look and branding.

This branch has a different take of ‘co-exist’, with a varied daytime and night time menu to cater to the nearby Tanjong Pagar and Keong Saik crowd.

During daytime from 8:30am, you can expect to find a brunch menu consisting of coffee, toasts and croissants and desserts.

You can expect Toasts with Hummus ($10), Maple Pumpkin ($10), Salmon ($12), and Steak ($12); alongside Croissant filled with Peanut Butter & Jelly ($7), Tuna & Mayo ($8), Ham & Cheese ($8), Chicken & Raisin ($8), or Bacon & Eggs ($8).

Grain Bowl offerings start from 11am till 5pm, which may remind some of the likes of Grain Traders and Daily Cut.

However, I suspect not many would be aware that Coexist actually serves these lunch bowls due to its differentiated offerings at both stores.

I had a go at its Grain Bowl ($13) which included a base, protein, two greens, a topping and sauce. Additional base, protein, or green goes at $3 per serving, while premium proteins are at $6 per serving.

You may find varying components from Kimchi Fried Quinoa, Cajun Spiced Halibut, Grilled Flank Steak, Spicy Vegan Kebab, Roasted Broccoli with Dukkah, to Roasted Roots.

The Cajun Spiced Halibut was tasty with the inside of the fish is fresh-tasting, tender and flaky, while the outside was well-seasoned. The Kimchi Fried Quinoa was also a flavourful base with light, tangy kick.

Some people may find Grain Bowls too healthy and boring, but it need not be.

For desserts, there were choices of Tofu Semifreddo ($14) with half frozen tofu ice cream, lime caramel and lime crumble; and Deconstructed Tiramisu ($16) made with lady finger, “Coexist” espresso, mascarpone, spice chocolate, and chocolate thins.

Both were interesting, like something you may find in a semi-fine dining restaurant concept. I reckon it is because they wanted to move beyond the more brunchy-café items and be more sophisticated in offerings.

When it comes to night, they would have a selection of small bites and sharing food that goes together with their cocktail menu, meant for winding down after a hard day’s work.

While I liked some of the offerings here, I thought ironically this Coexist needed a clearer identity in terms of offerings, and a signature item or two. Perhaps it is also because the first outlet had a strong focus, and they wanted to move away from it.

Coexist Coffee Co.
1 Keong Saik Road, #01-02, Singapore 089109
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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