Parallel Cafe started with the objective of serving affordable artisanal coffee, as the owners who were two brothers “couldn’t find a good cup of coffee in Singapore for less than $5”.
So yes, you can still find artisanal coffee for $2.90 near the CBD.
In case you are thinking they are still at Duxton… they have moved a couple of times though, from One Raffles Place, Duxton, to its current location at Club Street.
There is another outlet at Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove.
Its coffee prices still remain inexpensive considering a central (and most likely rent-high) location. I was surprised to find an Iced Long Black for $2.90, and Iced Latte for $3.90.
Plus point: the hot and iced versions are of the same pricing – 7oz for hot drinks 12oz for iced.
This is especially when coffee shops around the CBD and town area are selling a dollar or much more (I ever paid $7+ for an Iced Black elsewhere).
There is a wider menu now comprising of all-day breakfast, mains, pastas, sharing plates, sandwiches, salads and acai bowls.
For the mains, there are options of Chicken Leg ($23), Fish & Chips ($23), Pan Seared Salmon ($31), Steak & Fries ($31), and Wagyu Beef Burger ($28).
The recommended Sandwiches are the Classic Ham & Cheese ($17), Club Sandwich ($19), and Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($17).
The Club Sandwich ($19) was a much better rendition than what I tried previously, with a substantial portion and filled with bacon, ham, fried egg, tomato, cucumber, mayo and sweet chilli sauce.
You can also choose a side of salad or fries.
The bread portion was buttery and deliciously toasty-crisp, with considerably generous ingredients and the vegetables helping to cut some of the greasiness.
In terms of all-day breakfast, have your fill from items of Eggs Benedict ($17), Parallel Big Breakfast ($21), Smashed Avo with Poached Eggs ($18), or Sourdough Toast ($8).
I had the Sourdough & Eggs ($13) – choose from sunny-side up, over-easy, poached or scrambled.
Their sourdough bread was denser than the usual – tasty, buttery with a delectable crusty layer. Now, where did they get their breads from?
I wished that the scrambled eggs were slightly more creamy.
Parallel’s Acai Bowls ($13) come with choices of Superstar, Antioxidant, or Amino Bowl.
I was recommended the Amino Bowl with a blended açaí base served with strawberries, blueberries, goji, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
There are no added sugars, syrups or sweeteners, and if you wish, you can request for a free topping of Australian organic raw honey.
The pricing when contrasted with other acai bowls is comparable. I liked the portion sizing, and that the blend was not too icy.
Coffee for its price was worth the short wait. The espresso blend can be described as complex layered, and full bodied, and I generally enjoyed the pleasant mix of flavour and acidity.
Perhaps I went during an off-peak hour, service was friendly and rather attentive, and they were pro-active in asking for feedback.
Parallel Cafe – Club Street
3 Club Street #01-00, Singapore 069001
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Parallel Cafe – Sentosa
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle #01-23A Singapore 098375
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sat), 7:30am – 1pm (Sun, PH)