A “Wabi-Sabi” design inspired coffee bar, Monday Coffee Bar would probably be what you need for a quiet afternoon getaway to cure Monday blues.
At Block 421, it is a fair bit of distance away from all the hustling and bustling activities.
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The Japanese term “Wabi-Sabi” refers to, quote google search, “finding beauty in imperfection”.
When applied to interior design, the trend ideology is to maintain simplicity while incorporating use of natural materials in its space.
While not exactly spacious with a capacity of less than 10, the place is decked with light wooden tones coffee bar counter and furniture, white-washed walls, and warm lightings.
Further decorated with dried floral arrangements to characterize that cosy laidback, slow-living vibes.
They serve mainly Japanese-inspired “sando” (sandwiches) with flavours such as Smoked Chicken ($7.50), Luncheon Tamagoyaki ($6.50), Sweet Potato ($5.50).
I had their signature Chicken Katsu ($7.50) which came with crispy thick oven-baked chicken cutlet, assembled with multigrain toast, chopped lettuce greens, and spread with maple nut sauce.
Their maple nut sauce left an impression, which imbued a sweet nutty taste profile to go along with crispy chicken.
On the same price scale, their Smoked Salmon ($7.50) with cream cheese and dill fell slightly short of expectation in terms of size and flavour.
I usually prefer more decadent sandwiches and I thought this could use a bit more dressing or maybe sourish tinge to elevate the flavour. Pickles or capers perhaps?
Their coffee beans are supplied by Dutch Colony and uses single origin beans from India which has a nutty chocolate profile.
I personally prefer their coffee in Black ($4) than White ($4.50), as the coffee tasting notes was slightly overshadowed when done in milk-based beverages.
For non-coffee drinkers, there are also beverages such as Chocolate ($5), Genmaicha Latte ($4.50), Yuzu Sencha Cold Brew ($4).
By the way, you can also purchase any sando to go along with hot beverages at $9.50 from Monday to Friday. Good deal.
Monday Coffee Bar
421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560421
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6.30pm (Mon – Fri), 9.30am – 6pm (Sat, Sun)
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.