Jalan Besar is once again revived with new cafes and F&Bs lately.
The hood was bustling during the period where they were the home ground for many third wave coffee cafes in Singapore almost a decade ago. Like the OG café Chye Seng Huat.
Fast forward to the post-Covid era, the neighbourhood sees many new brands entering (well, many had also left the food industry).
Hamilton Road particularly has attracted many hipster cafes opening up in this short stretch.
Missus is the latest addition at Hamilton Road, a Muslim-owned 185 sqm bakery cafe with a full-scale central bakery next door.
The interior design is inspired by the owners’ travel experiences in Australia, with a laid-back and cozy ambiance in a vintage-inspired Victorian-style interior setting.
With a hand-painted Victorian arch mural at the entrance, equipped with vintage style furniture pieces, the entire cafe is painted in neutral and warm palette of terracotta, taupe, maroon, and pumice hues.
A good selection of bakes are available on display each day, such as Coconut Bun ($5), Sticky Pecan Bun ($5.50), Cinnamon Roll ($4.50) and Scones (Plain $5.50, Scallion Cheese $6).
Only 3 items are available all day on their menu, namely Granola Bowl ($11.90), French Toast ($14.90) and Kaya Cheese Toast ($9).
The French Toast ($14.90) came with a single block of brioche toast topped with strawberry and blueberry, and a dollop of homemade coffee caramel cream sprinkled with salted coffee nut crumbs on it.
The brioche toast was soft, moist and buttery, which complemented well with the earthly flavours of the coffee nut crumbs.
Drizzle some maple syrup over the toast to enhance the sweetness, which would bring out the nutty flavours of the coffee caramel cream.
The overall flavours reminded me of our local breakfast set with kopi and toast, except that it was in a more refined and upscale manner.
At 12 noon, a more comprehensive menu is available, ranging from sides such as Truffle Tater Tots ($12.50), Jalapeño Poppers ($11.90), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches ($13.90 – $22) and Plated desserts ($8.50 – $16.90).
The selection of plated desserts seemed interesting, with options such as Exotic Tart ($16.90), Churros ($11.90), Missus Sticky Buns ($8.50), Baked Ketaifi Cheese ($12) and Date Pudding ($12.90).
The soft & moist Medjool date cake came with coffee crumbs and homemade toffee sauce, a rendition that was not overly sweet, yet you can taste the subtle sweetness.
The scoop of vanilla ice cream added a pleasant contrast in temperature, incorporating some complexity.
With a cosy space and nicely executed menu, Missus would likely become the next hot favourite place to hang out and for cafe photo-taking.
16 Hamilton Road, #01-05 Singapore 209186
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon), 11am – 9pm (Wed – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Tues
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.