At first glance, I thought that the logo of Naga House suspiciously reminded me of BAO from London.
One of the co-owners later revealed that he was indeed inspired by it, and based his initial sketched on the modern Asian-style small bites eatery.
Naga House located at Lor Telok is of walking distance from Boat Quay, and has a two-in-one concept of café by day and bar by night.
Their slogan is ”the start & end of a great night kinda place… “.
The team first started off in 2021 during the COVID-19 period when things were tough, managing simple cold-brew coffee business at the very beginning.
After they got many positive responses, they thought of expanding to a full concept incorporating food, music and fashion.
In terms of food, the Japanese-style menu is divided into Sandos, Gohan Bowls, some mains and sides. They are still trying out different flavors and combinations, with intention of introducing various seasonal menus.
If you would like a more filling meal, available are Flank Steak with Tamago Kake Gohan ($16), House-Fried Chicken with Tamago Kake Gohan ($14), Triple S with Tamago Kake Gohan ($12), Naga Pasta ($16), and Flank Steak ($20).
They recommended their Naga Pasta ($16) which is a fusion of the East and West, combining haebi (small shrimps) and kombu topped with a flowy onsen egg, and drizzled with chilli oil.
However, do note that while the menu states that the food is available from 10am to 9pm, the mains are in reality offered from 11:30am till 2pm for lunch time and 5:30pm till 9pm for dinner.
Are Japanese-inspired Sandos like introduced in every other new cafe now? Quite possibly.
On the menu are five types of sandwiches ($12 – $16) filled with flank steak, house-fried chicken, triple tamago, grilled triple cheese, and a triple S which represents spam, seaweed and sunny-side-up.
The Triple Tamago Sando ($12) caught my attention for having sunny-side egg, ramen egg and roasted garlic egg mayo in a single offering, all between slices of roasted garlic butter-toasted brioche.
The bread was fluffy with an aromatic garlic fragrance, and the mashed egg (tasted more hard-boiled than ramen egg though) was made more creamy and appetising with their house mayo and charred spam. Worth a try.
For sides to go with your drinks, go for the Onion Crisps ($8), Pram-Dusted Tater Tots ($12), Shichimi Truffle Fries ($12), Miso-Sesame Cucumber Salad ($8), or Kake Wings ($14).
While the shichimi added an addictive Japanese spice element to the shoe-string fries, the truffle component was also quite negligible? Did they forget to add it?
The Kake Wings with a mildly sticky sauced outer layer, was crispy – though could do with slightly more marination within.
The food generally feels promising, but possibly need some fine-tuning here and there.
Other than the usual coffee suspects, I was glad they offered other variants such as Dirty Matcha ($5.50, $6.50). Dirty Hojicha ($5.50, $6), and selection of in-house made Kombucha in refreshing flavours of Lychee Oolong ($7) and Goji Chrysanthemum ($7).
As the owners come from a fashion streetwear background, customers could find a small merchandise corner featuring brands from across the globe.
Naga House would also want to take the opportunity to introduce customers different genres of music, and future music events is in the works.
14 Lor Telok, Singapore 049027
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun