Homeground Coffee Roasters started in 2017 as a pop-up shop, then a physical store at Joo Chiat, and now a two unit-shophouse space at 13, 15 Teo Hong Road.
This is probably where café goers will head to due to its aesthetics, food offerings, and coffee.
Other than a more central location, the relatively large café space near Outram Park MRT station (Exit H) includes both dining and retail services.
Focusing on a communal experience, the expanded dining area can now seat up to ten a table to encourage sharing.
There is also a large coffee bar also allows for many to watch their baristas at work – who are dressed in MUJI (my friend asked haha), and overall gives a contemporary meet down-to-earth vibe.
Reminiscent of home, the revamped menu is crafted for a communal affair, with a modern Asian twist for a unique, yet familiar experience.
Food is served in sharing plates format, with some of the stand-outs being Tajima Wagyu ($48 for 100g), Beef Tartare ($29), Baked Brie ($19), Pork Belly ($18), Quinoa Tofu Fritters ($12), Charcoal Grilled Chicken ($29), to Poisson en Paiolotte ($36).
Wanting something belly-warming, I ordered the Chorizo Kimchi Stew ($28) which was something like Korean Kimchi Stew topped with Spanish chorizo.
Indeed, it was comforting and flavourful at the same time, though I suspected the tanginess and spiciness one would expect has been toned down.
Also, I wished there was some toast to complete this dish.
The Cauliflower Steak ($20) was a pleasant surprise, with thick cauliflower slices buttered and roasted, made tastier with sesame and tempeh chips and housemade sauce.
There was a nice of smokiness, and the cauliflower though chunky was moderately soft with a good bite.
Accordingly, their proteins are grilled with Japanese Binchōtan charcoal which draws out the ingredients natural flavours, while adding texture and a light smoky flavour.
Other than the Lychee Rose Tart ($11), all their desserts are vegetarian.
The sweets menu features Coffee Cake ($15), Dark Chocolate Mille-Feuille ($18), Burnt Rice Coconut ($15) and Lime Cheese Parfait ($15).
I liked the open bar concept which allows more interactivity and coffee-lovers to watch how their drinks are made and smell their coffee, and also observe the different cups that their coffee will be served in.
The bar is evenly split to feature coffee made with immersion methods (mainly iced filter coffees) and coffee made with percolation methods using the Origami and Kalita drippers.
The coffee menu changes occasionally to reflect the best coffee of the current season, so you can discover a new favourite every time you come. Lovely space – I would come again.
Homeground Coffee Roasters
13 15 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088328
Tel: +65 8218 4285
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm (Thurs – Mon), Closed Tues, Wed