Foodies at Novena should be familiar with La Ristrettos Coffee Roastery, a humble brunch and coffee place located within Novena Medical Centre.
Their team has just launched Black Cherry Roastery at Bijou, taking over the space where The Kins’ Specialty Coffee used to be.
This Italian-inspired café offers primarily Italian dishes such as Pastas, Risotto, Bruschetta; coffee and a lean breakfast menu during the weekends.
You can find the café just next to Pasir Panjang MRT, occupying a large ground floor space with great ventilation and openness.
With that said, this place is still considerably under-the-radar and I was the only customer both times I visited.
It didn’t help that they are located at a corner unit surrounded by restaurants by another group (the Xchange Group), with little footfall coming to this part of the island.
Unless you purposely make a trip there.
During the weekends, diners can get a late breakfast in as it is served till 3pm.
Focus on the titular Big Cherry ($22), your standard English breakfast-like spread with Sourdough toast, streaky bacon, and greens. The sausage used is not just any other, but a pork Salsiccia sausage.
The French Toast ($18) is the next in line, done partly sweet and partly savoury.
The toasted brioche is made rich with melted cheese and sweetened with a mixed berry compote, topped with addictive homemade granola.
The combination of cheese and compote is a good design, rather than the more common purely sweet version of French toast. However, some may find the cheese fillings too rich, and I thought that there could be more sweet elements.
The Italian Ricotta Cheese Pancakes ($17) is the last breakfast you can have for now. Like the French toast, the sweet and savoury mix of ricotta and maple syrup works wonders.
At lunch time, make sure to get some of the starters. featuring Chargrilled Vegetables ($13), Hand-cut Potatoes ($10), Fried Calamari ($13), Meatballs ($12), Burrata Salad ($19) to Cold Capellini ($17).
The herb-infused Porchetta ($13/$18) has a good crackling and tender meat, served with a side of truffle mustard.
If you prefer pasta and risotto, there are the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara ($18), Pasta Kurobuta ($20), Braised Beef Cheek Ragu ($21) and Signature Crab & Clam Risotto ($20) prepared with rich clam broth and white wine.
While the Pasta Kurobuta ($20) came in a good portion with home-made tomato sauce, I thought that the grilled pork was slightly on the tough side – unfortunately.
Other mains featured include Chicken Alla Diavola ($19), Chargrilled Pork Rack ($19), and Steak Florentine ($89).
Overall, the dining experience was pleasant with friendly and prompt service, hearty dishes with generous ingredients. Looking forward to when they have a fuller breakfast menu.
Good to know that they roast their own coffee in-house, selection beans from some of the best regions in South America (such as Brazil and Honduras) to the African continent (Uganda).
Black Cherry Roastery
4 Jalan Mat Jambol, #01-09, Singapore 119555
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues