While Simple Café does not exactly serve Taiwanese food, it is known with its Taiwanese café vibes with Mando pop songs playing in the background.
Previously located at NEWest at West Coast Drive, it has moved to Crawford Lane of short walking distance from Lavender MRT station.
I wonder if the proximity to Taiwanese F&B shops such as Eat 3 Bowls and Feima Taiwan Stone Hotpot is one of the motivation to moving here.
With a few years of experience as home bakers after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Tokyo, co-owners Sheryl and Maisie have decided to open a brick-and-mortar shop.
Another friend of theirs is the in-house barista.
The trio wanted to provide a straightforward and fuss-free space where people can enjoy a sweet treat in their homely and cosy space.
This current space offers a more expansive menu with savoury items of Pumpkin or Mushroom Soup ($12), and Simple Breakfast served with bread, egg, chicken cheese sausage, salad, butter & jam.
I will say that most are here for their cakes and pastries, which are on the smaller and dainty side, with a Japanese flair to them.
The sweet treats include the best-selling Satsuma ($7), Lemon Tart ($9), Berry ($9), Hazel ($10), Mont Blanc ($10), Pear Tart ($7) and Hojicha Burnt Cheese Cake ($8).
The Berry ($9) continues to be the best-seller, which is a strawberry shortcake with alternating layers of fresh cream, strawberry bits and sponge cake.
The fresh cream was the highlight, light and fluffy without feeling rich, almost similar to the ones I had in Japan.
The Satsuma ($7) would also win many hearts, a fluffy and delicately sweet Swiss Roll with light fresh cream and Japanese sweet potato.
If you love cakes that are not too sweet, then this should be a place for you.
Their drinks menu is extensive, ranging from Espresso-based drinks in both Black ($4, Iced $5) and White ($5, Iced $6), Mocha/ Chocolate/ Uji Matcha ($6, Iced $6.50) to Tea ($5, Iced $6) such as Osmanthus Oolong and Earl Grey.
Using PPP Coffee’s Throwback 2-beans-blend from Brazil and Guatemala, the espresso-based drinks have a chocolatey and nutty taste.
While orange seems to be a common component used in coffee drinks nowadays, Simple Café opted for pineapple with their Pineapple Tonic ($8).
The espresso, pineapple jam and tonic water combination had a heady tropical aroma, with the coffee’s dark and bitter notes blending quite well with the bright fruitiness of pineapple.
While some new cafés do choose a more fanciful interior to attract the Instagram-focused customer base, I like how Simple Café manages to give things simple – just like its name.
You walk in here knowing you can have a quiet time, enjoy the treats, and strike up a conversation with the owners as though you are long-time friends.
Simple Cafe 簡單。
462A Crawford Lane #01-73, Singapore 191462
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 9am – 9pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon