Parallel Kitchen & Bar has a second home in the tranquil Sentosa Cove area, which is in addition to their Club Street outlet.
The brand started with the objective of serving affordable artisanal coffee, as the owners who were two brothers “couldn’t find a good cup of coffee in Singapore for less than $5”.
The outlet in town uses clean, bright tones to decorate the café and reflect its casual setting.
Instead, Parallel chose a much more modern and sleeker look for the Southern outlet, complete with faux-marble tables, and white-minimalist look.
A dark brown feature wall which is sometimes seen on Instagram, makes up one end of the space.
Differences in aesthetics aside, what really matters is the menu.
There are similar items between both locations, but more sharing plates and mains here. There are pasta dishes available from 11am, such as Aglio Olio ($23), Seafood Arabbiata Linguine ($28), and Bacon & Mushroom Carbonara ($23).
Sharing plates for the table include California Scallops ($26), Hand-Battered Calamari ($21), King Prawn Gambas ($26) and Mussels in Cream ($24).
The Long Black ($2.90) and Flat White ($3.90) have retained their surprisingly inexpensive price, despite the market prices in the expensive Sentosa area.
No complaints from me though.
The espresso blend can be described as complex layered, and full bodied, and I generally enjoyed the pleasant mix of flavour and acidity.
There are a number of filter coffee brewed from beans specially sourced from South America, Asia and Africa.
Going straight to the food section, you may want to do with some breakfast and brunch.
On the menu are items of Avocado & Eggs ($25), Big Breakfast ($28), Breakfast Burger ($22), Classic Rosti ($26), Corned Beef Hash ($26), to Eggs Benedict ($24).
Pricing for food is comparatively on the higher side. For example, the Eggs Benedict is priced $18 over at Club Street, but the Sentosa outlet included pulled pork within as well.
The Club Sandwich ($26) stacks pulled pork and grilled chicken with other components to produce a savoury bite with just a little kick from the jalapenos.
The Ham & 3-Cheese Sandwich ($24) uses cheddar, camembert and mozzarella for a complex blend of flavour to elevate the simple ham and cheese to the next level.
Land yourself a plate of Classic Rosti ($26), served with Italian bratwurst, tomatoes, mushrooms and poached eggs. The golden-brown potato pancake, paired with a deluge of sides, can make up a delightful brunch.
I was slightly surprised that the Shakshuka Baked Eggs ($26) wasn’t served in a cast-iron pan like that usual.
The eggs baked in the tomatoes, onions, and peppers make for a dip for the toasted brioche slices.
Though the sauce overall lacked of a punch and robustness to make it a heartier item that I would have enjoyed better.
Sweet things may be hard to miss too, especially when the menu makes them sound so alluring.
The Banele with Vanilla Gelato ($12) is exactly that. Marketed as “banana bread meets brownie meets canale”, the dense and cakey sweet dessert is best left for you to try for yourself.
There is quite a relaxing vibe when dining here, perhaps not as boisterous as the restaurants around. And there is always good coffee at $2.90.
Parallel Kitchen & Bar – Sentosa (Quayside Isle)
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle #01-15 Singapore 098375
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Thurs), 8am – 8pm (Fri – Sun)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.