For new cafés, maintaining their momentum from opening is one of the most important tasks.
This is obvious since Café Natsu has a second outlet now, in the little known but definitely familiar-looking Clemenceau Citadines Connect Hotel.
It is a stone’s throw away from Dhoby Ghaut and Fort Canning, just a few twists and turns away – next to Singapore Shopping Centre along Clemenceau Avenue.
The cosy vibes of Café Natsu (meaning “Summer”) remain alive in the new location. I recognised the same teal and orange elements that I saw during my previous visit to the Joo Chiat outlet.
Also, the bright and naturally-lit space is quite communal in nature.
In case you missed it that time, Café Natsu does Japanese-inspired brunch and sandos.
Comparing the menu at Clemenceau to the one in Joo Chiat, some of the dessert items have been cut back, but with a few new items in the mains section.
On the menu are mains such as Breakfast Plate ($26), Cereal Crusted French Toast ($22), Buckwheat Granola ($16), Florentine ($25), Shortrib Ragu Kare ($24), Shio Kombu Gnocchi ($22). The Cold Soba Noodle Salad (18) is not available at the Joo Chiat branch.
One of the new introductions is the Breakfast Plate ($26), your classic big breakfast with a few surprises like the Kurobuta pork sausage (which was rather juicy) and kombu beans.
Scrambled eggs, roasted tomato and avocado on toasted sourdough complete the plate.
Compared to the several big breakfast plates I had recently, Café Natsu’s take was pretty decent with creamy and milky scrambled eggs, and I enjoyed the tomatoes with a burst of sweetness.
Its vegetarian counterpart is the Veggie Plate ($26), which swaps out the meat with a soy bean sausage.
Another creation is the Shio Kombu Gnocchi ($22), which has a sweet and fleshy kabocha pumpkin filling. It comes together as a light and delicately umami combination, with the salt, seaweed and pumpkin together.
A popular item to get are the Sandos – available in Wagyu ($26) and Egg Mayo ($18) served with Togorashi Fries.
The fries were very addictive, though I wished the Egg Mayo Sando could be on par.
The bread was pretty generic and ordinary tasting (could be more buttery? fluffier?) and the fillings could with more flavours of sort as it was considerably bland-tasting overall.
Needing a sweet ending, this means I got to pick up the Kurozato Brown Sugar Tart ($12) for dessert.
A slice of it comes with pecans and vanilla cream – so overall it is more like a pecan tart. You are correct if it sounds sweet. Not bad, the price is definitely a little high for a slice though.
As far as East-meets-West brunch fare goes, Café Natsu is a safe bet. Service was great, prompt, at least better than the Joo Chiat side. Opps.
Cafe Natsu – Clemenceau
Clemenceau Citadines Connect Hotel, 182 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239923
Opening hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Cafe Natsu – Joo Chiat
283 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427537
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.