What does Love, Joy & Coffee remind you of?
It may remind people of cosy mornings, intimate conversations, and a sense of contentment that comes from enjoying simple pleasures.
Tucked away in a corner at Level 2 of Velocity @ Novena Square, the newly opened Love, Joy & Coffee café brings a warm and comforting presence to the bustling area of Novena.
It is actually sister café to Grace Espresso at River Valley which I have a soft spot for and written about when it first opened, though I was slightly surprised they chose to open in a mall. (The team used to helm Handcraft Coffee at Everton Park as well.)
Located near Liv Activ and a level below the food court side, it promises a cozy escape from the busy shopping center with its good coffee and charming interior.
The café opens its doors at 8am on weekdays and 10am on weekends, aiming to bring joy to the Novena community, one cup at a time.
Something to note is that the cafe’s configuration – it is slightly strange offering seating on different sides.
The young staff provided with recommendations and attentive service that is friendly without being intrusive.
The menu features a mix of Hoagie Rolls, Light Breakfast, and Brioche French Toast.
Hoagie rolls are a type of long, soft bread roll that is commonly used for making sandwiches, particularly in the United States – typically soft on the inside with a slightly chewy crust on the outside.
The Hoagie Rolls come with choices such as Dragonball Sub, Mustard Chicken, Yogurt Chicken, Truffle Mushroom, and Spicy Tuna, priced from $10.80 to $12.50.
I indulged in the Dragonball Sub ($11.80), a delightful serving of homemade meatballs in marinara sauce, topped with melted mozzarella.
Loved the softness of the bread and the overall flavours was rich and tasty, offering a sensation that pleasantly reminded me of pizza (without the crunchy base).
The Brioche French Toast also piqued my interest. With options like Beef Rendang, Creamy Mushroom Toast, Brekkie French Toast, or Dessert French Toast, priced from $14.80 to $16.80.
It was a tough decision (something else’s tough too), and finally settled on the Beef Rendang ($16.80) that came with homemade beef rendang with melted mozzarella cheese and scrambled eggs.
The bread had a slight sweetness that complemented the creamy eggs, though I found myself wishing some pieces of the beef were less dry and tough.
Love, Joy & Coffee presents itself as a cozy nook within Novena Square, where one can escape into a quieter world in a mall.
Love, Joy & Coffee
Velocity @ Novena Square #02-K9, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 5pm (Sat – Sun)