Craftsmen Specialty Coffee has left a deep impression after the first time I visited. At that time, it was still new and carried only coffee, cakes and pastries. Just months after, it has developed a delectable menu with ingredients flown in from Europe, delighting the brunch crowd. It is still a great place to chill and it has retained its standards in coffee.
LOOK & FEEL
Despite it being crowded this time I visited, the cafe did not lose its charm.
It has also expanded its retail corner with a gallery of artisanal beers.
FOOD & DRINKS
I had a taste of its Picolo Latte since I had started to fancy less milk in my coffee these days. It was rather acidic in comparison to the ones I usually adore, but it was balanced by its chocolatey and rich flavours.
We went for one of the most popular options, the Thick toast with smoked salmon, guacamole and eggs. The toast, with its fresh crisp, matched perfectly with the softness of the salmon and scrambled eggs. I loved their scrambled eggs as it was soft and creamy, which melted in the mouth instantly. The taste of the salmon got fishy after a while but the avocado dip neutralized the heaviness of the dish. Overall it was a good combination of texture and taste.
The 3 tier Brioche stole us from the previous dish almost immediately with its fragrant bread and great taste. The delicious grilled ham and cheese and a slice of the perfectly poached eggs blended into a heavenly mash on the palette. This is the kind of taste that would lure us back for brunch frequently.
I was surprised when the owners offered for us to try their Hot Chocolate. This is one drink that most cafes don’t pay much attention to, and for them to recommend, there must be some good stuff in there. Sure enough, it was made with quality cocoa powder and nicely steamed creamy milk. This would be the best alternative to coffee for all the non-coffee-lover friends.
The Waffles scored in its presentation but to our disappointment, the taste was less than impressive. We liked the chocolate hazelnut ice cream but the combination with the sliced strawberries just didn’t cut it. The waffles would have been better with a slightly more fragrant mix and crispier texture.
IN A NUTSHELL
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee will continue to be one of my top choices in the East area, especially now that they have expanded their brunch menu. I would recommend this as a great eastside-getaway, especially on the quieter days to enjoy the tranquillity of the cafe at max.
Thank you Craftsmen Specialty Coffee for the invitation.
*Menu subjected to change