Luxe Singapore

Singapore / Outram Park

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Situated in The Working Capitol, Luxe is a Sydney based cafe that offers Australian cuisine with a unique Asian twist. Luxe's unpretentious service, awespiring interior and the simply delicious food is summed up by their logo, a big red heart. 

Interior & Ambience 

Luxe's first touch point with you has got to be their iconic door. The heart shape handle's simplicity and classiness immediately leaves an impression on you. 

Inside, you'll be greeted with a modern contemporary design that sets a comfortable ambience for a late brunch with friends. There's also a long brass table bar that will definitely be the limelight when they start serving cocktail at night. 

Situated at the corner is their open kitchen and wine cellar. I'm personally a fan of the open kitchen concept. The feeling of being able to see your food prepared before you is simply intriguing, especially when you are a fan of cooking. 

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The long tables also facilitates big group gatherings.  

The long tables also facilitates big group gatherings.  

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Food & Drinks

Having been to Perth, we are no stranger to Australian cuisine. Luxe brings exactly that to Singapore. I ordered the Eggs Benedict Prosciutto Hollandaise and topped it up with sautéed spinach. I always felt that spinach goes well with eggs benedict after having one at a cafe (I forgot which) and I will always add it whenever I have a choice. This dish was done perfectly. The eggs were poached well and the prosciutto accompanying the dish offered better flavor compared to normal ham used in normal eggs benedicts. The slightly acidic hollandaise sauce was also to my liking. 

Eggs Benedict Prosciutto Hollandaise

Eggs Benedict Prosciutto Hollandaise

That moment when you break it..... 

That moment when you break it..... 

Aussie Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cumin Roast Tomato, Pork & Fennel Sausages, Avocado, Mushrooms 

Aussie Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cumin Roast Tomato, Pork & Fennel Sausages, Avocado, Mushrooms 

A good breakfast platter is getting hard to come by since almost every cafe offers them nowadays. It usually comes in either disappointing portion, bad scrambled eggs, or poorly toasted bread. 

We ordered Luxe's Aussie Breakfast to try as we wanted something filling. It came with a generous portion and it was made up of my favorite breakfast wants. It came with good scrambled eggs which was soft, creamy and smooth. The bacon was seared just right without it being too hard. The mushrooms were seasoned perfectly. I guess this is what you call an Aussie Breakfast. 

We also ordered the cappuccino which was on point. 

Cappuccino  

Cappuccino  

In Short

If you want to experience a true Aussie cafe experience, you can go to Luxe Singapore. The ambience, sincere service and great food will definitely give you a great experience. Perhaps, it might make you want to travel to Australia too! Totally reminded me about my Perth Trip

Luxe Singapore

1 Keong Saik Road #01-04
Singapore 089109

Opening Hours
Tue-Fri: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat: 9:30 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Afterwit

Singapore / Bugis

Afterwit is a term for the should-have thoughts that comes after a complex scenario, like a quarrel. This cafe, by the same guys from indie Working Title, is a space that inspires afterwit before the complex moment happens. To complement that, they have a periodic table worth of drinks to fuel the inspirations.

Interior & Ambience

It is a compact space with really kickass wall arts. With mainly ambient lights and spot lights, it can be quite dim but sufficient for working on laptop.

Food & Drinks

Out of the whole list of drinks, we wanted to try the bolder options, like Sabai Sabai, a Thai milk tea shake. The description was very alluring, and it was indeed quite an exciting taste for the palate. Unfortunately it didn’t sustain till the end of the drink, something about it was just not right.

Some of the drinks were just replay of the usual and nothing to rave about. At least the coffee here is reliable, taste was mild and balanced.

Chicken Chipolata Croissant

The Chicken Chipolata Croissant was a good bet, crispy, soft and buttery, our taste buds approved. The soft chipolata sausage was a complement.

We also had the Brunch Burrito. The skin wrap of this burrito had a special taste – like a book, don’t ask us how, but it did, and we are not sure if people would appreciate this taste. Thankfully the things in there were quite tasty.

We might have too many Eggs Benedict in our lifetime, but it didn’t hurt to get one more. The Brioche was the highlight, soft and crispy. However we noted the chosen ham was rather tasteless and the eggs were slightly undercooked. Probably a ham that is saltier will work better and the consistency for the eggs had to be better supervised.

The Spicy Honey Wings turned out to be a simple fare, might not be value for money to some but the taste was fine.

I especially loved the Mussels Marinara for its tomato sauce, I was literally drinking out if the bowl. However the mussels that day were not the freshest and relied heavily on the sauce to mask the fishy taste.

In Short

Just weeks into its operations, we were lucky to have an early preview of their potential. Some hits and misses at their start but the food should be fine tuned in time to come. If you are in the area of Kampong Glam and is tired of the same few cafe hunts, try this for a change.

Thank you Afterwit for hosting us.

 

AFTERWIT

778 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198746
T: 6299 3508

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

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The Hangar

Singapore / Bugis

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The Hangar is a casual cafe in a cosy shophouse at Arab Street, opened by a passionate coffee enthusiast from Australia. Besides serving up Sexy Coffee, they are also greatly involved in the art scene, with gigs happening on various weekday nights.

Interior & Ambience

It has a bold branding, pretty much in the  indie way, and distinct from the other cafes in the area.

Its raw and scrappy interior and furniture gave it the edginess it attempts to create.

The ambience is extremely casual, and the staff are friendly and personable.

On a hot day, especially these days, the AC are slightly too weak and it can get slightly uncomfortable.

Food & Drinks

Coffee here is good, I must say. The coffee machine is apparently an antique, but provides a high consistency and customizability for the barista. The resulting taste verifies that.

I though the menu was pretty legit, with the regular suspects like big breakfast, toasties, and waffles all present.

Decided to go for something light, picked off a few of my favourite indulgence like sausage, eggs and mushrooms to make my own ala carte dish.

Unfortunately it wasn’t really up to mark. The scrambled eggs was hardly one at all and the sausage was slightly uncooked. I don’t doubt the cafe’s genuineness but there’s definitely more to work on for their food.

In Short

I like The Hangar for its laid-back environment, where you can drop your guards and break into conversations easily with anyone. The coffee is great, and the cafe has great potential to become the next contending coffee brand.

 

The Hangar

25 Arab Street
Singapore 199724
T: 6291 0127

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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