We are always on the look out for interesting cafes to visit whenever we are looking for good food. And very often, we only visit a cafe once and we’ll be hopping to another cafe for a different experience the next time round. Personally, I seldom revisit any cafe unless I’m really fond of something there. And here’s the 3 things a cafe need in order to keep me coming back.
1) Great service
And by great service I mean no waitress/waiter giving you the black face. As if you’ve owe them money if your previous life. I mean, I was in the service line before. And your customers wouldn’t bother if you’re having a bad day. You’re on the front line, don’t ruin someone’s day or experience at the place you are at by letting your negativity spill over.
2) Great food
The memory was something delicious definitely will make me come back for more. Like a delectable creamy runny yolk or soft and fluffy waffle. Great food always need to come with good service I feel. Personally, I will never go back to a place that has bad service. For some, the quality of the food matter more than the service quality. That I don’t deny, its a personal preference kind of thing I’d say.
3) Acceptable price
Cafehopping is a bad bad hobby that burns a hole in your pocket without knowing it. Those who already have a stable source of income wouldn’t mind spending. But, my mindset is this, how can I keep coming back when each time I come back I need to spend $40 – $50? If I come back every week, I would have spent $200?! If I don’t come back again, maybe I could visit another 2-3 more cafes?
Here’s are some cafes that I’ve visited recently! If you’re looking for one to visit, probably you can refer to my list!
26 evans lodge
t: +65 6735 5647
Located just opposite the MOE sports division, its rather inaccessible via public transport I’d say. But the waffles are really yummy. In fact, I thought it was on par with Wimbly’s. Wimbly’s waffle has always been a benchmark for me. The coffee is good as well. Though the cafe is small, it has a cosy feeling. There isn’t any classic eggs benny, but the sandwiches are great though. Not to mention, the people there have friendly smiles! About $35 worth of food in the picture.
Address: 158 Kallang Way #01-06
Tel: 6743 6893
Situated in the industrial area, this place is probably good for those who works around the area. The carbonara was awesome, the fish and chips was nasty though, tasted like it was fried in reused oil. I really liked my piccolo latte though. We all agreed that if we were in the area, we would probably come back to have their coffee. And well, they operate using a slip of paper to indicate your choice of food. Then you’d have to go to the counter to make your purchase. You don’t need to pay first though, after your food you’d have to make another trip to the counter to make payment. For me, I’d prefer to make payment when I place my order. Much easier isn’t it? Don’t need to make one more trip. About $60 worth of food here!
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00
Like my friend said, common man at uncommon price. These entire meal cost about 80plus close to 90. Perhaps the price tag was higher due to the generous amount of rocket leaves and organic ingredients they used. No doubt the dishes were delicious, the service was fantastic as well. One of the people there actually came by to check with us how was the food. Well, I guess they cater more the working crowd with the ability to spend. Especially when they are located in an expensive living area. I like how they kept their sugar in an enclosed bottle too, keep it clean I feel.
Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6223 3426
I find myself constantly recommending this place if any of my friends ask for cafe recommendations. I really like it as it possess all 3 factors that I look for in a cafe. The herb waffles taste constantly lingered in my mind! The prices there are without GST and service charge as well. The menu is nothing fanciful, but it definitely has what it takes to keep me coming back.
15-2 Jalan Riang
Tel: +65 6289 1489
This place has mainly sweet stuff. And their main attraction is definitely their waffles. Soft and fluffy, the yumminess is indescribable! Its a pity that they only serve their brunch menu on weekends. Their usual food menu for weekday is very normal I guess. But but but, the desserts… Oh, need I say more? ;)
Happy cafe hopping!