Tough times don’t last, tough people (and businesses, I guess) do. After about 11 weeks of a ‘circuit breaker’ period (semi-lockdown) in Singapore, we’re now allowed to go out a little more, in small groups, with certain measures in place.
While I’m trying to take it slow and not rush out with the crowds, I admit that I was very happy to be able to dine out a little now with some friends, for a change. And the first place I visited in Phase 2, was also the last one I went to right before the circuit breaker started.
It wasn’t really intentional, but I guess Elixir Boutique Roasters is one of the few cafe options in my neighbourhood (I was reluctant to venture too far away from home). Anyway, since I’ve been there twice now, I’ll share my experiences and some pictures with whoever is thinking of visiting!
I’m not a coffee snob/expert/connoisseur, so not really going to comment much on this (it seemed alright), but I am a little bit of a foodie and I really liked their brunch toasts. It seems that they take their coffee pretty seriously though (single origin, blends, special brews etc), so I think we’re in good hands.
First time, I had the Brûlée French Toast (S$18++), and was pleasantly surprised at the lovely, crisp toast that had fluffy insides that also contained some creme brûlée-like custard within. It was absolutely delicious, especially with the accompanying chantilly cream and fresh fruits.
I also quite liked the slight savouriness that it had, probably from the candied bacon and perhaps some egg in the toast. This likely helped to make the dish balanced and not overly sweet like some dessert-style French toasts can be.
My friend’s Breakfast Works (S$27++, I think the price went up but ah, maybe supply is getting expensive these days) looked pretty darn good too, and substantial. It seems they also have a local main on the menu, a Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang that may be suitable for bigger eaters who feel that cafes serve rabbit food.
Second time, I went for the Truffle Eggs Prosciutto (S$22++), and rather enjoyed this too. The scrambled eggs were buttery and creamy and done just right, the toast was buttery, fluffy inside and crisp on the outside.
Adding the nicely salted meatiness of the cured ham and the slightly bitter freshness of kale, there was a rather lovely mix of flavours and textures.
Ambience-wise I have no complaints – sitting outside allowed me to soak in some sunlight and greenery, and inside it was rather classy (which makes sense as they turn into a steak restaurant at night – more on this some other time) and well put together.
I reckon it’s worth a visit if you live nearby or want to avoid the crowds at popular, central areas! It’s also right next to one of the entrances to the Singapore Botanic Gardens so you can even go for a stroll after your meal, perfect (word of warning – bring mosquito repellent though).
Elixir Boutique Roasters / Fat Belly
#01-03A/04, Serene Centre
10 Jalan Serene, Singapore 258748
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens
Tel: 6314 2247
Open daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm.