I actually came here twice – the first, a Friday night while the second on a Sunday Brunch. While I can’t say it’s exactly convenient for me to take 3 public transports (2 train & 1 bus) just to come this cafe located at Goodman Art Centre or the dishes on my table on two occasions were out of this world good.
But I’m drawn to a lot of things that radiates the word countryside. Housed in a glass house with a good a mixed commune/ causal rounds tables for those who love brunch under the Sun with a reasonably large green field off its porch.Step inside and do request for sofa seats to make yourself comfy, conjuring topics while sipping alcoholic drinks. Peering through the open kitchen or sit by the bar wondering what’s cooking in their wood fired oven.
It’s pretty laid back, comfortable and inviting especially when their staffs are aware you might need an extra space for photography sake and glady accommodate by pulling a clean table even when it was not requested. That’s the kind of cafe restaurant I like – Good environment + attentive service.But I must warn you dining here is not exactly cheap. Their light bites or appetizers could range from $10 for a basket of pizza bread to the high twenties like clams & squid ink pastas. Main courses are almost tipping the scale of $30 and more. So my advice to you readers is to share a few dishes over a table. That way, we could all spend a little more on drinks for the night right?
PS: You might want to take a look at their menu here too.
While rendang is something I never order in a restaurant since I could get really good ones way more affordable from our local Malay hawkers, Melba Beef Rendang ($19.00) was finger licking good with shoe-string fries and pizza bread for dipping purposes while the meat was tender and succulent. Thus, making our Friday night satisfyingly spicy.I have no real complains about their Chilli Crab Pizza (12 inch, $22.00) with generous amount of crab meat, eggs, spicy tomato sauce and mozzarella toppings just one. It does need more CHILLI!
We did try theirs sides like Truffle Fries ($13.00) and Asparagus With Hollandaise Sauce ($12.00) but in my opinion, you might as well pool the money and grab another pizza instead. A 9 inch classic Margherita ($18.00) or a 16 inch Parma Ham And Rocket ($35.00) should suffice depending on the stomach of your dinner partners.Fancy brunch too? Cafe Melba does provide all day brunch but come here on the weekends to enjoy their full brunch menu. Most are under $20 unless you’re eyeing for eggs & steaks or their full breakfast works which is $28.00 and $25.00 respectively.
I haven’t had pancakes for the longest time now and I regretted my first Pancakes ($16.00) in years was terrible. The stack of cooked batter doesn’t absorb maple syrup like ready-to-make pancakes do. It was dry and tough definitely not my kind of Sunday brunch food.Unlike my friend sitting opposite me, enjoying his Free Range Eggs Benedict ($20.00) with two perfectly poached eggs that oozes molten liquid upon breakage. If you aren’t a fan of bacon on accounts that it isn’t healthy, you could have it replace with Parma ham or smoked salmon for additional $3.00. End your brunch off with a nice cup of coffee. Their Cappuccino ($6.00) was creamy and smooth but I reckon I could go elsewhere with equal standard but a dollar cheaper. If it was anymore pricier, I would say free flow tap water and nothing else.Two visits later and I can finally conclude. A nice place to lay back and chill but it’s not a place I say you can keep returning regularly even though it has a nice Aussie vibe. Food wise I say it’s marginal for the price. It was hearty, good for sharing but I was expecting if I’m going to pay that much.
Perhaps a light dinner at Old Airport Hawker Centre first before heading down here for a round of drinks sounds like the perfect Friday night eh? Anyway for families coming here on weekends, I’m sure the kids will be eager to play at the green field and make shift air castles.
Note: They don’t accept reservations.
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
Tel: +65 6440 6068
Weekdays: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays – 8:30am – 10:00pm