The enclave of Tiong Bahru has nothing short of cafes with nice social vibes serving up fantastic food. You can have a nice tart at Drips Cafe or grab a table to enjoy a gratifying croissant to go with your latte art at the iconic bakery. It is just as I always say: Tiong Bahru is never short of places for tea. Dont you agree?
But the biggest issue I always have with the foodie’s enclave is the sheer amount of people visiting all the cafes. Especially during the weekends, if you don’t come early, chances are you have to wait pretty long just to have table space to conduct your own tea session. Even then, I find most of cafes too crowded and noisy to even hold a proper conversation with your friends and family. Annoying isn’t it?
Before I did this review, I actually went to Orange Thimble Cafe on two separate occasions. It might be a different timing but it is always on a weekend afternoon when most of my friends are free. Unlike the famous bakery located next door which is almost impossible to squeeze through the weekend crowd, Orange Thimble is much more quieter as the cafe is divided a series of rooms with different interior design to showcase.
I really love the entire concept of Orange Thimble that’s for sure. It doesn’t feel like one of those cafes out there just to earn your money. The tables are nicely spaced out, there’s sofa seats good for long hours of chatting and even a mini outdoor backyard if the air-con gets too cold.
But the same can’t be said to their food menu. I personally don’t find the dishes fantastically out of this world. Twice I came for their food and I hate to admit that twice I was disappointed. Be it their brunch dishes or sandwiches and burgers, I just don’t find it visually enticing like some other brunch cafes.
They might price their food menus far more affordable than others in the vicinity, I would still expect the same standards since it is branded as a cafe in Tiong Bahru. Call me bias or whatever else you deem fit. I do have high expectations when it comes to putting my money into worth eating food. Although that might be the case, I always find their coffee THE saving grace. I wouldn’t drop by Orange Thimble just for the food but if I need a quiet place to have a heart to heart talk with a friend or two, this cafe will do just great.
The Orange Thimble
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68
Tel: +65 6223 8068
Tue to Sun: 11am – 9pm