Food Review: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is probably one of the most hipster cafes in town due to its minimalist theme. The inside of the cafe is very modern, with white walls and white lights and smells strongly of good coffee. It has an extensive food and drinks menu but prices are on the steep side. Brunch items go for $16-$20 and drinks from $4.50 onwards.

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Truffle Benedict ($18)
Brioche, Smoked Ham, Wilted Spinach & Free-Range Poached Eggs served with Truffle Hollandaise Sauce

Our smoked ham was replaced with bacon, because apparently, they’ve run out of smoked ham even though it was only morning. Additionally, the toasted brioche was too crispy for my liking. Of the two poached eggs, one was horribly overcooked and almost became a hard-boiled egg. The truffle taste was barely discernible as well. I was disappointed by this dish as the description looked rather promising.

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American Breakfast ($20)
Multigrain Toast, Roasted Tomatoes, Mushroom, Hash, Bacon, Sausage & Choice of Eggs – Scrambled

Being the most expensive item on the brunch menu, I expected way more. The dish came with a single, sad piece of hard toast and a soggy-looking tomato. The hash and mushroom were your average store-bought items. The scrambled eggs were done quite poorly. They were bland and overcooked. The cafe ran out of sausage, too, so that was replaced by smoked salmon which was pretty good and not too salty. The dish came with a mini jar of blackcurrant jam that tasted way too sweet.

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Penne Carbonara ($16)
Classic Italian Carbonara with Bacon, Baby Asparagus, Onion & Cream Sauce

This was not bad, I felt that the cream sauce wasn’t too thick and just right.

With such a relatively high price tag on its food, I honestly expected more from this cafe. The decor was so promising, but I was let down by the quality of the food here. Hopefully their coffee is much better. But I know I won’t be back to try it anytime soon.

Rating:
Food

6/10
Aesthetic
8.5/10
Price
5/10
Service
8/10

PACAMARA BOUTIQUE COFFEE ROASTERS
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333

Opening hours:
Tue – Sun: 9.00 am – 11.00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/pacamarasg

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Food Review: Habitat Coffee

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Habitat Coffee is in a parade of shops along the stretch of hipster cafés in the Upper Thomson neighbourhood. The menu offers a wider range of food compared to other cafés, such as truffle fries, eggs benedict, pasta and sandwiches. It is also reasonably-priced.

I came here for brunch during the December school holidays with my teammates after training at MacRitchie Reservoir. Habitat Coffee has a self-service system so you have to make your orders and payment at the counter but they’ll serve the food to you. However, during my visit, the café was not full but the food took very long to arrive.

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House-Made Churros ($9)
Crispy soft fried dough fritters coated with cinnamon sugar and served with Chef’s warm chocolate ganache

These churros had a bite to them and they were chewy too – just the way a churro should be! All the churros were evenly coated with cinnamon sugar and of the right thickness.

We also ordered Hello Truffle ($8), home seasoned truffle fries dressed with fine grated parmesan. As you can see in the header picture, the parmesan was barely visible. The fries were decent but nothing to shout about.

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Eggs Benedict ($12) with Bacon (Add-On $2)
Poached eggs & honey baked ham on sundried tomato bread topped with homemade hollandaise sauce

I found this to be an average-tasting dish. Moreover, the eggs were inconsistent with one of the eggs being runny, and the other overcooked. The taste of the sundried tomato in the bread was not distinct and it did not complement the ham and eggs. The hollandaise sauce was creamy and not too tangy. The bacon was also cooked perfectly – but then again, it’s quite hard to mess up when frying bacon.

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The Big Ben ($14)
Scrambled eggs & honey baked ham on english fluff, 100gm chicken cheese sausage, grilled tomato and mini potato pancakes

When you’re at a loss for what to eat, you go for the big breakfast! This was a huge portion and very worth the price. The mini potato pancakes, a fancy term for hashbrowns, were fried perfectly. I did not try anything else but my friend commented that it was good.

All in all, Habitat Coffee has a cosy ambience but its premises are small so it is best to go at off-peak hours for the best experience. Although the food here is not anything spectacular, I can see myself coming back for its hearty comfort food if I am in the area.

Rating:
Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
7/10

HABITAT COFFEE
223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Tel: 6456 2567

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

http://www.habitatcoffee.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/habitatcoffee