Food Review: Gaest

Inspired by the modern Nordic cuisine, Gaest is a small cafe that serves hearty sandwiches on freshly baked homemade bread, vibrant salads, and freshly ground coffee. Their lunch menu is simple – sandwiches and drinks. Service is extremely warm and friendly too.


Pulled Pork Sandwich ($14)

A popular dish here is the Pulled Pork Sandwich. An absolutely satisfying and generous combination of succulent and juicy roasted pork with crispy, crackling skin, refreshing slices of green apple, orange marinated red cabbage and mustard mayo. The sandwich bursts with a cacophony of flavours – sweet, sour and savoury. It was incredible although the toasted sourdough bread crust was a bit hard to cut through.

We also ordered the Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($15). There were thick slices of luscious smoked salmon with plenty of rocket leaves, beetroot slices and topped off with horseradish cream. Odd combination but it went well together. I also loved their concept of open sandwiches that were beautifully presented.

I enjoyed this meal very much and would definitely be back again.

Rating:
Food
9.5/10
Aesthetic 8/10
Price 8/10
Service 10/10

Gaest
21 McCallum Street Singapore 069047

http://gaest.com.sg

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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