Brunch @ The Laneway Market

January 17, 2015 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

With many cafes opening up in the East of late, my friends and I decided to head down to The Laneway Market for brunch. And because we stayed in the North and West, we were hoping the brunch experience would be worth our 1-hour bus journey.

The Laneway Market was unfortunately not located near any MRT stations. One could take the train to either Paya Lebar or Dakota station before taking the bus for another 3 – 5 bus stops (continued) journey. After alighting from the bus and walking along Tanjong Katong Road (in the same direction as the bus), I got a little confused as the cafe was nowhere in sight although I was reaching what seemed to be the last shophouse. Apparently, The Laneway Market was along Boscombe Road (perpendicular to Tanjong Katong Road). So one would need to make a right turn (to Boscombe Road) before coming to unit 266.

The cafe was nice and bright. We initially chose to sit at the table which was directly in front of the entrance, but moved to the communal table (which was on the left after entering) as the cold air from the air conditioner was blowing straight to our first choice of table.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), we ordered:-

1) Truffle fries, $11 (above)

2) Nacho chicken, $10 (above)

3) Scrambled eggs, $15 (above) – Scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, pumpkin jam spread toast, chicken and pork chipolata. My friends and I were debating between the ‘scrambled eggs’ and ‘French toast’, but we decided to go with the former. Reason being, from where we sat, I could see the chef plating the dishes through the opening where the waiting staff would collect the food. And the scrambled egg looked so good. Indeed, it was fluffy and slightly runny.

4) Pulled pork burger, $19 (above) – 12 hour braised pork in beer infused BBQ sauce, purple cabbage slaw, truffle fries, mesclun. Somehow, the pulled pork reminded me or pork ribs. Which shouldn’t be a surprise since BBQ sauce was used as the base marinate. However, we did not like the burger which we felt was a little leathery and hard.

5) Pancakes, $14 (above) – Thick pancakes, berry butter, berries.

6) Latte, $5.50 (above)

Generally, the food served at The Laneway Market was acceptable. It did not exactly wow us though.

But what stood out was their service. While we were debating to change seats, it was nice that the staff came up to us asking if it was cold. You know how some staff would pretend not to hear? So yes, I liked that the staff took the initiative to approach us. They wanted to increase the temperature of the air conditioner for us, but we proposed changing seats and share the communal table instead.

So yes, The Laneway Market is a nice cafe to drop by if one is in the East.

266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore
6719 8832, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Tues : 10:00 – 21:30
Ambience: 6
Thur – Fri : 10:00 – 21:30
Value: 6
Sat – Sun : 09:00 – 21:30
Service: 8
* Closed on Wed