Brunch @ Oriole Coffee Roasters // CLOSED

July 11, 2014 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

I first knew about Oriole Coffee Roasters when my girlfriend and I decided to have coffee while waiting for our table at Esquina. We were sitting outside the cafe then, but a peak of its interior had me wanting to go back since.

Oh yes, it took me 1.5 years to finally head back. And it’s sad to know they will be moving out on 17 July 14. =(


Somehow, I just liked the vibe of the place. It feels very cosy. Upon entering, one will see two long tables (meant for communal sharing) placed in the centre of the space. Due to its layout where there’s no proper cashier counter, one may feel a little lost upon entering. Especially when the café is crowded. I was fortunate to come on a quieter afternoon for the staff to take notice of me immediately. The menu was passed to me once I settled down.

But for the record, although it was a weekday afternoon, the cafe was not exactly very quiet. There was a continuous stream of people. Never once did I managed to have the place to myself. o_O

1) Homemade pandan kaya-butter toast, $3 (above) – There’s the Oriole set where one can get the kaya toast with a pair of soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee (cappuccino, latte, macchiato, Americano, espresso or flat white) for $8.50. However, I was not interested in the eggs. Thus, I decided to go a-la carte. They are very generous with the butter. But I prefer my toast with a ratio of kaya to butter as 2:1. Bread was thick and nicely toasted, but I din really like the kaya jam. I prefer my kaya jam to be thicker.

2) Chocolate fudge cake, $7 (above) – This looked promising, but was on the dry side.

3) Café latte, $5 (regular) (above)

4) Straits 7, $6 (above) – Now, I only thought of trying this after reading about it from fellow blogger LepakWithYaops‘s post. Straits 7 is roasted the Hainanese way; With butter. So yes, me being a Hainanese, I just had to try this. And I must say, I liked it! Creamy, buttery and nutty. Maybe it’s psychological, but I really smelled the faint aroma of butter. Although chewing onto 2 balls of black pepper (nearing to finishing my coffee) was not a nice surprise.

Oriole Coffee Roasters is a very nice place to grab a cup of coffee (be it their latte or Straits 7). It’s a great pity they will be moving out on 17 July 14. So while I’m not too impressed with their food, I recommend all to try their Straits 7 at least once. Not too sure though if their other outlets at Pan Pacific Servied Suites Orchard (#01-01) and Republic Plaza (#01-23) offer their Straits 7.

ORIOLE COFFEE ROASTERS
10 Jiak Chuan Road , Singapore
6224 8131, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sat : 08:30 – 22:00
Ambience: 7
Sun : 08:30 – 18:00
Value: 6
Service: 6