Seth Lui: Singapore Coffee Review


Set within one of the city’s most enviable addresses in charming Telok Ayer district, Sarnies Cafe attract’s Singapore’s fashionable crowd with its detached, casual interiors and sumptuous yet affordable food.

However, we were there on a mission – to uncover a myth.

A little birdy once told us of the sweet nectar in the form of coffee available at Sarnies, and only a few have been lucky enough to taste it. The enigmatic Orange Mocha is an off-the-menu drink, made available only to a select few regular customers or personal friends to the baristas. Only a handful of customers would be recommended the drink if they were asking for something different to try.

The Orange Mocha is prepared by soaking orange peels into the coffee, to give off a slight tang. The concoction was a little more intense, mixed with beans that complement the chocolate, orange peel and espresso shot. Velvety body with notes of dark chocolate and a hint of citrus, an exciting brew with an interesting piquancy.

One of their signature coffees, the latte is a Guatemalan blend that featured sweet, bright and fruity notes to the nose. Give it a swirl through your palate and you will notice a roasted dark, nutty and bitter aftertaste that was rather enjoyable.

All the coffee at Sarnies is made with a double ristretto, so you get much more intense flavours than usual. Sarnies also has secret alcoholic coffee that you might want to enquire about.

Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs ($23). 
Their smoked salmon and scrambled eggs atop some sourdough bread, drizzled with lemon and dill, was a perfect combo. Eggs slightly runny with a milky base, together with not too salty smoked salmon, this dish has managed to secure its place of one of the best I have tried so far.

Sarnies’ Fry Up ($25.90). Fry Up’s in-house cured bacon was crisped to perfection, and together with perfectly cooked sunny-side ups, it was definitely a crowd pleaser. However, I found the taste of their baked beans to be a little off-putting, bordering towards the sour side. Not to my taste, but you just might like it.

Immerse yourself in the relaxed, friendly vibe of Sarnies, perfect for a casual, low key meal with a hip yet not too trendy crowd. The coffee is top-notch too.

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