I chanced upon this quaint café while visiting the National Gallery for an event. Located in a very open space, the café is the in house café for the National Gallery. The seating area and the counter for ordering food is separated by a walkway leading to the gallery gift shop.
The food counter resembles a campus café where orders are made before you get a table.
You can also see some of the salad items and cold items in the food counter
The other end of the counter has desserts and cakes on the showcase
On a closer look, the café is designed in an eclectic manner with many bright and quirky details like these non uniformed utensils.
Back to the seating areas, there are counter seats suitable for the young student to chill on their laptops and books.
There are also window seats for those who wants to take a rest from shopping or comfy sofa seats for those who just wants to lounge around.
They also have 1 for 1 Happy hours for their drinks during 4 pm to 6 pm and together with their overall concept, their cups also comes in different character mugs. The drinks are pretty normal although I find that the hot chocolate is too thin and bland.
The nachos were presented in a retro local manner with dipping pots that has local Chinese character. The nacho servings were generous and 3 different sauces were given; diced tomatoes, cheese as well as a localised spicy dip which is made of grated ginger and other ingredients.
They had a special cheesecake called the burnt cheesecake which has the sides and top browned till black. The cake has a very good consistency and is thick and creamy. The top has a nice caramelised burnt sweetness and the entire cake has a great balance. For a long time, this is one of the better cheesecake I have tasted.
Overall, the café has a nice atmosphere to spend the afternoon chilling away and the desserts are pretty legit although I have not tried the other mains. It is worth to make another trip if I am around the area.
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Operating hours: 10 am to 7 pm