Strangers’ Reunion is an extremely popular cafe situated along the shophouses of Kampong Bahru Road. Strangers’ Reunion is best known for their coffee. Strangers’ co-founder, Ryan Tan, even has quite a few Barista Champion awards in his name, which says something about their coffee. Strangers’ recently moved to a bigger place next door, with Waffle Slayer [review soon], which is also by the people of Strangers’, taking over their old space.
Like most hipster cafes, Strangers’ make use of concrete elements for their floor and counters. The dark grey is offset by white walls and white plastic chairs. Wooden tables and countertops add another sense of dimension to the place that already feels quite raw. Classical paintings/artworks are hung around the walls, making the place seem like an art gallery as well. Hanging lamps and exposed ceilings are another aspect of the place. What I like about the place is that it is quite spacious, ever since they have moved to this bigger area. I can’t say the same for Waffle Slayer that is right next door as they are plagued by the same space constraints that Strangers’ once had. (As it was once where Stranger’s was)
They even put in effort to their washroom area, with a large concrete double sink and a few white tiles on the walls. (I was impressed, quite a few places disregard their washrooms.)
I do want to mention that when I first walked by the place, I actually almost walked right past Strangers’ as I found the sign on their door to be illegible. I even saw my friend, who arrived later, do the same thing. Walked past, did a double take, then realized it was Strangers’. Hah.
The food of Strangers’ involves quite a few common cafe dishes as well as some unique ones. From the everlasting Truffle Fries, to the must-have brunch Eggs Benedict. They also have a different items for dinner items. I do find that Strangers’ food are all quite well done, with fantastic presentations. The one downside to Strangers’ is that their prices are quite high, most mains being right below the 20 dollar point, which I have liken to be quite similar to Symmetry.
There are quite a few things that are a must-try at Strangers’. One being their coffee, which has been constantly praised and raved about. Another would be their waffles, which was deemed so popular that they opened up Waffle Slayer next door to create new innovative types of waffles and keep up with the demand.
One thing that I found interesting was that it seemed like you could order food items from Strangers’ menu while at Waffle Slayer, however it’s not vice versa while you’re at Strangers’. My friends and I were also planning on heading to Waffle Slayer after Strangers’, hence some of them commented that it would have made sense if we could order waffles from Waffle Slayer while at Strangers’ instead of going to both places. (Of course, I’m not sure if this could be done, just something we noticed.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you have not visited Strangers’ Reunion, I highly recommend you to. It’s a really popular cafe, with constant crowds and even loyal customers. It’s also becoming a personal favourite for quite a few people. I do really like their food a lot even though their prices are quite steep. Of course, it’s definitely still a great place to hangout and chat with a group of friends over a good cup of coffee and/or food. And if you’re still feeling peckish after, you can get savoury or sweet waffles from Waffle Slayer [review soon] which is right next door.
33/35 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169355
(Nearest train station: Outram)
Contact: 6222 4869
Mon: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm