Strangers’ Reunion @ 33/35 Kampong Bahru Road

Entrance of Stranger's Reunion.

Entrance of Stranger’s Reunion.

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.

Interior of Stranger's.

Interior of Strangers’.

Counter area, where all the "Magic" happens.

Counter area, where all the “Magic” happens.

Even their washroom is pretty impressive.

Even their washroom is pretty impressive.

Aesthetic
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.)

Sidenote
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.

"Let's make love, coffee and magic."

“Let’s make love, coffee and magic.”

First two pages of their menu. Drinks & Starters.

First two pages of their menu. Drinks & Starters.

More of their menu. Mains & Desserts.

More of their menu. Mains & Desserts.

Food
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.

Sidenote
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.)

Each table has one or two of this glass bottle of water.  Points for convenience. However, this means the water won't be chilled, which I prefer.

Each table has one or two of this glass bottle of water.
Points for convenience. However, this means the water won’t be chilled, which I actually prefer.

Magic ($5.50) Double Ristretto + Milk One of Stranger's signature coffees which they claim to be the first to introduce to Singapore. Both my friend and I ordered this. I found mine to be unfortunately quite bitter and not-so "magical". While my friend commented that his tasted alright. A few friends took a taste test of both his and mine, and they commented that my friend's cup was much better. So sadly, perhaps I got a dud. I do like their latte art though. It's a swan. One of the better latte arts I've seen.

Magic ($5.50)
Double Ristretto + Milk
One of Strangers’ signature coffees which they claim to be the first to introduce to Singapore.
Both my friend and I ordered this. I found mine to be unfortunately quite bitter and not-so “magical”. While my friend commented that his tasted alright. A few friends took a taste test of both his and mine, and they commented that my friend’s cup was much better. So sadly, perhaps I got a dud.
I do like their latte art though. It’s a swan. One of the better latte arts I’ve seen.

Truffle Fries ($12.90) Freshly grated truffle, Truffle aioli, Parmesan Most of my friends really liked their truffle fries. I found it to be just okay. I couldn't really taste the truffle, unless I dipped it in the aioli. I do think it's because other places tend to use Truffle oil, which blends the flavor more evenly in the fries, whereas Stranger's truffle is grated.

Truffle Fries ($12.90)
Freshly grated truffle, Truffle aioli, Parmesan
Most of my friends really liked their truffle fries. I found it to be just okay. I couldn’t really taste the truffle, unless I dipped it in the aioli. I do think it’s because other places tend to use Truffle oil, which blends the flavor more evenly in the fries, whereas Strangers’ truffle is grated and also in the aioli.

Spam Fries ($10.90) With Kaffir Lime Mayo Now you pretty much should already know that Spam is essentially Luncheon meat. Of course, I knew what I was ordering. (The staff even asked if we knew it was luncheon meat.) 10 bucks for Spam though... ouch. To be honest, I thought the "fries" were to be thinner and crispier but they turned out to be basically just luncheon meat cut into strips. Taste-wise, it was good, you can't go wrong with spam. I also really liked the presentation. My friends kept joking about playing Jenga with it.

Spam Fries ($10.90)
With Kaffir Lime Mayo
Now you pretty much should already know that Spam is essentially Luncheon meat. Of course, I knew what I was ordering. (The staff even asked if we knew it was luncheon meat.) 10 bucks for Spam though… ouch.
To be honest, I thought the “fries” were to be thinner and crispier but they turned out to be basically just luncheon meat cut into strips. Taste-wise, it was good, you can’t go wrong with spam. I did really like the presentation. My friends kept joking about playing Jenga with it.

Parma Ham Benedict ($19.90) Freshly shaved bone-in Prosciutto, Hollandaise sauce, Poached Eggs, Mixed Greens You can't have brunch without Eggs Benedict. I really liked Stranger's version. Those were English muffins, if I'm not mistaken. I find that I prefer English muffins for Eggs Benedict. Overall, it tasted really great, perfect poached eggs, Prosciutto (Love it), it just all came together nicely. Another one in my top five.

Parma Ham Benedict ($19.90)
Freshly shaved bone-in Prosciutto, Hollandaise sauce, Poached Eggs, Mixed Greens
You can’t have brunch without Eggs Benedict. I really liked Strangers’ version. Those were English muffins, if I’m not mistaken. I find that I prefer English muffins for Eggs Benedict. Overall, it tasted really great, perfect poached eggs, Prosciutto (Love it), great hollandaise, it just all came together nicely. Another one in my top five.

Sausage Lover ($23.90) 3 Types of Sausages (Banger, Italian Pork, Chicken), Sunny Side-up, Toast, Mixed Greens One of my friends ordered this. He mentioned that it was pretty good and that the sausages were really juicy. I did try a piece, and found that it was REALLY juicy.  Which is good.

Sausage Lover ($23.90)
3 Types of Sausages (Banger, Italian Pork, Chicken), Sunny Side-up, Toast, Mixed Greens
One of my friends ordered this. He mentioned that it was pretty good and that the sausages were really juicy. I did try a piece, and found that it was REALLY juicy. Which is good.

Flaming Raspberry ($8) White chocolate mousse, Raspberry Bavarois Contary to its name, I found it to be more of an ice-cream cake. This was recommended to me by the staff (I was already eyeing it but couldn't decided which cake to get). I really loved this cake. I love white chocolate. And the Raspberry Bavarois was like ice-cream, made the cake like an ice-cream cake with every bite. Highly recommended.

Flaming Raspberry ($8)
White chocolate mousse, Raspberry Bavarois
Contary to its name, it was more of an ice-cream cake. This was recommended to me by the staff (I was already eyeing it but couldn’t decide which cake to get). I really loved this cake. I love white chocolate. And the Raspberry Bavarois was like ice-cream, made the cake like an ice-cream cake with every bite. Highly recommended.

Hmm, apparently they have a sister outlet. Didn't know that.

Hmm, apparently they have a sister outlet. Didn’t know that.

The obligatory group shot. I do apologize for this photo. Usually I'm the type of guy who rolls his eyes whenever I'm looking at a FOOD blog and instead comes across photos of the "cafehoppers" instead. Now it's my turn to be annoying I guess. Oops.

The obligatory group shot.
I do apologize for this photo. Usually I’m the type of guy who rolls his eyes whenever I’m looking at a FOOD blog and instead comes across photos of the “cafehoppers” instead. Now it’s my turn to be one of those annoying *bleeps*, I guess. Oops.

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.

Rating

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
6/10
Service
7.5/10

Strangers’ Reunion

33/35 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169355
(Nearest train station: Outram)
Contact: 6222 4869
Opening Hours:
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
https://www.facebook.com/StrangersReunion

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