Habitat Coffee @ 223 Upper Thomson Road

Exterior of Habitat.

Exterior of Habitat.

Habitat Coffee is a cosy & quaint little cafe along the shophouses of Upper Thomson. The place has been around for quite some time and has gained a lot of popularity from social media & word of mouth. Habitat serves up all-day brunch specials and a wide array of awesome homemade cakes.

Inside of Habitat.

Inside of Habitat.

Lingering Thoughts
Now Habitat has been around for quite some time, however, (perhaps I was blind) I did not notice the place whenever I would walk around that area. Until one day when I had lunch at La Rida Cuisine, the nearby French restaurant (used to be La Petite Cuisine), after which I walked down the row of shophouses, did I finally notice Habitat. I was a bit dumbfounded, as I had heard of the place & seen lots of photos on Instagram and I didn’t realize it was actually right there. Then again, perhaps I did notice it before but I didn’t give it a second thought. Unfortunately, I already had lunch that day, so my companion and I settled for dessert at Habitat. I then made sure I would go back to Habitat again for a proper brunch, which I eventually did.

Habitat's semi-second level.

Habitat’s semi-second level.

Aesthetic
The interior of Habitat makes use of a mixture of the colors white & black. Walls are painted white with black highlights. The counter is made of white bricks with a light wooden countertop. Some artworks are displayed around the place, including a drawings on the walls & some hanging on the semi-second level. Warm hanging lights and ceiling fans complete the look. The whole place does give off a certain “hipster” vibe, with its typical cafe decor but it’s all in with the trend these days and it works for Habitat.

The place has seats outside, inside and on their semi-second level. I wouldn’t consider it as an actual “second” level as it’s just a short distance upwards.

Service
Habitat has been quite popular and there are times where the crowd can get a bit overwhelming. They use a waitlist system, where you can leave your phone number down so that when a table is available, they would give you a call. During peak hours, it can get a bit messy, so it’s best to let it slide as the staff are doing the best they can. I would think it’ll be better if they upgraded to a digital system like Symmetry or Lola’s Cafe.

So far I’ve read mixed reviews regarding their service. I was lucky enough to get a pleasant experience during my two visits. I even managed to snag a table almost immediately on my second visit. The staff were all attentive and quite friendly. Even when we asked if we could join the adjacent table, the staff gladly obliged, they themselves remembering that we had ordered a lot and would need two tables to fit all the dishes. (I was afraid that they would not consent to that, as the place was quite crowded that day.)

Habitat's cake counter. Lots of homemade cakes to choose from!

Habitat’s cake counter. Lots of homemade cakes to choose from!

Habitat's menu.

Habitat’s menu.

Food
Habitat serves up all-day brunch specials, with dishes like the usual Eggs Benedict, Mama’s Banana Pancakes and also sandwiches & pastas. You would probably be CRAZY not to try the numerous homemade cakes that Habitat offers. Aside from all the cakes, they also have waffles & ice-cream. They even have the ever-popular-almost-too-mainstream Truffle Fries and the up-and-coming-trend of House-made Churros. Their range of food is definitely diverse but they do it all very well. Of course, besides all the food, Habitat is also known for their coffees & brews. (Which I didn’t try as I’m not a particularly coffee person.)

If I remembered correctly, Habitat also doesn’t charge GST or service charge!

Regular Hot Chocolate ($4.90) Great hot chocolate, really smooth, nice velvety chocolate taste. Nice touch with the mini marshmallows as well.

Regular Hot Chocolate ($4.90)
Great hot chocolate, really smooth, nice velvety chocolate taste. Nice touch with the mini marshmallows as well.

Wholemeal BLT ($8) Grilled Bacon, Melted Mozzarella, Seasoned Tomatoes, Lettuce My companion ordered this and she mentioned that it was not bad. It's pretty huge in my opinion. It's like a large burger instead of a sandwich. It definitely looks good at first glance.

Wholemeal BLT ($8)
Grilled Bacon, Melted Mozzarella, Seasoned Tomatoes, Lettuce
My companion ordered this and she mentioned that it was not bad. It’s pretty huge in my opinion. It’s like a large burger instead of a sandwich. It definitely looks good at first glance.

Eggs Benedict ($12) Poached Eggs, Honey Baked Ham, Sundried Tomato Bread, Homemade Hollandaise Sauce I quite liked Habitat's Eggs Benny. The sundried tomato bread kinda tasted like garlic bread. Eggs were nicely poached and the Hollandaise was pretty good.

Eggs Benedict ($12)
Poached Eggs, Honey Baked Ham, Sundried Tomato Bread, Homemade Hollandaise Sauce
I quite liked Habitat’s Eggs Benny. The sundried tomato bread kinda tasted like garlic bread. Eggs were nicely poached and the Hollandaise was pretty good.

Eggs Tomato Relish ($15) Secret Tomato Goodness Recipe, Two Eggs, Bacon, Baby Spinach, Country Sourdough Toast You can choose how you would like your eggs done here. I went with runny.  This was really delicious. It's one of the things you should try at Habitat. Awesome presentation as well. The dish tends to be a tad salty, but if you have it with the sourdough, it should be perfect.

Eggs Tomato Relish ($15)
Secret Tomato Goodness Recipe, Two Eggs, Bacon, Baby Spinach, Country Sourdough Toast
You can choose how you would like your eggs done here. I went with runny.
This was really delicious. It’s one of the things you should try at Habitat. Awesome presentation as well. The dish tends to be a tad salty, but if you have it with the sourdough, it should be perfect.

Truffle Al Funghi ($17) Creamy Truffle, Wild Mushroom, Pasta, Baby Spinach I tend to be attracted to dishes with the word "Truffle" in them. This dish was great though, the cream sauce was just right. Not overwhelming at all. Recommended if you're a truffle, cream sauce, pasta lover.

Truffle Al Funghi ($17)
Creamy Truffle, Wild Mushroom, Pasta, Baby Spinach
I tend to be attracted to dishes with the word “Truffle” in them. This dish was great though, the cream sauce was just right. Not overwhelming at all. Recommended if you’re a truffle, cream sauce, pasta lover.

Red Velvet ($7.90) Ruby Red Sponge, Pitted Cherries, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Habitat's cakes are all quite popular, including the Red Velvet. It is only sliced from the entire cake when you order it.  Unfortunately for me, I didn't really like their Red Velvet cake. I thought it was kinda dry. I did had a short chat with a nearby cupcake store owner, and she mentioned that she loved Habitat's Red Velvet cake. So it's all up to personal tastes. Perhaps I got a dud on that particular day.

Red Velvet ($7.90)
Ruby Red Sponge, Pitted Cherries, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Habitat’s cakes are all quite popular, including the Red Velvet. It is only sliced from the entire cake when you order it.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really like their Red Velvet cake. I thought it was kinda dry.
I did had a short chat with a nearby cupcake store owner, and she mentioned that she loved Habitat’s Red Velvet cake. So it’s all up to personal tastes. Perhaps I got a dud on that particular day.

Black Velvet ($6.90) Coffee & Chocolate Soft Sponge, Chocolate Chips, Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting Now unlike the Red Velvet, I LOVED the Black Velvet. It was moist, delicious and addictive. The chocolate chips in the middle were a nice touch. And Baileys cream cheese frosting? I'm sold!

Black Velvet ($6.90)
Coffee & Chocolate Soft Sponge, Chocolate Chips, Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Now unlike the Red Velvet, I LOVED the Black Velvet. It was moist, delicious and addictive. The chocolate chips in the middle were a nice touch. And Baileys cream cheese frosting? I’m sold!

Salted Caramel Carrot Cake ($6.90) I had this on my first visit to Habitat. Didn't see it on my second.  It's touted as the owner's personal favourite and I could see why. The salted caramel cream cheese worked wonders with the cake. The carrots in the cake were grated by hand as well.

Salted Caramel Carrot Cake ($6.90)
I had this on my first visit to Habitat. Didn’t see it on my second though.
It’s touted as the owner’s personal favourite and I could see why. The salted caramel cream cheese worked wonders with the cake. The carrots in the cake were grated by hand as well.

Chocolate Truffle Rum ($3.90) They also have a version of the cake w/o rum.  This is yet another fantastic cake from Habitat. I didn't even realized that my companion & I had it both our two visits until I got home and looked at the photos. Smooth, soft and extremely moist. Excellent hint of rum. Highly recommended. (For some reason, I do prefer the look of the version w/o rum)

Chocolate Truffle Rum ($3.90)
They also have a version of the cake w/o rum.
This is yet another fantastic cake from Habitat. I didn’t even realized that my companion & I had it on both our two visits until I got home and looked at the photos. Smooth, soft and extremely moist. Excellent hint of rum. Highly recommended.
(For some reason, I do prefer the look of the version w/o rum)

House-made Churros ($9) Coated with Cinnamon Sugar and served with Chef's warm Chocolate Ganache Yes! Habitat also serves churros! I really loved their churros. It was perfectly fried, perfectly coated with cinnamon sugar and was oh-so delicious dipped in the chocolate ganache.  If you're looking for a comparison, I would consider Habitat's churros to be more pastry like, while Spanish Doughnuts @ Orchard Central (review soon) were more like doughnuts, with Churriosity @ Holland Village's churros more in the middle of the two. All three places are great, but it ultimately depends if you want something more like pastry, or more doughy.  (I do think that Habitat's is the best so far though)

House-made Churros ($9)
Coated with Cinnamon Sugar and served with Chef’s warm Chocolate Ganache
Yes! Habitat also serves churros! I really loved their churros. It was perfectly fried, perfectly coated with cinnamon sugar and was oh-so delicious dipped in the chocolate ganache.
If you’re looking for a comparison, I would consider Habitat’s churros to be more pastry like, while Spanish Doughnuts @ Orchard Central (review soon) were more like doughnuts, with Churrosity @ Holland Village’s churros more in the middle of the two. All three places are great, but it ultimately depends if you want something more like pastry, or more doughy.
(I do think that Habitat’s is the best so far though)

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I highly recommend a visit to Habitat Coffee if you have not been there before. It’s definitely popular for a reason, with its great all-day brunch food & awesome homemade cakes. With so many cafes along that area, Habitat stands out as one of the better ones. Of course, it’s best to go at an off-peak hour to get an optimal experience. I’m positive I’ll go back soon to try more of their food and their cakes, especially since I frequent the Upper Thomson area quite a lot.

Rating

Food
8.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
7.5/10

Habitat Coffee

223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Contact: 6456 2567
Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
http://www.habitatcoffee.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/habitatcoffee

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