Stateland Cafe @ 30 Bali Lane

Stateland's exterior.

Stateland’s exterior.

Stateland Cafe is a recently opened cafe along the hipster Bali/Haji Lane area. The cafe is run by three young guys in their earlier 20s who met when they were in the army. Stateland is known for their affordable brunch & ever-popular desserts such as waffles & thick toasts.

Interior of Stateland.

Interior of Stateland.

Self-service cutlery and some drinks & knick knacks on display.

Self-service cutlery and some drinks & knick knacks on display.

Some vintage furniture for decor.  A happy stuffed bunny looks on.

Some vintage furniture for decor.
A happy stuffed bunny looks on.

Aesthetic
The whole look of Stateland is very vintage-industrial inspired. Most of the materials used in the place were supplied from the three owners’ themselves, as each of them has some relation to building-related companies. The decor of Stateland somewhat makes you feel like you are in a industrial factory or a mining tunnel. It’s a nice unique take on cafe interiors, especially since most of it relates to their families’ professions. Wooden crates, wooden tables with aluminium supports & metal grills/dividers are the basic elements of the place. Vintage furniture are displayed, along with black & white pictures of their families’ businesses. The space of Stateland is actually quite small as well and during peak hours, the place can get very crowded, with only a few seats on the inside & a large table on the outside. (Which most people made use as a “waiting” area instead.)

As a former interior design student, this technical drawing of the space really caught my eye.

As a former interior design student, this technical drawing of the space really caught my eye.

Stateland's food & dessert menu.

Stateland’s food & dessert menu.

Food
Stateland offers the usual brunch fanfare, including their take on the well-known Eggs Benedict. Their menu is quite extensive, considering the fact that their kitchen is small. What makes Stateland so popular is their waffles & thick toasts. Their cafe has been featured a while back on social media & magazines, during the height of the whole waffles-craze. Though many other cafes already offer waffles, Stateland keeps their versions innovative, with selections like Red Velvet, or the all-time favourite American campfire dessert, S’mores.

Bonus: Stateland doesn’t charge GST or service fees.

Lingering Thoughts
The photos of Stateland’s food as you see below are by far, one of the hardest ones I had to take. During my visit to Stateland, the place got significantly more crowded as time progressed, with more customers seeking a table. As the place is quite small, the staff started to take down customers’ details for their waitlist. As such, most of them decided to “camp” outside Stateland, making use of the table outside like a “waiting area”. Unfortunately, I found the lighting inside Stateland to be quite bad for photo-taking & in order for me to get good shots, I had decided to proceed to their table outside for photos. Of course, with the numerous amount of customers surrounding the table, it made things extremely awkward for me to do my photography. (It even took me around 10 minutes after the food was served to gain the courage to bring it outside.)

It was actually quite hilarious and awkward, as both my friend & I were the most socially awkward people in the cafe and we kept going back & forth about the entire situation. When I finally took the food outside for photographs, not only did I get a million awkward stares from the customers waiting outside, but even the staff of Stateland got startled from me bringing their food outside. Eventually, I did managed to get my photos done (Thank God) and my friend explained to the staff that we were doing a “school project”. (A term we use to explain our crazy behavior.) The staff understood what the heck we were doing after that, but I added an apology for our crazy antics right before we left for added measure. (I regret nothing.)

Iced Toffee Nut Latte ($6.70) My friend ordered this. He kept saying it was awesome. I tried it a little and found it to be pretty nice.

Iced Toffee Nut Latte ($6.70)
My friend ordered this. He kept saying it was awesome. I tried it a little and found it to be pretty nice.

Carbonara ($10.90) Spaghetti, Creamy Onion & Bacon Sauce I'm usually not a fan of having onions in Carbonara. I still am. This was not bad, though not the best Carbonara I've had. Not the worst either.

Carbonara ($10.90)
Spaghetti, Creamy Onion & Bacon Sauce
I’m usually not a fan of having onions in Carbonara. I still am.
This was not bad, though not the best Carbonara I’ve had. Not the worst either. It’s all in the sauce.

Eggs Benedict ($14.90) Poached Eggs, Pork Ham, Brioche Toast, Hollandaise, Chilli Tomato Jam, Stewed Mushrooms This was pretty good. I'm not a fan of the chilli tomato jam though. It didn't really work with the Hollandaise. One too many sauces perhaps.

Eggs Benedict ($14.90)
Poached Eggs, Pork Ham, Brioche Toast, Hollandaise, Chilli Tomato Jam, Stewed Mushrooms
This was pretty good. I’m not a fan of the chilli tomato jam though. It didn’t really work with the Hollandaise. One too many sauces perhaps.

The Red Velvet ($14.90) Deep-red Waffle flavoured with Chocolate, Cream Cheese Glazed, Vanilla Ice-Cream Now this is main thing to order at Stateland. It's everywhere on Instagram. I liked the whole concept of the waffle, a great spin on the Red Velvet variation. The waffle lacked a bit of "Omph" though, it was also a tad dry for my taste.

The Red Velvet ($14.90)
Deep-red Waffle flavoured with Chocolate, Cream Cheese Glazed, Vanilla Ice-Cream
Now this is main thing to order at Stateland. It’s everywhere on Instagram.
I liked the whole concept of the waffle, a great spin on the Red Velvet variation. The waffle lacked a bit of “Omph” though, it was also a tad dry for my taste. I really liked the abundance of cream cheese on top.

The S’MORES ($14.90)
Chocolate Waffle filled with Toasted Marshmallows, Belgium Chocolate Ice-cream, Topped with Torched Marshmallows, Graham Crackers
I definitely preferred this to the Red Velvet waffle. I’m a sucker for anything to do with S’mores. This was really good. I loved the torched marshmallows. The waffle worked well here.

Kitty cat enjoying it's deary slumber outside Stateland. It knows how to live life well.

Kitty cat enjoying it’s deary slumber outside Stateland. (And giving me a glare for disturbing it.)
It knows how to live life well.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Overall, I do find that Stateland has a great concept & it’s definitely a nice addition to the whole range of cafes along the Haji/Bali Lane area. Their food isn’t really groundbreaking but it’s affordable & the nice aesthetic of the cafe makes it worth checking out. I would go back for a revisit, to try their thick toast (which is also very popular) next time.

RATING

Food
6.5/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
7/10

STATELAND CAFE

30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 9296 4997
Opening Hours:
Mon: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/statelandcafe

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