November 8 @ Thomson V Two

Exterior of November 8.

Exterior of November 8.

November 8 Coffee & Company is a cafe that’s situated inside the building of Thomson V Two. It’s one of the latest additions to the Thomson neighbourhood, along with OZ Specialty Coffee. November 8 was opened by 3 friends, all who shared a similar passion of quality food. The cafe is also by the same people of the now-defunct Barbacoa Restaurant that was housed in City Square Mall.

A chalkboard sign of their cafe greets you at the entrance.

A chalkboard sign of their cafe greets you at the entrance.

Interior of the cafe.

Interior of the cafe.

Further inside the cafe with more leisure seating.

Further inside the cafe with more leisure seating.

Aesthetic
November 8 has a very old-school, retro style for it’s interior. The place is filled with wooden chairs & tables that have colorful highlights. Even the pipes on the ceiling are painting with pastel colours, giving the place a fun yet quirky look. The cafe also has some vintage rattan chairs strewn around the back for more leisure seating. Dim warm lighting with coffee bean bags above the ceiling add to the overall vintage look of the cafe. I do like how spacious the cafe is, unlike many others that seem like it’s about to implode from the amount of people in it.

November 8 also has a much bigger space compared to OZ Specialty Coffee, though both cafes are quite different from one another & are both great in their own way. Whereas OZ is easily located, being on the exterior of the building & all, November 8 is a tad more hidden. The cafe is located inside the building towards the side where you have to enter a small corridor.

Menu of November 8.

Menu of November 8.

Food
November 8 offers the typical All-Day Breakfast menu items, with dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Big Breakfasts and even a selection of waffles. The coffee they serve here use beans from Dutch Colony with a blend of 3 different countries, Sumatra, Brazil & El Salvador. They also offer some mains & pizzas for those who don’t feel like having breakfast food. Aside from their food menu, November 8 also has a small selection of cakes at the counter, though they are from an outside supplier.

Prices for November 8 are pretty decent, most items are around the 15 dollar mark. No service fees or GST charges here!

Sidenote
I’ve actually been to November 8 around three times. My first two times were rushed & I finally decided to make a proper third visit so that I could do a proper review. The place has since gained a lot of popularity and it was really packed on my third visit.

Vanilla Latte ($5.50) This tasted quite nice, a slight aroma of vanilla.

Vanilla Latte ($5.50)
This tasted quite nice, a slight aroma of vanilla.

Sweet Potato Fries ($7) Oven baked fries with Himalayan Sea Salt These days, I tend to shun truffle fries and opt for sweet potato fries instead. November 8's sweet potato fries were good. It had a slight spicyness to it.

Sweet Potato Fries ($7)
Oven baked fries with Himalayan Sea Salt
These days, I tend to shun truffle fries and opt for sweet potato fries instead. November 8’s sweet potato fries were good. It had a slight spicyness to it.

Eggs Benedict ($13) Poached Eggs, Bacon, Smoked Ham, Home-made Hollandaise This was not bad, not the best Eggs Benedict I've had, but it was decent. The toast tasted a bit like garlic bread, which I found unique. There is a slight hint of butter in the Hollandaise that I quite liked as well. [I love butter.] It's also one of the more affordable Eggs Benny you could find.

Eggs Benedict ($13)
Poached Eggs, Bacon, Smoked Ham, Home-made Hollandaise
This was not bad, not the best Eggs Benedict I’ve had, but it was decent. The toast tasted a bit like garlic bread, which I found unique. There is a slight hint of butter in the Hollandaise that I quite liked as well. [I love butter.] It’s also one of the more affordable Eggs Benny you could find.

Potato Rosti ($16) Freshly made Rosti, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon,  Gourmet Pork Sausage This was good, I really liked the whole dish. The rosti tasted great, though I did felt that the one I had on my second visit fared better. Of course, it was really crowded on my third visit, so perhaps the kitchen felt rushed. The scrambled eggs also had a buttery taste to it, which I liked. Bacon's good, sausage's good. One thing I like to note is that their salad does not consist of the normal rocket leaves or lettuce. They used Baby Spinach Leaves instead, if I'm not mistaken, which I find to be a refreshing take.

Potato Rosti ($16)
Freshly made Rosti, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Gourmet Pork Sausage
This was good, I really liked the whole dish. The rosti tasted great, though I did felt that the one I had on my second visit fared better. Of course, it was really crowded on my third visit, so perhaps the kitchen felt rushed.
The scrambled eggs also had a buttery taste to it, which I liked. Bacon’s good, sausage’s good. One thing I like to note is that their salad does not consist of the normal rocket leaves or lettuce. They used Baby Spinach Leaves instead, if I’m not mistaken, which I find to be a refreshing take.

Berrilicious Waffle ($9) Topped with Raspberries, Blueberries & Vanilla Ice-cream (With an added scoop of Rainbow ice-cream) Quite a few people have raved about November 8's waffles and they are right. Crispy on the outside, soft & fluffy inside. It tasted great as well and I really like the different presentation of the waffles. The ice-cream unfortunately did lack a bit in quality, but then again, once you've had fantastic home-made ice-cream from parlours, these generic ones don't cut it anymore. I did like the Rainbow ice-cream though, which had a flavor similar to "Paddle Pop", which is essentially caramel.

Berrilicious Waffle ($9)
Topped with Raspberries, Blueberries & Vanilla Ice-cream (With an added scoop of Rainbow ice-cream)
Quite a few people have raved about November 8’s waffles and they are right. Crispy on the outside, soft & fluffy inside. It tasted great as well and I really like the different presentation of the waffles.
The ice-cream unfortunately did lack a bit in quality, but then again, once you’ve had fantastic home-made ice-cream from parlours, these generic ones don’t cut it anymore. I did like the Rainbow ice-cream though, which had a flavor similar to “Paddle Pop”, which is essentially caramel.

Blueberry Cheesecake (Think it was around $6?) As I've mentioned earlier, cakes from November 8 are actually from an outside supplier.  The cake was good nonetheless.

Blueberry Cheesecake (Think it was around $6?)
As I’ve mentioned earlier, cakes from November 8 are actually from an outside supplier.
The cake was good nonetheless.

Red Velvet Cake (Think it was $7?) This was also quite good, it was moist & soft. Had a great chocolate taste as well. I must admit that I've spotted this exact cake in two or three other cafes that I've been to already. Still not sure where exactly they are from though.

Red Velvet Cake (Think it was $7?)
This was also quite good, it was moist & soft. Had a great chocolate taste as well. I must admit that I’ve spotted this exact cake in two or three other cafes that I’ve been to already. Still not sure where exactly they are from though.

A rattan kiddy rocking chair. for added nostalgia.

A rattan kiddy rocking chair. for added nostalgia.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
November 8 is definitely worth checking out. Though it’s among the numerous other cafes in the Thomson area, it still manages to differentiate itself from them. Good food, good coffee, great laidback space, November 8 also offers free Wi-Fi. It’s a great place to relax & hangout or perhaps to do some work when there’s no crowd.

RATING

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

NOVEMBER 8

11 Sin Ming Road, #01-30 Thomson V Two, Singapore 575629
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Contact: 6554 4388
Opening Hours:
Mon – Tues: 12 pm – 12 am
Thur – Sun: 12 pm – 12 am
https://www.facebook.com/November8.SG

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