Drury Lane @ 94 Tanjong Pagar Road

The iconic bright red exterior of Drury Lane.

The iconic bright red exterior of Drury Lane.

Drury Lane is a cafe that is situated along the entire row of shop houses stretching through Tanjong Pagar road. It’s actually a few steps down from Quarter to Three, another cafe nearby. The name “Drury Lane” derived from the nursery rhyme “The Muffin Man”, which is a testament to the muffins they offer in the cafe. Perhaps another reasoning behind their name is from a street in London, which is probably why their eye-catching exterior is painted bright red, similar to London’s red phone booths.

Inside the cafe.

Inside the cafe.

Second level of the cafe with more seatings.

Second level of the cafe with more seatings.

I actually came to know of Drury Lane through a sudden boost of Instagram photos a while back. I felt compelled to visit the place, as it seemed really popular. I finally came across the place when I was heading to Quarter to Three, and hence, planned to finally check out Drury Lane later in the week since I already knew where it was.

Aesthetic
Drury Lane has a very cosy atmosphere. Unlike the horde of cafes in the district, Drury Lane seems much more quiet & peaceful, which is nice. Lots of wooden elements are used in the cafe, with interesting hanging lamps made from jars/containers. The decor here is quite minimal, with a few knick knacks here & there, and chalkboard signs of their daily specials & brews. The place has two levels, the kitchen on the first with a few seats and further seating on the second level.

Lots of coffee bean packets used as decor on their wall.

Lots of coffee bean packets used as decor on their wall.

One of their eye-catching seating areas.  Crate boxes used as chairs. Anyone dare to sit here?

One of their eye-catching seating areas.
Crate boxes used as chairs. Anyone dare to sit here?

Menu of Drury Lane.

Menu of Drury Lane.

Food
Drury Lane offers a menu selection of sandwiches, eggs and all-day breakfast. They also have a some specials on the menu, such as the “Salmon Miso Pasta”. The food here has a nice homely feel, unlike those mass productions from commercialized places. Their selections are also unique enough to make Drury Lane stand out from the numerous cafes of the area. Aside from their food menu, they also have a counter filled with some bakes of the day, ranging from muffins to bread & tarts.

What I like about Drury Lane is that it’s one of the more affordable cafes out there. So if you’re looking for a good brunch that won’t burn your wallet, give Drury Lane a visit. They also don’t charge service fees or GST!

Iced Chocolate ($4.50) Homemade Daily Cooler ($4) There have been quite a few positive reviews about Drury Lane's coffee. The wall decor of coffee bean packets don't lie. Unfortunately, my friend & I decided to go with cold drinks as it was a pretty hot day. My friend really liked his Iced Chocolate.  The Homemade Daily Cooler that day was a mixture of lemonade, cucumber slices & lime. Pretty refreshing. It was a nice thirst quencher for a scorching day.

Iced Chocolate ($4.50)
Homemade Daily Cooler ($4)
There have been quite a few positive reviews about Drury Lane’s coffee. The wall decor of numerous coffee bean packets don’t lie. Unfortunately, my friend & I decided to go with cold drinks as it was a pretty hot day and so didn’t get to try their coffee.
My friend mentioned that he really liked his Iced Chocolate.
The Homemade Daily Cooler that day was a mixture of lemonade, cucumber slices & lime. Pretty refreshing. It was a nice thirst quencher for a scorching day.

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Muffin Nutella S'Mores Muffin These muffins were actually "Pay As You Wish". Meaning you can pay WHATEVER you want for them, which I found to be a pretty fantastic scheme from Drury Lane. You can basically choose to be cheap or generous. The muffins were pretty good. They were served nice & warm. Both were quite soft & moist.

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Muffin
Nutella S’Mores Muffin
These muffins were actually “Pay As You Wish”. Meaning you can pay WHATEVER you want for them, which I found to be a pretty fantastic scheme from Drury Lane. You can basically choose to be cheap or generous. I won’t say how much I paid for them… my friend was the one who paid for the muffins anyway. Ask him.
The muffins were pretty good. They were served nice & warm. Both were quite soft & moist.

Eggs Benedict ($12) Honey Cured Turkey Bacon, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Toast, Add-on Beef Sausage ($2) Drury Lane's Eggs Benedict was quite delicious. Both my friend and I really liked it. It's also one of the more affordable Benedicts that I've come across. The turkey bacon was a great healthier alternative, taste just as good as normal bacon.

Eggs Benedict ($12)
Honey Cured Turkey Bacon, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Toast, Add-on Beef Sausage ($2)
Drury Lane’s Eggs Benedict was quite delicious. Both my friend and I really liked it. It’s also one of the more affordable Benedicts that I’ve come across. The turkey bacon was a great healthier alternative, taste just as good as normal bacon.

Salmon Miso Pasta ($16) Avocado, Tomato, Smoked Salmon I was already eyeing this dish but asked the staff for a recommendation. When he recommend this, I was sold & decided to order it. This tasted really fantastic. It's light, refreshing & the dish feels quite healthy overall. A unique dish from Drury Lane, a definite must-try.

Salmon Miso Pasta ($16)
Avocado, Tomato, Smoked Salmon
I was already eyeing this dish but asked the staff for a recommendation nonetheless. When he recommended this, I was sold & decided to order it.
This tasted really fantastic. It’s light, refreshing & the dish feels quite healthy overall. A unique dish from Drury Lane, a definite must-try.

1935 Toast ($8) French Toast, Peanut Butter, Banana The French Toast seems to have overtaken brunch, with many cafes offering this dish lately.  Drury Lane's version is simple but good. A good layer of peanut butter in the middle, tasty caramelized bananas on top the toast. A sprinkle of icing sugar & a drizzle of syrup to bring it all together.

1935 Toast ($8)
French Toast, Peanut Butter, Banana
The French Toast seems to have overtaken brunch, with many cafes offering this dish lately.
Drury Lane’s version is simple but good. A good layer of peanut butter in the middle, tasty caramelized bananas on top the toast. A sprinkle of icing sugar & a drizzle of syrup to bring it all together.

Russian nesting dolls for decor. Neat.

Russian nesting dolls for decor. Neat.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Drury Lane has already been around for quite some time now, so if you haven’t paid them a visit, you really should. I really like the place, it’s not only unpretentious but quiet & relaxing as well. (At least during my visit.) The food is good & really affordable, a rarity these days. Also, do quickly grab those “Pay as you Wish” muffins as they’ll probably fly off the shelves like hot cakes!

RATING

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8.5/10
Service
7/10

DRURY LANE

94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088515
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6222 6698
Opening Hours:
Mon: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Wed – Thu: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/drurylane.sg

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