The Lokal is one of the newer cafes that have opened up in Singapore. The cafe is situated in the same building as the Goethe-Institut. along Neil Road. The place was opened by Chef/Owner Darren Farr, one of the founding chefs of Tetsuya in Sydney. The Lokal’s main focus is about using the best raw ingredients for their food, some of which are even made from scratch.
The whole cafe has a very “Aussie” vibe; both the decor & music played in the cafe has an essence of the Land Down Under. The cafe benefits from having high ceilings, large windows and a pretty big space for seats. The Lokal keeps things homely & comfortable, with a mixture of light blue tiles & white bricked walls. It just feels like a gigantic living room, where customers can enjoy their food with ease.
A large & long counter resides near the entrance of the cafe, with daily specials & desserts written in chalk on the long boards behind. This is where all the coffee brewing happens. There are further seats towards the back of the cafe, where the kitchen is. At times you can spot Chef owner Darren himself pushing orders out.
Word has definitely gotten out about The Lokal. I visited the cafe on a weekend for brunch, thinking the place would be scarce with customers. Boy, was I wrong. Even before I reached the entrance of the place, there were already customers sitting on benches outside waiting for a table. The cafe has gained a huge boom in popularity & it can get really crowded during lunch/brunch hours now. (I actually found out about the place through Instagram.)
The Lokal offers brunch items made from wholesome & fresh ingredients. Their butter, yogurt & ricotta are even made from scratch by themselves! Their dishes also seem to be inspired from Australian cuisine, ranging from burgers to sandwiches to paninis. Aside from their food offerings, The Lokal is also known for their coffee, which uses the same coffee beans as Sarnies. (A cafe at Telok Ayer)
Prices for The Lokal are more towards the higher average, with mains costing around 16 to 28 bucks. You are paying for fresh & home-made ingredients though, so bear that in mind. Though they also don’t charge service fees, there is still GST.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The Lokal is definitely one of the new current trending cafes here in Singapore. The crazy weekend crowds don’t lie. The cafe has great food & a great atmosphere with a sort of a nice Aussie laidback vibe. If you haven’t visited The Lokal, I do recommend you to do so, perhaps to try their fantastic weekend brunch. Of course, do head there early as word has gotten out about the place & sometimes the crowds are just… nuts!
136 Neil Road, Singapore 088865
(Nearest train station: Outram Park)
Contact: 6423 9918
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Kitchen closes 3:30 pm)
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm