Lowercase @ LASALLE College of the Arts

"Where food, art & community come together."

“Where food, art & community come together.”

Lowercase is a cafe/bar that is situated inside the campus of LASALLE College of the Arts. The cafe is pretty much one of the main go-to places for the students of the campus, not just because of convenience but also partly due to the peaceful & quiet atmosphere inside. Of course, as the cafe is situated in an art college, there is an integration of both food & the arts, the latter being in multiple forms such as traditional art, music & film. Being a campus cafe, the place tend to offer dishes more suitable for the undergrad palate. (And more importantly, their wallet.)

Lowercase's signage.

Lowercase’s signage.

Inside the cafe.

Inside the cafe.

Further seating on the lower level of the cafe.  (Perhaps this is the reason the place is named Lowercase?)

Further seating on the lower level of the cafe.
(Perhaps this is the reason the place is named Lowercase?)

Aesthetic
The whole look of Lowercase is very industrial, with concrete floors & high exposed ceilings. (Hey, it is in an art college after all, it HAS to be “hipster”.) The cafe benefits from having large spaces, allowing students to sit & relax in the place without any disturbance. Lowercase also benefits from the large glass façade of the block it resides in, allowing a huge amount of Sunlight into the cafe. The cafe is split into two areas, the higher level houses the kitchen, counters & some seats. The lower level consists of a stage, the bar (which is probably only active during the night) & more seating; which are reminiscent of crate boxes.

Lowercase even helps to showcase local art & performances, the latter usually happening during the night. You’ll be able to check out either musical performances, A capella groups & others happening on stage in the cafe.

A pretty neat wall dedicated to flyers & adverts of the art scene.

A pretty neat wall dedicated to flyers & adverts of the art scene.

Desserts, desserts, desserts.

Desserts, desserts, desserts.

The cafe also offers Danishes & pastries.

The cafe also offers Danishes & pastries.

Menu of Lowercase.

Menu of Lowercase.

Food
The food of Lowercase is definitely geared towards the student profile of the campus, with simple offerings like pastas, pizzas & snacks. They have recently rolled out a brunch menu, perhaps to keep in context with the horde of cafes around the area. I did notice that their menu previously had more variety & was much more complex, with dishes like “Beef Yakiniku” and “Chicken Roulade”. Unfortunately, most of those dishes seem to be gone and replaced with much simpler options. (Perhaps to be more in tune with their aimed demographic – students?) Lowercase also offers quite a bit of desserts & pastries as shown above. They also sell cheesecakes from Snaffles here, which I thought was kinda odd.

Prices for Lowercase is much lower compared to most cafes. They even offer a special student pricing if you are studying at LASALLE. If I remembered correctly, there’s no GST or service charge here either.

Hot Chocolate ($4) Hey, if a campus cafe can offer great latte art, other cafes shouldn't have a reason NOT to. The drink was pretty good as well.

Hot Chocolate ($4)
Hey, if a campus cafe can offer great latte art, other cafes shouldn’t have a reason NOT to. The drink was pretty good as well.

Ice Lemon Tea These came in a set with a main course ordered. It's $3.50 for a tea & soup, $5 for tea & dessert or $6 for all three.

Ice Lemon Tea
These came in a set with a main course ordered. It’s $3.50 for a tea & soup, $5 for tea & dessert or $6 for all three.

Mushroom Soup This was quite nice, I just drank it from the cup. Good for people on the go.

Mushroom Soup
This was quite nice, I just drank it from the cup. Good for people on the go.

Prawn Aglio Olio ($10 for students) One of my friends ordered this & she mentioned that it was pretty good.

Prawn Aglio Olio ($10 for students)
One of my friends ordered this & she mentioned that it was pretty good.

Spaghetti Bolognese ($9.50 for students) Another friend of mine had this. She also mentioned that she liked the dish.

Spaghetti Bolognese ($9.50 for students)
Another friend of mine had this. She also mentioned that she liked the dish.

French Fries ($4.50 for students, additional 50 cents for each sauce) My friends & I went with a garlic aioli and a wasabi sauce to go with our fries. At one point, one of my friends thought the garlic aioli wasn't what it was & had to check with the staff again as the garlic taste wasn't prominent. Eventually after reaching the bottom, she could taste more of the garlic in the aioli.  Other than that, the fries were pretty alright, it was a nice snacker.

French Fries ($4.50 for students, additional 50 cents for each sauce)
My friends & I went with a garlic aioli and a wasabi sauce to go with our fries. At one point, one of my friends thought the garlic aioli wasn’t what it was & had to check with the staff again as the garlic taste wasn’t prominent. Eventually after reaching the bottom, she could taste more of the garlic in the aioli.
Other than that, the fries were pretty alright, it was a nice snacker.

Sharing fries with friends? Why not order one more?  That was basically what my friends & I did. One wasn't enough!

Sharing fries with friends? Why not order more?
That was basically what my friends & I did. One wasn’t enough!

Eggs Benedict ($11 for students) I was definitely quite impressed with this dish. The presentation looked great even though it was simple.

Eggs Benedict ($11 for students)
I was definitely quite impressed with this dish. The presentation looked great even though it was simple.

Annnnnnd here's what happens when you cut it open! Lowercase's Eggs Benny tasted really delicious. It was definitely good. It's pretty affordable as well. Recommended.

Annnnnnd here’s what happens when you cut it open!
Lowercase’s Eggs Benny tasted really delicious. It was definitely good. It’s pretty affordable as well. Recommended.

Beef Stew ($10 for students) Not feeling that full yet, I decided to try something else. (Go hard or go home.) The stew came in the tinfoil bowl which was placed on top the paper bowl filled with rice. I actually didn't realize it came with rice until I lifted it up & got surprised. The stew was more Asian-style, especially since it came with rice. I kinda thought it would be more like Beef Bourguignon, but the stew was more soupy. Overall, it was still good nonetheless.

Beef Stew ($10 for students)
Not feeling that full yet, I decided to try something else. (Go hard or go home.)
The stew came in the tinfoil bowl which was placed on top the paper bowl filled with rice. I actually didn’t realize it came with rice until I lifted it up & got surprised.
The stew was more Asian-style, especially since it came with rice. I kinda thought it would be more like Beef Bourguignon, but the stew was more soupy instead. Overall, it was still good nonetheless.

Mozza Cheese Sticks ($6.50 for students) My friends were obsessed with Mozzarella Cheese Sticks but were disappointed when they were unavailable during our first visit.  They finally had it on our second & so we decided to give it a try. Honestly, when I first saw it, it was kinda underwhelming for the price. They tasted pretty good though, especially dipped in the Marinara sauce.

Mozza Cheese Sticks ($6.50 for students)
My friends were obsessed with Mozzarella Cheese Sticks but were disappointed when they were unavailable during our first visit.
They finally had it on our second & so we decided to give it a try. Honestly, when I first saw it, it was kinda underwhelming for the price. They tasted pretty good though, especially dipped in the Marinara sauce.

Chocolate Vanilla Palmer (Think it was $1) Seeing all those Danishes & pastries really enticed me, so I decided to try one out. This was great, baked perfectly, slight hint of chocolate & vanilla.  Not to mention it was only like a buck. When my wallet's happy, I'm happy.

Chocolate Vanilla Palmer (Think it was $1)
Seeing all those Danishes & pastries really enticed me, so I decided to try one out. This was great, baked perfectly, slight hint of chocolate & vanilla.
Not to mention it was only like a buck. When my wallet’s happy, I’m happy.

Hazelnut Crunchy ($6.50) I have a feeling that the cakes here are from suppliers. Anyway, back to the cake itself. I loved this. It was really smooth & soft, with a high cream to cake ratio. It was basically like mousse, which I really liked. My friends thought it was good as well.

Hazelnut Crunchy ($6.50)
I have a feeling that the cakes here are from suppliers. Anyway, back to the cake itself. I loved this. It was really smooth & soft, with a high cream to cake ratio. It was basically like mousse, which I really liked. My friends thought it was good as well.

Oreo Cheesecake ($6.50) I had this on my second visit to Lowercase. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the cheesecake. It wasn't as smooth as it should be, it was sort of crumbly. Few of my friends gave it a try, one agreed with me, two mentioned that they actually thought it was good. So at the end of the day, it's all up to personal perference.

Oreo Cheesecake ($6.50)
I had this on my second visit to Lowercase. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the cheesecake. It wasn’t as smooth as it should be, it was sort of crumbly. Few of my friends gave it a try, one agreed with me, two mentioned that they actually thought it was good. So at the end of the day, it’s all up to personal perference.

A "hipster" cafe is not complete without kiddy toys... that aren't really for kids to play with.

A “hipster” cafe is not complete without kiddy toys… that aren’t really for kids to play with.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Lowercase is definitely a great cafe for the students of LASALLE. It is also open to public, so don’t worry if you don’t study there. The place caters more towards the student demographic & hence the food seems much more simple compared to other cafes I’ve tried. Of course, there is still some quality to the food here which is quite refreshing for a campus cafe, they still strive to be an actual cafe while retaining low prices for the students. The place is also peaceful & quiet to do work in or just chill your afternoon away. Do check out Lowercase even if you are not a student of LASALLE.

Food
7/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
8/10
Service
7.5/10

LOWERCASE

1 McNally Street, Block D #01-01, Singapore 187940
(Nearest train station: Dhoby Gaut/Little India/Bugis)
Contact: 6337 5581
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
https://www.facebook.com/lowercase.sg

Advertisements

One thought on “Lowercase @ LASALLE College of the Arts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s