CAD Cafe @ 23 Haji Lane

Coffee, Art, Design.

Coffee, Art, Design.

CAD Cafe, which stands for “Coffee, Art & Design”, is a little cafe situated along Haji Lane. The place was created by Chad Samson and Dave Code, who first met as DJs before deciding to create a space specifically to showcase various works from internationally renowned artists, local works & even those from student. The cafe is not only passionate in art, but also of great coffee & craft beers with some small bites to go along with them.

Inside the cafe.

Inside the cafe.

Artworks on display.

Artworks on display.

Aesthetic
CAD Cafe resides in a little space along the row of shophouses along Haji Lane. You’ll instantly recognize the bright blue building of the cafe which has graffiti all over. The inside of the cafe is really really small, with only their main counter & around two-three tables inside for seats. The rest of their seating situated outside the cafe, with two high tables right outside the entrance and more seating towards the side of the building. (Which is more for smokers as well.) The interior decor is kept very minimal, with hints of industrial elements. An old-school television set serves as a small counter for utensils & water. The main focus here are the artworks on display, which is a main point of CAD – the art.

I do find that the concept of CAD is very similar to a Artistry, another nearby cafe that also showcases local art. The difference is that Artistry has more of an Art Gallery vibe, while CAD seems more casual & relaxed.

Some pastries at their counter.

Some pastries at their counter.

Menu of CAD Cafe.

Menu of CAD Cafe.

Food
CAD Cafe has an all-day breakfast menu, which includes French toast, scrambled eggs & muesli. Aside from their breakfast items, they also offer some a variety of sandwiches. You would also be able to find pastries and/or muffins being displayed at their counter area. Do note that a few of their dishes are only available on the weekends and Public Holidays, which include their Eggs Florentine & Beef Sausage Omelette. Their menu offerings are just nice for the humble size of their cafe, which allows them to put more effort into each dish.

Prices here are kept pretty low which is great for the small spender. No GST or service fees here either.

The Cool Cat ($6) Kiwi, Green Apple, Cucumber, Mint The day was scorching hot as usual, and hence my friend & I decided to stay clear of their hot drinks. (Perhaps that was a mistake, CAD seems to have good coffee afterall.) Decided to try one of their cold juices instead. This was pretty nice & refreshing. A tad pricey though.

The Cool Cat ($6)
Kiwi, Green Apple, Cucumber, Mint
The day was scorching hot as usual, and hence my friend & I decided to stay clear of their hot drinks. (Perhaps that was a mistake, CAD seems to have good coffee afterall.)
Decided to try one of their cold juices instead. This was pretty nice & refreshing. A tad pricey though.

Eggs Florentine ($16) English Muffin, Baby Spinach, Smoked Salmon, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise This was one of the things that I wanted to try from CAD, which is the whole reason why I made sure to visit them over the weekend as this is only available then. If you're wondering what's the difference between Eggs Florentine & Benedict, anything named Florentine will have spinach included. This was really delicious, perfectly poached eggs. The smoked salmon complemented the spinach & Hollandaise. It did take quite a while for this dish to be prepared, but when it arrived, I could see why. I've lost track of my top favourite Eggs Bennys, but this should be around my top ten. Recommended.

Eggs Florentine ($16)
English Muffin, Baby Spinach, Smoked Salmon, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise
This was one of the things that I wanted to try from CAD, which is the whole reason why I made sure to visit them over the weekend as this is only available then.
If you’re wondering what’s the difference between Eggs Florentine & Benedict, anything named Florentine will have spinach included.
This was really delicious, perfectly poached eggs. The smoked salmon complemented the spinach & Hollandaise. It did take quite a while for this dish to be prepared, but when it arrived, I could see why. I’ve lost track of my top favourite Eggs Bennys, but this should be around my top ten. Recommended.

Beef Sausage Omelette ($15) Spicy Chorizo Beef Sausage, Red Peppers, Onion, Wild Rocket, Cherry Tomatoes, Wholegrain Mustard This was another dish that was exclusive to weekends. My friend had this and he mentioned it was not bad. The downside was that the amount beef sausage in it was very little. Seemed a little high priced as well.

Beef Sausage Omelette ($15)
Spicy Chorizo Beef Sausage, Red Peppers, Onion, Wild Rocket, Cherry Tomatoes, Wholegrain Mustard
This was another dish that was exclusive to weekends. My friend had this and he mentioned that it was not bad. The downside was that the amount beef sausage in it was very little. Seemed a little high priced as well considering how simple the ingredients are.

French Toast ($10) Egg Dipped Brioche, Strawberry Compote This was really good. Really simple but done really well. I loved the presentation as well. The brioche was soft & fluffy and paired well with the slight tang of the compote.

French Toast ($10)
Egg Dipped Brioche, Strawberry Compote
This was really good. Really simple but done really well. I loved the presentation as well. The brioche was soft & fluffy and paired well with the slight tang of the compote.

Banana Bread with Ice-cream (Think it was $7.50?) My friend & I were pretty full by this point. As usual, not only was I being greedy, I was also enticed by their sign near the counter that was advertising their Banana Bread. It just seemed like something you gotta order here, so I did. No regrets here though, the Banana Bread was delicious as well. I tend to be weary whenever I hear the words "Bread", in regards to dessert as I always think they'll end up being very dry. I was wrong here though, the Banana Bread was soft & moist, served warm with an added scoop of ice-cream. Really good! (I also liked how it was served in a mug.)

Banana Bread with Ice-cream (Think it was $7.50?)
My friend & I were pretty full by this point. As usual, not only was I being greedy, I was also enticed by their sign near the counter that was advertising their Banana Bread. It just seemed like something you gotta order here, so I did.
No regrets here though, the Banana Bread was delicious as well. I tend to be weary whenever I hear the words “Bread”, in regards to dessert as I always think they’ll end up being very dry. I was wrong here though, the Banana Bread was soft & moist, served warm with an added scoop of ice-cream. Really good! (I also liked how it was served in a mug.)

The front façade of CAD. An artwork by itself.

The front façade of CAD. An artwork by itself.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
CAD Cafe is a great little place among the horde of cafes around the Haji Lane area. The concept of the cafe is great, a small outlet for showcasing local & international artworks. Food & prices here are respectable & great as well, perfect for anyone looking for a nice brunch without spending too much. The place is nice & quiet, a perfect spot for people watching or for catching up with a friend over coffee. If I’m ever in the area again, I’ll make sure to try their coffee this time around.

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

CAD Cafe

23 Haji Lane, Singapore 189216
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: –
Opening Hours:
Tue – Wed: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
http://cad.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/coffeeartdesign

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