“Make your pit-stop here to refuel, rev up, then ride.”
The 7th Cylinder is a cafe situated along Jalan Pisang, near Haji Lane. What makes this cafe so special is that it’s a motorcycle themed establishment. Bikes, bikes, bikes everywhere. The 7th Cylinder represents people’s passion for the two-wheeled vehicle & also for good food & coffee. Though the place is somewhat hidden in a corner of the row of shophouses, you can easily spot the cafe from the huge oil drum display & a Kawasaki Estrella 250 right outside.
Inside the cafe.
The 7th Cylinder is a fairly new cafe of the Haji Lane area, having only opened earlier this year. I’ve been to this place three times so far, with my first visit solely for their giant Macarons that I saw on Instagram (Which are from Macarons.sg), unfortunately they were unavailable, hence my second visit. My third was finally to try their mains, which has been recently rolled out on their new properly created menu.
Bike helmets & shirts on display. They are even for sale!
Stacks of magazines of motorcycles & a neat metal wall rack filled with Polaroids.
As I have mentioned earlier, The 7th Cylinder is a motorcycle themed cafe. That is exactly what I liked about the place, finally a cafe with a specialized theme, not just “Industrial/Vintage/Hipster”. It’s kinda like Kombi Rocks, a well-known cafe for its Volkswagen Van theme. Not only will you see an actual awesome motorcycle outside but the interior of the cafe is also decorated with things related to it. A whole rack of helmets & paraphernalia are displayed, along with a shelf with stacks of bike magazines for reading. A few huge oil drums are used as tables for display items, which I thought were pretty cool. The cafe itself is still kept quite modern, with a distinct line between the motorcycle-related decor & the tables and seating of the place.
There’s even a Vespa inside the cafe!
Menu of The 7th Cylinder.
Back of the menu.
The 7th Cylinder quite recently managed to roll out a full-fledged menu with a nice selection of brunch & mains. Notable dishes include their “Class 2A Breakfast” & their range of pastas. One of the main draws of the cafe would have to be their desserts, which was what they started out with when their menu wasn’t as extensive just yet. Their desserts are supplied from both The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. and also Macarons.sg. I do admit I was enticed by the giant macarons that I saw on Instagram that The 7th Cylinder offered from Macarons.sg.
They do not charge service fees or GST either. Hurrah!
A plastic battery serves as your table number. Pretty cool.
Red Velvet ($6)
The concept of red velvet cakes has been done to death. Hence, when you translate it to something else, like a drink, it makes me all giddy inside & gives me a renewed interest for the flavor.
This was pretty much like a hot chocolate but it tasted really really fantastic. Recommended.
Class 2A Breakfast ($15.90)
Oven Baked Chicken Sausage, Crispy Pork Bacon, Creamy Mushroom Sauce, Scrambled Eggs
This was pretty good as well, you can’t go wrong with a hearty all-day breakfast. Great quantity as well. Scrambled eggs were perfectly scrambled & seasoned. The creamy mushroom sauce was a really nice complement to the dish.
Chicken Basil Aglio Olio ($11.90)
Minced Chicken, Chili Padi, Basil, Garlic
This was recommended to me by the staff as I was having trouble deciding what pasta to order.
This tasted pretty alright. A bit too spicy for my liking though, perhaps due to the chili padi. Usually I’m not fazed by the chili in Aglio Olios, but this was definitely pretty spicy. Not bad nonetheless.
English Earl Grey & Toasted Marshmallow Ice-cream Cookies ($7.90 each)
From The Ice Cream & Cookie Co.
If you haven’t tried one of The Ice Cream & Cookie Co.’s ice cream cookies, you must be living under a shell. (I kid.)
You can find their ice-cream cookies at quite a few other cafes now, including Working Title. You can even order them from their website. They are pretty great ice-cream cookies/sandwiches.
Strawberry Shortcake Ice-cream Cookie ($7.90)
What’s great about The 7th Cylinder & these cookies is their presentation. They add a personal touch by including chocolate sauce/maple syrup patterns & a few added fruits. Superb.
Set of 3 Macarons by Macarons.sg ($6.90)
I had this during my first visit when The 7th Cylinder was still quite new and as the giant ones were not available that day. I’m not sure if these normal sized ones are still offered now. Think they only stock the giant ones currently.
Cute artwork though. Reminded me of Chock Full of Beans.
3 Inch Macarons by Macarcons.sg ($7.90 each)
Cheesy Oreo, Matcha Azuki, Mango Passion, Neapolitan, Berry Surprise
Finally, these bad boys were available on my second visit. Having failed to try them on my first, I was like “Heck, I’ll just get them ALL.” And that was what I did. Do bear in mind it was only to be shared between my friend & I. Yes, two people. (Ended up packing most of them up for takeaway – Perhaps my signature move.)
I’ve previously had a giant macaron a while back by some other bakery & that was horrid. I came to the conclusion that macarons simply could not be too big as they would lose their shell texture. I was proven wrong when I tried Macarons.sg’s variations.
They were awesome. Each had a distinct flavor & color that were just absolutely pleasing. You can even see that some of them have a normal sized macaron to go along with it! (A macaron within a macaron; Inception.)
The giant shells still retained the iconic macaron texture; crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. The accompanying creams for each macaron were also fantastic. A definite must to try, especially if you are a lover of macarons.
A pretty cool stencil mural on the side of the building that The 7th Cylinder resides in. OOTD shots anyone?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The 7th Cylinder is definitely a pretty cool cafe to check out, even if you are not a motorcycle enthusiast. The food’s pretty good & their desserts (while from suppliers) are great as well. The cafe has a nice laidback vibe, which makes it a fantastic place to chill out, chat with friends or to do some work in. I really like the decor of the place as well, it’s one that stands out from the whole bombardment of cafes that currently inhabits this little island.
THE 7th CYLINDER
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 6299 5681
Mon: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm