Assembly Coffee is a little cafe situated at Evans Road Lodge, right beside a prata shop. The place is a self-proclaimed third-wave coffee movement which has been named “Assembly”. (No wonder there are quite a few cafes with that name now. Assembly Coffee has no relation to Assembly Ground mind you.) The focal point of the place has to be their coffee, which they take very seriously, using beans from local roasters – Liberty Coffee & Geisha Specialty. Assembly also offers up a good, hearty brunch, with waffles that are highly well-known.
Inside the cafe. (Oh the horrible weekend crowds…)
Some interesting decor at the entrance.
Today’s letter is “A”. Which stands for “Assembly”.
Assembly Coffee’s interior is actually quite small. (I was taken aback when I first walked in.) They do make do with what limited space they have, maximising seats by having a communal table in the middle of the place. The counters & kitchen take up one corner of the establishment. The whole place has a very nice, homely aesthetic, with unpretentious decor which makes you feel like you’re in your friend’s living room/kitchen. (Who is an interior designer. Or something like…) Knick knacks are strewn about (a few As here & there) & the whole look of the place is tied together by the lovely hanging lights. It all emits a very cosy feeling that makes you feel like chilling out at Assembly. (Something that will be ruined by the crowds.)
Menu of Assembly Coffee.
Assembly Coffee offers up your usual brunch fare, with sandwiches, croissants, waffles, cakes & pastries. The place is extremely popular for their buttermilk waffles, which is probably one of best in Singapore. (I kid you not.) They also have a wide selection of desserts at the counter, most of which are made in-house. (Their cakes are anyway.) One other notable dessert is their “Shibuya Toast” (Another Instagram favourite). Of course, if you ever visit Assembly Coffee, you would obviously HAVE to try their coffee. It’s what the place is all about, if you don’t, it’s like a crime against humanity.
Prices for Assembly Coffee are all towards the lower end of things. It’s one of the more affordable places. (Bearing in mind you can get to their secluded location easily first. It’s definitely easier if you go by car.) No GST or service fees here either!
A neat wooden peg serves as your table number.
Caffe Mocha ($5)
Espresso + Milk + Chocolate
So.. is their coffee as good as they say? Yes! I can attest to that. Great full bodied cup of jo. I have more of a sweet tooth, hence I decided to go with the Mocha variation. Pretty awesome latte art as well.
Scrambled Eggs Croissant ($13.90)
Honey Baked Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Croissant, Garden Greens
The place was packed that day which led to their pies AND Egg mayo sandwich selling out. My companion was dismayed & had a hard choice deciding what to get next.
She finally settled on this. Tasted quite alright, my companion thought it was “Okay”. (Everybody’s go-to word whenever I ask them for comments on their food. Expand your vocabulary please, people!)
Pulled Pork Sandwich ($14.90)
Slow Cooked Pull Pork, BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, Green Apple Slices
Interestingly enough, this tasted VERY Asian. The pulled pork had a strong taste of Indian spices rather than BBQ sauce. It was definitely quite unique though not exactly for my palate.
Earl Grey Caramel Waffle ($11.50)
Homemade Earl Grey Caramel sauce, New Zealand Natural Vanilla Ice-cream, Strawberries
I find that Earl Grey is the new “In” thing these days. (At least for me.) I was pretty sick of all things Salted Caramel, hence decided to go for their Earl Grey Caramel waffle instead.
It. Was. So. Good. This is definitely a must-try at Assembly. It’s one of the best waffles you can get around these parts. The waffles was cooked perfectly, slight crisp on the outside, great tasting batter. The Earl Grey Caramel sauce worked wonders together with the ice-cream & waffle without overpowering anything. Fantastic hint of Earl Grey as well. Recommended.
Chocolate Pomegranate Pistachio ($8.50)
This was one of the cakes that caught my eye while I was browsing the dessert counter. I’ve been a fan of pomegranate cakes ever since I had the one at Laman’s Delights @ PasarBella.
This was pretty good, though I felt that the texture of the cake was more towards that of a brownie rather than a cake. Nothing wrong with that, but you guys know me – (For those who don’t, I prefer cakes with a higher cream-to-cake ratio.)
Assembly’s Brick Toast ($12)
Honey Brick Toast, Vanilla Ice-cream, Artisan Honey Greek Yoghurt, Fruits
I spotted this on Instagram & I just knew immediately that I HAD to order it. Being my “typical” self again, I even called ahead to make sure it was available. (Hey, I thought it was a special or something.)
When this was served, that iconic square of the brick toast was actually a triangle. I found that slightly off-putting as those that I saw on Instagram were made to look square. Of course, with a little rearranging, I managed to recreate the square (kinda) with a broken piece of the toast. (“Seriously dude… it’s just toast.” Hey, all for the sake of photography!)
Definitely one of the most photogenic dishes I’ve come across. Tasted fantastic too. Each piece of toast tasted great by itself, sweet & crunchy. Perhaps some Earl Grey Caramel sauce poured over would have made it perfect.
Easy A. (Wait.. what?)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Assembly Coffee is definitely worth a visit. It’s a great place for coffee & waffles, especially if you’ve just finished a leisurely walk in the Botanic Gardens. The place is quite unpretentious with great homely decor. The staff were all quite friendly as well even though the crowd was quite horrid. Their waffles & desserts definitely left an impression on me as well, a definite must-try! Do remember to head there early to avoid the weekend crowd. (Or at least the peak period.)
26 Evans Road, Singapore 259367
(Nearest train station: Botanic Gardens)
Contact: 6735 5647
Tue – Sun: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm