Pushing the specialty coffee movement.
Remember OZ Specialty Coffee over at Thomson V Two? Well, they have since closed up shop but fortunately, the people behind OZ has teamed up with Thailand’s Pacamara Coffee to open up Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters. The newly opened cafe took over where Liquid Kitchen used to be & is situated just a short distance away from where OZ once was, along the row of shophouses that include Fat Boys, One Man Coffee & Habitat Coffee.
Weekend crowds. They never get any better, do they?
Coffee for sale!
To be quite honest, Pacamara seemed to have flew under my radar & it was only recently that I found out about the place. (It was a surprise to me actually.) Perhaps it was due to my hiatus a while back. Pacamara has gotten extremely popular recently, anyone who is anyone have already been to the cafe, not to mention it’s all over Instagram.
The most noticeable difference between OZ & Pacamara is the size of the space. Pacamara is much bigger compared to the petite locale that OZ had. They still retained the clean & crisp look, with white being the key component to their interior design. The whole aesthetic is quite clinical in a way, with simple shelves & large communal tables that makes the place sleek. Do also note the Harley outside, I thought it belonged to one of the customers, but it has been there for quite some time. Apparently bikes are the new outdoor decor.
Simple table numbers & decor.
(Do be careful when it comes to the cactus. A woman beside me got pricked by it while reaching for coffee. I can’t say that I didn’t chuckle…. in my mind anyway.)
The menu of Pacamara.
With a newly added kitchen, Pacamara’s food menu have expanded beyond what OZ could offer before. Not only do they have a menu for brunch, but they also have a small section when it comes to dinnertime. They have also given a twist to your usual brunch offerings, which include Red Velvet Pancakes & Truffle Benedict. It’s quite interesting & somewhat unique enough to renew my attention for brunch food. The coffee here is not to be missed as well, with most of their beans hailing from Thailand, which is where the brand of Pacamara originated from.
The other notable difference between OZ & Pacamara would have to be the prices. Gone are the low & affordable price of OZ. Pacamara’s prices are quite towards the above average, something similar to Five & Dime in my opinion. There is also a 7% GST charge. I’m definitely not a fan of the new prices, some of them even made me cringe just by looking at them. (Yes, starters, I’m looking at you.)
As I mentioned earlier, the coffee at Pacamara is not to be missed. They are all about the coffee movement, hence you can tell that this is some quality coffee.
The mocha was quite good, smooth but not too overwhelming. Love the latte art as well, though I was hoping to get a swan. (Peak hours, go figure.)
Iced Mocha ($6)
My companion had the iced version instead. I’ll like to note that both prices for the hot/cold are similar. I liked that.
Cinnamon Bun ($5)
As said before, their breads & pastries are from The Bread Table. My companion was attracted to their cinnamon bun & decided to give it a try. She quite liked it, though wished it was made warm. The price also got to her. (*Cringe*)
Buffalo Caprese ($16)
Buffalo Mozzarella, Roma Tomato Slices, Pesto, Vincotto
Remember how I always state that I LOATHE starter prices? Well, apparently I don’t learn. This is a starter by the way. (Which brings me back to my agony regarding the price.)
Anyway, the reason I decided to try this was because I had some fantastic Buffalo Mozzarella at some fine dining establishment & I’ve been currently looking for something that could be similar. Though I didn’t find that here, the dish was still quite tasty even with it’s simplicity. I won’t order it ever again though, the price is just too much. (When it’s the same as the mains, you got a problem right there.)
Truffle Benedict ($18)
Brioche, Smoked Ham, Wilted Spinach, Free Range Poached Eggs, Truffle Hollandaise
If you’ve been religiously following my reviews, you would have notice that I will order Eggs Benedict whenever it’s offered, hence it will take something great to impress me when it comes to this common brunch dish.
This. Impressed. Me. It was pretty much as good as it sounded, the brioche was nice & crisp while slightly soft in the middle, eggs were perfect, ham was delish. The truffle hollandaise? Oh, that was divine. You can even see the grated truffle throughout the sauce. Their Eggs Benny is definitely in my top 5 now. Highly recommended.
Oven Baked Macaroni & Cheese ($18)
Creamy Baked Macaroni, Ham, Mushrooms, Truffle Oil
I’ve also mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of Mac & Cheese, only because the ones I’ve had were usually awful. I’m starting to change my tune regarding the dish though. Pacamara’s Mac & Cheese was pure Heaven. The key ingredient here was the cream sauce which was basically the most important part to the dish. Not the mac, not the cheese, ironically.
The cheese seems to be a mix of two cheese, one being Ricotta. Not sure why they didn’t mention it in the menu description though.
Red Velvet Pancakes ($16)
With Mascarpone & Fresh Berries
I’ve had Red Velvet waffles before but this my first time coming across Red Velvet Pancakes.
While they looked really fantastic, I wasn’t a huge fan of the dish. The pancakes were great, don’t get me wrong, however, I have the tendency to have pancakes with ice-cream AND syrup. Without those two, I just felt that the pancakes were slightly too dry for my palate. Taste-wise, it was pretty good, a hint of cocoa & the mascarpone was a nice touch.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Pacamara has definitely been working it’s way to be one of the most popular places in Singapore for brunch. The weekend crowds don’t lie, people don’t seem to be deterred by the new prices. The food here is really good, not to mention the coffee. It’s a fantastic place to chill as well, during off-peak hours of course. I wouldn’t mind heading back again to try their dinner menu next time.
PAcamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Tues – Sun: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm