The Lab is a Halal cafe that’s situated along Jalan Pisang, taking over where 7th Cylinder once was. The cafe is fairly new, having only opened in December last year. As you can tell by their name, The Lab is all about experimenting & trying out new things, especially when it comes to their food. The place is also designed somewhat like an underground laboratory, an interesting aesthetic while you sit back & enjoy your experimented food.
Inside the cafe.
A closer look at the counter area.
Odds, ends, sugar syrup, salt & pepper.
Those light bulb salt shakers were pretty intriguing.
Don’t be surprised to find that the aesthetic of The Lab nowhere near white medical walls that remind you of an actual scientific laboratory. The decor here seems to be a mix of industrial-vintage, with brass metal piping on dark grey walls. The laboratory concept seems to just barely scratch the surface; think more “Breaking Bad” style perhaps. (They even have a burger called “Heisenberger”.) They also seem to have retained certain elements of 7th Cylinder, such as the counter area & an oil drum outside the cafe that they repainted entirely black.
I did note that their arrangement of odd sized tables made the place seem much more smaller than when 7th Cylinder resided in the space.
Experimental drinks hanging right above the counter. This caught my eye while ordering.
Some desserts from The Lab.
Menu of The Lab.
Here’s another page of their menu.
I do like the geometrical patterns. A play on live organisms perhaps?
As mentioned earlier, the food of The Lab seems to be a mixture of experiments & Western/European cuisine. You’ll find dishes with various cuisines such as Dutch, Hungarian & even Russian. The menu here is quite unique because of those qualities, which makes The Lab stand out even more as a Halal establishment. Be sure to try some of their interesting drinks as well, some of which come in beakers or with syringes of syrup or coffee.
Prices here are fairly around the middle average, considering their location. Mains are mostly around the 15 dollar mark. If I remembered correctly, there’s no GST or service fees.
Mint Earl Grey Lime Tea ($5)
Listed as “Experiment One”, this drink was quite refreshing with an interesting combination of flavours. My only complaint was that it was a tad too sweet.
Caramel Macchiato ($6)
I wasn’t going to leave The Lab without trying one of their eye-catching drinks that were served in a glass beaker; a nice nod to their whole concept.
I really liked the drink, the coffee came in a syringe, which I found to pretty unique.
(They also have a drink called “Heisenberg” that comes with a syringe of Blue Curacao syrup. I’ll love to try that if I ever go back.)
Pair of German Bretzels ($4.90)
With Salted Caramel Dip & Butter
These came as a surprise. I was sort of expecting something like the ones from Auntie Anne’s. These bretzels were much more tougher & more bread-like. While it tasted pretty good, especially dipped in the caramel sauce, my companion & I still preferred the ones over at AA.
Terefrank Buffalo Wings ($8.90)
With Blue Cheese Dip
Their buffalo wings were offered with three levels of spiciness – Yek Eleh, Mild or Wild. I’m not a fan of anything spicy, hence I went for the “Yek Eleh”, which was the lowest level.
The wings were quite good, coated with a chilli glaze of sorts. While they are called Buffalo Wings, they were more Asian-cuisine oriented. The blue cheese dip was so good though.
Russian Roulade ($15.90)
Hand Rolled Chicken Fillet, Grilled Dutch Carrot & Asparagus, Sweet Potato Mash, Leek Salad
I found this dish to be sort of a mixed bag. Some of the grilled vegetables were cooked perfectly while some were undercooked & raw. The chicken itself was fine, but not overly tasty. While I did like the presentation, I must admit that overall, it could have been better.
La Carte Le Fish ($17.90)
Roasted Barramundi, Bacon, Grilled Potato Strips, Saffron Shellfish Reduction
My companion had this & mentioned that it was pretty nice. I stole a little taste & thought it was definitely better than the Roulade. I also have a liking for Barramundi, hence this dish definitely hit a higher note.
6oz Homemade Patty, Bacon Strip, Grilled Onion, Tomato Salsa, Melted Blue Cheese, Mesclun Salad, Sweet Potato Fries
How could I NOT order the “Heisenberger”?! Having seen this on Instagram, it was a no-brainer that I had to order this as well.
I usually find that the bread of a burger would make or break it, and sadly the one here sort of “broke” it. It’s not the worst burger I’ve had though, it tasted pretty alright but not particularly to my fancy.
(Of course I tend to prefer to head to places that specialize entirely on burgers if I ever want to have a burger. Those are the places where you know the burgers are no doubt good.)
S’mores Squares ($7.90)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, anything with the word “S’mores”… I’m sold!
This tasted crazily delicious. It sort of melts in your mouth as it’s pretty soft in texture. Recommended. (As the tagline goes in that cereal commercial – “Great chocolatey taste!”)
Carrot & Walnut Cake ($8.90)
I remembered seeing another one of their cakes on Instagram, however this was the only one available that day.
If I’m not mistaken, the desserts here are mostly made in-house, including this cake. This was pretty good, soft & slightly moist. The cream cheese frosting was a fantastic complement, though I thought there wasn’t enough of it for the cake. I’ll like to note that they were quite generous with the slice, hence it’s best to be shared.
Sea Salt Brownie with ice-cream ($7.90)
This was unfortunately a let down. The brownie was a bit too hard for my liking & too dry. While it’s supposed to be a brownie, the shape of it reminded me of a lava cake.
(There was a hiccup regarding the staff for this dessert. They served it before the mains, even though I requested it to be served later. Then after they brought it back, they took a long time to serve it again after we were done with the meal.)
A stencil of The Lab on the side of the shophouse.
(This was where 7th Cylinder’s motorcyle stencil used to be. A pity it’s gone.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Though I found that the food of The Lab were either hits or misses, I still think that it’s a pretty great concept. They are still constantly “experimenting” after all, coming up with new & more interesting dishes. It’s definitely a nice addition to the ever-growing list of Halal cafes in Singapore & worth a try. I wouldn’t mind heading back again to try some other dishes & drinks.
THE LAB SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 6299 5681
Mon – Sat: 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm