Oberstrasse is a German/Swiss-style cafe that recently opened up shop over at Kitchener Complex. The word Oberstrasse is actually a street name that is commonly used in European towns that mainly speak German. The owner of the Swiss inspired cafe previously studied in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he stayed at a place called 31 Oberstrasse, hence the name of the cafe. Oberstrasse offers your usual brunch & breakfast, along with some Swiss-style dishes.
The interior decor of Oberstrasse actually reminded me somewhat of Marché. There’s definitely a European-esque sense to the design of the place, with homely decor and a mix of black metal & wooden furniture. The cafe is lit up with rows of jar lights; quite a sight. Both the ingredients & kitchen are displayed for all to see; it sort of feels like an open concept in a way, which is quite nice.
The lighting for the cafe was unfortunately not as ideal as I would have liked for food photography. Oh so yellow. Hence, I started scouting for an area with optimal Sunlight. Alas, I spotted the floor…. of the entrance… and it was almost perfect. (Aside from how obviously wrong it is to put food there.) Long story short, I did what I did & may have accidentally knocked over a bicycle on display causing widespread awkwardness & embarrassment. I do want to apologize again to the staff; terribly sorry about that. (Oh the life of a food photographer/blogger.)
The food menu over here at Oberstrasse contains your usual brunch fare, such as Eggs Benny, French Toast, yada yada. Apart from these, they also offer a range of pastas & mains. More noteworthy items include their Farmer’s Rosti, a nice Swiss addition to a Swiss-inspired cafe. The menu itself has quite a variety of dishes; there’s definitely something for everyone.
This is one of those times where a cafe has AFFORDABLE prices. Everything is mostly under the 12 dollar mark, pardon a few exceptions. I can’t exactly remember if they charge GST or service fees, though I think the answer to that is no. (Or it’s one or the other.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Oberstrasse definitely has a nice ambience with inspiration taken from European countries such as Switzerland & Germany. While the food doesn’t really have a wow factor, the affordability is something that should not be missed. I do hope that they would include more Swiss-style dishes, currently only the Rosti seems to be from the Swiss side of things. Nonetheless, this is one of best places for an extremely affordable brunch & I would love to head back to try some of their pastas next time. (If they’ll let me back, I promise not to cause any more chaos.)
809 French Road #01-50, Singapore 200809
(Nearest train station: Lavender)
Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm