Oberstrasse @ 809 French Road

And everything in between.

“And everything in between.”

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.

Interior of Oberstrasse.

Interior of Oberstrasse.

Here's a view of the kitchen.

Here’s a view of the kitchen.

Star Wars? Is there a fan here?

Star Wars? Is there a fan here?

Aesthetic
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.

View of the counter area.

View of the counter area.

Sidenote
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.)

All-day breakfast section of Oberstrasse's menu.

All-day breakfast section of Oberstrasse’s menu.

Pasta anyone?

Pasta anyone?

Time for some mains!

Time for some mains!

Food
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.

Price
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.)

Vanilla Latte ($5.50) They were out of Hazelnut that day which led me to order a Vanilla Latte instead. It was a pretty good cup of jo, I must say. The beans are roasted in-house, making use of 100% arabica beans from four different continents.

Vanilla Latte ($5.50)
They were out of Hazelnut that day which led me to order a Vanilla Latte instead. It was a pretty good cup of jo, I must say. The beans are roasted in-house, making use of 100% arabica beans from four different continents.

Farmer's Rosti ($14.50) With Veal Bratwurst, Sunny Side-up, Sour Cream How can a Swiss-inspired cafe NOT have Rosti? It would be criminal.  The rosti here was quite superb. Both my friends & I really liked it. Tasted as good as the one over at some big franchise. The quantity was quite respectable too.  My one suggestion is to perhaps have more variety of toppings for the rosti, such as smoked salmon or Portebello mushrooms.

Farmer’s Rosti ($14.50)
With Veal Bratwurst, Sunny Side-up, Sour Cream
How can a Swiss-inspired cafe NOT have Rosti? It would be criminal.
The rosti here was quite superb. Both my friends & I really liked it. Tasted as good as the one over at some big franchise. The quantity was quite respectable too.
My one suggestion is to perhaps have more variety of toppings for the rosti, such as smoked salmon or Portebello mushrooms.

Eggs Royale ($11.50) Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, English Muffin, Hollandaise, Mesclun Salad My friend had this & thought it was quite alright as well. Eggs were perfectly poached. The price was definitely on point for this, one of the most affordable ones I've come across for Eggs Royale.

Eggs Royale ($11.50)
Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, English Muffin, Hollandaise, Mesclun Salad
My friend had this & thought it was quite alright as well. Eggs were perfectly poached. The price was definitely on point for this, one of the most affordable ones I’ve come across for Eggs Royale.

Chicken, Avocado & Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($12) Another one of my friends had this & commented that it was quite delicious. A great assortment of ingredients for the cost, pretty awesome.

Chicken, Avocado & Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($12)
Another one of my friends had this & commented that it was quite delicious. A great assortment of ingredients for the cost, pretty awesome.

Grilled Cajun Chicken with Baked Potatoes ($9.50) This dish was actually quite similar to the previous dish, the one my friend had, with a few differences. The chicken tasted pretty great & was served with a generous portion of caramelized onions. I really liked the baked potatoes as well.

Grilled Cajun Chicken with Baked Potatoes ($9.50)
This dish was actually quite similar to the previous dish, the one my friend had, with a few differences.
The chicken tasted pretty great & was served with a generous portion of caramelized onions. I really liked the baked potatoes as well.

French Toast with Berries ($6.50) French Toast for $6.50. Enough said.

French Toast with Berries ($6.50)
French Toast for $6.50. Enough said.

With our powers combine, we are brunch! (Need I remind you that this was taken on the floor? Ah, the things I will do for food photography. I used to hate people like these, now I'm one of them. Oh the agony. End of rant.)

With our powers combine, we are brunch!
(Need I remind you that this was taken on the floor? Ah, the things I will do for food photography. There was a time I hated people like these, now I’m one of them. Oh the agony & irony. End of rant.)

"A modern rustic ambience."

“A modern rustic ambience.”


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.)

RATING

Food
7/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
9/10
Service
7.5/10

OBERSTRASSE

809 French Road #01-50, Singapore 200809
(Nearest train station: Lavender)
Contact: –
Email: ober.strasse@yahoo.com
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/oberstrasse

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