Cafe Pandan

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Opened by the folks of Tiong Bahru Pau, we dedicate ourselves to serving freshly brewed kopi, local delights and desserts!

241 Outram Road
Singapore 169044

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08:00am - 08:00pm

08:00am - 08:00pm

08:00am - 08:00pm

08:00am - 08:00pm

09:00am - 08:00pm

09:00am - 08:00pm


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Maybe a little too early for dessert at 10am, but how to resist especially with the chendol photos around the cafe? We opted for the durian chendol, which came with a generous dollop of durian purée on top.

The durian purée was thick and creamy, and provided a lovely bittersweet contrast with the shaved ice, gula melaka syrup and chendol bits. The ice isn’t as fine as bingsu, but it’s finer and more even than what you’d usually get at a kopitiam or coffee shop. Hidden under the mound of ice were two attap chee and some kidney beans in coconut milk. Very very enjoyable dessert overall, and I would recommend going for the durian chendol over the regular as the durian really elevated my enjoyment of this dessert!

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When ordering Cafe Pandan’s nasi Lemak, you get a choice of eggs: omelette or sunny side up, and vegetables available at their heated display.

We had both the chicken cutlet and fried chicken wing nasi Lemak sets at our table with the long beans, one sunny side up and one omelette. I preferred the chicken cutlet over the fried chicken, and the omelette over the sunny side up, but both were good options! I love how tender both chicken options were, the batter was crisp and not too thick. Choose the cutlet if you’re lazy like me 😂 the rice was fragrant enough, but not particularly outstanding. As for the sambal, it was well-balanced, slightly sweet and not very spicy - so everyone can enjoy it.

I’d rate this as above average nasi lemak. It’s not the best in Singapore, but they don’t claim to specialise in any dish in particular, and the main draw of Cafe Pandan is their variety of delicious local dishes and comfortable interior. Definitely a nice place to consider if you’re looking for local food in a cafe setting instead of a hawker center or coffee shop.

Got this together with the ugly bun as a set for about $6. Pricier than a regular coffee shop or kopitiam, but still much cheaper than going out for breakfast at a cafe.

The yuan yang here isn’t too sweet, plus the ratio of coffee to tea and milk is just right such that none of the components overshadow the others. Not sure if the cafe has ties to Tiong Bahru Pau which is just a few shop units down, but I’m sure I’ll be coming back again :)

Complete sucker for this combination and I’m so glad Cafe Pandan sells it here. They’ve completely blown Tong Ah out of the water as my favourite Kaya toast place from now on.

They offer two kinds of toast - traditional (pictured) or thick toast. As you can see, even the traditional toast is super thick despite it being toasted. The toast retains a very fluffy and soft texture on the inside, and it was pure pleasure to eat - almost as though I was having crispy toast with steamed bread inside. The Kaya isn’t overly sweet either, and they were quite generous with the fillings. Try their toast for sure!

Becoming increasingly selective with what I review on Burpple due to limited time nowadays so I’ll post either exceptionally good food or really bad reviews.

Cafe Pandan is one of those that really spurred me to review because it was such an unexpectedly good find. Situated next to Tiong Bahru Pau (right next to Wangz Hotel Building), this homely cafe exudes both traditional and slightly modern vibes. It’s run by young people serving up lots of local fare.

I couldn’t resist the O’TAH and omelette ugly bun once I saw it. The ugly bun may be ugly to some but it’ll always have a special place in my heart. Cafe Pandan’s version is so very fluffy and soft, and comes stacked with otah, mayo, omelette, tomato and lettuce. Nothing fancy about this, but pure comfort food. I paired this with yuan yang in the set, and enjoyed it so so so much.

Sometimes just sticking to the basics is important and that’s what keeps people (myself included) coming back for more.

For a local option in the hipster Tiong Bahru area, Sam Yat Coffee offers local favourites like kaya toast sets, curry chicken, traditional kopi / teh, but also modern likes such as bingsu, lemongrass tea, etc.

Coffee is freshly brewed, and their kopi o kosong had a nice bitter taste. Most of all, it's a great place to escape the heat (it's air-conditioned)!

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