Cafe Culture

Cafe Culture

Perfect for breakfast, brunch and anytime of the day, and where community and design collides.
Jessica Chew
Jessica Chew

Two options to choose from - Breaded Pollock Fish or Laksa Roasted Chicken. Opted for the fish version which came with Japanese rice, scrambled egg, corn, roasted tomato, lettuce and pickled daikon. The fish was breaded and fried to a nice crisp and the scrambled egg was buttery and moist. With some mayo and teriyaki sauce, this rice bowl was light in flavours and satisfying. Not to mention a very chill and cozy place to have coffee which I topped up $2 for to change the iced tea.

Previously was here twice and fell in love with their beef+foie gras rice bowl and burger (and coffee no doubt). They have since revamped their menu and jumped on the sando wagon. Opting for a more wallet-friendly version, the sando came with wagyu beef patty in between two light and fluffy bread. The patty felt more like a beef hamburg that was delicious and oozing with meaty savoury flavour. Not A4 grade but still satisfying and filling.

Sandos are a canvas for creative sandwich creations. Instead of the usual Japanese milk bread, the sandwich was piled with fillings in between two toasted cheese bagel buns and slathered with a light housemade sauce. The chicken thigh had a very light layer of flour that was fried to a nice golden and crispy crust while maintaining its moisture inside. And I liked that they gave a generous and refreshing amount of lettuce. Overall a very solid and satisfying bagel sandwich. 👍

Opting for a light lunch, I had the Mushroom & Egg sandwich (+$0.50) with a mushroom soup and topped up for a latte. The sandwich was akin to a breakfast sando with fillings made up of buttery scrambled eggs, sauteed mushroom, cheese, lettuce and mayo. Thumbs up as it was rich, yet light, and delicious. 👍

Note: Available on weekday only.

Thick, flavourful and ingredient-packed sandwiches (or more like burgers) are what you can expect here. And as you wait, you have a view of the chefs at work in their "open kitchen". As the popular Korean-inspired Fired Chicken was sold out, I decided to try something that is unusual and unique...and I absolutely did not regret my choice.  The Catfish was bursting with flavours and texture from the fresh tuna, tangy papaya salad and fried wanton skin for the crunch. The brioche bun deserves a special mention. It was toasty while maintaining fluffy and airy, and complemented the savoury fillings very well. Super delicious with very bite that I wanted more. Will be back to try the rest! 😋👍

The wagyu sando was luxurious yet simple with small slabs of marbled beef wayu meet wedged between soft, crustless bread. Compared to other sandos I've had, this version was light and clean with the strong beefy taste coming through clearly without being covered by any sauces or caramelised onions. The meat was firm yet juicy and tender, and the accompanying togarashi fries are definitely top on my list.

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This minimalist cafe though looks bare gives a cosy laid-back ambience. The Creamy Chicken Scrambled Egg Croissant ($16) was a huge hearty sight to behold. The croissant was crispy and fluffy and covered with a blanket of overflowing scrambled eggs. Topped with a light cream sauce, chicken and mushrooms, each bite had a light and buttery mouthfeel. Very filling and very satisfying. 😄

As a tiramisu lover, I definitely had to try their Kahlua Tiramisu ($10) and oh wow! It was a delightful balance of mascarpone cream, espresso and Kahlua; and the ladyfingers were not overly soaked. Super loves! 🥰 They also have a non-alcoholic version.

And I definitely had to try their signature SYIP Coffee and I got the iced version ($6.50). Topped with a thick layer of their house-made whipped cream, the cream was light and its sweetness complemented well with the bitterness of the espresso. 100% must-try! 🤗

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With their own sando version, the Ebi Katsu Sando is an open-faced sandwich instead of a neatly wrapped one. First impression was that it looked massive and heavy. Set atop a soft brioche toast, the deep-fried prawn cutlet was thick, crunchy and moist in the center. The tomatoes, cabbage and a drizzle of homemade chilli sauce helped to cut through the richness with a hint of spiciness, and gave it an added texture. Definitely a signature to try!

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Topped with crab meat, scallops, tobiko and roasted cherry tomatoes, the pasta noodles were done al dente and coated with their homemade lobster bisque. The Seafood Linguine ($24) was flavourful as the bisque was rich though I wished they gave more of it as overall it was a tad dry. The wagyu beef grain bowl ($24), on the other hand, was much lighter in flavour and it felt very healthy. The wagyu slices were tender and served on a bed of quinoa, bulgar wheat and pearl barley.

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Being my first visit, I definitely had to order their popular signature item - the Gyu Sando ($26). The beef striploin had a decent thickness to it and seared to medium-rare. Sandwiched between slices of lightly-toasted Japanese milk bread, the beef sando had a nice balance of sweet and saltiness as the caramelised onion jam helped to cut through the richness of the steak.

On the other hand, the Katsu Sando ($20), which is Joo Chiat's exclusive, was a lighter version in terms of taste and flavour. Topped with thinly shredded slaw, tobiko mayo and Japanese tartar sauce, the tiger prawn seafood patty was crispy and juicy and sandwiched between soft pillowy bread. I much preferred this over their signature beefy number.

Their thick and loaded cookie was worth every calorie too! Was too excited that I forgot to take a photo of it. 😁

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Looking for a light brunch option? Opt for this DIY option where you get two eggs (of choice) served on toasted sourdough bread with mesclun salad. A satisfying combination with added sauteed mixed mushrooms ($6) that were done flavourfully tender and juicy.

The biggest breakfast that I've ever seen with all the works that included two eggs of choice, thick cut maple bacon streaks, chicken cheese sausage, hash brown, sauteed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and toast. The thick cut maple bacon was the star of this dish. The sweetness and oily-ness of the bacon fused together to give it a sweet and savoury taste. Truly fit for a king!

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