231 Bain Street
#01-05 Bras Basah Complex
Singapore 180231

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10:00am - 06:00pm

08:30am - 06:00pm

08:30am - 06:00pm

08:30am - 06:00pm

08:30am - 06:00pm

08:30am - 06:00pm

10:00am - 06:00pm

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Can’t count the number of times I’ve come here just for their coffee - I’ve been coming here since they were Dancing Goat specialty coffee, and even now after they’ve rebranded (the coffee stayed exactly the same, still crazy good). We always get the iced white and it’s really strong and packs a punch with a ton of flavour and that caffeine kick. Truly a hole in the wall, but definitely not one to be trifled with.

Been a regular of Narrative for a few months now ever since Tong joined forces with the original couple behind Dancing Goat and I was contemplating whether to review or not because I didn’t want this place to get more crowded than it already is. But I do want them to succeed so here’s my review!

I always order the dirty matcha with soy milk (not on the menu) and I love it unsweetened. The contrast between the bitter matcha, and distinct well-bodied espresso roast, is rounded off and goes great with soy milk.

After much feedback, they’ve also started to become more adventurous with their baked items and this was the first weekend they baked the sticky date pudding. I taste tested it the day before, and fortunately they decided to warm up the butterscotch sauce to drizzle and serve it today. The sticky date pudding isn’t too sweet, and it’s moist plus soft. Not the best I’ve had (that would still go to PS Cafe), but it’s pretty decent and makes a nice accompaniment with their drinks.

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iced white, lemon sheet cake, sticky date pudding

$5.50 (for the iced white)

1-for-1 on Burpple Beyond

Worth Eat?
I don’t know how to describe coffee but I know a good coffee when I taste one and this was great! It’s strong and the flavours were balanced. The pastries we had were both too dense though.

good place to relax, a cozy place to avoid the scorching sun!

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This hidden gem located in a cosy little corner of Bras Basah Complex is home to solid coffees and a minimalistic space perfect for whiling lazy afternoons away at. Burppler Edith Loo's claims that this joint serves up "one of the best" Iced Lattes ($4.50), with a perfect balance between strength and flavour. Also delicious is the Filter Coffee ($6) – well-bodied whilst sporting a fruity and nuanced flavour.

Photo by Burppler Edith Loo

Located in a cosy little corner of Bras Basah Complex, hidden among a row of bookstores, Narrative serves up a number of cakes and specialty coffee. I came to check out their filter coffee ($6) before an appointment.

During my visit, the filter coffees on rotation were sourced from scandinavian roasters, with a roast coming from the renowned Coffee Collective of Denmark and two roasts from Koppi roasters of Sweden. I opted for the Kenyan Single Origin from roasted by Koppi, which was brewed with finesse by the barista (whose name I didn’t manage to catch) and delivered a full mouthfeel with flavour notes of plums and raisins.

What’s worthy of noting is that the brewers at Narrative use the Clever coffee dripper, allowing them to switch between immersion and drip brewing. This makes the coffee more complex and layered, developing a body while retaining the fruity, nuanced flavours.

The service was great, and the ambience of the place was nice and minimalist. You could see the love the brewers have for the coffee as you watch them brew your coffee. Their precision and attention to detail about the time of extraction reflects the amount of TLC they put into each cup, and I highly recommend paying them a visit. I’ll be back soon to try out other coffees and their cakes!