Craftsmen Specialty Coffee: Far East bites.

I concur that the East-siders have it better when it comes to food. It has always been an unspoken rule where nobody debates the East-siders choice when it comes to dinner options, their exposure to unearthly delicacies at a young age grooming their intelligible taste buds to ultimate snobbishness. I recall my first boyfriend (hailing from the better side, of course), who spent the first 3 days of our lives together looking at me as if I were a complete alien; our journey to the Joo Chiat area for dinner bringing an oddball glow to my face as we trod the well beaten eaten paths. Well, my ignorance has long gone, my frigidity with the eastern munchies gradually bridged over the years.

As do most cuisines, well , needless to say, the cafe scene on the flipside have a slight edge over us west-siders too. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee located at both Siglap Village and Eastwood is a contender for this myth. It's recent dabbling into sourdough on the menu pulling off a healthier image with quiet subversion.

Take this Smashed Avocado, Feta Cheese, Fresh Sprouts and Pomegranate on Toasted Multi-grain Sourdough ($13.90) for example... crisp sturdy layer of slightly chewy sourdough holding lush slatherings of creamy avocado, barely seasoned, and scattered chunks of briny feta cheese amidst the jewelled bursts of pomegranate. I could barely contain myself as I tore through the toast; a baptising of balsamic vinegar providing a a tangy sharpness that enlivens the palate. Extraordinary despite its deviously simple outlook - this is one to have everyday.

Another stellar new offering on the menu is the Pulled Pork, Poached eggs, Roasted nuts, Fresh Sprouts and signature sauce on toasted multigrain sourdough ($16.90). Pretty good with the generous souls in the kitchen bestowing the fragrant sliced toast with mountain loads of robustly succulent roast pork; the special sauce made using chipotle peppers providing a piquant burst of heat that adds a unique touch to the usual composition.

For desserts, grab a Hot Chocolate. Here at Craftsmen, they made their own chocolate sauce using melted Valrhona chocolate, so you don't end up with a mugful of sweetened powdery dregs at the bottom of your drink. You might also want to give the Churros ($9.90) a miss, unless you enjoy crispy tanned rods with a kueh like structure; almost akin to a canele. That's just my two cents worth... where else can you get churros served in a glass of ice cream?

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
2 First Street
Siglap V

Operating hours:
Sun- Thurs: 8 30am - 9pm
Fri - Sat: 8 30am - 10 30pm

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