At first mention, Drury Lane drew me back to the likes of London. Flashbacks of them British streets and characteristic cafes I wish I had more time to while in. That said, I do realize my Europe travel posts have come to a standstill but do stay tuned! The next one brings you with me to the top of Europe, the highest I’ve ever been.
So, back to the cafe. It’s difficult to miss the shop since it stands out like a giant bright red phone booth along Tanjong Pagar Road. And of course, what’s more befitting than having its name decked street-sign-style? Look in and you’ll notice limited seating inside: A quaint corner with wooden crates for seats and some bar seats beside the counter. But what greets you at the door besides the day’s specials is a fortunate “More Seats Upstairs”. Phew.
What I saw
While I unfortunately did not get good shots upstairs, it was definitely the more popular level of the two with its cosy attic-like feel. But it was just a fair bit too noisy for my friend Spoon and I, so we followed the light and headed down instead. (No really, it’s much brighter downstairs.) The downside though? You’ll start to smell like the day’s orders because of their open kitchen concept.
What I ate
I must say that neither the coffee nor my eggs benedict satisfied my raging tastebuds. The coffee ran a little thin for my liking and held an acidity that departed from comfort. For the eggs benedict, something just wasn’t right with the hollandaise sauce with its consistency more runny than thick. The three streaks of honey-cured turkey bacon you see? Not my thing because it was just so hard to bite into. If I’m being totally honest, they tasted like the local delicacy – ba kwa. Spoon didn’t enjoy her order of baked eggs with tomatoes either. “They tasted like canned tomatoes.” (They probably were. And she’s more of an eat-fresh girl.)
To be fair, my visit was some time in August and perhaps, just perhaps, the other items on their menu aren’t too shabby. And maybe they got better. A little bird told me their pancakes were ones to try. Well, maybe next time.
94 Tanjong Pagar Road
+65 6222 6698
Mon: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm