Upper Thomson Road is one street sprawled with more food spots than dots on a dalmatian and while it’s not the most accessible location at the moment (to me, accessible means an mrt station located nearby), it is a place I would like travel to more often, especially for their newest coffee joint – One Man Coffee.
At first glance: A quirky witty logo, cartoons and coffee? – I think I’ll like it here.
Sharing four walls and an alfresco area with Crust Pizzeria, One Man Coffee shines in the chirpy space along with the rising sun and goes to bed by the evening, when delightful pizzas come out to play. The limited seating may pose a problem when the promising cafe rises in popularity (probably some time now, since I visited it a week after their opening) but I really hope they don’t clutter the currently comfortable space with more tables to lose its cosy charm.
Lucky for us, we arrived the first day they introduced brunch specials to the menu. One of the owners, a friendly and bubbly Sarah (previously from Immigrants Gastrobar), was more than happy to belt out their offers over and over since their menus weren’t printed just yet.
Gashouse Eggs/ Toad in the hole – Otherwise known as eggs in a basket.
The Gashouse Eggs came with a side of smokey bacon jam – possibly the most interesting jam I’ve ever encountered. I mean, it’s bacon and jam at the same time – Joey Tribbiani would be thrilled. The thick brioche was golden brown to perfection and egg was pretty well done on its own.
The oh-so-wonderful French toast brioche
But this, this stole my heart. The French toast brioche with homemade berry compote and topped with candied walnuts in a puddle of fresh cream is an absolute must-try. A must-try. Just thinking about it puts me in a happy mood. Simply put: The combination of every ingredient here results in some sort of happiness on a platter. And while it does sound risky in the too-sweet zone, it really isn’t.
Here, single-origin coffee beans from Axil Coffee Roasters in Melbourne are used and brewed into cups of caffeine magic by the cafe’s other co-owner, E-Gene. He’s got a decade of coffee experience and has trained with a three-time barista champion from Axil so your cuppas are in good hands.
You’d notice a vintage cabinet by the counter, possibly originally meant to store shelves of china. In it, are baskets of gorgeous croissants and a full display of bakes for the day. Most of their pastries come from Bakery Artisan Original (B.A.O.), while a few like the pound cakes are lovingly baked in-house.
One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Open Mon, Wed – Sun from 9am – 5pm
Closed on Tuesdays