This is a local cafe that we go to whenever we want a quick breakfast or lunch (or brunch 😊).
Food from a non-foodie perspective: 8/10 – Not bad for western food in SG.
Price: 9/10 – Pretty good value for western food in SG.
Service: 8/10 – This is one of those places where you order at the counter, ie not table service. Usually quite good, but we’ve been here often enough that I have experienced inefficiency and poor service as well. Food comes out relatively quickly.
Ambience: 9/10 – It’s a casual cafe with simple, modern decor. It’s quite a large cafe inside, which you can’t really see from the outside.
Coffee: 7/10 – Not bad. Milder taste, which I prefer, but a little watery.
Artisan Boulangerie Co
118 Killiney Road
+65 6444 8130
This is our local cafe, the one that we go to on an almost weekly basis for breakfast or lunch (or brunch 😊). They’re also open for dinner, but we’ve never been here for the dinner service, so my review is really only about brunch.
It’s good value western food, done relatively well. Prices are not astronomical for western food, they are actually perfectly reasonable. We would ordinarily pay around S$40 for brunch for the two of us, which works out to be S$20 per person. There is no service charge, so you’re just paying for GST, which probably helps with the cost.
Service is usually quite fast and efficient. It’s one of those cafes where you order at the counter, so there’s no table service. We’ve been here when it’s been busy, and one time the waiter taking the orders and payment was also the one who was retrieving the food if it was something from the cake/pastry display. Not sure if this was a one-off occurrence coz they were down on staff that day or something, or if this is regular process, but you can appreciate the inefficiency of this scenario. I have also had one time when the waiter who took my order got both my coffee and my food order wrong. Just minor errors, but still, a fussy customer would be complaining. Luckily I am a very relaxed one 😉 But generally they’re very good at taking orders.
Food is also not bad. It’s quick and easy, and portions are decent size (note Asian portions, not crazy ass Aussie – let alone American – portions 😂). They used to offer Vegemite as a spread on their toast, but they’ve recently removed this fantastic option from their menu, and I am very very sad about this latest decision. Nonetheless, they have a good variety of options on their menu. Here are some dishes that I have ordered in the last few weeks (note the Vegemite photo 😔).
Coffee is also not bad, slightly better than most places I’ve been to in Asia. A bit watery, but it has a milder taste, which I prefer. A lot of other places make it more on the bitter side.
They have an interesting bathroom layout up the back of the restaurant. There is one cubicle for men, one for women, and a disabled toilet. There is a shared sink area, and there is also a sink in the disabled toilet itself. The toilet in the women’s cubicle has a very inefficient flush, even when just doing a number one, so I never like using that cubicle. Plus it’s quite small, so I prefer to just use the disabled toilet, which is naturally larger in size. These are the things that a non-foodie pays attention to! 😜
So overall, I like going here, not just for its location, but also for the convenience and the consistency of the food and service – on most days 😊