The Place It was an accidental occasion on new year’s eve that I stumbled upon Aeiou, the latest cafe to join the ranks of the other players in the hipper-by-the-year Jalan Besar enclave. My curious streak prompted me to step into the café, only to witness the final pre-preparation by the staff before it officially opens on the first day of the new year. It was therefore not by chance again when I re-visited Aeiou on day one of its opening, which stands out from other cafes from its strong vintage-furniture theme and charming location amidst the row of old industrial shop houses.
Stepping into the cafe felt like a transportation back to the old days, from the vintage furniture to the lamps. I was visually shopping for some moments, as all items you can see here are available for sale according to the owner. Next hunt for a vintage theme home?
It took me a while to get down to ordering as I was too mesmerised by every single item on display that I almost forgot I was in a cafe and not a furniture shop.
The Food As I went down on day one of Aeiou opening, the food menu is currently in the soft launch phase. Spotted on the food menu were items such as Mushroom Soup and Fries (from Sweet Potato and Yam), which I didn’t manage to try this time. The coffee menu is quite extensive, where the cafe uses their own blend of beans.
The Latte ($5.50) we had was quite good, with a nice medium body.
I was having a random sweet tooth moment hence the Avocado Cheesecake ($8), which was highly recommended by one of the owners (we thought so) as our first choice, the Yuzu Jasmine Cheesecake was unavailable. I like the slightly moist and soft texture of the cake, which has a tinge of avocado and the cheese did not come across as too “gelat” (overpowering). Brownie points goes to the flakes of peanut crumbs sprinkled on the cake which gave it the additional flavour.
Rants Being such a new cafe, do expect some initial teething issues that will definitely get better with time. The menu may not be what you expect of a full cafe, and we hope that Aeiou will be able to launch its full offerings soon.
Will I return again? I always find old school theme cafes charming, because they have a strong edge over the usual plain-industrial cafe ambience. We can foresee Aeiou as the next hipster and instagram worthy spot, so it’s always good to be back before the world gets word of it.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
111 King George’s Ave
Tel: +65 6225 9931
Mon – Sat: 10am – 8pm
Sun: 9am – 6pm