The Place Located at Tanjong Pagar Road, Five Oars Coffee Roaster is a one week old café beside the now defunct Crackerjack. The white, minimalist space of Five Oars is one of the interior designs I am comfortable with for a start. Split into an instagrammable outdoor space dotted with some greens and an indoor air-conditioned canteen look, it is a dilemma though I decided to sacrifice comfort for potentially better pictures of my food.
In all fairness, the interior is not that shabby even though it looks bare, or at least if I were to compare it against the truly food court style at Columbus Coffee at Upper Thomson Road. Both cafes adopted the bare, industrial look but one does it with more style than the other evidently.
The Food At a quick glance, the options are aplenty. Expect a wide combination of Benedict’s-centric dishes, pastas and even the omnipresent rice bowls in this day and age. That said, if you like everything house-made, the cakes and pastries at the counter are from an external supplier.
The Flat White (S$5/5oz) I had is a house blend of Brazil and Ethiopia beans, which is relative medium-bodied and moderate acidity for me.
For mains, I went for the Halloumi Portobello (S$18), which wasn’t a tough decision being a mushroom fan. I was craving for something lighter and most of the other options are too heavy for an early breakfast for me. It comes with two free range poached eggs, avocado and generous portions of my favourite Portobello mushrooms beneath. Another highlight is the fried halloumi cheese, which is also coated with gruyere cheese. It sounds very cheesy but the good thing is that it is all well-balanced.
Rants Don’t go for the outdoor seats if you have a low threshold for heat. It’s a first world problem dilemma.
Will I Return Again? It’s rare to find a spacious café space in the CBD enclave in Singapore and Five Oars Coffee Roaster ticks the checklist for me in terms of a good café experience. The food and coffee is robust, and it is only a matter of time before the space is swarmed with hipster crowds.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Five Oars Coffee Roasters
39 Tanjong Pagar Road
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter