We scour the island’s café scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! ANTHIA CHNG checks out popular coffee bar VXX Cooperative in Jalan Besar.
If there’s something us city folks can’t live without, it’s a good brew. Using beans sourced from top roasters in Singapore, Malaysia, Sweden and Norway, this quaint café lives and breathes coffee. Marble tables, wooden chairs, natural lighting and friendly staff add to the cosy, relaxed ambience – it’s the perfect spot for some quality me-time with a book and cuppa in hand. While decorations are simple with minimal ornaments, the space is bright, clean and inviting.
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New to the food menu is the café’s spin on the popular Eggs Benedict ($17), poached eggs with smoked duck, hollandaise and homemade shallot hotcake. Lying atop the hotcake were two perfectly poached eggs – a light poke was all it took for the yolks to burst and flow in full glory. The smoked duck was a hit, too; the savoury slices pair well with the slightly sweetened, fluffy hotcake. If you’re hungry, go for the Fried Wild Rice with Spicy Seafood ($16), dressed with parmesan tuile and taragon. An upgraded version of the classic fried rice, this dish was slightly tangy with a spicy kick. The rice came in a generous portion, with a delicious nutty flavour that was addictive, while the seafood didn’t disappoint either.
While the dessert menu isn’t extensive, sweet offerings here are more inventive than the run-on-the-mill options found in many cafés. We tried the Passionfruit Posset ($7), a smooth custard served with passionfruit jam. Tangy, sweet and creamy, it was a light, yet satisfying, end to the meal. If you tend to gravitate towards chocolate (like me), order a cup of Hot Chocolate ($6), made with 52% dark Ghanaian cocoa. When I return for my next visit, I’ve got my eye on the absolutely drool-worthy dark chocolate pudding with glazed cherries and burnt butter ($8), one of the café’s best sellers.
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While VXX Cooperative has curated coffee offerings that change from time to time, I decided to stick with a classic Iced White ($6), which turned out to be smooth, well-balanced and surprisingly refreshing. This quality-focused coffee bar will definitely hit the spot if you’re passionate about your brew. Not a coffee fan? The café offers other drink options that’ll beat the heat, including the house cola ($8) and seasonal lemonade ($8).
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