Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters: Bright lights, great bites.
Occupying the corner shophouse of the ever-exciting Upper Thomson Road stretch, Pacamara presented a lot of promise just from its external facade. Huge glass panes from the floor to the ceiling framed by white panes allowed as much light as possible to get into the cafe. It was clearly a great big showcase of a barista who takes his coffee business seriously with all his equipment laid out bare.
Pacamara is a coffee aficionado’s playground with shelves adorned with all kinds of coffee paraphernalia for sale – easily the widest range than any cafe I’ve been here. I’m no coffee expert, but I felt like snapping up most of it. Lemongrass Ricotta Hotcakes, Moreton Bay Bug Angelhair and the Truffle Benedict were some of the interesting items on the menu that caught my eye. I couldn’t have all of it, and came from a really filling brunch but it didn’t stop me from ordering the Sweet Potato Fries ($8), Truffle Benedict ($18), and a Brownie Cheesecake ($8.50) to pack me fuller to the brim.
I’d never go without coffee naturally, we ordered a 7OZ White (chose Roadster, their inhouse blend at $5.50), and a Mocha ($6.50). I would have preferred the white to be slightly more robust, but I can imagine most people agreeing with the fuller, milkier taste.
The sweet potato fries reminded me of the ones I had at Borough Market in London with delicious scotch eggs. The batter was so light and crispy, tossed gently with sea salt flakes and a dash of paprika for some spice. This version probably didn’t use sea salt although it’s still pretty delicious. The truffle benedict was a tad predictable, with truffle-infused hollandaise sauce over perfectly poached eggs. I must say the toast in replacement of the typical crumpet was rather amazing. It tasted almost slightly fried in oil but it didn’t have the heaviness, yet with the crisp and buttery flavour of a freshly baked croissant.
Brownie cheesecake – I know, sounds boring right? It was quite the delight, despite being so freaking full from my earlier meal. The cheesecake was rather light, and the tiny brownie squares gave a chocolatey punch on top of the bed of creamy cheese.
New cafes in Singapore are new as long as you haven’t had the chance to try it right? There’s really too many cafes and restaurants and bars, and too little time (and calorie capacity)! Follow us as we unravel as many as well, here and beyond our shores.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-11pm / Closed on Mon
Nearest MRT station: Ang Mo Kio / Marymount
They don’t take reservations, so try to go early to get on their system!
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