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Review: One Man Coffee

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One Man Coffee has been on the top of my To-Visit list for the longest while, but I’ve never got to it because of their early closing hours of 6pm, and during my internship, I just wasn’t able to visit them over the weekdays! Thus, I vowed to pay them a visit at the end of my internship and incidentally, I saw that they were participating in Giving Tuesday, and I reserved the visit to here on the very Tuesday, 2 Dec. Photo 2-12-14 12 38 36 pm

Of course, before stuffing our faces with the carbs, we’ve got to work for our food. We got to One Man Coffee on our bicycles, and, the cafe was packed to the brim!!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

The Place

I only found out the day before we visited One Man Coffee that they actually share the same place as Crust. I’ve always seen Crust on my visits to Habitat Coffee, but have always wondered why I have never seen One Man Coffee in the area before, and now I know why.
Photo 2-12-14 2 30 42 pmPardon the reflection, but there you go, One Man Coffee uses this space from 9am to 5pm, and after which Crust takes over its operations from 5pm onwards.
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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetPhoto 2-12-14 12 37 15 pmThe cafe was simply furnished, with 2 counters, one belonging to One Man, and at the back of the cafe, Crust’s. They have a nice antique-looking cabinet which they have their cake displays, as well as pastries from BAO and some keepcups, the reusable coffee mug!

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One thing I don’t really fancy is the fact that the cafe can get rather noisy, as it is an enclosed space. Besides, the seats are placed very close to each other which might get a little troublesome getting in and out of your seat, as well as having a conversation.

The Food

One Man Coffee has one of the simplest menu I’ve seen so far.Photo 2-12-14 12 34 11 pm Photo 2-12-14 12 38 28 pm  Photo 2-12-14 12 32 41 pm  With just 10 items on their menu, their offerings were concise, yet precise. Catering to just the folks who love their carbs and brunch food! I’m complaining about the fact that they are lacking of some protein in their menu. Only their Big Brekkie and, probably gashouse eggs, have some form of protein in it, and meat lovers like the boy and I were just so deprived. Then again, I was here specially for their FRENCH TOAST, so it doesn’t really matter what they have on their menu!

We ordered a French Toast with Caramelized Banana, Salted Caramel and Cream, and a Gashouse eggs with Bacon Jam, as well as a cup of Iced Chocolate and Mocha!Photo 2-12-14 12 47 57 pmOur drinks, which I did not manage to get a good picture of because of the packed tables, and uneven sunlight. The iced chocolate was a little too rich for our liking, while I thought they hit the right spot with the Iced Mocha, the right amounts of chocolate and coffee. One of the better iced mochas I have had! Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset THE Brioche French Toast with Caramelised Bananas with Salted Caramel and Cream ($10)! You have no idea how excited I was when this dish arrived in my face. And I could not stop snapping pictures of it because it looked SO good and pretty. The brioche was soft and fluffy. Ah, the thought of it just makes me crave for another serving right now. I forgot about its description and actually thought that the brown looking sauce on its left was chocolate, and when I dipped my toast with it, my eyes just lit up in excitement, because this salted caramel sauce was just out of the world. Mind blowing. The combination of salted caramel, fluffy brioche and the bananas were just like an explosion of tastes in my mouth. This is the epitome of perfection. However, I thought that the cream was a little on the thick and foamy side, not very impressed with it, but the salted caramel just makes everything 100x better. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset It’s really no wonder why there’s so many people raving over this dish. It’s definitely not overrated, and probably the best french toast I’ve had so far!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Gashouse Eggs ($10), which is basically a brioche toast with an egg cracked in the middle, together with melted cheese on its sides. It’s a pity that we didn’t cut from the middle to let the yolk ooze out for picture taking purposes, but it’s amazing how One Man Coffee could make such a simple sounding dish, taste so amazing that I vowed to order this all to myself on the next visit. The savory addition of the bacon jam was a pretty good complement to this dish too. Ah.. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Closing Remarks

My wish of visiting One Man Coffee has finally come true and it definitely did not disappoint. Both of the items we ordered were really out of this world! Moreover, the prices on its menu are one of the more affordable options you can have in a cafe. Even though their offerings may be simple-sounding, I’m impressed by how they are able to elevate the taste of their items to make them taste better than they sound.

I would definitely recommend One Man Coffee to everyone for a visit. However, the downside is the fact that their menu may be a little limited, and they only offer rather breakfast-y items, that may not be exactly filling, or meet one’s macros needs for the meal. Nevertheless, it is worth the visit! If you’re afraid that you may not be full from the offerings, you can always eat at some where else and come here to grab a French Toast as a dessert (you can add an ice cream for $3!), for the perfect end to your meal!

How to get there?

215R Upper Thomson Road, 574349
Same stretch as Habitat Coffee
Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday  9:00am to 5:00pm
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