Read about Coffee Daily, a new independent coffee place, in our local TV guide, 8 Days. Decided then and there to make our way to Brighton Crescent at Serangoon Gardens. This spot used to be occupied by Awfully Chocolate as I recall buying a cake here once. It’s a bit out of the way, but I love quiet out of the way places in residential estates, but I wonder if people know this place exists if they didn’t read it on 8 Days like I did. Maybe it’s good it remains a secret, but I don’t think it will for long. But I do hope they do well and stick around for years to come.
I tempered my expectations, but when I entered I was immediately struck at how lovely the interior decor was. There was something very soothing about this place. Couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but pleasant vibes indeed.
I must say the owners have wonderful taste. There is a very home like feeling about the cafe and the way it’s structure feels nice, cosy and not so exposed. I don’t go to coffee places to be seen, but to disappear, so this works for me. I love the mismatched chairs, prints and unique lighting.
The most unique wall lighting that featured black pipes and bare light bulbs. Very cool indeed.
Pretty plates and eco friendly hand-made paper containers to hold the sugar.
The couple (according to 8 Days, they used to work in advertising), who own the place were very pleasant, welcoming and I love that they leave you be, apart from when you want something (especially good for introverts like me). I think it’s one of the nicer places to chat or read. And yes, the most important thing – the coffee is as good as what we’ve found at other boutique places like Oriole or Shots. The Piccolo Latte cost S$3.80 and the Cuppuccino S$4.50. And the best part – zero GST or service charge, and free parking.
I’m so spoilt by all the independent coffee places, that now I can’t imagine having coffee without coffee art or being too dilute with milk and ice cubes at the Chains. I mulled over a Nespresso Machine, but it’s expensive and part of drinking coffee is the whole experience and the vibe of the cafe. I now understand why students prefer to study at cafes rather than at home.
I am turning into such a coffee snob – only espresso based drinks for me please. And no fancy powders or flavours that to me, mar the taste. But of course, once in a while I still yearn for good old kopi.
There is a limited range of sandwiches and pastry here. The spinach and mushroom quiche was ok I guess, costing about S4.20. Their signature items are supposed to be the Carrot Cake and Smoked Duck Ciabatta which I hope to try next time. I saw crossaints and scones as well.
The shop is one among this row of old shophouses nestled within a quaint residential estate. The houses here are huge with long driveways. A peaceful and quiet setting.
I would definitely come here again because the service was good and I loved the soft music they played. Maybe it won’t be as nice if the place was as crowded as Loysel’s Toy on a Saturday. The quiet factor is a big draw and even the customers here seem more down to earth.
Here are some other wonderful reviews by bloggers:
A review by the lovely Miss Ene.
I also found this review at BeanHunter.
The very cool Coffee Daily Facebook Page.
The Coffee Daily
75 Brighton Crescent
Closed on Mon
The little foam heart is adorable!
Don’t know how I lived without coffee art before this 😉 Feel so spoilt with all the new independent stores sprouting up all over the island. Hope they keep their prices lower & quality higher than the chains and soon just take over.
Cool, another new coffee joint to check out! 🙂
I’m like you, I can’t do Starbucks and the like anymore.
So exciting with all the new lil cafes sprouting up.
the place looks really quaint… too bad i live quite far there. but my co-league stays somewhere near there… i will ask her to come with me! the latte looks full and rich 😀
It was lovely and I will look out for your post on it 🙂
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