The Lokal, Aussie-Style Cafe Makes Good In Singapore

Alan suggested The Lokal for our Sunday brunch.

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The Lokal, founded in 2014 by local Aussie chef Darren Farr, who’s resume included a stint at the famed Tetsuya in Sydney, is a casual Aussie-style cafe that uses homemade ingredients – the yoghurt, sauces and pickles all made on site.

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While I’ve heard good things about this joint, I’m getting very skeptical of such hipster cafes that are mushrooming across Singapore, often over-hyped and inevitably serving mediocre meals at exorbitant prices.

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The cafe is set up in lovely old shophouse – a pre-requisite for any hipster café – at the corner of Bukit Pasoh and Neil road in an area that’s littered with rows of beautifully restored pre-war buildings.

The narrow interior is simply decorated and packed with tiny tables. You have to do a bit of juggling to fit the dishes.

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The place was buzzing when we arrived; our brunch had became a late lunch as my morning golf ran later than I had planned.

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The Kaya Toast is my favourite item here: the bread was fluffy and nicely toasted; the kaya flavourful and not too sweet; and the wobbly eggs were perfectly cooked.

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The poached eggs on the other hand were overcooked for my liking as I like them runny, although the sourdough toast was good.

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The Spinach, Cheese & Mushroom Toastie  was very tasty with the molten cheese and the vegtables coming nicely together, albeit a wee bit on the oily side.

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We also ordered the Roast Beef on Wholemeal bread with pickled cabbage, watercress and grain mustard which was tastily put together. The breads here are indeed fresh .

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The generous Organic Chicken was well roasted, with juicy meat ensconced in a crispy skin accompanied by a flavourful sauce.

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The Latte was good – there was a sign that proclaimed that the coffee was supplied by Common Man. Alan liked the Masala Chai but I thought it was too sweet and herbal.

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The pastry looks good too, although we were too full to try.

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The specials of the day are posted on a blackboard above the open-kitchen counter.

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Overall, The Lokal is a nice café – nothing pretentious; just good food at reasonable prices in a lovely locale – to drop by and chill after wandering through the quaint surrounds of conserved shophouses and quiet tree-shrouded back alleys. I’m glad that The Lokal lives us to the hype.

The Lokal
136 Neil Road
Singapore 088865
Phone: +65 64239918

 


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