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The Coffee Daily (Dinner Menu)
Situated on the outskirts of Serangoon Garden Way, The Coffee Daily (TCD) is a café that has assimilated itself into one of the iconic brands of Serangoon Gardens. They’ve been around for close to 7 years now and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere.
Just last week, TCD announced that they would be introducing a dinner menu much to the delight of their regulars. The Mbassadors happened to get wind of the news and paid them a visit.
I obviously couldn’t sample everything on the menu but I ordered a majority of it (almost puked at the end).
Cheeseburger Chowder ($8)
It’s a pretty unique dish. Think cheeseburger but in a soup. As weird as it may sound, it’s full of texture with bits of minced beef involved with every single scoop. The chowder looked a little oily on the surface probably due to the mince but it tasted great! Just a heads up for the health nuts.
Reuben Sandwich ($15)
Marbled beef ribeye, wholegrain mustard, taleggio cheese, caramelized onions and purplekraut
TCD’s owner and barista, Jared Chan highly recommended this main.
To quote him, “The Reuben Sandwich is da bomb”
With comments like that, I would have been a fool not to order it.
Taste wise, I love how all the elements of this dish come together. The careful placement of wholegrain mustard is a brilliant touch as it gives the diner a surprise after a couple of bites.
The “Asian” Sanger ($16)
52 hour sous vide pork shoulder in Asian style marinate with purple cabbage-slaw
Call it what you will, this is a pulled-pork burger. Let’s break this burger down for you
Pulled Pork: Meat was really tender and juicy but a tad too (NaCl)y (Salt-y) even for me.
Buns: Them buns helped to extract and absorb some of the salt.
Purple Cabbage: Gives the dish a nice crunch and helps with the salt too
Asian marinate: The excess salt in the dish overshadowed the marinate
This dish has heaps of potential and promise. I’ve given my feedback with regards to the saltiness and they’ve ensured me that it will be better in the future.
Laksa Pasta ($16)
Tiger Prawns, Crispy Tau-pok, home-made rempah, coconut milk, fresh laksa leaves
WOW! JUST WOW!
Honestly, this dish exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. Initially it wasn’t even part of my order. I happened to overhear a table comment that the Laksa was REALLY spicy and I went straight to the counter and ordered me a plate.
The pasta wa s al dente and perfectly cooked (just the way everyone SHOULD like it). It also comes with 4 huge tiger prawns (they’ve been shelled, don’t complain if it seems smaller) and comes with a few pieces of crispy tau-pok for added effect.
Now on to the serious stuff, even though this dish may be a dry version of Laksa, the iconic Laksa flavors are as clear as day. The sauce is extremely spicy, so if you can’t take spice, this dish is not for you. I was perspiring by the 2nd mouthful but thoroughly enjoyed it.
What The Coffee Daily has done here – They’ve taken a local dish and gave it a little western spin of their own to great effect. MUST REORDER!
Reservations should be made in advance to avoid unnecessary heartache at their doors.
The Coffee Daily
Address: 75 Brighton Cres
Opening Hours: 12–10:30pm on weekdays, 9.30am-10.30pm on weekends
Tel: 6284 8894
*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.
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