It is a Saturday morning & I am just back from slogging it around the island on my bike for 3 hours. So, you can imagine my gratitude when Charlie broke the news that she had arranged a surprise brunch as I returned a sweaty mess. The venue was The Hangar, on Arab Street. We had not been before but given she knows I love my coffee & she had been told by a ‘reliable’ source that it serves Singapores best coffee [and a mean breakfast] off we went. You get a pretty good idea of the vibe as you are greeted with the café outdoor signage that entices you in with ‘coffee, sandwiches, salads & shit like that’. I like to think that the fact ‘coffee’ is first on the list, gives a good indication of their priorities. This is proven when you settle into the tiny, laid back place, as one side of the menu is dedicated to the bean. The menu reads ‘hot, cold, signature & speciality coffee brew’, the latter covering off the V60 pourover & a few cold brew options. So, how was it? I went for my standard flat white & I would give it a pretty solid 7 out of 10. Certainly one of the best I’ve had yet in Singapore but I’m sure there is better to be had! I’d still head to Ronin if I was pushed to make the choice. So, certainly worth heading to if you’re in the area, but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way for a caffeine hit.
To go alongside the coffee they have a decent breakfast, brunch & lunch menu and given the earlier efforts on the bike I went for ‘The Hangover’ which is essentially a full English with the promise of their famous ‘spicy baked beans’. It was a damn good breakfast & given my UK roots a real taste of home. Top quality pork sausage, crispy bacon, toasted home-made sourdough & fried eggs. No complaints at all & if we’re ever in & around Arab Street we’ll be back to enjoy more ‘shit like that’.
The Hanger, 25 Arab Street