Another off the beaten track, oh-no-my-gps-said-i-arrived-but-i-still-can’t-see-it cafe! So, first tip: for drivers, turn into the sports complex! Its there! Or if missed it, just turn left into Guillemard Crescent, and there are parking lots in front of the condominium called Cosmo.
Very unassuming small cafe that sits only less than 15 people, which is also why they don’t allow reservations. We were greeted by friendly young server, who reminds me of local celebrity, Lim Peifen. Through our conversation, I learnt that the cafe is named Brawn and Brains because this cafe is in the same building as the rock climbing wall and tuition centre. How quaint!
We tried both kinds of open face sandwiches – bacon molten egg and salmon. Both for $7. The Grilled Bacon open face sandwich, served with mozzarella, mixed greens, rocket, cherry tomatoes and a single molten egg. I really enjoyed the crispy bacon with melting yolk texture! The Salmon open face sandwich, on the other hand, is served with cottage cheese, rocket and cherry tomatoes, also served with a single molten egg. The servings will not satisfy growing boys, but good value for $7.
For Coffee, they are 2 kinds of beans – Honduran and Sumatra Mandheling, and we ordered latte and flat white for both beans between 4 of us. Personal favorite was the Honduran Flat White with rich nutty flavors. However, what we all agreed was that all the coffees were great!! I would rate it at Broers level, better than Bravery’s coffee, and great value too for $3.50/cup, which is way cheaper than Jewel’s $6/cup. They keep their overheads low and pass the savings to us!
We tried their homemade sponge cakes – Lavender and Rum cake, ($4), Earl Grey cake ($3.50). I enjoyed the sponge texture and how the strong scent of the respective flavours permeate through every bite. The lavender one reminded me of body lotions though (talk about conditioning and associations), while the earl grey was very pleasantly light.
Will be back for coffee if I am around the area. Overall great value for $12.50/pax for 3 course brunch with food, coffee and dessert. Other than Lola’s, definitely another new cafe I think will stay around!