Coffee culture in Singapore has gained rapid popularity over the past year, where finding a good brew was a hit and miss affair. As a coffee-lover, I personally feel that Singapore's coffee scene is young, fresh and idealistic. Still, it is heartening to see that Melbourne's coffee-drinking culture has penetrated Asian markets successfully.
Jonathan Tu, the owner of Societe Canteen, gave up his bank job in Melbourne to fulfill his passion for coffee in Singapore. In all honesty, I was quite impressed by the cafe's quaint and minimalist design with raw cement flooring and drinks and breakfast menus written in blackboard style.
Unfortunately, I did not manage to taste the brunch menu because they stopped serving brunch after 3pm during weekdays. I ordered a skinny latte instead. The coffee was decent but I would prefer a stronger brew in terms of aroma and taste.
Societe Canteen is placed on Bukit Timah Road (beside Serene Centre), an adequate spot that locates residential estates and popular schools such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic. On the whole, it was an enjoyable Friday afternoon at the cafe and it is worth a visit nonetheless.