Cafes and eating joints spring up all the time. Some of them make an impression either on the food or the decor and sometimes, though not often- both !
Visited Caramel Cafe at Beach Road (Singapore) recently. Its vintage style of mismatched plates, beautiful teacups, upholstered stools and sofas in bright vintage prints took my breath away when I first stepped into the cafe. The walls were covered with unusual frames and pictures sourced from flea markets around the world and there was even a corner selling hand made plushes, bags and toys.
The four co-owners were former illustrators and fashion stylists who were seeking an alternative career path. There is even an adjorning hair salon which shared the overall concept.
I must say the decor made a bigger impression on me than the food on the first visit. I ordered a bacon salad with white wine vinegar which was reasonably good. But I started to enjoy the food more during my subsequent visit. My Japanese Goma sauce spaghetti and my friend's Rendang spaghetti were really delicious with a home cook goodness about them. The menu changes everyday which is great if you love surprises.
We had their signature drinks too - lemon grass tea and Vitaplum, a mixture of Vitagen and plum. Kudos to the chef CK Koo for being so creative ! Of course, there are delightful cupcakes which are a visual and tasty treat. Check out their blogsite which is just as beautiful as their cafe. Not surprising, considering their previous careers.
This cafe gives me such a happy, positive vibe. Loved it.
Hairloom & Caramel100 Beach Road
#01-50/52 Shaw Towers
Hairloom, the Salon
Caramel, the Cafe