This is where magic happens.
Specifically, Strangers’ Reunion is where Ryan Tan — two-time national barista champion and second runner-up of World Latte art championship — makes Magic, his signature double ristretto.
I have to stay away from strong espresso drinks for the time being. But my dining partner told me this was an excellent cuppa.
We both enjoyed the buttermilk waffle immensely too. This was hearty enough for two persons to share.
Light and fluffy, but delightfully crisp on the outside, the waffle was topped with a generous scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and banana, strawberry, and blueberry. No wonder this is one of their bestselling food items. Nearly every table had an order of this!
Their sandwiches are also very good. One of the most popular is the roast pork baguette.
Crisp, airy baguette stuffed with Chinese roast pork, cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, chilli, and sweet hoisin sauce, this is remininscent of Vietnamese bahn mi. Hearty and scrumptious, this makes an excellent lunch or dinner option.
Topped with a big scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, this iced chocolate was so rich and thick I couldn’t decide if it’s a beverage or dessert! Mmmph…!
They also bake their own red velvet cupcakes and chicken pies, but on the occasions we were here, we were just too full to try them. Another excuse to make more trips here! Click on the left thumbnail image to see their full menu.
Besides good food and great coffees, Strangers’ Reunion exudes a welcoming vibe with its shabby chic decor and casual, cosy atmosphere. The friendly crew regularly come around to top up water glasses (they serve iced water flavored with fresh lemon and orange slices). Little wonder then that this little indie cafe has a regular stream of patrons despite its off-the-beaten-track locale.
On weekends, it’s even harder to procure a table as groups and families come here for breakfast or brunch. In addition to the usual menu, eggs Benedict and smoked salmon are served.
Tip: If you drive, there’s an open-air car park (in front of Singapore General Hospital and adjacent to New Bridge Road bus terminal) directly opposite the row of shophouses where Strangers’ Reunion is located.
Prices are nett.
37 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 6222 4869
Open: 9am to 10pm
Closed on Tuesdays