The Keong Saik area is fast transforming into a yuppie hangout. Three streets — Keong Saik Road, Jiak Chuan Road, Teck Lim Road — intersect to form a triangle that has seen an explosion of trendy restaurants and bars in the past 12 months. Just to name a few: Esquina, Keong Saik Snacks, Pasta Inc, Taratata Bistrot, and Nicolas Le Restaurant.
And if you need a cup of java, there’s Oriole Coffee Roasters.
I stumbled upon Oriole Coffee Roasters by accident when I was in the neighborhood one afternoon. Housed in a three-storey shophouse, this cafe also functions as Oriole group’s roasting facility and barista training lab.
Having been a tea drinker most of my life, it was only last year that I started appreciating fine coffees and espressos. I blame it on weird pregnancy cravings. The explosion of charming indie cafes played a part too.
Right now, my appreciation of coffee is limited to “nice” and “not nice”. If you were to ask me what I think of Oriole’s latte and Taisho iced coffee, I’d tell you both are “very, very nice”!
Definitely one of my favourites, among the various specialty coffee cafes I’ve tried thus far. The brew at Oriole is distinctly robust and flavourful. It delivers a strong kick, yet manages to be smooth and doesn’t leave a tannic or bitter aftertaste.
And compared to its sister outlet at 313 Somerset, this location is much more serene and quaint. Filled with retro 60s/70s Singapore knick-knacks, the decor pays homage to the heritage of its Chinatown locale.
Oriole Coffee Roasters
10/10A Jiak Chuan Road
Tel: 6224 8131
Mon – Sat: 8.30 am to 10 pm; last order 9.30 pm
Sun & PH: 8.30 am to 6 pm; last order 5.30 pm