Equate Coffee opens in Orchard Central with stunning aesthetics, spam truffle egg sandos & speciality coffee

by Christabel Tan

Although there are speciality cafes aplenty in Somerset, this is one opening you won’t want to miss.

Longtime fans of the popular cafe would know this by now, but Equate Coffee in Orchard Central is a seriously stunning new spot to get your caffeine fix in town.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

The popular cafe, which first opened at Tanjong Pagar in March 2021, is best known for its sleek minimalist aesthetics, house blend coffee, and artisanal bakes.

Photo by Confirm Good

In true Equate Coffee fashion, the aesthetics are off the charts.

The interior of this second outlet is strikingly different from that of the first; despite being nestled along of the busiest shopping stretches in Somerset, it stands out from the typical run-of-the-mill mall cafes.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

Raw, exposed concrete is juxtaposed with natural, earthy elements, while two uprooted upside down trees serve as the centerpiece of the space, making for some seriously photo-worthy moments.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

At the time of writing, the cafe is still in its soft launch phase, but you can look forward to an even more extensive selection of pastries prepared in-house and a hot food menu exclusive to Orchard Central.

Photo by Confirm Good

The ordering process is simple — just scan the QR code on your table and wait for your food and coffee to be served.

Photo by Confirm Good

Although you can find espresso-based options like the Black Coffee (S$5) and Mocha (S$5.50), or even Filter Coffee (S$14), we went for the White Coffee (S$5), which showcases Equate Coffee’s signature house blend consisting of beans from Brazil and Sumatra.

The cuppa was medium-bodied, with pleasant chocolatey and nutty notes, but I did find it a touch too acidic for my palate.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

I definitely preferred the rich and bittersweet Chocolate (S$5), a dark, decadent chocolate lover’s dream come true.

Photo by Confirm Good

Moving on to the food, Japanese-inspired sandos, with a choice of either Tonkatsu (S$15.80) or Spam Truffle Egg Mayo (S$13.80), are available from 11am onwards.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

We went for the latter, comprising creamy truffle egg mayo (very aromatic) and thick slices of pork spam on toasted milk bread (shokupan), which made for a moreish, though slightly messy, meal.

You can also order sides like Shoestring Fries (S$7.80), Truffle Fries (S$11.80), and Onion Rings (S$8.80) with homemade sauces.

equate coffee orchard central
Photo by Confirm Good

As for the pastries, we opted for the Hazelnut Chocolatine (S$7.80), a cube-shaped croissant filled with homemade chocolate hazelnut praline that tasted like a cross between a Kinder Bueno and Ferrero Rocher.

One random observation is that the plates used here are not the most user-friendly (the plate with the croissant kept spinning around as we attempted to cut the cube into pieces).

Photo by Confirm Good

I can’t wait for the full menu to be launched, but till then, I’ll still pop by every now and then for a sando or two.

Equate Coffee Orchard Central
Facebook | Instagram
????181 Orchard Road, #01-17A, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
???? 9.30am–8.30pm (Daily)

For more lifestyle updates like this, subscribe to our Telegram channel at @confirmgood.

+ posts

I'm always feelin' either boozy or boujee ✨????

Related Posts