Some of us might remember going to Upper Thomson for cafe hopping when it was the most popular hot spot. It’s not as big of a hot spot anymore but people still flock there for classics such as Columbus Coffee Co. and Habitat Coffee.
But maybe it’s time for a little trip down to Upper Thomson. Gentle Roast is one of multiple new openings recently and they’ll make for a nice cafe hopping trail, like old times.
And oh boy, does Gentle Roast look lovely. Your insta feed would love the white background, as well as the streaks of gold that give it a modern edge.
It’s not just golden trimmings — the cafe is complete with golden neon lights on the wall. However, the most eye-catching part of the cafe have to be the golden-trimmed birdcage chairs. Imagine your OOTDs here.
Gentle Roast has a pretty diverse menu, which ranges from the usual brunch suspects to heartier burger options.
For sure, the Sourdough Toast (S$20) and Egg Benedict (S$18) will be two familiar comfort foods that will attract many cafe goers.
However, the most interesting item on the brunch menu has to be the Crabcake Rosti (S$22). It comes with rosti, hand-molded crab cakes, together with turkey bacon and sausages. Unfortunately, it’s not available for the moment.
On the other hand, there are some more exciting flavours on Gentle Roast’s pasta menu. If you love mushroom, truffles, and creamy pasta, then the Shroomy Truffle Carbonara‘s (S$20) triple threat of flavours would be right up your alley.
Another one is the very local-inspired Ducky Indon (S$18), an item on the Gentle Roast Signature menu. The pasta is a fun combination of smoked duck, special Indomie sauce, fried shallots, and poached egg.
There’re also the more standard choices of Seafood Aglio Olio, Chicken Pomodoro and Chilli Crabby (S$16).
After you’re done with the mains, it’s only natural you’d want dessert. One of Gentle Roast’s most beautifully-made bakes here has to be the Matcha Cake ($7.80).
It’s absolute eyecandy looking at the square block of matcha chiffon sponge, layered with matcha white chocolate ganache. The cream and icing sugar were just the cherry on the cake, kinda.
For the caffeine, junkies you can get your fix here with the classics like Americano ($3.90), Latte ($5), or Flat White ($5). Their beas are sourced from Guerilla Coffee, a home-grown brand which supplies many speciality coffee places locally.
If you’re looking to head down to Upper Thomson for a cafe hopping sesh — there’s no better time than now. With the new opening of places such as Gentle Roast, the neighbourhood may be up for a facelift.