Main Street Commissary is a hidden minimalist cafe & gallery with hearty brunch mains under S$20

by Christabel Tan

Need a break from the usual themed cafes? It’s time to sit back and relax over speciality coffee and unpretentious food at Main Street Commissary, a hidden cafe with a mini gallery in Little India.

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A collaboration between a creative agency and Melbourne-inspired cafe Bearded Bella, Main Street Commissary describes itself as a “super chill cafe in the heart of Little India at 81 Rowell Road, serving up great coffee & delicious food at affordable prices“. True enough, the minimalist, no-frills interior, wooden furniture, and overall chill vibes speak for themselves.

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The All Day Brekkie boasts an extensive selection of open-faced toasts, sandwiches, and croissants. First-timers can go for the bestselling Sriracha Chicken Brioche (S$11.50) or the Avocado Toast (S$12.50).

Why not try the elevated version of a breakfast staple we all know and love — the locally-inspired Kaya French Toast (S$8.50) comprising soft-boiled eggs and fluffy brioche French toast with butter, kaya, pandan cream, and coconut chips?

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The Truffle-Maker (S$11.50), black truffle egg mayo on a flaky croissant, is also a hot favourite. But if you’re completely spoilt for choice, the Breakfast of Champions (S$16.50) — sourdough toast, scrambled eggs, roasted mushrooms, hashbrowns, greens, and pork sausage — will not let you down.

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On a healthy kick? Available from 11am onwards is the Salmon Rice Bowl (S$16.50), which consists of pan-fried salmon with pico de gallo, kimchi, purple cabbage, and an onsen egg.

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, however, the Lasagna Roll Ups (S$15.50), an indulgent combination of rich beef sauce, bechamel, and cheese, as well as the Salmon Cream Pasta (S$17), which is topped with a whole pan-fried salmon, will do just nicely.

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Those swinging by for tea can take their pick from a rotating menu of pastries and desserts, which include the likes of Banoffee Pie (S$7.50), NY-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (S$3.50), and Hojicha Mousse Cake. Honestly, everything sounds way too enticing.

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Aside from the usual coffee offerings, Main Street Commissary is perhaps best known for cold brew coffee and tea. Take home a sleek glass bottle or two of Cold Brew (from S$5.50 for Black), or unwind over a maple-infused macchiato cream-topped Cold Brew Macchiato (from S$6.50).

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The baristas also make a mean Spanish Latte (S$6.50), otherwise known as a café con leche, a sweet espresso-based coffee with both regular and condensed milk.

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As mentioned previously, the cafe also functions as a “curatorial art space” showcasing different contemporary artists from photographers to poets to tattoo artists.

From now till 30 November 2022, the gallery will be featuring the works of Sze, a local stick and poke tattoo artist from Wild Paw Tattoo — perhaps you might gain some inspiration for your first (or next) tattoo as you enjoy brunch with a view!

Main Street Commissary
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???? 81 Rowell Rd, Singapore 208014
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