Given that new cafes practically spring up overnight, we are always spoilt for choice when it comes to finding good coffee and grub. One of the newest entrants to Chinatown is September Coffee, an aesthetic Korean-inspired cafe with IG-worthy spaces aplenty.
Situated along the South Bridge Road stretch (near The Venus and Grids Coffee & Bar), September Coffee takes inspiration from the buzzy cafe scene in Bangkok and South Korea. Fun fact: it’s named after the owner’s birth month!
The aesthetics game here is strong, featuring a well-utilised space decked out in neutral tones and natural elements (think tasteful touches of greenery, concrete, and even rocks). It’s a cosy and comfortable sanctuary, perfect for cafe lovers looking to recharge over a cuppa.
The fusion food menu features all-day brunch, alongside a fine selection of pasta, mains, speciality udon, and sides. Do note that dishes tend to be rather carb-heavy, so come with an empty stomach!
Udon is not something you’d typically find on a cafe menu, and the Masago (S$23), soft and chewy udon coated in a slick, creamy masago (tobiko) and cured ikura sauce, was utterly comforting. However, I felt that the savoury, umami-esque notes could be a lot more pronounced.
Another unique udon option is the Honey Butter Udon (S$20) served with fried chicken, garlic, and almonds — a dish I believe fans of sweet, milky, and mildly savoury flavours would really enjoy.
One of the most popular September Signatures is the Fried Chicken French Toast (S$18) — slices of crispy and juicy fried chicken and pickled Japanese cabbage on a very thick slice of French toast, finished off with a liberal drizzle of spicy honey.
As much as I enjoyed the tangy honey, I would’ve preferred for it to be served on the side (to avoid a major sog-fest). It also paired a lot better with the chicken, as compared to the soft and custardy French toast.
Although you can find small bites and sides like Soy-Glazed Wings (S$12) and the classic Truffle Tater Tots (S$7 for half, S$13 for full), we settled for the Tiger Prawn Toast (S$14), tiger prawns with kizami wasabi mayo and cured ikura on toasted brioche.
This is not something I’d order again — it was, frankly speaking, very underwhelming.
The drinks, in general, fared a lot better. September Coffee offers their take on the trendy beverage that has taken the Korean cafe scene by storm, the Einspänner (S$7), a concoction of iced black coffee (add an additional S$1 for White Coffee) topped with whipped non-dairy cream.
Another standout, the Burnt Chocolate (S$7) is probably one of the richest and most comforting hot chocolate beverages I’ve had in a while. How could one resist the decadent, oh-so-good combination of bittersweet dark chocolate, coconut milk, sea salt cream, and toasted marshmallow?
Black sesame lovers should make a beeline for the popular Hot Sesame Latte (S$6) and Iced Sesame Milk Latte (S$7), which boasts a nutty
If you tend to gravitate towards non-caffeinated options, you can sip on IG-worthy Iced Refreshers like the Yuzuri Spritz (S$7), a colour-changing concoction of yuzu, lemon, and butterfly pea, as well as the Sakura Peach Blossom (S$7), a sour, salty, and sweet thirst-quencher.
As for desserts, you can find sliced cakes, plated desserts, and dessert thick toasts like the Tiramisu (S$14), which is crowned with a quenelle of silky smooth chocolate espresso ganache.
For something a little more substantial, the PB & J Toast (S$15) — house-made peanut butter, berry jelly, caramelised banana, and vanilla ice cream on brioche — will pair wonderfully with a Double Espresso (S$4).
I definitely see myself dropping by to bask in the chill ambience with a drink in hand — when the queues die down, that is.
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