Cafés in Singapore have really taken off in the past couple of years, and it’s not a surprise seeing how we Singaporeans love (or maybe just need) caffeine to survive. :p Personally, coffee doesn’t do much for me, and I can still fall asleep after drinking it.. Not sure if that’s good or bad hahaha.
Café culture here isn’t simply all about the coffee though, and many cafés serve proper food as well. I like to hang out at cafés when I’m free, and just enjoy the coffee, food, the people I’m with, and maybe also people-watch. 😉 This post (if you’ve not yet guessed) is about a little café in the East of Singapore, and is the first of (hopefully) many lifestyle posts on my blog! 🙂
Brawn & Brains café sits on the premises of the old Singapore Badminton Hall, and serves great coffee at a great price! The coffees are priced from S$3.50-S$3.90, while their desserts range from S$3-$6.20. Sandwiches are priced around S$7. There is NO GST and service charge here, so the prices you see are the prices you pay! 🙂 Getting here by public transport is also easy, as it is only a short 5-10min walk from Mountbatten MRT.
Exterior of Brawn & Brains
The café is next to Kumon, a learning centre, so I guess that explains the “brains” in the café’s name? Why the “brawn” though? There is a wellness centre behind it too, so maybe… Nah, can’t be it. I’ll find out why the next time I’m there again haha.
*Update: The café will be moving soon; it’ll still be in the same building, but will move to a space next to the pet shop instead! 🙂
Upon entering the café, you’ll be greeted with warm smiles and a cheery “Welcome!”. 🙂 The folks there are really friendly and kudos to them for that! It makes you feel happy and more than willing to spend your money so… :p hahaha its a win-win situation!
The desserts are displayed at the counter, and there is also a menu with the types of coffee and the sandwiches that they serve. They make everything fresh, so don’t be disappointed if some items are sold out when you’re there. Just be sure to go back again! Haha 🙂
What’s interesting about this café is that they serve coffee using 2 different kinds of coffee beans, and their beans are all roasted in-house oooh. You’ll get to choose if you want your coffee made with the more bitter beans (Carribean beans I think), or with the other sweeter beans (Brazilian beans I think). I’m sorry, I’m really bad at naming beans haha.
It isn’t really all that bitter though, and my cafe latte was still nice. It was only more noticeable when I tried my gf’s iced latte (she got the sweeter beans).
The café is pretty small, and can probably seat up to 20 people at full capacity. There are some seats outdoor as well, but there’s only enough space for 4 people. The seating style is very communal, with most of the seats placed around the 2 long tables in the middle. The decor is also pretty minimalistic, and we noticed some nicely framed-up pictures hanging on the wall.
Ok, now on to the coffee & food!
My cafe latte (S$3.50) was served warm, and not scaldingly hot, which is great! The coffee tasted smooth and had a rich aroma, with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.
My gf ordered an iced latte (S$3.80), which tasted sweeter than my latte. No surprise there, as she did choose the sweeter beans haha. Great coffee, for a great price, now tell me where else can you expect to pay between S$3.50-S$4 for a cuppa in a café?
We didn’t order any sandwiches, but got a salted caramel tart (S$6.20) to share instead. We had just had a very filling lunch at the nearby Old Airport Road food centre you see. :p
I fell in love with the tart the moment I bit into it. It had a strong sweet caramel taste, which when coupled with just the right amount of saltiness, tasted amazinggggg! 😀 It looked quite cute as well, being plated on an old-school unpretentious tiny metal tray, with some salt crystals drizzled on top.
Can’t stress how much I love the cheap yet awesome coffee!!! S$3.50 is really a steal! It’s a great little café that also has warm & friendly staff, great desserts, and a relaxed environment to unwind in. You can really spend an entire afternoon here sipping on your coffee, chatting with the staff, and just chilling. It’s a short 5-10min walk from Old Airport Road food centre, so if you feel like having hawker food and then gourmet coffee, why not? 🙂 Singapore definitely needs more of such cool cafés!
Brawn & Brains
#01-07, 100 Guillemard Road (Nearest MRT: Mountbatten)
+65 6348 8892
Tue-Fri (9am-7.30pm) & Sat-Sun (9.30am-7.30pm)
Check out their facebook page here.