La Ristrettos is a cafe tucked in a small corner on the 8th floor of Novena Medical Centre. You can get to Novena Medical Centre by taking a train to Novena MRT, and follow the signs to the medical centre lift lobby. Nestled among the private clinics, if you blink as you walk along the corridor, you might just miss it.
Signboard greeting you at the cafe entrance
Counter where you order and pay
La Ristrettos only accepts cash or NETS, so be sure to bring either if you’re planning a visit there. There is also NO GST or service charge, so hurray for that! 🙂
Open brewing area
The café has an open concept, encapsulated by the brewing area which is situated right next to the seats. You’ll be able to watch as your own cuppa is prepared before your very eyes. The café is small though, so it can get crowded quite easily. There is a huge table in the middle, which can seat about 12 people. There is also a row of stools facing the outdoor section of the café, with space for about 6 people. The outdoor section is slightly larger, and is perfect if you like fresh air. 🙂
The counter area & cute pictures hanging on the wall
There is also a small section where you can purchase coffee beans and more
The cafe latte (S$5.50) comes with standard latte art, and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. They provide a teaspoon for you to add your own sugar (there is a communal container placed in the middle of the large table). I didn’t add any sugar though as I didn’t mind the slightly bitter aftertaste. The taste of caffeine is quite strong, and I liked the slight nutty taste of the coffee.
Ciocolata Calda (Italian hot chocolate) & Pear tart with vanilla ice cream
We also ordered the fancily-named Ciocolate Calda (S$5.50), which is actually just Italian hot choc haha. The chocolate is very thick and has a very strong taste. If you like your hot choc thick, this would satisfy you. The pear tart with vanilla ice cream (S$8) tastes nicer than it looks, and I particularly like the slightly sweet pear slices as well as the warm and fluffy pie crust. It goes very well with vanilla ice cream too, so no complaints there! As their food and desserts are always freshly prepared, it can take quite a while for your orders to arrive, especially if there are many people who have ordered before you.
They do serve mains and sandwiches as well (priced between S$10-15), and I look forward to trying those on my next visit.
I like the cosy and open layout of the café, and the food and drinks are tasty and reasonably priced. Not charging GST and service charge is also a big plus! If I had any gripe though, it would be that the café can get crowded easily, thus it might be best to avoid the crowd at lunchtime, unless you’re prepared to wait. We visited from 4-6pm, and the café was about half-full at that time, so it was easy to find seats. I would say that it is worth visiting this café, but it would be wise to do so early on Saturday, or during the late afternoons on weekdays.
#08-37 Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive (Nearest MRT: Novena)
+65 6397 7165
Mon-Fri (8am-6pm) & Sat (8am-2pm)
Check out their facebook page here.