Shaw Tower is perhaps more famous for being where Tom’s Palette (an ice cream shop) can be found. Naturally, we were at Shaw Tower for some delicious and relatively cheap ice cream (when you compare to Ben & Jerry’s, which I also love btw), when we stumbled upon this cafe, and decided to give it a go.
The entrance to Oromo Coffee faces the street, and can’t be missed if you’re walking over from Bugis MRT. It actually shares shop space with Subway. I found this to be slightly weird because the seats are clearly different, and yet the ‘barrier’ demarcating the areas isn’t very obvious. Does it mean you can sit at Subway even if you order from Oromo? Well, it didn’t really matter for us though, because we were there to try some cakes and coffee, and there were some empty tables at Oromo Coffee that we could sit at.
The above pic was taken as we left the cafe through the other entrance, which is accessible from within Shaw Tower. Ordering is done at the counter, and payment is collected immediately. The food and drinks will be delivered to your table once they’re ready. Prices displayed are inclusive of GST, so not to worry about any ‘surprises’ (in terms of the final bill)! 🙂
The red velvet cake (S$6.90) was okay in my opinion. I felt that the cake was slightly ‘hard’, and not crumbly and soft as I like it. Perhaps this was because it was in the fridge for too long? Other than that, the taste was ok, but definitely not great.
The chocolate truffle cake (S$6.90) was really good! I really liked it a lot, and found it to be very tasty, with a rich dark chocolate ganache mmm. 🙂 The plating also looked much nicer than the red velvet cake!
C ordered a matcha macchiato (S$5.90) for herself. I love matcha, but this combination was verging on bad (ok~bad) in my opinion. I’m not sure if it’s the quality of matcha and coffee used, but it tasted rather weird to me. I think my own personal concoction of matcha coffee tasted better! If you’re interested, I used half a sachet of O’sulloc matcha latte & half a sachet of Nescafe Ipoh white coffee. 😉
I got a flat white (S$5.50), which was one of the worst flat whites I’ve ever tasted.. The coffee was sooooo flat. And unappetising. By this point, I was of the opinion that they use really lousy coffee beans lol. I do appreciate latte art, but the one on my flat white would probably classify as abstract art. Can anyone tell me what it is? Haha at first I thought it might be a four-leaf clover, then at second glance I somehow saw the face of a cat in it. confused
I must add however, that it was nice of them to serve their hot drinks with a biscuit. Although said biscuit was not very tasty, and they would be better served using Lotus-brand caramel biscuits.
If you’re in the area of Shaw Tower, and need a quiet place to study/chill/work, then Oromo Coffee is a good place to be I suppose. While we were there on a Sunday afternoon, we saw a group of young adults that were part of a Jap-language study group. The chocolate truffle cake is pretty good, but I wouldn’t go there for the red velvet and the coffee. Perhaps you’d have better luck trying their teas and other drinks instead. Oh they also serve mains and all-day breakfast, although we did not try them this time. Some other customers ordered their all-day breakfast set though, which actually smelled rather good, so it could be worth a try! 🙂
#01-41B, Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702 (Nearest MRT: Bugis)
Check out their facebook page here.