When C suggested that we have brunch at Lepark the other day, I was wondering what kind of weird cafe this was. Isn’t lepak spelt without the “r”? I went to check it out on instagram, cos that’s how u find out what the cafe’s specialty is nowadays. 😉 After some googling, I found out that it was in People’s Park Complex, a really old mixed-use (housing & retail) development in Chinatown. It was also said to be rather difficult to find.. Well, that wasn’t going to stop us from heading over!
There’s no direct lift to Lepark, and customers will need to take a lift (to level 5), followed by climbing a flight of stairs to level 6, where Lepark is. Upon exiting the lift at level 5, you will be greeted by Five Stars Tours Pte Ltd (it was closed when we were there, not sure if it is permanent or temporary).
Take the stairs next to it, and head one level up to level 6.
Upon reaching level 6, you will find Lepark on your right!
This is by no means the only way to Lepark; you can also take the escalators within the mall to level 4, and climb 2 flights of stairs to level 6. You will then see Lepark under the block of flats. It makes for a rather cool view in my opinion.
A close-up of the front of the cafe, which is pretty grungy at first glance.
Lepark is a cafe with an old school theme. According to the friendly boss who chatted with us, Lepark invites you and your friends to just lepak (kick-back and relax).
It is self-service here, so place your orders at the counters directly. There are two counters; food on one end and drinks at the other. We were told that it was so friends can split up the ordering work, so while one orders food, the other can order drinks! You will then be given a number, and you will have to collect your own food when your number is called out (through a warbly electronic buzzer).
The very old-school style seating and open-concept kitchen.
The menu is simple to understand, and if you’re wondering where the drinks are, you pick from the array of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) directly at the drinks counter. Oh yes, all prices you see are nett, and there is no GST and service charge woohoo! 🙂
We sat near this mural, which looks a bit obscene (:x), but I suppose it does give off a rather lepak vibe hahaha.
Anyway, C and I ordered a Signature Platter (S$40) to share. The Signature Platter consists of a full portions of 1) S.E.Y soft shell crab and crabmeat ball slider and 2) Slipper lobster with sambal butter sauce, as well as half portions of 3) Truffle fries and 4) Peri peri grilled chicken with nachos.
The salted egg yolk (S.E.Y.) soft shell crab & crabmeat ball slider ($12 on its own) was pretty darn good. The salted egg yolk went well with the crispy soft shell crab. The added bonus was the bread, which was soft and fragrant, kind of like a mantou! Comparable to Long Beach’s oh-so-good mantous. 🙂
The slipper lobster with sambal butter sauce ($12) was really yummy too. The soft lobster meat came apart so easily, and tasted pretty fresh as well. The sambal butter sauce was not too spicy, and gave the lobster meat the right tanginess.
The truffle fries ($10) were average in my opinion, and were definitely not close to the best truffle fries I’ve had so far (at P.S Cafe). The truffle scent was not as strong as I would have liked, although at least the fries were crispy.
The peri peri grilled chicken with nachos ($12) was an average dish too. The peri peri sauce was spicy, and the grilled chicken was so-so. The nachos were a bit soggy at the end too, as the peri peri sauce had already seeped into them. I gave feedback to the friendly boss, so hopefully it’ll be improved the next time round!
We also got a bottle of Gumption woodchuck (cloudy apple) hard cider ($14) to share. The apple cider was pretty good, although it was rather expensive. It’s probably not a real comparison, but considering you can get Somersby’s at a supermarket for less than half that price, or maybe even a quarter of that price.. Yeah, you get the drift.
Portions weren’t that huge, so we were still hungry after this, and so we ordered a cup of Milo soft serve swirl of the day (S$8).
It is by no means cheap though, since it was really less than half a cup of milo soft serve. The other half cup consists of breakfast cereals (honey stars & fruit loops), banana slices, and a Khong Guan biscuit. Well, at least it looked good, and tasted good as well.
Lepark is probably not the cafe you will want to bring a girl on a first date to (C’s words), unless she likes the retro, canteen theme, but hey, to each his/her own. 🙂 It is however a really cool place to hang out, and lepak with a group of friends. Their long tables make it really easy to hang out in a big group, and I heard that it becomes much more happening at night. 😉 The food is hit-and-miss in my opinion, with the salted egg yolk soft shell crab and the lobster with sambal butter sauce tasting really awesome, but the truffle fries and peri peri grilled chicken with nachos a slight disappointment. They do serve pasta as well, so do let me know if it’s good, since I didn’t get to try it this time. Still, props for trying to create a space like this, and the afternoon did pass rather quickly while lepak-ing here. It’s also not the cheapest cafe around, but the nett price helps a lot, so why not give this place a shot.
#6-00 People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108 (Nearest MRT: Chinatown)
Open 4pm-11pm (Tue – Thu), 4pm-12mn (Fri), 11am-12mn (Sat), and 11am-11pm (Sun)
Closed on Mon
Check out their website here.
As a bonus, here are some shots on the rooftop, it’s a pity the haze made everything so foggy, but it was still pretty cool.
People’s Park Complex.
Singapore skyline, albeit a hazy one.