Not sick of the cafe craze yet? Well, here’s another one for you! The Lokal can be found close to the Police Cantonment Complex in Outram Park, and is situated right next door to Goethe Institut Singapore (a German language school). Along the same stretch of road, you will also be able to find another popular cafe by the name of The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
Upon walking through the front doors of the cafe, we were greeted by the open bar, where patrons could watch the bartenders mixing drinks and brewing a cuppa. The Lokal believes very much in communal dining, as there are very few 2-person tables, and we ended up sharing our table with another couple. Of course, we did not really mind sharing our table, but the table was really tiny, and it was quite a challenge eating when we had 3 plates on the tabletop at the same time.
They actually have quite an extensive selection of drinks, and I really liked the design of the open bar. We were in a bit of a rush due to C having to book in, thus I did not order a drink to slowly savour. We made our decision quickly, and got a waiter to take our orders.
First up was the french toast, which had an interesting mix of savoury and sweet flavours. The caramelised bananas were really yummy, while the savoury fried bacon slices drenched in sweet maple syrup sauce were rather good too. I did not really enjoy the yogurt on top, and felt that having vanilla bean ice cream instead would have elevated this dish to the next level. On the whole, it was still a delicious dish, although those of you who do not have a sweet tooth might find it a tad too sweet. :p
The toasted banana bread was tasty as well, and I really liked the soft and moist banana bread. I like nuts, and frequently snack on them, although for this dish, I thought that the nuts did nut-hing (nothing) to enhance the overall flavour! :p The yogurt worked well with this though, and I enjoyed the sweet-sour combination of this dish.
The last dish that we ordered to share was the DIY breakfast. DIY breakfast, as its name suggests, means that it is fully customisable to your taste! We ordered the scrambled eggs, mushrooms, and roasted chicken, which cost S$16++. As you can mix and match ingredients, the overall cost will vary. The scrambled eggs were pretty good, and not overly runny. The mushrooms were average in my opinion, and could have been juicier, while the roasted chicken slices were just slightly above average in terms of taste. The chicken slices did come in quite a generous portion though.
The Lokal only accepts bookings from Tue-Sat between 5.30pm-10pm, so do be prepared to take a queue number and wait a while outside the cafe if it is full. I thought that they were trying to be a bit too healthy with the yogurt on the dessert bread/cake, and should have at least provided an ice cream option instead. :p But hey, that’s just me! I would definitely come by again though as the food is quite yummy. 🙂
136 Neil Road, Singapore 088865 (Nearest MRT: Outram Park)
Open Mon 8am-5pm, Tues-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Check out their website here.