Old Town White Coffee Singapore Hot
A quiet little Malaysian franchise where diners are treated to local fare at affordable prices, Old Town White Coffee is famous for it's signature nasi lemak and mee siam among other items. The portions are quite sizable and well worth their price. for customers who are not looking for a filling meal, try one of their toasts. Their kaya toast and a piping hot glass of their signature White Coffee makes for a perfect tea-break. Let the sweetness of the kaya be drowned with the mild taste of the fragrant coffee and let the taste swirl in your mouth. Experience it, it's definitely worth it.
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Nice Ambience, Average Coffee.
The restaurant seems to be bigger compared to the one in Malaysia, however the service isn't too good. When there is alot of people in the restaurant, I had to wait for my food I ordered for more than 30 minutes. The waiters seem like their in a rush as well, unable to cope with the orders from all the customers. The ambience was pretty nostalgic, but unfortunately, it was the only thing I could enjoy. Even the price of the food was a little pricy.
In the end, the food did not turn out so good, and the coffee was a disappointment.
Coffee just the way I like it
As usual, I heard about Old Town White coffee from my colleagues, who swore by it. So I promptly frogmarched Hubbs to the outlet which my colleagues were raving about; Suntec City Old Town White Coffee.
We ordered the White coffee, Nasi Lemak and Curry Chicken. The Nasi Lemak was nothing to shout about and the Curry Chicken was like eating coconut milk with a hint of curry.
The White coffee outshone the other two dishes by a mile! Aromatic with a whiff of the buttery coffee beans and just a slight hint of the bitterness when it washes down your throat. Sweetness level just right and the temperature of the coffee for me was just right. By that, I meant that I could finish the coffee before it turned cold. Not scalding hot and not lukewarm either, it was just right, for me!
To round it off, let's just say, I enjoyed burping that day. =)
Lost to Ya Kun for the bread toast
Definitely, its toasted bread lost to Ya Kun in terms of taste and appearance. In fact, the bread was served cold when toasted bread should have been warm. Its coffee is really aromatic and tasty though but for that price of $3 for a small cup of cold coffee for takeaway, I would think that I rather brew it myself. The milo was a little sweet too.
Nothing worth screaming about
I did not really have that great a time at Old Town White Coffee. Their food was alright - I had a claypot chicken rice which I didn't finish because the portion was too big and tasted just like any other claypot chicken rice that I could buy at a coffee shop.
I have to say that Old Town White Coffee needs to improve on their service. I had to wait for a very long time for my food, and so did all my other friends who patronised the cafe with me. They also mixed up our orders, causing a lot of confusion and didn't bother to apologise after that.
Decent food, below-average service, nothing all that fantastic.
Overpriced but still good.
Old town white coffee serves one of the best coffee in town. The aroma and the taste of the coffee will leave you wanting for more. Introduced into Singapore by local celebrity Mark Lee, Old Town Coffee has all the ingredients to make it a successful coffee house in Singapore.
The branch which I visited is located at Cheong Chin Nam Road, Upper Bukit Timah. It was quite crowded at lunch time but it is still spacious and the smell of the coffee really makes you crave for it. It is furnished like an old coffee house with the old fashioned tables and wooden stools. You can tick your orders in the order sheet provided or you may approach their friendly staff. I was a bit confused at first as I'm not sure who to pass my order sheet to as the waiters are nowhere to be found.
Their signature coffee($2) is awesome. With a nutty taste and sweetened perfectly, not many coffee houses can brew such a good cup of coffee. But sadly, I cannot say the same for Old Town's food. I bought a plate of Rendang Chicken Rice at an astonishing price of $8. The coconut rice is too dry and does not have the aroma of the coconut. The chicken, however large, was too hard for my liking but their rendang and chilli sauce taste great. Delectable but overpriced in my opinion.
In conclusion, this place has one of the best tasting coffee but I cannot say the same for the food. Even though their menu has some palatable food, I don't it is value for money and I shall stick to drinking their coffee only.
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Good place to chit chat and hang out with friends
I particularly liked the nasi lemak special. The serving of ikan bilis, roasted peanuts, crackers and sliced cucumbers at the side. There were several pieces of fresh and succulent cuttlefish in the sambal instead of ikan bilis while the chicken drumstick was curry-flavored rather than the usual deep-fried chicken wing. The cuttlefish sambal chili was what won me over but they charged $0.50 for extra chilli.
Another must try is their Nasi Rendang Chicken. It comes with a piece of chicken with the thick Rendang gravy over the chicken, crackers, sambal chilli and slices of cucumber. The look of it will make you drool and the after taste will still lingers in your mind.
It a good place to hang out with friends over the weekends. Good food at an affordable price.
Acceptable food but their signature white coffee is disappointing
Since Old Town White Coffee has opened its branch at Whitesands, my mum has been telling me the food looks good and she wants to try them (hinting to me uh).
Finally had the chance to bring her there one evening and I can't express how elated she is (come on, all these food also can get from other places).
While there is a small crowd within the shop during dinner time, we still manage to grab a table without having to wait. The environment of the shop is rather dark, with the dark maroon colored wooden walls and furniture. While some may prefer the dark ambiance, I still prefer it to be just a little brighter for it gives off a very "stale" feeling now.
We had the nasi lemak and the ipoh horfun. I personally liked the nasi lemak, less the samal chili and the sambal sotong. They both have a huge amount of onions in them and I'm never a fan of onions. Did I also forget to mention the sambal sotong is cold when serving? I don't suppose that's right.
I've to mention that their specialty white coffee (I ordered the chilled version) is extremely sweet, even for someone like me who loves to eat sweet stuffs. I can barely taste the coffee for only the word "sweet" is going through my mind.
Nonetheless, I find the pricing to be relatively acceptable and since I usually do not have to queue to get a seat, I tend to return to Old Town once in a while for my dining needs.
Great coffee place
I have passed by old town coffee many times before but never found the occasion to dine there before. Until one day my friend and I were at bukit timah area and wanted to have some nasi lemak. And so, that was my first time at old town coffee. The ambience of the cafe seemed pretty cosy and relaxing. They have got outdoor seats as well. My friend and I chose a cosy corner seat as we intended to sit there for awhile to catch up.
The portion of the nasi lemak I ordered was huge. The size of the drumstick was almost the size of my fist. Definitely very worth it. But it was too huge for me and I couldn't finish my share. The rice was alright, not too oily but not as flavourful as how I would like it to be. Theyve got a wide variety of drinks to choose from. I was spoiled with choices so I finally ordered a cup of hazelnut latte which was nice, sweet and milky. Overall, it is a nice cosy place to hang out with some friends over a cup of coffee. I see myself visiting old town for their coffee and toasts more often.
Singapore has quite the coffee culture - Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Old Town, and so many other indie cafes that I shall not even bother to start naming, there are too many!
I like Old Town. I'm an old-school romantic, and the aged 70s interior really appeal to me, as compared to the modern swanky architecture that so many coffee houses choose to sport. Their signature white coffee is good and aromatic, if a tad expensive. It would have almost been the perfect place, if they were more CONSISTENT.
You can go to any two outlets and I can guarantee you, their blend tastes different. Sure, they may both be good, but chances are one taste 100% authentic while the other is a sad diluted version. Improve that, and I'll be a regular.
Great white coffee to boot!
Do come here for their signature white coffee. It's thick, rich and aromatic, I promise you you will have hell of an experience for your taste buds after tasting it! It tastes really better than the normal kopi you can find in typical coffee shops.
Though a tad more expensive, it is really worth it. However, don't bother about the food. Meh.
Some of the food ordered like the ipoh soup noodles came lukewarm. Not hot. What a letdown.
Since they specialise in coffee and toast, just stick to these few. Oh, and not to forget their coffee ice blended is out of this world too. Blended to a perfect slush, thick, appropiately sweet, it is something to drink when the sun is blazing out there.
I came here for the coffee
I personally work for another major coffee brand and I was asked to try out Oldtown's, so I did. I was in Far East anyway and this restaurant was in the immediate vicinity. I never liked coffee so I went into the place quite unwillingly.
As it turned out, the coffee was not too bad.
I could see how old people like to chat over coffee now. Coffee isn't like wine, it doesn't get better with age (in this case, with time), but it tastes better with good company. I was catching up with a friend and what do you know, a white coffee is enough to last me through 2 hours' worth of stories.
I didn't try the food because I generally stay away from Chinese food but the coffee made me realize my new joy in life. And also the meaning of over-coffee talk.
Do you know what's over-coffee talk? Go to Oldtown and enlighten yourself today!
Expensive but yummy
The one dish I love is Rendang Chicken Rice (Nasi Rendang Ayam). Fell in love with it the first time I tried it and kept coming back for more and subsequently, I managed to try other dishes. The prices of the food are slightly on the high side because we are comparing it to local delicacies found in hawker centres and such.
Tried the steamed bread with potato curry and it's yummy (only for $3+). They have many other local and asian dishes such as Prawn Mee, Ipoh Hor fun, etc. You ought to try the coffee there because after all it's Old Town White Coffee.
Thick curry sauce
Old town white coffee is a Malaysian set up and has been spreading like fire in Singapore after Mark Lee brought it in. They are a number of set ups that is similar like Wangz coffee and Toast box, selling very similar food items to each other. But Old Town has its own strength.
The interior decor looks very much like a traditional old coffeeshop. It might not be the type of Singapore old coffeeshop look, but it has the old and rustic feel in it. Which Toast box tries to recreate, but I don't think they are successful enough. However my main complaint about their outlets is that they seem to be squeezing more and more people into the same place especially at Jurong Point, such that I no longer go cause I felt its was uncomfortable.
However, I must say their service is really good. The staff smiles pleasantly when taking orders and serving dishes. And one good thing about them was, they were more willing to top up curry sauce for me when I asked for it, cause i literally wiped out the curry as it was really nice.
Being a coffee guy, I would naturally not leave out old their white coffee. It has a really rich aroma and the taste is strong as well. With a slight milky taste, and something like a hazelnut favour, it is a nice rich drink to go down with after a meal.
good for a quick meal
It has a laid-back cafe atmosphere with and 'old-school' cafe style due to it's wooden furnishings.
Initially i came here for the Assam Laksa, but the taste is nothing compared to the ones i had in Penang where it originated from. It's still good though, tuned to suit Singaporeans tastebuds i guess.
While i couldn't say much about their noodles, the bread and polo buns were good.
The Steam Bread is a must-try if you love fluffy bread! You can either choose to have it with Curry or Kaya and butter.
As for the polo-bun, it's done the way i like it, simple and crispy on the outside while soft on the inside. Goes well with the butter.
I would return to have its bread and coffee.
*The prices are steep though.
Digging the name.
Old town originates from Malaysia and I am glad that they do not just sell coffee from their shop but also sell coffee packets outside of their franchise and into supermarkets or shop houses in Johor Bahru.
I am digging the wooden stools and tables of Old Town coffee shops, or in Singapore terminology, loving the wooden furniture. Because it is such a nostalgic and simple thing that instantly indicates its purpose: to bring back old times and comfortable setting for patrons, just like old times!
Their curry chicken is consistently delectable in their outlets, like the outlet in Cathay Cinneleisure and East Coast Park.
Lucky they sell their signature coffee in packet form outside of the shops. I can have their Hazelnut white coffee any time I want. The smell is really soothing.
However, it is pricey for just kaya and butter toast set that comes with coffee.