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Strangers' Reunion

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37 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169356
 
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Listing created by Averlynn Lim on April 22, 2013    

A small cafe hidden in the row of shophouses at Kampong Bahru, serving up coffee the best they can offer with beautiful coffee art by champion of the World latte art Championships.

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$10-$20


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Quality Brews & Delicious Brunch; Not Just Waffles!

Strangers' Reunion is often raved about for its buttermilk waffles but my repeat visits have shown that the real gems lie in their extensive menu of creative brunch dishes. The chef's creativity can be seen clearly in dishes where goat cheese, smashed avocado and spicy tomato puree are featured.

The prices may be steep, but they're well worth it once in a while to experience some unique gastronomical innovations at an accessible location (it's just a 5 minute walk from Outram MRT station). I'd say the standard of the dishes in terms of quality, flavour and presentation are on par with those of fancy restaurants.

The coffee is also superb; my friend who waitressed at Strangers' Reunion highly recommends the Iced Coffee, a nice and tall glass of quality brew topped off with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yes, it's the same thick and creamy one dotted with vanilla seed specks that's served atop their famous waffles!

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Seriously too crowded

When strangers reunion first opened, my friends and I visited them on a Saturday afternoon and was served in less than 15minutes. Food and coffee wise was mediocre and did not warrant a second visit.

The next time I visited them was because I wanted to try their new menu, especially their truffle fries. My partner and I decided to go at about 3pm on a Saturday, hoping that the queue would be shorter after the brunch period. However, to our horror, the queue at 3pm was a 1 hour wait. When we were finally given a table, we had to share seats with another couple or else we had to wait for another half hour. It was ridiculous.

No doubt their truffle fries were good, but their coffee and other brunch food were just mediocre. Thinking about the wait put off any thoughts to visit them the next time. Also, their tables were placed so close to each other, it is impossible to not hear the next table. However, after their recent expansion to open waffles slayer, not sure if that helped to relieve the queues.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Great coffee but very packed place

The place was quite crowded and known for its coffee, as well as, its waffles. It was located within walking distance from the Outram Park MRT Station. The place was decorated in a simple way with cement floor, rugs, subdued lighting and unique furniture, which gave a relaxed atmosphere.

Magic ($5.50)
Double shots of Ristretto and Milk
Since we were lucky to have Ryan (the boss) making the drinks tonight, most of us ordered Magic as our choice of drink. The coffee was made with freshly grounded beans and gave a fragrant aroma. Although a lot of milk had been poured, the coffee gave a mellow taste. Overall it was strong coffee balanced with nicely frothed milk.

We also tried side dishes such as Spam Fries ($10.00), Lotus Root Chips with Spicy ($11.90), ZA ATAR-spiced Eggplant Fitters ($12.90) and Truffled Sweet Potato Chips ($12.90). Felt that most were quite average.

For desserts, we shared Buttermik Waffles with locally made Artisan Greek Yogurt and Fresh Fruit ($12.90) and Buttermik Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit ($12.90). While the waffle was quite crispy on the outside, inside it was soft and fluffy.

Overall it was a great place to hang out with friends with its coffee and waffles, especially for coffee lovers to satisfy their caffeine addiction.

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(Updated: May 11, 2014)

Indie Feel

Didn’t know Strangers’ Reunion is somewhere near Chinatown area as I always thought kampong bahru is located somewhere at the east of Singapore. After knowing that it is located conveniently from my house, I went over. It gives me a strong impression of the store. Like those indie kind, I liked it. Their set up is impressive; no wonder it gained a wide popularity of customers and achieves reputation so quickly.

There are wall decorations all over the places and it is for sales! If you love it and could like to beautify your house, their wall decorations are a suitable choices. (If you are going the indie type of decoration) This place just makes you feel good. The moment I sat down, I noticed the glorious flowers on the table. Bottles of mineral waters are also being placed for customers to help themselves. (So thoughtful)

However, I did not get a chance to try their main dishes. Did not have the appetite for that and only tried their buttermilk waffles with homemade berry compote and vanilla ice cream. Cost about $14.90 but I felt that it is being overpriced. Kind of expensive for waffles. Their ice latte taste kind of bitter to me and I enjoyed it. Definitely going to come back and try more of their food!!

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Cosy, but over-rated.

I decided to try out this cafe after the raves by so many people, but I was quite disappointed. It was quite a 'badass' and cool experience to enter the cafe from its backdoor in the back alley though, and although a tad small, the cafe is cozy and quaintly decorated with stools and wooden benches. It is indeed a nice, quiet place to sip on hot coffee and perhaps read a book, or just to catch up with old friends.

They are well-known for the coffee, but I guess I am not really a coffee-person. We ordered quite a few drinks off the menu, iced-mocha for me and macchiato for a friend and another non-caffaine drink. Although I asked for the sweetest coffee they had on their menu, the coffee that came was still bitter and albeit adding a lot of sugar to it, I still found it quite a torture to finish the glass. Same went for my friend who ordered macchiato.

I personally feel that if you are not a coffee-person, this place wouldn't really be for you.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Nice ambience.
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Good ambience and food

I’m sure many of you would’ve heard of Strangers Reunion. It took me a bit of meandering before I actually found it situated amongst shophouses along Kampong Bahru. The café’s label is written nondescriptly on their glass windows so pay attention while finding your way there to avoid missing it!

It’s a rather small café with a reputation for coffee as well as coffee art. They serve a variety of breakfast dishes and have a set of heavier, meatier options for the evening. The staffs are friendly and are always seen dressed up and proper, with the waitresses even wearing heels! If you’re going to be visiting on a weekend, be sure to make reservations before it gets too crowded!

It also has a nicely decorated interior, with bookshelves flanking some corners. A cozy place for a good time of catching up!

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(Updated: September 22, 2013)

Over-rated Cafe

Stranger's Reunion is an over-rated café, really.

In case you didn't know, it started as a really cosy cafe but ever since the hype surrounding it's coffee by "two-time Singapore National Barista Championship winner Ryan Tan" - the place is just getting worse since it moved to the bigger unit just next door. A shame really, as I really liked the original concept when it was more personable.

If you are looking for a cafe to chill and read a book - this is not the place to go as it is crowded at every time of the day, and especially during lunch time. If it gets any more crowded, I will have to resort to throwing a pack of tissue to reserve my seat. The new cafe is definitely bigger and brighter, so it is made to function more like a restaurant instead of a cafe. If you are thinking about going alone for lunch, be prepared to share seats as they will re-organize lone diners onto shared tables to accommodate the crowd. On the other hand, if you have a party of four and above, this may be a good place to just catch up with your friends - be prepared to talk above the noise level.

The menu is pretty extensive and I had tried several items including their waffles topped with berries and vanilla ice-cream, which are very popular; and their steamed pork belly buns. Both are deservedly competent. Their main draw is of course coffee by "two-time Singapore National Barista Championship winner Ryan Tan" (or is it three now?). I thought the coffee was strong and fragrant, but I didn't find it any better than the other small cafes in Keong Saik, Tiong Bahru. Many new(er) cafes have sprung up around the area and along Jalan Sultan and I would rather go to these new cafes which prepare and serve coffee with a more personable touch.

Just goes to show what hype can do to change a business model. Well, all the more for me to go hunting for newer, cosier (and better) cafes.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Recommend to Friend:
No
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The beautiful stranger

Strange as it may sound, but I just love the cafe's name. Absolutely. The whole idea of strangers gathering and chilling the night away.

Well, I was definitely attracted to the cafe ambience when we stepped into the cafe. Settled comfortably into one corner, the all-smiley staff came and attended to us, and threw in her recommendations. The setting, the crowd, the smiles and laughter across the cafe. Everything just fitted so perfectly into the whole idea of a homely space.

We ordered their signature coffee drink "Magic" and hot chocolate. The rich flavours definitely resulted in our happy, contented tummies. Oh, and I love their random latte art.

We were lazing at their couch while reading and decided to try their Salami Sandwich (a warm Must-Try!) and Strawberry Pie. Generous servings of ingredients. Superbly satisfying, I must say.

I just love how their all hyped-up staff had attended to us. Definitely a great hangout!

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Where stranger's reunite

This place was and IS still rather hyped in the food blogosphere. They are best known for their fluffy yet airy and crispy waffles which can be paired with fresh fruits and maple syrup, vanilla ice cream or artisan greek yogurt. It took us quite a long time to find this place for it was really inconspicuous amongst the other shops in the row of shophouses. After turning around the rows, we managed to find the place.

There was no signboard potruding out, and apparently it is done on purpose to go with the theme of the cafe. No signboards outside is so as to allow strangers to meet there. Pretty interesting concept I must say. The interior was rather small and cramped, but nonetheless well decorated with artworks lining the white washed walls and carpentry filling the place.

The cake display didn't have a wide variety but we ordered their matcha green tea cake. This would be a hit for hardcore matcha lovers. At 7.50 for a rather generous slice, the amount of green tea inside would be able to satiate any green tea addicts. The cake layers were studded with red beans too, albeit a little too hard.

The waffle didn't disappoint too! However, i would have preferred more maple syrup on my waffle.
The sandwich, more specifically the apple ham cheese sandwich was a refreshing idea. One which I didn't ever think of. It came really ala sandwich style, with thin slices of apple, cream cheese and ham between two pieces of dark brown colored toast. Crisp and creamy and crunchy at the same time, it was pure heaven for me. Though I actually had higher expectations of how the sandwich should come like ie. panini style or foccacia style.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
lovely coffee
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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