d'Good Café seeks to give its customers a brand new experience with coffee by allowing them to blend and brew the way they like it. In addition to a good cup of coffee, the café also seeks to give its customers good food and good service.
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A Café-Hopper's Starter Pack
For most café-hoppers, the entire stretch of Holland Village probably the first few places they went before embarking on their café-hopping journeys. D' Good Cafe is arguably the most well-known of all cafés. This 3-storey café offers a study area and an al fresco rooftop area, perfect for gatherings and celebrations. One of my favourite spots to sit is the swing seat area, facing the glass, overlooking the rest of Holland Village.
While the café has average desserts, the mains and soup are reasons to go back to this café over and over again. My favourite has to be their carbonara pasta and mushroom soup. Creamy sauce coating every strand of perfectly cooked al dente pasta, this yummy dish has bacon just all over it, making it a great meal to recharge yourself after a tiring day. The cream of mushroom soup over at D' Good is really delectable as well. Serving it on a super cute cup with a breadstick, the soup is really not cloyingly creamy and feels extremely comforting.
If you manage to get a seat next to the windows, be sure to take a load of selfies and #foodporn shots because hey, natural sunlight is the best lighting.
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself a café enthusiast in any shape or form. I do not drink coffee. And I think for most intents are purposes café food is overpriced.
I did not want to go to d’Good café in the first place. My friend dragged me there because “the ambience is amazing”. Well, when we arrived there, the place was packed, and the only option was for us to settle at a table where the ambience was not so good. In fact, it was pretty bad because space is tight and the café is noisy.
While I can say nothing about the quality of the coffee there, I can also tell you that their brunch offerings aren’t very good. Nothing I tried from my friends really impressed me. Neither did my own Eggs Benedict. Let’s just say that the egg didn’t behave like an egg in an Egg Benedict should. Whatever happened to my runny egg yolk? The pastas were better though.
I've heard such rave reviews about this place, so needless to say, I went with a stomach of excitement and anticipation. I did not leave disappointed.
The swing there was better than I had expected from photos on Instagram, as many things are in reality. I really enjoyed an afternoon there having some snacks on the swing provided. I'm a finger food person when it comes to cafes, so a bit of coffee, some light snacks and I'm normally done. This place did pretty well on the light snacks front, and since I didn't go all out on meals, I didn't feel the pinch as I would have if I'd splurged on some of their pricier options.
The location is pretty convenient in Holland Village, relatively near the Circle Line MRT station. Finding the place wasn't as hard as I'd imagined, and thank heavens for that, for I have a really poor sense of direction. This place was surprisingly good (I tend to be quite skeptical about over-hyped places).
I chanced upon d'good cafe when I was at Holland Village with some friends and we were craving for some sweet desserts and coffee. When we entered the cafe, the ambience and setting of the entire place made me feel very comfortable and we were lucky to find a window seat on the second floor with a swing and pillows as well. I ordered a cup of iced chocolate caramel for myself and a piece of salted caramel cheesecake and a serving of french toast with maple syrup to share.
The cheesecake was delicious I must say, with an equal distribution of salty and sweet and it went very well with the crust at the bottom. The french toast however, was a tad disappointing as the bread was too dry and it wasn't fragrant enough. The maple syrup was too diluted and overall, my friends and I did not enjoy this dish. It was rather pricey too but we could not finish it. My iced chocolate caramel drink was so-so and not worth the price.
Overall, I felt that d'good cafe has a very comfortable and feel-like-home feeling which I really enjoyed and it's a nice, cosy place to catch up and chat with friends. Food wise, I probably would not head there specially to dine.
Nice cake and coffee
The main draw for me, to be honest, is the ambience - especially the swings overlooking Holland Road! Unfortunately, they were occupied when I was there - super annoying because one of the two coveted seats was being used by one girl, presumably studying for her exams. Clearly she did not see/ignored the 'no studying on The Lawn' signs displayed on every single table.
I had an otherwise good experience - the Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake ($9) was light and had a wonderful hint of salt, nothing too overpowering. The Cafe Latte ($5.60) was on the steep side and had too much foam for my liking, but was a nice complement to the cake.
Stick to the pastas
I dined at d'Good Café on two different occasions and my second shot at the pasta was more rewarding than the disappointing all day breakfast menu.
The classic English Breakfast was your usual morning fare, with generous portions of scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, sausage, grilled tomato, baked beans and toast. While the portion was filling, the meal was at best forgettable. The grilled tomato in particular was served cold - not the most appetising as I love a good, juicy and piping hot tomato. You'd do better to skip out on the breakfasts and head straight to the pastas.
I gave the café a second chance with the pesto fresh sea prawn pasta. Swimming in a rich green pesto sauce, the al dente pasta was a delight. The succulent prawns were the final touch that won me over. The portion is generous and topped with enough fresh prawn meat to balance out the richness of the pesto.
The fresh sea prawn aglio olio also received compliments from my dining partner, who loved how the oil-based pasta was tasty, yet not too greasy. Again, the winning formula lay in the succulent prawns decorating the generous serving of al dente pasta.
The café's ambience is laid-back and homely, with a particularly beautiful outdoor patio on the third floor. Dine outdoors if the weather permits, or grab one of the beautiful swing seats on the second storey overlooking Holland Village. What the all day breakfast lacked in, the ambience made up for - and we also walked away with very pretty photos.
Not a place for food
Another CFD (Cafe Food Disaster) victim here. :-(
Popped by for dinner last night and wow I didn't like the food at all. The food menu is made up of mainly pasta, pies and sandwiches... your usual cafe fare. I was so sick of having pasta so I ordered a steak and cheese pie with chips and salad ($14) while my friend ordered a bacon carbonara ($15). It's a self-service concept where you make your order and pay at the counter and after which, you will be handed a tablet which will buzz when your food is ready. The food took about 10 minutes or so.. not too bad. Okay so the steak pie was horrible. The pie crust was so thick!!!! I felt very sick eating it. The steak cubes inside were bland and tough and surprise...! No sight of said "cheese". The chips were hard and the salad was bitter. My friend's bacon carbonara was okay, normal stuff but she said it tasted very "gelat" after a while. Blehhhh.
The decor and ambience are ok. Don't take the lift though it's quite tricky to operate. I was stuck inside for 2 minutes cos I didn't know how to open the lift door from inside LOL so embarrassing. The whole concept of the cafe focuses on their coffee beans which are sourced from all around the world and maybe that's what people come here for. If you ever come here, don't try the steak and cheese pie... maybe try something else???? but I would advise you to look somewhere else if you want a proper and satisfying meal cos you won't get it here. If you're looking for coffee then yeah you could visit this place cos I heard lots of raves for the coffee.
Distinct Layout & Design
I’m in love with the layout and design of this café. D’ Good Café has 2 levels which include a balcony. What’s more unique about it is that their café have two swings!! Really suitable for people who are on dates as it is really romantic. You get to experience it at day or at night. At night, the lights at their balcony would light up and the whole balcony would be like those Tumblr inspired room. (Are you picturing this in your mind right now? Why not head down and feel it? )
On the other hand, the price of the food is below average mainly because their foods are of normal café standard. Perhaps, the distinct decorations have given me high hopes for their food as well. Meep. We tried their egg benedict & toast as well as their big breakfast. Hmmm. Well, but I still like it when café serve all day breakfast! (As I’m not the type of early bird who will wake up early just for breakfast: P)
Also, a good breakfast definitely goes well with a hot coffee. D’Good Café also provides coffee art for their customers. Getting to choose over the designs, relight the child in me.
Plus point : their waffles are satisfying too. Worth a try.
My friends and I were excited to discover this place. We were the people that frequented this place when it first opened and was slightly unknown. We loved it to bits because of its cosy atmosphere and secluded placement of the cafe in the midst of the bustle of Holland Village. Not to mention the excitement we had with regards to the old-school elevator that would enable us to 'travel' up to the cafe.
Although the counter is really beautifully and stylistically furnished, the second floor of the cafe appealed to me more. Not only are there comfortable beanbags on the floors which allow a more relaxed and informal gathering, there are also seats and high tables which are at the windows that give you a rather good view outside. I still remember the feeling of sitting at those seats, looking out of the window. It was poetic and so inspirational at the same time. One of my favourite cafes of all time. Although I hate the fact that it's getting so popular nowadays, I will keep the memories of it being a cosy place for a long time.
The Eggs benedict is also a really delightful treat for Brunch.
cozy cafe to chill at!
I first read about D'Good Cafe online, and simply had to visit it when I saw that they had swings for seats! Unfortunately, when my friends and I arrived, the swings had all been taken. We went upstairs instead, and weren't too disappointed, as it was beautifully furnished as well. The sloping ceiling, and beanbags and cushions lying around made it feel incredibly homely.
We ordered some cakes, including their signature Maple Sea Salt cake. Quite expensive for such a small slice! It was very soft and fluffy, with a very subtle maple syrup flavour. The salt was barely there, too. Delicious, but slightly underwhelming.
Nevertheless, I'll go back again just for the pleasant ambience!