Serving up brunch, lunch and dinner food, this cafe by day and restuarant by night is a casual dining joint where people and coffee are in sync. Diners can enjoy hearty brunch items like waffles, eggs and american all day breakfast and feast on roast chicken, foie gras and huge sharing platters come sun down.
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Best truffle fries
Situated in the Kampong Glam district, Symmetry remains one of the most authentic cafes serving quality brunch food in Singapore. It’s easy to miss this tiny corner shophouse, but once found, you will discover that it has a unique vibe that perfectly combines queer and retro. From a skeleton couple seated right beside the entrance to brick walls and pop art filling the interior, this cafe is cosy yet one-of-a-kind.
But the best part about Symmetry is none other than its famed truffle fries ($14) that lives up to its name. Served up in a bucket, the shoestring potato fries burst with the aroma of truffle paired with generous parmesan cheese shavings that will engulf your tastebuds.
Other notable favourites are the Truffle Eggs Mushroom ($21), Symmetry Eggs Benedict ($20) and Big Breakfast ($24). Despite being crowded on the weekends and pricey (don’t forget GST and service charge), this cafe has a quaint charm that will keep me coming back for more.
One of the best cafes in town
I've visited Symmetry more than three times - which is a lot considering that a new cafe seems to sprout each month these days. Symmetry is by far one of my favourite cafes because it dishes out comforting, quality nosh that makes every Sunday morning a perfect one.
My favourite item on the menu has to be the Symmetry Eggs Sur Le Plat. A tomato-based stew simmering with the goodness of chunky chorizo sausage slices, toasted brioche cubes, perfectly runny baked eggs and cheese, this is clear winner. This photogenic beauty is served in the pan, with two whole soft yolks enveloped in a rich tomato broth. Mop up the excess broth with the slice of toasted brioche on the side - you won't want to waste any of that runny goodness.
Truffle Eggs Mushroom is another one of my favourites. The scrambled egg is served silken and soft, with the distinct lingering aroma of truffle. Two thumbs up for this.
My biggest gripe with this place is the waiting time of at least 15 minutes on weekends. The cafe has become so overcrowded that it has lost some of its former beauty as a quiet back-alley gem. Food is also slightly pricey but I'm going to turn a blind eye to the price for the quality of its food and its accessible location.
Good but pricey
Hands up if you have seen an image of a green door with the text "Music Food Coffee Wine" on Instagram. This is the lovely alfresco dining area at Symmetry, which is booming with popularity among Singaporeans thanks to their good food and the extremely photogenic interior and exterior design of the cafe.
Symmetry has a more extensive food menu than other cafes in Singapore, the quality of the food is also top-notch. I have been here thrice and spend approximately $40 during each visit, which is pretty steep for cafe food to me haha. However, I really like their truffle fries, egg benedict, and baby squid -- the food here is way better than the average cafe despite the price.
Clearly, Kampong Glam is quickly becoming the new hangout area for hipsters thanks to cafes like Symmetry. But $22++ eggs benedict? Definitely not somewhere I would eat frequently.
Above average cafe food
This cafe is located at the famous Kampong Glam. If you went through education in Singapore, there is a high chance you've been to Kampong Glam before as part of your heritage tour lol. Symmetry has a more extensive food menu as compared to other cafes around. We are all greedy people and we want more than small cakes and coffee. We want proper food and proper food we shall get >:) Interior is really nice and cosy. The only downside would be the dim lighting that will require loads of editing for your pictures before they become Instagram-worthy.
I ordered Corned Beef and Hash ($22) and my friend ordered Eggs Benedict ($20 - ouch, I still cannot justify paying $20 for eggs). The Corned Beef and Hash is intensely flavored and meaty, which makes it really hearty to have! There is a little spiciness and tangy-ness going on which lifted the entire dish. My friend commented that her poached eggs are done to perfection and I can be her witness because I saw her cutting the yolk part and all the "golden liquid" flowed out immediately. I hate liquid yolks though so I didn't try it but if you are into the Eggs Benedict thing then definitely do come here to try it out.
Although most prices on the menu are above $20, you are paying for quality, hearty and filling food that's actually edible and great tasting! I'm happy to say that Symmetry serves above average cafe and does not fall into the "look good but not nice" category which many cafes unfortunately fall into. Do give it a try!
A True Cafe Experience.
Situated at the end of a row of shophouses, it is quite out of the way if you don't specially come for it. That being said, they fully utilize their shop space well, with both indoor and alfresco dining. Inside is decorated with pretty old-style furnishings that is dimly lit. The bar is the highlight of the cafe. Their decorations are picturesque. They make for nice photos at any corner of the cafe.
I ordered Eggs Benedict ($22) while my partner ordered Big Breakfast ($24). Although the prices are on the high side, a good suggestion is to share a meal, as their portions were pretty big.
I was fascinated by how well done their poached eggs were, as they were poached to the truest sense of the word.
The Big Breakfast meal consisted of bacons, smoked salmon, sausage, saute mushroom, toast and mesclun- pretty generous aren't they? Ideal for big eaters who like a variety on their plate.
Unique interior design
The interior design is simply amazing. The cafe is prepped with unique vintage furniture all around - retro seats, retro fans, vintage beer bottles and also vintage Coke bottles. You have to see it for yourself! The cafe is REALLY squeezy - the tables are really crammed next to each other; i felt slightly deprived of personal space and privacy. It was really crowded despite me going on a weekday ; the cafe was almost full. However, the crowd started to diminish significantly from early evening onwards - around 3 to 4pm onwards.
You have been warned - the items on the menu are REALLY pricey. On the average, a main dish costs about $22, and the portion is pretty small in my opinion. Appetisers average about $16 and are pretty large in portion actually. I suggest ordering a few dishes and sharing it amongst your foodie buddies - because you will be really spoilt for choice. The items are pretty limited in variety but all of them are pretty unique that you will be tempted to order all of them.
I had a great lunch here on a weekday. What really surprised me about symmetry is that they have very decent coffee. It is actually pretty good and i ordered 2 to make sure that they didn't hit the right note by chance. It is also cute that your drink is served with a metal straw, quite a special way to sip your coffee.
The croque madame was pretty good but it is really quite hard to murder a ham, cheese and egg sandwich. (though i have tasted murdered ones) The service was friendly too.
There's a lot going on in the decor for symmetry and they put in a lot of effort to make it a very chic cafe. But sometimes less is more.
Oh, and parking is a B****. Especially Friday noon time when it's prayer time.