Selfish Gene Cafe

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Hole in the wall
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
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5.0
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5.0
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3.5
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4.5
It literally was.

When our cabbed stopped and said we've reached, I turned around and looked at my surroundings, still failing to spot selfish gene.

and there it was! at a corner shophouse, beside an italian cafe. We opened the door and entered, what greeted us was a few tables in eclectic colours, a table near the entrance with colorful ceramic cups and magazines for patrons to self serve. The environment- checked.

The cooking area was rather small, but the whole place was a cozy one. We chose a table which had light streaming in from the ceiling which was just a glass pane, where the sun's rays could stream in through the glass onto the table. It was sucha perfect spot to spend the afternoon alone with a coffee and sandwich or just chilling with a mag.

The staff were also courteous and helpful. We ordered 3 drinks, their banana cake which came drizzled with melted peanut butter and their smoked salmon sandiwhc on ciabatta.

Frankly speaking, even though the banana cake was soft and fluffy which went well with the sweetness and saltiness of the syrup and PB, I still feel it didn't justify the 5.60 price tag. (correct me if I'm wrong about the price).

The smoked salmon sandwich came with sliced gherkins and creamy white smooth cream cheese with a rather generous portion of smoked salmon and a side of tortilla chips. The cream cheese was holy smooth and went real well with the smoked salmon.

Would come back again for the ambience.
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A small cosy cafe with all day breakfast
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
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4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Selfish gene cafe is situated conveniently a short walk away from Outram Park MRT Station. When I first heard of the name of the cafe, I thought that it was rather unique and weird at the same time. I had a Breakfast Platter with scrambled eggs, pork sausage, ham, mushroom, tomato confit, with toasts with french butter and jam. I would say that it is rather value for money as the portion is huge for $15. I really loved the scrambled eggs as it was soft and milky.
We also ordered a smoked salmon sandwich with tortilla chips. The smoked salmon was nicely done and the sandwich was fresh and light. Perfect for those who are health conscious. The overall ambience of the cafe was cosy and it would be a good place to have a cup of coffee and a good book.

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Not Selfish At All
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0
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4.0
Unlike its unique but odd choice of name, Selfish Gene Cafe is a warm, welcoming place. Located in the Duxton region, Selfish Gene Cafe attracts a more youthful crowd. On weekdays, expect to see young executives or yuppies, while the weekend crowd tends to be students or hipsters.


The ambience at Selfish Gene Cafe is simple and casual... You wouldn't be out of place wearing slippers or shorts here! Decor is minimal, and furniture is reminiscent of study tables you might find in school.


Selfish Gene Cafe practises self-service ordering and billing, although they will serve food and drinks to your table. Because of this, staff don't really interact much with customers. However, they are friendly and polite. I especially like their quirky numbered cup concept, which besides identifiying your order, also serves to hold your change and receipt.


Food at Selfish Gene Cafe is rather simple fare. Sandwiches, all-day breakfast items, desserts and salads make up the bulk of their offerings. Fortunately, every dish I've had at Selfish Gene Cafe features fresh ingredients, even down to the home-made jam / compote. Selfish Gene Cafe is proof that fresh, simple and uncomplicated food can be good!


The menu at Selfish Gene Cafe isn't extensive though, but it's still a great place for breakfast, brunch or light lunch.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
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Cosy, spacious & with comfort food
(Updated: July 07, 2013)
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Located in the Outram area concentrated with multiple emerging cafe joints, Selfish Gene Cafe would definitely be one of those worth dropping by. It is comfortably spacious with a woodish-like interior, and is great for a relaxing afternoon out.

Grabbed a chicken salad which came with generous shreds of chicken breast and mesclun dressed with gomadare, which is essentially sesame seed dipping sauce. This was really tasty while not too heavy, especially because I prefer clear salad dressings that are light.

Drinks-wise, I had an iced SGC tea, which is a flavorful concoction of ceylon and earl grey tea. I had the syrup served on the side and didn’t touch it at all because I like my tea bitter. This was refreshing and cleansed my palate pretty well.
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head over heels!
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
5.0
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.5
A small little shop tucked away in Duxton, it serves up all-day breakfast and coffee. With a menu handwritten with chalk, small flowers on every table, and friendly service staff, Selfish Gene feels like a home away from home.

Food-wise, I tried their Ham and Cheese sandwich, Carrot Cake, and Matcha Latte. The sandwich was toasted, and came with a salad on the side. With just the right balance of cheese and ham, it had been warmed just right so that though toasted, the bread was fluffy and not hard. The cake was adorable, with a small swirl of cream cheese frosting on the top. I really liked how it wasn't too sweet! The frosting didn't overwhelm the taste of the cake, and it came together nicely. The Matcha Latte was smooth, also not too sweet, and with a great fragrance of green tea.

Overall, SGC is my favourite place to bring my favourite people. With good food, free wifi, great service and a cosy and warm atmosphere, I'm in love!

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Average Spent Per Person:
16
Best Part:
Lovely atmosphere!
Branch Location:
Duxton
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
AJ
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Perfect brunch setting
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
5.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Selfish genes cafe -- when my friend first introduced the place to me, I was quite taken back by the name of the cafe! We decided to make a trip down there and it was really a satisfying one.

The cafe is really accessible. Simply take the train to Outram Park and walk towards Duxton@Pinnacle, you would see the cafe in vicinity. I personally love the ambience of selfish gene cafe. Although the interior design is not very captivating, I like the fact that it gives me a cosy, relaxing and pleasant feeling.

Foodwise, go for the breakfast! We tried the breakfast plate which consisted of scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, mushroom, tomato confit, brioche, butter and berry compete ( appr. $15). I love the whole dish especially the brioche! It has a unique, soft taste to it. The mushroom with drops of garlic tasted really good as well. All in all, the serving was just right for one person. We also ordered warm chocolate cake (appr. $5) but it was a disappointment. I would not recommend this cake (I am not sure about the rest of the sweet cakes) because the warm chocolate cake was quite tiny and dry, lacking of the chocolatey favour. Drink wise, a cup of tea (appr $3) would be just perfect!

If you are looking for quiet place to chill and enjoy your breakfast, go for selfish genes cafe!

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Average Spent Per Person:
23
Best Part:
Breakfast plate
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
AW
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Interesting name and nice food
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Selfish gene cafe is one of the many creative cafes along Craig road and i love this quaint cafe for its food, peace, ambience.

The name struck me- selfish gene. Why did the owner call herself selfish? Itsnot because he wouldnt share his food but rather he will not serve food that he will not eat himself. What a pun right. This words were also chalked on the wall board in the cafe. The cafe was brightly lit and drinks and cutlery were self-serviced but food will be brought to you

I tried the breakfast plate which was abundant with scrambled eggs, english pork sausage, honey baked ham, sauteed mushroom, tomato confit, toasted brioche, french butter and jam. I also shared with my boyfriend the popuar bananna cake and i loved it even though i am not a fan of banannas at all! The taste was strong but yet tasted of real food and had like peanut butter sauce sprinkled on it, bringing the sweet taste to a greater level!

Overall, a very nice cafe to spend the breakfast or afternoon in, just lazing around, reading the newspapers/magazines that they provide
JH
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(Updated: November 13, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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Great Food! Great Ambiance!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
When we first heard of Selfish Gene Cafe, my friends and I were entice by it. Although Selfish Gene Cafe has an unique name, it was very hard to locate the cafe. It took us ages to finally found the place. But, it was worthwhile!

Selfish Gene cafe is spacious and has a cosy ambiance! What's more! We were spoilt for choices on their food! I dare say, we were attracted to all the descriptions of the food from their menu. In the end, we ordered for a variety ranging from house salad, sandwiches (Smoked Salmon and Ham & Cheese), bagel (Scrambled Eggs) and chocolate cake. And of course, it taste great! Totally worth the price for it!

Among the dishes, I liked the sandwiches (Smoked Salmon and Ham & Cheese). The taste were aromatic, and at the same time, the breads were chewy and toasty! The salmon were quite fresh and doesn't have the fishy after-taste to it.

I did not quite like the Bagel & Scrambled Eggs dish. I found it quite bland when compared to the sandwiches. Then again, it may have been because I tasted the sandwiches first (which have a stronger taste), hence it kind of overshadowed the scrambled eggs.

The salads had a unique dressing created specially by SGC themselves. It was light and refreshing.

All in all, SGC is definitely a cafe I would visit again!

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Best Part:
Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Great food and ambience!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
What attracted me about Selfish Gene Cafe is their ambience. The setting and the ambience of the place is very simple yet cosy.

I loved their Ham and Cheese sandwich. The sandwich was toasted just nicely so the cheese was melted perfectly and went very well with the ham. The bread, even though toasted, was still quite soft and fluffy. Best ham and cheese sandwich I've ever tasted! The salmon one was quite decent too. The salads that came with the sandwiches were tasty too, it was the first time that I finished an entire serving of salad.

Even though the cafe encourages self-service, the staff there will still deliver the food and drinks to your table, and they are all very nice and friendly. Will definitely come back here again in the future!

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
food
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