Selfish Gene Cafe

F April 16, 2012
 
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Ordering
Lovely ambience
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Selfish Gene is REALLY quiet on weekdays (they close early too, last order is at 5:15PM). The cafe is quite well designed; despite it being quite small, the layout was made well full use of. There are two counters for you to help yourself to postcards, magazines, serviettes and water; which, although nothing special, I though was pretty thoughtful of the cafe crew! I thought it proved that the cafe captured the essential purpose of cafes - for us customers to sit back and relax whilst browsing through books.

The cakes are REALLY good ( I really like the chocolate cake), and the portions are small enough; just right for one person! Their tea is also really good, it is a must try. The rose bud tea has a really nice mild aroma.

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JL
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Brunch
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The cafe is not very crowded and we are able to find a big table for the group in front of the counter. I think we have the brightest table in the cafe, as we have the view of the sky above us. After looking through the menu, one just orders and pays at the counter. No GST or service charge here. A number tag will be given for each order and remember to give it back after all order is served.

Scrambled Eggs & Brioche ($11)
scrambled eggs on toasted brioche with mixed salad
Just like the creamy scrambled egg on the soft, fluffy bread. So nice.
PS. if you do not want the toast, a bowl of scrambled egg costs $4.50.

The Valerie ($12)
homemade berry compote & cream cheese on toasted brioche with scrambled eggs and mixed salad
The scrambled egg is very creamy and soft. The berry compote is not too sweet and goes very well with the soft and fluffy bread.

Banana Cake ($6.00)
mini loaf of banana cake served warm with banana, caramel, crumble and peanut butter sauce
It is very soft, and the peanut butter adds a zest to the cake.

Orange Yogurt Cake ($4.00)
Orange Yogurt cake with orange glaze and candied orange peel
It is a surprising moist cake. I like the orange peel which is not too sweet.

Cappuccino ($5.00)
Tastes not bad.

Overall this place is a yes for everyone and we enjoyed the food very much.

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
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DT
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Minimalist
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4.0
I needed some café-fix yesterday and hence went to tanjong pagar with a friend in search of some cosy café. We researched on some cafes nearby but decided to give Selfish Gene Café a try as we happened to bump into it and were too lazy to continue our search.

Together, we had their Royale, Big breakfast and a complimentary cappuccino due to a credit card promotion. When our dishes came, I was kind of disappointed because they looked really plain. My Eggs Royale was presented with 2 eggs Benedict seated on a piece of bread with salad at the side, while the presentation for the big breakfast wasn’t any better. Somehow, they just looked boring to me. Taste-wise, they were fresh and the chefs certainly didn’t confuse us with any unnecessary ingredients. Hence, you get to really taste what you asked for. Overall, I figured it was a rather good job with the minimalist work!

After I left, I was feeling a bit sad about the presentation and went to search for them on Instagram. There, I realized what I have missed out on – waffles and banana cake. Guess I just found a perfect reason to go back there again!
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Cosy.
Overall Score 
 
2.5
Located at Duxton, it's a perfectly nondescript cafe selling typical cafe food. Came here for brunch with a friend. You can expect retirees or couples who've just finished their workouts in the mornings. It's quiet on most mornings.

We tried Smoked salmon & eggs and Beef sandwich. Normal cafe food you can expect, but the sandwich tasted dry and hard, albeit filling.

What sets this cafe differs from other cafes is that all prices are net.

Cappuccino that was on the house if you're a FRANK cardholder!

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11
Recommend to Friend:
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