Selfish Gene Cafe

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Ordering
Minimalist
Overall Score 
 
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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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
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
DT
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Lovely ambience
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
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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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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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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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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(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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Not Selfish At All
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
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
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Interesting name and nice food
Overall rating 
 
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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A small cosy cafe with all day breakfast
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
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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