I had completely forgotten that I hadn’t blogged about Oriole Coffee Roasters until I was writing up my post on CSHH the other day and as the coffee is definitely worth a mention I thought it best to rectify this.
Oriole has 3 sites at present, one in Raffles place, their flagship on Orchard road (in 313 Somerset where I stopped in last week for a cheeky glass of wine and very good coffee) although it is the “Roasters” on Jiak Chuan road that I prefer and so will write about this one. Opened in 2011, this particular location not only sells outstanding coffee, breakfast items and delicious cupcakes in addition they also have their own roasting facility and a coffee lab where they educate people on coffee appreciation, barista skills and all things coffee related.
It is owned and run by Keith Loh and John Ting, both former Singapore Barista Champions and their skills are clearly on display here, from the well thought out menu on offer to the specialty coffee making equipment you can purchase.
The menu offers what they term “honest coffee” including their signature piccolo latte, Americano, Taisho iced coffee (a Japanese method of making iced coffee where they soak the coffee grounds for several hours to achieve a rich, concentrated coffee which is then added to chilled milk) and flat whites amongst others as well as a small selection of teas, soft drinks wine and beer.
As it was still pretty early even by my standards, I chose a freshly squeezed lime juice made from Kalamansi with sour plum (delicious although at $5 it should be!) in addition to a very good flat white. We didn’t order anything to eat although they have everything from 63®C soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers( $3.70) and truffled scrambled eggs on toast with tomatoes( $8.00) to Sloppy Joes and Philly steak sandwiches ($8.00) and sweets like mini cupcakes ($2.60) and tau sar piah/pong piah ($2.00)
Food wise, this quaint little corner of Chinatown has plenty to keep you occupied with, from Oriole to Esquina, Keong Saik Snacks and The Library and Is well worth exploring in more detail if you haven’t already!