With new cafes opening in various part of Singapore every couple of weeks, cafe hopping has become a trend and in a way a sort of competition in who is the first to discover any new cafe. I may not be the first to discover The Lokal but it definitely is one the latest cafes to be opened in the cafe scene in Singapore. Opened by Chef owner Darren Farr, one of the founding chefs of Tetsuya in Sydney, it has been gaining many good reviews in both their coffee and food.
Latte & Mocha 4.5/5
The coffee at The Lokal uses Sarnies coffee beans. I have not been to Sarnies but it was my privilege to meet K-Man at The Lokal who even made our Latte ($5.5) and Mocha ($6). Managed to have brief chat with him and I can feel the passion in him. The coffee itself was smooth, aromatic and had a nice body with just the right acidity.
Pork Belly Burger 3.8/5
Who eats a Pork Belly Burger ($23) for breakfast? Ha not me but for photography seek I had to have a heavy breakfast. When I saw the pork belly burger delivered to my table, it instantly reminds me of the fish burger at GRUB. While I thought the pork belly could be more tender, nevertheless it was a good burger with spinach, scrambled eggs and beetroots.
Sticky Date Pudding 4.2/5
In my second visit, I tried the Sticky Date Pudding which was really good. Served warmed and drenched in a chocolate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it was just too inviting. The pudding was really moist, eaten with the chocolate and ice cream only one word to describe it, heavenly.
The Lokal definitely has the right formula with its beautiful decorated space, good coffee and great food is what I described as a total package for a cafe to be successful. No wonders food bloggers and cafe hoppers on social media has been raving about the new cafe. Patrons who wish to check out the cafe need to take note that kitchen is closed at 330pm although it will be opened until 6pm on weekdays.
136 Neil Road
Tel: +65 64239918
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line)
Mon: 8am - 6pm
Tue-Fri: 8am - 1030pm
Sat: 9am - 1030pm
Sun: 9am - 4pm
1) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit H. Turn left onto Teo Hong Road. At the end of Teo Hong Road turn left and continue on Bukit Pasoh Road. Walk to the end of the road. The Lokal is on the right side at the end of the road. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]