Telok Ayer, with its smattering of heritage sites and converted shophouses, presents itself as a neighbourhood of hidden gems – quiet and unassuming, yet filled with pleasant surprises for those who venture there.
Last weekend, as part of my review for Sugar, I embarked on my own journey into this quaint part of town – right into the fabled grounds of Sarnies. A brother and sister venture from Down Under, the cafe prides itself on its healthy, wholesome offerings alongside a blend of classic coffees and off-the-menu concoctions, so my expectations were high. 😉
One thing that struck me while waiting: their use of playing cards as waiting cards. Cute, unique and possibly easy for the staff to keep track! 😉
They say that the perfect cuppa is like the Holy Grail: hard to find in a city overrun by Starbucks and the like, but once you get there, you’ll never go back. Sarnies’ Vanilla Latte is just that, packed a full bodied punch, with a rich velvety texture. A definite must-try especially when you need something to warm you up in the rainy season. 😉
When it comes to food, Sarnies is one to keep things simple: no more than 5-7 items per service, and no fancy titles, either.
My main was described, quote unquote, as an omelette all broken up as you’d do at home with cheddar, caramelised onions and mushrooms. I can safely that is exactly how I’d have my omelette on any given day at home, well-stuffed with mushrooms and onions in every bite without being overly cheesy. 😛 Love how the cheddar added a delightfully chewy texture without overshadowing the other ingredients.
Portion wise, it was pretty generous and took up most of the big plate it was served on, though it was a tad oily. My only complaint would be about the price – $20+ for eggs and toast is verging on exorbitant even though it is in the Telok Ayer area.
Would I come back to Sarnies? For the coffee, yes. There’s a certain charm about kicking back with a cuppa and soaking in the laid-back, old school vibe that permeates the area while tuning in to the cafe’s upbeat playlist. You can even check out the nearby Thian Hock Keng Temple if you’re up for some post brunch sight seeing! 😀
The budget-conscious me, however, would balk at shelling out so much for a simple meal, so dining there would be a once-in-a-while indulgence. I’ll be sure to check out their legendary Orange Mocha the next time I’m around.
Address: 136 Telok Ayer Street
Monday to Friday: 7.30am – 10pm (kitchen closes at 9.30am)
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm
Contact: 6224 6091 / firstname.lastname@example.org
WiFi: Yes – ask the staff for the password
Additional charges: 7% GST
Alight at Telok Ayer MRT on the Circle Line and turn left from Exit A.
Walk straight down Telok Ayer Street, toward Boon Tat Street.
Walk to the end (before Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre) and cross the road into coffee heaven at Sarnies.