Tanjong Katong has become somewhat one of Singapore’s meccas for cafe-hopping, with hipster hangout spots and coffee joints aplenty. And with dine-in restrictions easing *once more*, there’s no better time to head out and explore than now!
Little Rogue Coffee is a Melbourne-inspired cafe that recently opened its doors on Tanjong Katong Road. Helmed by a husband-and-wife team, the cafe took inspiration for its name from the cheeky and playful nature of the owners’ children. You can apparently even donate or exchange books at the cafe’s community library!
Little Rogue Coffee is entirely open-aired and occupies two shophouses’ worth of space. Diners can people-watch from a variety of eclectic furniture, including a large communal table (ideal for larger groups when Singapore enters Phase 3), and “couple seats” made of cozy armchairs and a quirkily-shaped wooden table.
The menu is broken into three categories: food, drinks, and sweets. The dishes here are certainly bang for your buck, with good quality ingredients and generous portions. The Truffle Fries with Parmesan ($11) is great for sharing, with its pleasant truffle aroma beckoning to you as soon as it hits the table.
If there’s one thing Little Rogue Coffee is fast becoming known for it’s definitely the Soft Scrambled Eggs with Ikura ($14). And for good reason, too! The scrambled eggs are incredibly soft and fluffy, with a subtle truffle taste that does not overwhelm the tastebuds. The strong flavours of the sour cream and ikura add to the overall richness of the dish. Paired with sourdough toast, this is the ideal brunch dish to mark your return to cafe hopping!
Meat lovers will certainly be drawn to the Beef Cheek Linguine ($24), a mellow-tasting dish comprising tender beef cheek served atop al dente pasta. The portion is pretty generous for its price, too! This comforting dish was another crowd favourite as we were riding out the heavy rain during our visit.
While I normally skip burgers when visiting cafes, I have to say that the K-Pop Chicken Burger ($23) blew my expectations out of the water. Aptly named for its use of gochujang sauce, the burger features a tantalizing fried chicken thigh paired with spicy Korean coleslaw, orange cheddar, and kale wedged between two thick brioche buns.
The fried chicken thigh is succulent and juicy, and soggy at all despite the sauce. While the kale, which is certainly a unique addition to the burger, added some crispiness!
For desserts – or sweets, as they call it – you can take your pick from a selection of brownies and teacakes on display. The Lavender Teacake ($7.50) is distinctly fragrant and very sweet and moist.
I’m glad we’re able to cafe hop again and discover gems like Little Rogue Coffee. While the cafe does not take reservations, the generous amount of space does mean you should be able to find a spot pretty quickly! Plus points for the warm service, too.
Address: 336 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437109
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar CC9/ EW8
Wednesday to Monday: 8.30am – 6pm
Closed on Tuesday
Contact: +65 8899 1143