9² Coffee House & Bar – Affordable Culinary Delights in Town
Located on the ground floor of Innotel Hotel, this coffee house & bar prides themselves on infusing Asian flavours into Western dishes. You’ll find squid ink mee tai bak, Mentaiko mac and cheese and Japanese-style tortilla pizza among other interesting items. On breezy evenings, you can dine al fresco and relax with a pint of beer. However, if you prefer the comfort of dining indoors, the dimly-lit interior will make you feel welcomed.
Gyu Don ($13.90) consists of grilled beef (medium or well done) and onsen tamago which sit atop Japanese rice. The beef is grilled well, such that it still retains its juiciness and tenderness. The marinade for the beef is also palatable. Our favourite is the runny egg yolk that oozes out so seductively, shiok! However, even after a good toss, the rice was still bland and too mushy. We had to request for some sauce in order to make the dish more flavoursome.
9² Coffee House & Bar ran out of squid ink mee tai bak, so we ordered Mentaiko Mac & Cheese ($13.90). Perhaps our expectations were too high, but this dish is a tad too salty for our liking. However, unlike mac & cheese that are extremely creamy and “gelat”, this isn’t too heavy.
The Smoked Duck Hoisin sauce Tortilla Pizza ($12.90) is the highlight of our meal. Of course, you can’t compare this to Timbre’s but the portion is perfect for one, and it tastes quite decent too. The thin tortilla wrap entices with chunky pieces of smoked duck, mozzarella cheese, crispy wanton skins, and generous drizzles of homemade Hoisin sauce. Each bite boasts a mix of textures, and a fine balance between both sweet and savoury flavours.
To cater to the hotel guests, 9² Coffee House & Bar serves buffet breakfast as well. Tucked in a quiet lane off the bustling Orchard Road, this eatery is a great escape from the city, and the food is priced reasonably. We were looking forward to trying their squid ink mee tai bak, so we’ll prolly return just for this next time.
9² Coffee House & Bar
Address: 11 Penang Lane, Singapore 238485
Phone: 6545 4818
Opening Hours: 7am to 12am daily.
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