CATfeine – A New Cafe To Enjoy A Purr-fect Cup Of Coffee
Meow. Catfeine is a cozy new home to specialty coffee, tea, and cats! Well, plushie cats. Sorry to have burst your bubble, but there isn’t actually a real cat. There’s a corner which plays host to adorable cat plushies – some of which are available for purchase. “See our cafe’s logo, the black cat? That was inspired by our own cat at home,” said Ellen, the co-founder of Caffeine. Ellen, together with her husband, Ken, left their day jobs to set up Catfeine.
“We both worked at a cafe for a year, and we learnt everything we needed to know about managing a cafe,” Ellen said.
We ordered a couple of drinks – Floral Latte (Rose, $5), Matcha Latte ($5), and Iced Latte ($4.50). Ken shared that they use a blend specially customised by Smitten for their espresso-based beverages. My favourite would have to be the rose latte, which carries a subtle sweet note. and floral hints.
Catfeine delivers a Laksa Seafood Shepherd’s Pie ($15), which comes in a hot casserole with a healthy serving of salad on the side. A a generous amount of seafood such as mussels, squid and prawns, is buried together with mixed vegetables, authentic laksa paste, coconut cream in a bed of mashed potato. The laksa taste is nicely captured within the dish, but it would have been better if they had thrown in a couple of laksa leaves for a more distinct aroma.
The Duck-gle ($12) is an assembly of duck foie gras, caramel sauce, orange zest, onion bagel, and orange salad. The foie gras was rich, albeit a tad dry, and paired well with the soft bagel. The caramel sauce was hardly discernible, but I loved the citrusy elements from the orange zest. Usually, I would ditch the salad, but I just couldnt resist the aromatic sesame dressing on the greens.
The KayaGooyoo ($12) is the waffle-version of our favourite local breakfast item – kaya toast. Four waffle quarters are served on a plate, along with kaya toast elements such as butter and kaya. In the centre you’ll find a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and half a peach. This actually resembles the soft boiled eggs you get in your kaya toast sets! The neutral tasting waffle is slightly chewy. Overall, a pretty decent dish that is best shared amongst 2-3 persons.
Caffeine is only 2.5 months old, but boasts a number of dishes that I feel are worth trying. Ellen strongly recommends their homemade sandwiches. Despite my animosity for cats, I would definitely return to this cozy little cafe for a cup of rose latte.
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