Lunar Coffee Brewers – Delicious Donburi Bowls in the CBD
Lunar Coffee Brewers, a new cafe in the CBD, is brought to you by the same people behind Atlas Coffeehouse. With the same minimalistic chic decor, this cafe at OUE Downtown Gallery is right smack in the heart of town and is sure to attract the office crowd. The majority of their mains here are Japanese donburis with a range of protein choices. They have made slight tweaks to their menu following their opening, so do make a revisit if you haven’t already.
The recommended drink here is the Milky Way ($7), a white cold brew that comes in a bottle. Cold brew coffee is less acidic and smoother than typical hot brewed coffees. The flavour is extracted from single-origin beans after the coffee beans are steeped in water for an extended period of time. The Milky Way is creamy and has slight nutty notes. It is sweet enough but could be stronger tasting with more of a caffeine kick.
For our mains, we got the Miso Nori Salmon Soba ($14.50). Note that they are now serving soba with their salmon, instead of the Japanese rice that it originally came with! Not unlike their sought-after Salmon Soba Noodles from Atlas, our soba was cooked just right without clumping together. It comes with a pink poached salmon, miso-nori butter, a tantalizing onsen egg and pickled vegetables. A liberal amount of furikake is sprinkled atop, making the dish extra crunchy and savoury. We enjoyed the salmon which was moist and pink in the middle. The miso taste really comes through after the oozy yolk of the onsen egg is mixed in with the soba sauce. Overall, this is an amazing bowl that we would definitely come back for.
The Gochujang Chicken Don ($14.50) was recommended by our server. It is served with Korean-style roasted chicken thigh, melted mozzarella cheese, an onsen egg, kimchi and pickled vegetables, on top of Japanese rice. We thought that the chicken thigh was done well. It was not too fatty, with a good ratio of lean meat to skin. The gochujang sauce on the chicken could have come through more clearly, and it would be better if the sauce was drizzled onto the rice as well, as the rice grains were left bare and were a tad too dry for us. However, we particularly enjoyed the tender chicken meat.
If you’re looking for other interesting fusion dishes, consider getting the Braised Pork Belly Don ($14.50) or the Beef Rendang Don ($16).
Last but not least, we tried the Milky Way Soft Serve ($5.90). I actually saw another dessert that they were serving (the Hokkaido Cereal Wave – $12) before they made changes to their menu, and I wish we could have tried that as well! Nevertheless, the Milky Way Soft Serve was a delicious end to our meal. Made using the same white cold brew coffee as our Milky Way White Cold Brew, the soft serve ice-cream had an even lighter caffeine taste compared to our drink. It is topped with a generous sprinkle of homemade shortbread crumble. The buttery sweetness of the crumble went well with the soft serve and there was definitely enough crumble to go around, even with the decent-sized soft-serve swirl.
Also offered on the menu is the Earl Grey Soft Serve ($5.90) which sees premium earl grey tea soft serve ice-cream topped with maple-glazed cornflake crunch.
Lunar Coffee Brewers is a stylish cafe to hang out at, be it for a cup of coffee before work or a work meeting. This quiet spot is sure to get busy during lunch hours, so come early to grab a seat! We would recommend the Miso-nori Salmon Soba bowl as a healthy and hearty lunch fix and the Milky Way Soft Serve as a sweet treat. Apart from these dishes, sides like Umami Chicken ($8) and Chilli Beef & Nachos ($12) sound rather promising as well.
Lunar Coffee Brewers
Address: 6 Shenton Way, 01-49 OUE Downtown Gallery 2, Singapore 068809
Opening Hours: 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm Saturday, Closed on Sundays.
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