Kopi Di Lo •
20 Mar 2014 • 11 reviews • 1 follower
Time of Visit: Thursday 4pm
Parking: Coupon parking just outside - $0.50/30min (limited lots) until 5pm
It's somewhat of a hidden find. I walked past to Sheng Shiong supermarket and on my way Little Pancakes caught my eye. Pancakes aren't breakfast food, they're anytime food!
The clientele at this kind of time consists of kids and parents with kids. And one crusty old man. No hipsters to trip up with my cane.
Being an old man, I ordered a double espresso (single $2.50, double $2.90) and was amused that that he felt he had to inform me that there was no milk and that the quantity was little. Maybe as we get as fluent in ordering atas angmoh coffee as we do our kopi di lo siu dais this type of phenomenon will cease to exist.
What value! A thick fragrant layer of crema on top of the smooth, mildly acidic coffee. A tasty double shot espresso, no milk required, for the cheap price of $2.90. (Extra shots at $0.50). It brings back memories of Highlander Coffee Bar when they first started out...
Being a pancake purist, I opted for the Simple and Sweet pancakes ($6.50), esssential 8 mini-pancakes with a light sprinkle of sugar, a small dollop of butter and a tiny container of syrup. Flavour was decent, texture was reasonably enjoyable.
Oh, and the butter was not frozen/chilled. Trying to spread that kind of butter ticks me off. There was just enough syrup for an old man who is trying to avoid diabetes, so that means that it'll be insufficient for people who enjoy a good thick layer of syrup on their pancakes.
The toilet is shared with Budget Maid next door and is bare/clean/wet but functional. I half-expected it to be a squatting toilet but there's a toilet bowl. Young people nowadays can't full-squat like my generation can...
Service was fair with all playing their parts appropriately and I'd like to point out at this point in time: NO SERVICE CHARGE.
Also, NO GST. All prices are net. My total bill: $9.40 (Double espresso $2.90 + Pancakes $6.50).
As long as the coffee stays at (or above, of course) this standard and at (or below, of course) this pricing, I'm coming back.