Tue - Thu: 08:00 - 21:00
Fri: 08:00 - 22:00
Sat: 10:00 - 22:00
Sun: 08:00 - 21:00
Dong Po Colonial Cafe let you travel to the past in the year of 50s and 60s where you can play and dine with your love ones and chat all along to reminisce what is Singapore way back.
Full Dong Po Colonial Cafe review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/11/dong-po-colonial-cafe.html
Founded in April 2013 by 4th generation baker and former graphic designer Kelvin Soh, Dong Po Colonial Cafe harkens back to the early days of Singapore's coffee culture. With authentic Hainanese pastry family recipes passed down from the 50s, and a colonial style, nostalgic atmosphere, stepping into Dong Po Colonial Cafe is like taking a trip to the past!
Ambience at Dong Po Colonial Cafe is reminiscent of olden style coffee shops along the waterfront of Singapore. With tiled flooring, sturdy and quaint wooden furniture, warm lighting, and knick-knacks strewn about the place, Dong Po Colonial Cafe is a blast from the past. The nostalgic bakery atmosphere is heightened by the sight of attractive pastries and confectioneries within the clear display, and the aroma of roasted coffee beans.
Service at Dong Po Colonial Cafe is partial self-service. Ordering and payment is done over the counter, but staff will assist to serve some orders to your table. If asked, staff are able to provide basic descriptions of each pastry / confectionery available, and the place is a good local introduction to Singapore breakfast culture for tourists. Orders are fulfilled quickly and efficiently, as is clearing of empty / dirty tables.
Food at Dong Po Colonial Cafe is all about traditional Hainanese European pastries and breakfast items. Think sweet tarts, cream cakes, fresh toast, and aromatic coffee. Taste is generally good, staying true to the founder's recipes, which were handed down through the family. Portions are nicely sized for individuals, and cost about the same as other similar coffee places. Budget about SGD $5 per person for a set meal with a shared dessert.
Loved the Coconut Tart (SGD $2) here! The aroma of toasted coconut is enticing, bite into it, and you get a strong toasted coconut flavour, with only a light sweetness. Texture is grainy and crumbly, not too dry. Among the better ones I've had!
The Chocolate Butter Mint Cake (SGD $2.60) is above average. The chocolate sponge cake has a soft, moist texture, with a solid chocolate flavour, while the thick, smooth cream has a refreshing mint taste. Lively on the palate, quite good.
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As we enter the cafe, we were transported back to Singapore in the 1990s. The interior design of the cafe screams old school. The glass-top table that featured items from the olden days such as magazines, postcards and toys was really witty. Posters hung on the walls of the cafe added a delicate touch to its interior design as well.
While sipping your coffee and reminiscing about the past in this cosy little cafe, it is a good idea to try some of their pastries as well. My sister and I opted for the $3.50 set menu which includes a teh and a bostock.
The bostock seems like a fish out of water in this cafe since it is not a traditional Singapore pastry. However, it is definitely worth trying. The bostock is freshly made daily. The texture of the bread is extremely fluffy and melts in your mouth. The almond frangipane topped on the bread balances out the sweetness of the sugar coating perfectly as well.
Im not sure how Singapore looked like in the colonial times, but this place is quite awesome. Great cakes and snacks with good coffee + authentic ambience. If you want to learn more about Singapore's history, this is a great place to start :)