We first visited Assembly Coffee on the first day of the year, and we were happy that we did because it did kick off 2014 on a good note. The café opened last November and Yee, our odd friend with high café standards, has already visited several times so we thought it was about time we caught up.
The café, located on Evans Road, sits next to Mr. Prata (which is open 24 hours for all our prata needs). It’s a small space, and the first thing you see after you manage to push open the doors without maiming anyone inside, is the order counter and kitchen. Seating space is adequate, provided by a communal table (which can comfortably seat up to 8) and smaller tables on either side. We imagine that this would make for a cozy, warm hangout on a rainy day when you can hear the rain pitter patter across the small strip of window above the tables (la di da di da). Even though it’s now February and the sun is back in full force, sigh.
On our first visit, it was a weekday so only there was only a limited menu available. We ordered the scrambled egg and smoked salmon croissant and the salted caramel buttermilk waffles. I liked the croissant; the scrambled eggs was a creamy yum. The waffles fared less well – we found it too cloying. On our second visit, we had the carrot cake which was pretty average too.
On both occasions though, the drinks we had were very good. I had a nice strong hot chocolate on my first visit and a mocha on my second. I found the mocha too coffee-y for my liking (don’t shudder, I am not a coffee person). Sarah had three drinks and a good portion of my mocha, so while she was unavailable for further comment at the time of this entry’s publication, I think we can agree that she found the coffee very agreeable. (Some verbatim comments from our second visit, “The coffee is damn good la!”, “It’s really very nice.”)
The best way to get to Assembly is by car / cab. Parking is available at the Botanic Gardens (Raffles Building), and then it is a pleasant 5-minute walk to the café. Buses will require at least 10-15 minutes of walking and are best attempted if you aren’t ravenous.