8th November – the day John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in US presidential elections to become the 35th president of the United States; also birthday of novelist Bram Stoker and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Did the birthday of a great personality or an event in history inspire a cafe in Thomson V Two along Sin Ming Road to name itself November 8? It turned out that the simple reason for the name was that November 8 was to be the grand opening day of the cafe. As anyone who have dealt with renovation contractors would know, project delay is inevitable. November 8, the cafe, opened quite a a few days after the 8th of November.
Add red bricks for the counter, cans of pastel paints for the walls and pipes, bags of woods for furniture and a tree of life and lots of patience; and you eventually get a nice spacious cafe with colour and interesting details. November 8 ultimately had their grand opening on 29 December 2013.
November 8 adds to the number of cafes in the Upper Thomson area serving coffee, cakes, waffles, ice cream as well as all-day breakfast. They also have pizzas and mains – oven baked salmon and summer chicken breasts.
Their Egg Benedict ($14.50) looked beautiful. The eggs were nicely poached. However, we did not particularly enjoy the dish because we found the saltiness of the ham dominated the taste.
The disappointment with the eggs Benedict was quickly forgotten when we tucked into the waffles with ice cream ($8). The waffles, which came with powdered sugar sprinkled and maple syrup drizzled, looked and tasted good.
Their coffees are reasonably priced, from $4.50 for long black to $6 for latte; add $0.50 for ice. We had a hot latte as well as a ice-blended coffee and particularly enjoyed the refreshing ice-blended coffee which had a strong aroma.
You get the fairly typical young set of service staff here – a few chirpy ones and a few with the “I am too cool to smile” look. They were all quite efficient and helpful though. No service charge or GST is added to the bill. Expect a fairly long wait if you are ordering hot cooked items. They do not have a kitchen. All the cooking appeared to be done by only one person in the small space behind the brick counter.
November 8 has a relaxed casual atmosphere. It is not exactly a place for a quick meal or great food. However, November 8 is not a bad alternative destination for coffee and desserts and a long chat with friends.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs
Average price per person for lunch – $18
November 8 Coffee & Company
11, Sin Ming Road, #01-30 Thomson V Two
Tel: +65 6554 4388
Sun, Mon, Wed & Thu: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Closed on Tuesdays
Nearby Stations : MarymountFree WiFi
#Food fact – The origin of eggs Benedict is much disputed. According to the New Yorker magazine’s version, Lemuel Benedict, a Wall Street broker, ordered “some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce” at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The Waldorf’s chef, Oscar Tschirky, was so impressed that he put the dish on his menus after substituting ham for the bacon and a toasted English muffin for the toast.
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