Holqa is another new cafe in Katong. It is in the row of shop-houses along East Coast Road just opposite Roxy Square. You may see many people milling in front of Holqa Cafe because the bus stop is right in front of the cafe. Inside, you will find a small cafe serving the usual range of coffee, tea, cakes, light bites and sandwiches.
The interior decor is fairly simple and has a homely feel. There are the chalkboard and little toys on the ledge but there was nothing particularly edgy or interesting. There is an assortment of tables and chairs with no discernible theme. The dining space in front of the counter can sit about 18. The counter is where the espresso machine is and it also serves as the cashier’s counter where you order and pay for your food.
Items on Holga Cafe’s menu include BLT Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Egg Benedict, Breaded Shitake Mushroom, French Toasts and Pastas. They also have Pain Au Chocolate, Croissants and cakes like Thai Milk Tea Pound Cake, Earl Gray Citrus Pound Cake, Red Velvet Cake and Salted Caramel Cake.
I visited Holqa Cafe during lunch time and ordered a latte ($4.50) and the interestingly named Three Little Pigs ($18.90) – the signature dish. The latte was served promptly but I had to wait quite awhile for the Three Little Pigs – maybe the wolf was having a hard time blowing the house down. The Three Little Pigs eventually arrived with the Big Black Wolf. The hamburger dish had bacon, sausages and pork burger patty, topped with egg, in between black sesame buns. It was a clever name and the presentation was nice. The taste of the burger was ordinary. Neither the flavour nor the texture provided any excitement. In fact, I enjoyed the salad which came with the burger more. The salad dressing was quite delicious. The latte was fine – it had a pleasant nutty sweetness with medium body.
I was a little disappointed with the service. The long wait for the food aside, the fact that the server was holding on to the plate of food and chatting to another staff member for more than a short while was disconcerting to say the least. Hopefully, my experience that day could be put down to start-up hiccups and new staff. Serving of free iced water is at least a plus point for them.
We hope that Holga will improve and do well over time. Food wise, it faces lots of competition in Katong where there are so many options. Currently, there is just nothing in Holqa that stands out, but it offers another alternative. Holqa Cafe might be a good place for a cup of coffee and cakes or small bites if you are in the area.
37 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 9068 6142
Mon – Tue: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Closed on Wednesday