Music Dreamer Live! Café 爱琴海民歌餐厅 is a unique cafe that has just moved into Aperia Mall. It is a venue for live performances by local musicians in the evenings and a haven for fans of Singapore folk music. It serves a wide range of refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages. There are also simple main courses, cakes and desserts. Currently, there is a very attractive peranakan set lunch promotion.
Music Dreamer Live! Café is in the Kallang Avenue corner of Aperia, away from the main retail mall area. It occupies a semi-glass house structure which lets in plenty of natural light in the day and gives a good view of the night sky in the evening. The interior decor is simple and casual. The white and sky blue theme helps create a cool and relaxing atmosphere. There is of course a stage for live performance and the sound system is also very good. It is probably one of the very few cafes where you can get audiophile-grade background music to go with your latte.
The menu offers items like chicken chops, fish & chips, nasi lemak, ramen and yakitori meal ranging from $6.60 to $15.80. The lunch time special offers a peranakan set meal from $6.90 to $9.90; and a second set at half price. If you are having lunch alone, they give you a free drink to go with the set.
I had lunch at Music Dreamer Live! Café and ordered the Lor Bak set ($6.90) which was pork and egg in black sauce cooked nyonya style. It was rather quiet during lunch time and there were only 2 staff members, one of whom was responsible for the food preparation as well. I had to wait quite a while for the food to be served.
The portion served was quite generous. The blend of spices could be discerned in the simple dish and the meat was tender. It was a good version of peranakan lor bak. As I could not take advantage of ordering a second set at half price, flavoured tea was served as part of the set. It was an enjoyable lunch.
There is no lack of options when it comes to food and beverages in Aperia (see post on Aperia Mall). Music Dreamer Live! Café is an interesting new addition. We would certainly like to go back to Music Dreamer Live! Café to try out the other affordable peranakan sets which include Ayam Buah Keluak, Beef Rendang, Babi Ponteh, Asam Sotong and Asam Fish. Perhaps we would visit them one evening to check out the live performances and enjoy some of their interestingly named beverages such as Moonlight or 月亮代表我的心.
Music Dreamer Live! Café 爱琴海民歌餐厅
12 Kallang Avenue #01-44
Tel : +65 6333 1933
Mon – Fri, Pub Hol : 12.00 noon – 10.15 pm
Sat – Sun, Pub Hol Eve : 6.15 pm – 10.15 pm
Nearby Stations : Lavender, Bendemeer
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