LASALLE College of the Arts is a leading tertiary institution in contemporary arts and design in Singapore. Within its campus at McNally Street, LOWERCASE Cafe reflects the diversity, progressiveness and creativity of a modern arts college. The spacious cafe’s decor is contemporary yet slightly off-beat; simple yet a bit edgy. It has a relaxed bohemian atmosphere and provides a pleasant space for artsy students to gather for projects discussion, have a meal or just chill out. The cafe is open to the public and serves good coffee and food.
The 5,000 square feet cafe has two tiers and comes with bar counters, dining tables and lounge areas. There is a stage for live bands and other music and art performances. The space can be rented for private events.
The furnishing is eclectic but the various elements come together quite well. The glass facade allows soft natural light to bathe the cafe creating a cosy relaxed setting. LOWERCASE Cafe provides a conducive meet and eat environment for the students and faculty of LASSALE. It also serves as a welcome sanctuary for the culture-shocked tourists after their visit to nearby Sim Lim Square.
LOWERCASE offers mains, pasta, pizzas, all day brunch, sandwiches, soups, pastries and cakes at student prices. The public pays a bit more. For example, a pizza is $9 for staff and students but the public will have to pay $13; a shepherd pie is $6 for students and $8 for the public. The mains are quite limited – steak, fish and chicken. They have a kid’s menu – hotdog with fries for $3.50 and pastas from $4.
We went there for lunch and ordered the Eggs Benedict ($13), Grilled Fish ($15) and Spaghetti Bolognese ($13). A latte was $4 and cappuccino $4.50. It is a free seating self-service cafe. You order and pay at the counter and you will be given a buzzer. You collect your food from the counter when you are buzzed. You help yourselves to utensils and free ice water.
Both the Eggs Benedict and grilled fish were competently done and nicely presented. The poached eggs were served with toasted muffins, honey-baked ham and greens. The grilled dory fish was topped with lemon butter sauce and came with fries and salad. The portions were quite substantial. The taste and presentation were as good as the offerings of restaurants that would charge considerably more for similar dishes.
The Spaghetti Bolognese far surpassed our expectations with its quality for $13. The pasta was done just right and not at all soggy. The sauce had good consistency and there was a nice balance of meat and tomato flavours. We thought that the overall taste was excellent. The pasta dish was comparable to the offering of some good Italian restaurants.
Besides tea, coffee and hot chocolate, LOWERCASE’s drinks list also includes juices, smoothies and milkshakes. Beers, ciders and wines are also available. Half a pint of Asahi Draft is $6, a bottle of Rekorderlig Cider is $13 and a glass of Shiraz is $12.
LOWERCASE Cafe does cater to a diverse clientele – from kids to those just above the legal drinking age and those well beyond; from the energetic students to the weary Sim Lim Square shoppers. We enjoyed our lunch at LOWERCASE Cafe. We like the place. It was not our first time there and it would not be our last. If we had cafes like LOWERCASE in our campus when were we studying, we would probably have fonder memories of those days – but then again we might not have passed our exams.
1 McNally Street, Block D #01-01
Tel: +65 633 78851
Mon-Sat: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Nearby Stations: Little India, Dhoby Ghaut, Bugis, Bras Basah
#Street Fact – McNally Street was named after Brother Joseph McNally of the Catholic La Salle Christian Brotherhood. He was an educator who later gained renown as a sculptor and artist and was the founder and President Emeritus of LASALLE College of the Arts.