Watanabe Coffee at Isetan Scotts is a new cafe that just opened within this Orchard Road department store. It is accessible both from the street as well as from the Isetan store itself. The entrance is near the SK-II and Biotherm cosmetic counters on the ground floor.
The interior of the Watanabe Cafe at Isetan Scotts was cosy and relaxing. The dark wood interior being a welcome change from the bright outdoors. It is always nice to have cafes that connect to the street directly so that we can get easy respite from the heat or the tired feet. They make the building so much more accessible to pedestrian traffic. But it was a pity that the front of the cafe was used for decorative displays rather than tables where one can just have a drink and watch the world go by.
Watanabe Coffee at Isetan Scotts is a Japanese-Western style of cafe which serves a mix of both Japanese staples like Japanese curry rice and Western dishes like pasta and steak, but with some Japanese influence. Here are some pages from their menu.
I ordered a Pork Katsu Curry ($18.80) and opted for the full dinner course with an additional payment of $9.20 for a soup, salad and drink.
My apologies for the bad photo of the soup. I only remembered to take photos when it was half consumed. It was an ordinary mushroom soup in a very small bowl. The salad was ok but did not leave any impression.
The pork katsu curry rice was the main event. The pork was well cooked. The meat was tender and was covered in a nice golden and crisp batter. The curry was typical Japanese curry – more sweet than spicy. If only they would allow for customisation of the taste of the curry. But still it was quite a good dish.
Finally, the meal ended with a cup of coffee. All I want to say about it is that it was a disappointing cup of coffee.
The new Watanabe Coffee at Isetan Scotts was a pleasant cafe in a convenient location. The main course food there was quite good but I would not opt for the “top-ups” in the future as the additional items, especially the salad and the coffee, were a let-down. The total costs of the meal with dinner course top up, GST and service charge was $32.95.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Watanable Coffee Isetan Scotts
350 Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 0608