Like most art museums or galleries, the National Gallery of Singapore has its own Gallery Cafe and Shop. Located on the ground floor of the National Gallery Complex, Gallery & Co has an eclectic mix of items on retail as well as a cafe.
Our art appreciation started even before stepping foot into the National Gallery itself. The footpaths leading up to the Gallery are some of the most interesting in Singapore. The covered walkway has a rippled mirrored ceiling that makes Impressionist images out of the surrounding scenery. Various art installations entertain pedestrians along the way.
The retail section of Gallery & Co sold the usual museum shop items like books, artwork, stationery and souvenirs. There was also a section selling children’s garments. Our main interest was however the cafe which is sometimes more interesting than the museum itself.
The cafe has a clean modern look with displays of cakes and pastries. It seems from the sign that the Plain Vanilla Bakery (which has a presence in Tiong Bahru) is running the cafe. The items on display looked enticing.
Having just had lunch, we should not be eating again, but found room in our bellies to try two of the items – the raspberry lime tea bundt ($7.5) and a butterscotch banana tea cake ($6.5)
A quick google search revealed that a “bundt” is a cake baked in a Bundt pan that gives it a distinctive ring shape. The bundt had a nice fruity taste of raspberry and lime. The sugar topping made it very sweet. We would have preferred it without the extra sweetness, but the white icing made the bundt very attractive.
The banana cake, on the other hand, would not win any beauty contest. It was however super delicious. Moist, soft and full of banana and butterscotch flavours. We recommend that every visitor to the National Gallery should stop by and try it.
All in all, we were not impressed by the retail offerings at the Gallery & Co space at the National Gallery. The cafe section looked more promising. Based on our limited experience there, it seemed like a place which we would stop by again in the not too distant future.
Gallery & Co
1 St. Andrew’s Road
City Hall Wing, #01-05–#01-17