LAAF is a small cosy cafe in Katong along East Coast Road serving Australian-inspired cuisine with Asian touches. It offers all-day breakfast and a selection of appetizers, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and mains. The food is freshly prepared and of good quality and the prices are very reasonable.
LAAF had been operating at Lucky Heights since 2014. It recently moved into the space vacated by another cafe along East Coast Road. The new location is more accessible with a bus stop right in front of it. Street parking is available in the lanes nearby and there is also a car park at Odeon Katong a few minutes walk away.
LAAF Cafe in Katong is small and can accommodate about 15. The decor is basic and simple but neat and pleasant.
The menu is not extensive but adequate. There are a few breakfast items and light bites as well as burgers, salads and pastas. The mains include oxtail stew, pork chop and Haninanese chicken chop. There is a kids menu. LAAF also offers cocktails, wine and beer.
LAAF also has daily specials priced at $8.90 where you get a main dish and soup. You can add a soft drink for $1.90.
We went to LAAF Cafe for lunch and ordered the Pork Chop ($12.90) and the Chicken Oyako with Rice ($8.90) from the Daily Specials Board. A long black was $4 and iced cappuccino was $5.50. No GST or service charge was added to the bill.
The system at LAAF is that you order and pay and the counter and the food will be served to you. You can help yourself to the iced water from the water station.
The food at LAAF is prepared fresh so expect to wait for a while; the waiting time was about 15 to 20 minutes.
The pork chop was nicely presented and the portion was generous. Two large pieces of well grilled pork sat on top of chunks of potatoes, asparagus and cherry tomatoes and was topped with mango salsa. The well seasoned pork chop was tender and flavourful. It came with a bit of fats and the centre was not dry. Tangy mango salsa with pork chop was unusual but the combination worked well to make an enjoyable dish.
The Chicken Oyako with Rice came with a small cup of miso soup. The simple meal in a bowl consisting of a bed of rice topped with sauteed chicken and egg was delicious. The look and taste of LAAF’s oyakodon can rival those in specialty Japanese restaurants where $8.90 would not be enough to pay for miso soup.
The coffee at LAAF was very good too. It was aromatic and mildly chocolatey with a slight after taste.
LAAF appears to be run by the 2 young owners of the cafe. They are enthusiastic and you can see that they take pride in serving well prepared food and drinks.
LAAF is a small laid back cafe that serves quality tasty food and good coffee meticulously prepared. It is a very nice place for a good value meal. It would appear that they already have quite a following and it is easy to see why. We should be visiting LAAF again soon.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
LAAF • coffee & bistro •
37 East Coast Road
Tel : +65 6247 7913
Opening Hours :
Mon-Tues: 11:00 – 22:00
Thurs-Fri: 11:00 – 22:00
Sat-Sun: 10:00 – 22:00