Dong Po Colonial Cafe is a popular place to eat traditional Singapore coffee shop food such as local coffee, kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs. Other attractions at this rejuvenated shophouse along Kandahar Street in Kampong Glam is the retro decor and the old fashioned cakes. It is the place to go to re-live the good old days of the 60s and 70s.
Dong Po cafe uses authentic recipes dating back to the ’50s and ’60s. It aims to recreate a place where one can be “surrounded by toys and knick knacks from days forgotten … to reminisce and experience a way of life in the early days of Singapore.”
The interior of Dong Po Colonial Cafe is stocked full of things from the good old days including a Flying Pigeon bicycle, coffee shop memorabilia and retro posters. Even the table tops are not spared. Toys from yesteryears and old Sinalco bottles are showcased in boxes that peek out from below the glass tops. Not an authentic coffee shop decor but interesting nonetheless. Numerous types of traditional cakes are displayed.
Here is a picture of the set menu options. They range from coffee or tea with traditional kaya toast to more modern options like scones. We decided on coffee with a three-hole cookie, egg tart and Shibuya Toast with vanilla ice-cream. We do not know whether this dish really originated in Shibuya, but this thick toast with syrup and ice-cream seems to be in fashion these days.
We had a table which had a carrom board and Chinese chess implements encased in the table-top.
The three hole cookie looked like a part carved out of a bowling ball. The holes were filled with strawberry jam. The taste was fine, but not exceptional. The egg tart was very good.
The Shibuya toast was not as beautiful or tasty as those that can be found elsewhere (for example in Dazzling Cafe). This is a simplified version of the dish. We think we should stick to the traditional kaya toast and soft boiled eggs at our next visit.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Dong Po Colonial Cafe
56 Kandahar Street
Tel: +65 6298 1318