It seems like only a while ago that National Gallery Singapore (NGS) opened to much fanfare but it has already celebrated its first anniversary. National Gallery Singapore houses a large collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art and is the venue for exhibitions as well as an array of exciting events and programmes including performances, family activities, children creative workshops and more. NGS has also become a dining destination and can even boast a 2 Michelin Star restaurant. The new Owl Cafe National Gallery Singapore adds to the diversity of dining options at NGS, offering good local coffee, toasts, traditional kuehs and a selection of simple local dishes like hor fun and crab meat balls in chicken broth.
Owl Cafe National Gallery Singapore is on the ground level of the City Hall Wing of NGS. It is a pop up store of sort with only a few tables along a narrow corridor facing the Padang. The space is well lit by sunlight streaming through large windows. It is a very pleasant place for a quick meal. There are cosy corners for a leisurely cup of coffee.
Owl Cafe offers various blends of their own local coffee and other hot and cold beverages. Owl Cafe National Gallery also has a good range of kuehs and a limited selection of one dish meals. Pictures of Owl Cafe’s menu are below.
We went to Owl Cafe National Gallery for lunch and ordered Ipoh Prawn Hor Fun ($7.80) and Chicken Rendang Rice ($8.50). We also had the Kueh & Coffee Set ($5) where we got to choose a drink and 2 pieces of kuehs. An additional cup of coffee was $3.
The Chicken Rendang Rice did not look very good but the rendang chicken was quite delicious. However, other than some peanuts, the dish had nothing else. Some archar would have been nice.
Ipoh Prawn Hor Fun was good. The kway teow had a nice texture and broth was flavourful. We like the fact that the large prawns were semi deshelled.
Owl coffee was strong and aromatic and just slightly acidic – one of our favourite local brews. The best part of our lunch was eating the Malay kuehs. We had the Kueh Sagu Melaka and Seri Muka Pulut Hitam. The Kueh Sagu Melaka, made of sago pearls and palm sugar, looked pretty and was light, sweet and yummy. Seri Muka Pulut Hitam was black glutinous rice topped with a rich layer of steamed coconut milk and pandan custard. It was fragrant, rich and simply delicious. A perfect sweet ending to a meal.
We enjoyed our lunch at Owl Cafe National Gallery – nice food, good coffee and delicious kuehs. We had tried their other outlet, Owl Cafe @ Star Vista, and the only thing we did not really like about our visit there was that they charged for plain water. Well, at the National Gallery Singapore, Owl Cafe sets up a water station so that patrons can help themselves to iced water – a wise owl move!
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Owl Cafe National Gallery Singapore
City Hall Wing, Level 1
1 St. Andrew’s Road
Nearby MRT Station : City Hall