According to the Productivity Benchmarking Report (Food Services) of Singapore Productivity Centre, between 26% and 30% of food businesses shut down each year. The Tiramisu Hero @ Tyrwhitt Road is a small whimsical cafe that opened in 2013 and it is not just surviving but thriving. It must be doing something right.
The Tiramisu Hero
The Tiramisu Hero is one of the brave pioneers to set up a cafe in the Jalan Besar-Lavender area before that location turned into the hipster enclave it is today. The cafe has its own iconic mascot – Sir Antonio – a masked cat with a cape. As you step into the cafe, there is a large Sir Antonio at the door and he is also on the walls as well as on the coffee cups.
They even made an animated film on the story of Sir Antonio and how he became The Tiramisu Hero. The short film is on YouTube.
The cafe is small. About half of the shop space is taken by the kitchen, the front counter and an area for the display of merchandise for sale. The furnishing is fairly basic but the place has a certain charm and cosiness.
The Tiramisu Hero Menu
The dessert cafe sells tiramisu in various flavours, from Baileys to Kaya, and in different sizes. The Tiramisu Hero Menu also offers a fair range of waffles, cakes as well as savoury dishes. Below are pictures of the current menu of The Tiramisu Hero.
Lunch at The Tiramisu Hero
After visiting the offices of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore, I took a walk around the vicinity of the Jalan Besar Stadium. I had fond memories of previous visits to Windowsill in the Woods and The Tiramisu Hero there. Windowsill in the Woods in no longer in that neck of the woods so I decided to have lunch at The Tiramisu Hero.
Not heeding the advice of Australian real estate millionaire, Tim Gurner, to lay off avocado toast, I ordered the Avocado & Egg Baguette ($11). It took a while for the dish to be prepared. When it arrived, it looked attractive and appetising. There was a generous helping of salad on the side. The perfectly poached eggs sat on top of a spread of mashed avocado on toasted bread. There was no easy way to have the avocado toast and be tidy and elegant at the same time. Luckily I was eating alone – as I made quite mess of the dish and left crumbs all over the table. It was a good way to enjoy lunch though – having simple delicious food without having to be prim and proper.
You can’t go to The Tiramisu Hero and not have tiramisu. It is a good thing that they now have the MiniHero – which is a small cupcake sized tiramisu. I had a Long Black ($3.50) to go with the MiniHero ($3.50). The coffee was strong and aromatic. The tiramisu was light with layers of taste – very enjoyable. I wanted one more, but remembering my thinning wallet and expanding waistline, I managed to resist.
I am glad that The Tiramisu Hero continues to thrive and I would visit it again should I be in that area. The charming cafe has good food and coffee and their refreshing light tiramisu is a delight.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
The Tiramisu Hero
121 Tyrwhitt Road,
Tel: +65 62925271
Opening Hours : 11:00 – 22:00
Nearby MRT Station : Lavender