Running a food and beverage business in Singapore is not for the faint hearted. According to a SPRING Singapore website, 28% of F&B business are replaced every year. In addition to challenges like high rents and labour shortages there is also this other factor that intrigues us – the unpredictability of consumer tastes. We have seen beautiful restaurants struggle to draw in the diners. On the other hand, there are places where there is no decor to speak of and yet the crowds just keep on flowing in. The Hangar Cafe on Arab Street belongs to the latter category.
The Hangar Cafe is a small cafe on Arab Street, near the junction with Beach Road. It is dark and messy. The wooden chairs are basic. The only ornaments inside are some pictures on the wall and the bottles hanging with hooks above the bar. According to their Facebook page, the Hangar Cafe is a Melbourne-inspired café and bar that serves 100% Arabica coffee which they roast themselves.
A coffee roasting machine, Hangar’s secret weapon, rests in the innermost corner of The Hangar Cafe.
Hangar Cafe Singapore Menu
Here are pictures of the Hangar Cafe Menus for food and drinks.
The pulled pork taco was well presented. A pile of well marinated pork ($6.50) sat on a warm tortilla. The meat was tender and delicious. We thought it was good value for money.
The almond French toast ($13) was double the price of the taco but did not give us double the enjoyment. It looked pretty enough but the taste was no different from a typical French toast topped with fruits and nuts.
The highlight at the Hangar Cafe Singapore was of course the coffee. We had the latte and cappuccino ($5.50). The coffee was very strong and full flavoured. We would return again for the coffee and taco.
The coffee must be the main reason why people keep returning to this dark and messy cafe on Arab Street. But I think it is more than that – the Hangar cafe has a certain quality or attitude that makes it attractive to its fans.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
The Hangar Cafe
25 Arab Street