Coffee Academics Raffles City is the Hong Kong-based Coffee Academics’ second outlet in Singapore. Their first in Scotts Square opened in 2015 and has remained popular ever since. The good coffee and beautiful decor had impressed us during our visit. Coffee Academics Raffles City may bear the same name, but it looks quite different from the Scotts outlet. Shoe-horned into a tight space next to Tiong Bahru Bakery in the basement of Raffles City, we thought that it did not have the spaciousness and progressiveness that we associate with their first outlet.
The layout of Coffee Academics Raffles City meant that tables and seats are squeezed into the available spaces around the service area. The best seats are the four plush armchair seats near the entrance. Tip #1: Ask for these when you make the reservation. They are the best seats in the house by far.
Coffee Academics Raffles City Menu
Tip #2 – Try not to visit Coffee Academics Raffles City between 11 am to noon. The $10 breakfast menu ends at 10 am and the all day set menu ($16-18) only starts at 12. Only the a la carte menu is available during this gap period. We thought that the all day menu was good value for money, but we were there during the gap. Here are pictures of parts of the Coffee Academics Raffles City menus.
We tried an assortment of dishes from the a la carte menu.
The chilli crab pizza ($24) was a good tasting pizza. It had enough of the chilli crab taste to be authentic but we wished that it was more spicy as the chilli was just barely perceptible.
The all day breakfast ($25) was the most boring dish that day. It was very typical – just toast with eggs, sausage, ham and some trimmings. Nothing wrong with this dish but nothing stood out as well.
The hearty grain bowl with baked salmon ($16+$6) lived up to its name. It felt like a hearty nutritious dish. The extra salmon was well cooked and added protein to the meal. The best part of the dish was the two gyoza that were delicious.
The best dish of the day was the umami pasta ($21). This plain pasta dish was packed with umami taste by the use of a lot of tasty ingredients – shaved dried fish flakes, seaweed, shrimp roe, onsen egg etc.
Other than the all day breakfast, the food was generally good at the new outlet at Raffles City – Coffee Academics Raffles City. We could not help comparing the dining experience with their Scotts outlet which felt different. At Raffles City it felt like a normal eatery.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Mon – Thu, PH on weekdays: 9am – 830pm
Fri – Sat: 9am – 9pm Sun: 9am – 8pm
Nearby MRT Stations: City Hall, Bras Basah, Esplanade
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